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  • Military

    Secret Air Force plane lands after 2 years in space

    by William Harwood / CBS News on May 07, 15:08

    An unpiloted military space plane, launched by an Atlas 5 rocket in May 2015, glided to an unannounced landing on the long shuttle runway at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, closing out a 718-day mission. It was the first Florida landing of a returning spacecraft since Atlantis flew home in the program’s final mission […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Trump’s NASA budget supports deep space exploration

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Mar 16, 17:08

    The Trump administration is proposing $19.1 billion for NASA in its fiscal 2018 budget blueprint, a 0.8 percent decrease from 2017 funding levels, focusing on deep space exploration, both human and robotic, and increased public-private partnerships to lower costs and encourage private sector innovation. But the budget blueprint terminates four Earth-science research missions, eliminates NASA’s […]

  • News

    Stunning space discovery: 7 Earth-size planets found orbiting dwarf star

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Feb 22, 19:00

    Astronomers have discovered seven roughly Earth-size planets very close to a cool dwarf star some 39 light-years from Earth, including three orbiting in the star’s habitable zone where liquid water, a key ingredient for life as it’s known on Earth, could be present, researchers announced Wednesday. The record-setting star system is the first to feature […]

  • Sci/Tech

    New Horizons space probe still filling in the blanks about Pluto

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Aug 05, 18:19

    NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, in near perfect health 10 years after launch and more than one year past its historic July 2015 flyby of Pluto, has now sent back about 80 percent of the data it collected during its close encounter and if all goes well, the rest will cross the solar system and make its […]

  • Sci/Tech

    NASA’s Juno probe brakes into orbit around Jupiter

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Jul 04, 21:25

    Caught in the iron grip of Jupiter’s relentless gravity, NASA’s solar-powered Juno probe plunged over the planet’s north pole Monday, surviving hellish radiation and unseen ring debris during a nail-biting 35-minute rocket firing, slowing down just enough to slip into orbit. Traveling at a mind-boggling 130,000 mph relative to Jupiter and spinning at 5 rpm […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Blue Origin reusable rocket launched on third test flight

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Apr 03, 15:30

    Blue Origin launched its reusable New Shepard suborbital spacecraft on its third test flight Saturday, successfully boosting an unpiloted capsule out of the discernible atmosphere for a few minutes of weightlessness before a parachute descent to the company’s West Texas launch site. The New Shepard booster, meanwhile, plunged back to Earth tail first, re-igniting its […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Scott Kelly feels fit after nearly a year in space

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Mar 02, 18:19

    Astronaut Scott Kelly, in good spirits and looking surprisingly fit after setting a U.S. record of 340 days in space, said Wednesday he could have stayed up longer if necessary, giving him confidence future astronauts will be up to the challenge ofeven longer flights to Mars and beyond. That said, “a year’s a long time,” he told […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Orion capsule returns to Earth after dramatic test flight

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Dec 05, 8:49

    Boosted to an altitude of 3,604 miles by a powerful Delta 4 rocket, NASA’s Orion deep space exploration vehicle fell back to Earth Friday in the program’s maiden voyage, slamming into the atmosphere at nearly 20,000 mph, enduring a hellish 4,000-degree re-entry and settling to a Pacific Ocean splashdown to wrap up a critical unmanned […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Hope fades for comet lander as batteries near depletion

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Nov 14, 8:49

    Trapped in rough, forbidding terrain with its solar panels draped in shadow, the Philae comet lander raced the clock Friday to carry out high-priority science operations, including an attempt to drill into the surface of the nucleus, before exhausting its on-board batteries and effectively losing consciousness. The lander was dutifully executing commands uplinked earlier in the day […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Kepler space telescope discovers most Earth-like planet yet

    by William Harwood / CBS News on Apr 17, 15:15

    Scientists analyzing data from the Kepler space telescope have discovered a first: an Earth-size planet orbiting in the habitable zone of its parent star, researchers announced Thursday. The planet is one of five worlds orbiting a dwarf star known as Kepler-186 some 500 light years away in the constellation Cygnus. The other four worlds were discovered earlier […]