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'Rare treat for planetary scientists': Massive dust storm covers entirety of Mars - CTV News

A massive dust storm on Mars has completely engulfed the planet and it could be months before it subsides. On May 30, scientists first noticed a small-scale dust storm on Mars and by June 20, it had gone global. NASA says small-scale dust storms are ...

NASA's mission to touch the sun launches soon - WGNO

Wearing a nearly 5-inch coat of carbon-composite solar shields, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will explore the sun's atmosphere in a mission that is expected to launch in early August. This is NASA's first mission to the sun and its outermost atmosphere ...

Boeing's Starliner launch abort engine suffers problem during testing - SpaceNews

The incident happened during a hot-fire test of the engines used by Starliner's abort system, integrated into a spacecraft service module. The static test, which took place in June at NASA's White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, was a prelude to a ...

NASA's 1st mission to touch the sun - CBC.ca

A spacecraft will travel directly into the sun's atmosphere to revolutionize our understanding of the star, where changing conditions can spread out into the solar system, affecting Earth and other worlds. 3:26. CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices.

'Clair De Lune': NASA Unveils Breathtaking Video Of The Moon Ahead Of Its 60th Birthday - The Inquisitr

NASA has a big anniversary coming up this fall, as the space agency celebrates 60 years of existence on October 1. The festivities kicked off last month, with a fabulous concert by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), held at the Kennedy Center on ...

Wetang'ula speaks of frustrations in Nasa - nation.co.ke

Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula on Saturday made a U-turn over his Monday remarks that opposition outfit Nasa was dead. The Bungoma senator, while in Kilifi County where he met party members, said he has been betrayed enough and might be ...

UAE Space Agency signs NASA deal on exploration - ArabianBusiness.com

The UAE Space Agency has signed a letter of intent with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, better known as NASA, that covers cooperation in the exploration of space and the UAE's astronaut programme. The agreement was signed at the ...

Why NASA's new supersonic X-plane needs to beat the boom - TechRadar

However, there's now a new race to produce the first 'Concorde' for the 21st century, thanks to new tech that's allowing aircraft engineers to overcome the one thing that has so far rendered supersonic air travel unworkable: the sonic boom. Cue NASA ...

NASA prepares to fly probe into Sun's scorching atmosphere - Yahoo News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives ...

NASA Reveals How Its Groundbreaking Parker Solar Probe Will "Touch the Sun" - Yahoo News

The Parker Solar Probe is not only one of NASA's most ambitious missions, but it seems to defy logic. The spacecraft slated to launch this summer will enter the sun's corona and travel through material with temperatures greater than a million degrees ...

Boeing spacecraft designed to fly Nasa astronauts to International Space Station faces major setback - The Independent

Along with SpaceX, Boeing is under contract from Nasa to fly astronauts to the space station. The so-called "Commercial Program" would restore Nasa's ability to fly humans from the United States - a capability that was lost when the Space Shuttle ...

These spacecraft are studying Mars dust - EarthSky

Side-by-side movies shows how dust has enveloped the red planet, courtesy of the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The view from May shows Valles Marineris chasms (left), Meridiani center, ...

I will take over from Uhuru in 2022 - Mudavadi - The Standard

National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principle Musalia Mudavadi has ascertained he will vie for presidency in 2022. The leader told his supporters that he will be a presidential candidate saying he will not be pleading for repayment of debt as a favour to ...

Parker Solar Probe: set the controls for the edge of the sun… - The Guardian

It was even included in the original list of possible missions that Nasa should pursue when the agency was set up in 1958, in the wake of the Soviet Union's Sputnik launch. The reason for the interest is that the sun presents us with one of the most ...

FORD-Kenya is still in NASA, Wetangula now says - Citizen TV (press release)

Speaking in Nambale, Busia Couny on Saturday Wetangula said NASA affiliate parties -- FORD-Kenya, ODM, ANC and Wiper -- are binded by a pre-election agreement that holds until the 2022 elections. On Monday, July 15, Wetangula, who was speaking ...

Weather-monitoring and tech demo CubeSats deployed in orbit - Spaceflight Now

Fifteen CubeSats owned by NASA, Spire Global, and U.S. research institutions launched aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship in May have been released into orbit, beginning missions to demonstrate miniaturized, low-cost Earth science ...

Boeing faces significant setback with NASA spacecraft - Herald and News

The spacecraft Boeing plans to use to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station suffered a significant setback when, during a test of its emergency abort system in June, officials discovered a propellant leak, the company confirmed. In a ...

NASA Releases Clearest Images Yet Of Saturn's Moon Titan - I4U News

Taking advantage of the capacities of an imaging instrument on board Cassini spacecraft, NASA has produced some of the clearest and most detailed global views of the Saturn's icy moon Titan. The six images in the collection are composite of 13 years of ...

Ruto thrown in the mix as Nasa shops for leader - nation.co.ke

Are National Super Alliance bosses Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang'ula shopping around for a new leader following Raila Odinga's presumed exit or are the three consolidating their base to take a stab at the presidency in 2022?

Over the moon: NASA celebrates 60 years of space age - The Sydney Morning Herald

Washington: It takes astrophysicist John O'Meara little time to respond to a question about NASA's most outstanding achievement. "You can't ignore that NASA put people on the moon," said O'Meara, a professor at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, who ...

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Motto: For the Benefit of All
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Agency overview
Formed July 29, 1958; 58 years ago (1958-07-29)
Preceding agency
  • NACA (1915–1958)
Jurisdiction United States government
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
38°52′59″N 77°0′59″W / 38.88306°N 77.01639°W / 38.88306; -77.01639
Employees 17,345+
Annual budget Increase US$ 19.3 billion (2016), also see NASA Budget
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Website nasa.gov
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958.

Since that time, most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program (LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches.

NASA science is focused on better understanding Earth through the Earth Observing System, advancing heliophysics through the efforts of the Science Mission Directorate's Heliophysics Research Program, exploring bodies throughout the Solar System with advanced robotic spacecraft missions such as New Horizons, and researching astrophysics topics, such as the Big Bang, through the Great Observatories and associated programs. NASA shares data with various national and international organizations such as from the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite.