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The Latest: UN boss calls Russian ambassador
The Latest: UN boss calls Russian ambassador 'outstanding'

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations (all times local):

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France's Own Donald Trump Is Leading In First-Round Polls

A new poll released Monday put Marine Le Pen ahead of her competitors in the first-round race, but far behind in a likely run-off.

12 workers fired for skipping work during
12 workers fired for skipping work during 'Day Without Immigrants' protest in Oklahoma

Twelve employees of a Tulsa-area restaurant are without a job after skipping work on the "Day Without Immigrants."

Bernie Sanders Calls Trump A
Bernie Sanders Calls Trump A 'Pathological Liar,' Again

In a series of posts on Twitter - responding to President Trump's outburst against news media Friday - Sanders reprised his comments about the president lying.

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Named as Keynote Speaker at the 2017 International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, D.C

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., Feb. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISS R&D) today announced that NASA astronaut Dr. Kate Rubins has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at its 6th annual meeting at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. from July 17-20, 2017. The ISS R&D Conference was created to connect commercial and academic communities involved in new innovations, breakthroughs, and discoveries onboard humankind's unique orbiting laboratory.

SpaceX Launching Lightning Tracker,
SpaceX Launching Lightning Tracker, 'Three-Eyed' Raven, Deadly Superbug for NASA

SpaceX is gearing up to launch its 10th commercial cargo mission on Saturday morning (Feb. 18), ferrying supplies and an assortment of science investigations to the International Space Station - including a deadly superbug, an advanced lightning sensor, a tool for new autonomous rendezvous capabilities and more. Once in orbit, the Dragon will spend two days chasing down the International Space Station. The six crewmembers on board have been preparing for the Dragon's arrival, which is slated for Monday, Feb. 20.

NASA Is Considering a Manned Flight for First SLS Launch
NASA Is Considering a Manned Flight for First SLS Launch

The massive Space Launch System rocket was going to be unmanned for its maiden flight, but a new report suggests NASA might launch astronauts instead.

NASA Awards $30,000 for Astronaut Poop Solutions
NASA Awards $30,000 for Astronaut Poop Solutions

Ingenious designs to solve a very real problem.

Seeing Spots: NASA Video Shows 7 Years of Solar Activity
Seeing Spots: NASA Video Shows 7 Years of Solar Activity

Watch the sun break out in spots over and over again in a new NASA video of the sun showing seven years of sunspot footage, collected by the agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). The SDO launched in December 2009 and has been in space long enough to see most of an 11-year solar cycle, which is characterized by a peak in activity, such as the appearance of sunspots and explosions of material from the surface. The mission is intended to help scientists learn more about the sun's influence on the Earth by studying the sun's atmosphere.

NASA Just Got Real About Returning to the Moon
NASA Just Got Real About Returning to the Moon

A surprise announcement amounts to an earthquake in the space community

NASA has no protocol for dealing with intelligent aliens - here's why

Before she left NASA, former NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan sat down with us an explained why...

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NASA's About to Launch a 'Three-Eyed' Raven Into Space

NASA's Raven technology module is heading to space on SpaceX's next Falcon 9 rocket launch, currently scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 18). Once there, it will perch outside the International Space Station to track vehicles docking with the station, collecting data for future autonomous rendezvous with orbiting spacecraft. The technology could allow researchers to repair, refuel and relocate aging satellites.

NASA Announces Winners Of Space Poop Challenge
NASA Announces Winners Of Space Poop Challenge

The contest sought to find solutions for "fecal, urine, and menstrual management systems" for astronauts and their spacesuits.

Space Poop Challenge: NASA reveals the winner of its microgravity toilet contest
Space Poop Challenge: NASA reveals the winner of its microgravity toilet contest

After looking through nearly 5,000 entries, NASA has just announced the winner of its Space Poop Challenge that sought to find an efficient method for astronauts to poop in their spacesuits.

The Latest: 2nd arrest in death of N.Korean leader
The Latest: 2nd arrest in death of N.Korean leader's brother

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Latest on the apparent assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, at a Malaysian airport (all times local):

Looking for Planet 9 and other far-out objects? Finally, NASA has an app for that
Looking for Planet 9 and other far-out objects? Finally, NASA has an app for that

Citizen scientists can join an online hunt for icy worlds, brown dwarfs and other yet-to-be-discovered objects beyond the orbit of Neptune, using a technique that's not all that different from the method that led to Pluto's discovery 87 years ago. "Backyard Worlds: Planet 9" could even lead to the discovery of a super-Earth that may (or may not) be hidden on the solar system's far frontier. The icy world known as Planet Nine or Planet X is only theoretical for now, but its existence would explain some of the puzzles surrounding the weird orbits of some far-out objects. The "Backyard… Read More

NASA to Air Prelaunch Briefing, Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission
NASA to Air Prelaunch Briefing, Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 10th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station no earlier than 10:01 a.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 18. Live coverage of the launch will begin at 8:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency's website. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will lift off on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying science research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory in support of the Expedition 50 and 51 crew members.

How to Poop in Space: NASA Unveils Winners of Space Poop Challenge
How to Poop in Space: NASA Unveils Winners of Space Poop Challenge

After NASA asked for solutions to let astronauts urinate and defecate inside a spacesuit for up to six days, more than 5,000 entries (representing 20,000 people) answered the call. The winner of the $15,000 Space Poop Challenge prize was Thatcher Cardon, for a solution called "MACES Perineal Access & Toileting System (M-PATS)." Details on the system were not immediately available. "I was really interested in the problem, though, and spent some time lying down, eyes closed, just visualizing different solutions and modelling them mentally," Cardon, a colonel and commander of the 47th Medical Group at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas, said in a statement by HeroX,...

A New Spaceship Could Fly Astronauts to the Hubble Space Telescope for Repairs
A New Spaceship Could Fly Astronauts to the Hubble Space Telescope for Repairs

The Trump administration is considering a proposal by Sierra Nevada to refurbish Hubble for the future.

NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket
NASA may put astronauts on the first flight of its new mega-rocket

NASA astronauts may fly to space atop the agency's brand new mega-rocket a lot sooner than expected. On Wednesday, NASA's acting administrator Robert Lightfoot sent out a memo to employees explaining that he has asked the agency to perform a study looking into what it would take for NASA to launch people on the first flight of the giant Space Launch System rocket. This rocket system, which would be the agency's most powerful yet, is currently under development. It's generally considered a risky move to put astronauts on the first flight of an untested rocket.  SEE ALSO: Watch NASA test the 'largest, most powerful rocket booster ever built' As it stands now,...

NASA Unveils Plan To
NASA Unveils Plan To 'Touch The Sun'

The probe will have to withstand temperatures of 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit, but it will get closer to the sun than any spacecraft ever has before.

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NASA's "Space Poop" HeroX Challenge Breaks Crowdsourcing Competition Records

NASA Johnson Space Center, in partnership with NASA Tournament Lab and online crowdsourcing platform HeroX, today announced three winners of the widely publicized Space Poop Challenge. The global crowdsourcing ...

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Jupiter's Little Red Spot Eyed by NASA Spacecraft (Photo)

As NASA's Juno spacecraft imaged Jupiter's northern latitudes in December, the on-board JunoCam captured this fantastic view of a gigantic storm known as NN-LRS-1, or Jupiter's Little Red Spot. This tempest is the third largest anticyclonic reddish oval on Jupiter and has been tracked by observers on Earth for over two decades. "An anticyclone is a weather phenomenon with large-scale circulation of winds around a central region of high atmospheric pressure," NASA officials said in a statement.

A NASA Astronaut Just Pulled Off an Awesome Prank in Space
A NASA Astronaut Just Pulled Off an Awesome Prank in Space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson just pulled off a prank that's literally out of this world. 

NASA is fed up with lousy
NASA is fed up with lousy 'internet' speeds in space, so it's doing something about it

NASA, like a lot of people with lousy internet, is fed up with slow data-transfer speeds between spacecraft and Earth. Which is why it's developing a laser-based system that could one day see speeds increase by up to 100 times.

NASA Detects Star
NASA Detects Star's 'Heartbeat' Just in Time for Valentine's Day

The discovery could be a new way to spot exoplanets

NASA just dashed our dreams of ever moving to this Earth-sized exoplanet

When Proxima Centauri b was first discovered, many scientists had high hopes for it to inhabit...

The 'Hidden Figures' screenwriter had NASA in her blood

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA has been part of "Hidden Figures" screenwriter Allison Schroeder's life for as long as she can remember. Not only did a childhood near Cape Canaveral mean that the space program was an ever-present reality - fire drills in school were timed so the kids could see the launches and the Challenger explosion was one of her earliest memories - it's also in her DNA.

Watch NASA Nerd Pharrell Williams Explain His Lifelong Love of Space
Watch NASA Nerd Pharrell Williams Explain His Lifelong Love of Space

He also said he thinks women will save the world.

NASA bets big on private sector to put humans on Mars
NASA bets big on private sector to put humans on Mars

NASA will continue working with the private sector to fund space exploration efforts under President Trump, a former deputy administrator told CNBC.

The 3 places NASA could hunt for signs of ancient life on Mars in 2020
The 3 places NASA could hunt for signs of ancient life on Mars in 2020

If you send a rover to Mars, you need to figure out what you want to study once it gets there.  Do you want an up-close look at former hot springs? Are you interested in learning more about the planet's past volcanic activity? How about checking out a crater that was once filled with water?  These are the questions NASA is asking right now as it prepares to send a rover designed to hunt for signs of past life on Mars by 2020.  SEE ALSO: 6 scientists are living like they're on Mars for the next 8 months Scientists working with the space agency have narrowed down a list of possible landing sites to the final three. Now, NASA just needs to figure out which one to choose.  Image:...

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NASA's Balloon Program Returns to Wanaka, New Zealand

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va., Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For a third consecutive year, NASA is returning to Wanaka, New Zealand, to launch a long-duration, heavy-lift super pressure balloon (SPB) into one of the most dynamic and severe flight regimes inside the Earth's atmosphere. After launch, planned for the late March/early April timeframe, the 18.8-million-cubic-foot (532,000 cubic-meter) SPB will ascend to an altitude of 110,000 feet (33.5 km) where the stratospheric winds will propel it at speeds up to and exceeding 100 knots through the heating and cooling of the day-night cycle on a weeks-long journey around the southern hemisphere. "We are excited to return to Wanaka, which...

NASA Awards Engineering Services Contract for the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Satellite
NASA Awards Engineering Services Contract for the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Satellite

GREENBELT, Md., Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership Sustainability (SNPPS) contract to Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Colorado.This is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, cost-plus fixed-fee contract with the ability to issue task orders. The contract is a five-year effort with a minimum ordering value of $50,000 and maximum ordering value of approximately $9.5 million. ...

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SpaceX's Latest Test Brings Rockets Back to NASA's Most Famous Launch Pad

The last time Cape Canaveral launch pad 39A was used for a rocket launch was the last NASA space shuttle mission in 2011. 

NASA Announces Awards to Develop Oxygen Recovery Technologies for Future Deep Space Missions
NASA Announces Awards to Develop Oxygen Recovery Technologies for Future Deep Space Missions

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected two proposals for the development of oxygen recovery technologies that could help astronauts breathe a little easier on deep space, long-duration missions. The agency will invest as much as $2 million and 24 months for the development of each proposal into a complete and integrated system for NASA testing. ...

'Mission Control': Nestor Serrano Joins CBS NASA-Themed Drama Pilot

Nestor Serrano ( The Last Ship ) is set for a series regular role in CBS' NASA-themed drama pilot Mission Control , from The Martian author Andy Weir, The Martian producer Simon Kinberg and veteran showrunner Charles Eglee ( Dexter ). Written by Weir, Mission Control revolves around the next generation of NASA astronauts and scientists who juggle their personal and professional lives during a critical mission with no margin for error. Serrano will play Diaz, director of the…

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Static Fire Reignites Historic NASA Launch Pad
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Static Fire Reignites Historic NASA Launch Pad

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket briefly fired its engines in a pre-flight test on Sunday (Feb. 12), marking the return to use for a NASA launch pad where astronauts historically lifted off for the moon and later leapt into Earth orbit on the space shuttle. The three-second static fire on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida was the culmination of a practice countdown executed by SpaceX to verify that both its rocket and the modified pad were ready for launch. The company's maiden mission from the historic NASA site will see the Falcon 9 launch with a Dragon cargo spacecraft to deliver supplies and science equipment to the International Space Station.

Return engagement? NASA picks its three favorite landing spots for 2020 Mars rover
Return engagement? NASA picks its three favorite landing spots for 2020 Mars rover

NASA has whittled down its choices for its next Mars landing site to three spots, including the hills where the space agency's Spirit rover roamed a decade ago. The Columbia Hills are among the three finalists because the silica deposits discovered there during Spirit's mission suggest the site might have been part of an ancient hot springs. That's the sort of place that geologists say might hold evidence of past life, which is high on the scientific agenda for the rover that's due to be launched in 2020. The hills in Mars' Gusev Crater were named in honor of the space shuttle… Read More

Landing Sites for 2020 Mars Rover: NASA Weighs 3 Options
Landing Sites for 2020 Mars Rover: NASA Weighs 3 Options

NASA's top three choices to land its Mars 2020 rover are Northeast Syrtis, Jezero crater and Columbia Hills. NASA has selected three potential landing sites for the upcoming Mars 2020 rover: an ancient lake, a past volcanic hotbed and an early hot-spring site. Scientists chose the final three candidates at a workshop last week (Feb. 8-10) in Monrovia, California, from eight sites chosen in 2015 (out of a pool of around 30, NASA officials said in a statement).

Aerojet Rocketdyne Receives NASA Glenn Research Center's Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2017-- Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., has received NASA Glenn Research Center' s Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year award ...

NASA wants to land a nuclear-powered spacecraft on Pluto

In this video, NASA describes a new kind of fusion powered spacecraft that could reach Pluto...

NASA scientists take another step toward getting Mars rocks back to Earth
NASA scientists take another step toward getting Mars rocks back to Earth

NASA is another step closer to choosing the landing site for its Mars 2020 mission that could ultimately lead to the first red rocks being transported back to Earth.

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One of NASA's Directors on Getting Into Such a Unique Career Path

Listen to our latest episode of Fortune Unfiltered.

NASA Shortlists 3 Sites For Mars 2020 Landing
NASA Shortlists 3 Sites For Mars 2020 Landing

A team of scientists working on the Martian rover mission met Feb. 8-10 and narrowed down the list of places where the rover may potentially land.

US-Born Muslim Scientist Detained, Forced to Unlock NASA Phone
US-Born Muslim Scientist Detained, Forced to Unlock NASA Phone

U.S.-born Muslim scientist Sidd Bikkannavar says he was detained under President Trump's travel ban and forced by border agents to unlock his NASA-issued phone.

NASA scientist says border agents made him turn over his phone and pin code
NASA scientist says border agents made him turn over his phone and pin code

A U.S.-born NASA scientist was apparently one of the thousands of people ensnarled in the Trump administration's now-suspended travel ban. Sidd Bikkannavar, a natural-born American citizen, said he was detained at Houston's international airport on Jan. 30, just days after President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. SEE ALSO: Scientists face 'nightmare' amid Trump's Muslim ban Bikkannavar, who works in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was on his way back from Santiago, Chile, he told The Verge in an interview published Sunday. The engineer moonlights as a driver of solar-powered racing cars, and...

NASA reminds us that space is gorgeous with breathtaking new Hubble snapshot
NASA reminds us that space is gorgeous with breathtaking new Hubble snapshot

While you were sitting in your office this morning, sipping your half-milk soy latte, space was out there being awesome. It was there when you grabbed lunch at Chipotle, too, and again when you got stuck in traffic on your way home. Thankfully, the Hubble Space Telescope is out there, capturing ridiculously gorgeous shots like this one ( full version ) of a galaxy in the Andromeda constellation, so at least you can come home at night and enjoy some celestial eye candy while you binge on Netflix and drip Ben & Jerry's on your couch cushions. The galaxy, known by the very clinical name of NGC 7640, is what is called a barred spiral galaxy. NASA describes it thusly: These are recognizable by...

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 Rocket Stands Atop Historic NASA Launchpad for 1st Time

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has gone vertical at NASA's historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) for the first time. The California-based company is getting ready for a planned Feb. 18 liftoff from LC-39A, which is part of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Falcon 9 will blast SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station (ISS) for NASA, if all goes according to plan.

Spaceflight Changes the Shape of Astronauts
Spaceflight Changes the Shape of Astronauts' Brains

It appears that spaceflight really goes to astronauts' heads. Doctors and scientists have long known that exposure to a weightless environment causes muscles to atrophy, bones to weaken and vision to deteriorate, among other effects. Now, a new study has determined that spaceflight also causes some parts of the brain to expand and others to contract.

NASA Is Developing Technology To End Flight Delays
NASA Is Developing Technology To End Flight Delays

The technology would increase efficiency while automating some of the work done by air traffic controllers.

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