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The top-secret X-37B space plane is about to break another record

The U.S. Air Force's top-secret autonomous space plane, the X-37B, is days away from breaking its own longevity record. The aircraft, which looks like a mini Space Shuttle, is on schedule next week to spend its record-setting 675th...

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Bud on Mars: How Budweiser wants to get beer into space

Researchers at NASA are figuring out the best way to feed astronauts who will eventually live on Mars -- and the people over at Budweiser are working on something that is arguably equally important for life on the Red Planet.

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Lost in space: How NASA found a lost lunar spacecraft

Thanks to a new radar technique, NASA has found a lost spacecraft in orbit around the moon.

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Software glitch aborts SpaceX rendezvous with space station

A software glitch caused a SpaceX cargo spacecraft to abort its rendezvous with the International Space Station early on Wednesday.

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SpaceX launches from a historic NASA pad -- then sticks the landing

SpaceX is back in business, launching a rocket to the ISS from a historic NASA pad, then successfully landing the first stage only minutes later.

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5 teams aim to land spacecrafts on the Moon to win Google Lunar XPrize

The Google Lunar XPrize has move into its final stages, with five teams trying to launch their spacecrafts to the Moon by the end of the year.

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SpaceX back at it with planned Jan. 8th launch

After the September explosion of its Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX is finally back at it, with plans to launch on January 8th.

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NASA installs VPN to protect Deep Space Network

The VPN allows data to be transferred three times faster than before and supports near real-time communications, while also securing the data.

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NASA forges ahead with robotic space mechanic

The project is designed to lead to a greener, more sustainable space program since the satellites could be refueled and their lives greatly extended.

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Virgin Galactic's VVS Unity performs first glide flight in preparation to take tourists to space

Virgin Galactic's second SpaceShipTwo, named VVS Unity, completed it first glide flight, getting the program back on track to take tourists to space.

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The EM drive breaks the laws of physics -- but that doesn't stop it from working

NASA has tested a theoretical rocket engine, the EM drive, and even though it breaks the third law of physics, initial tests indicate it works.

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Flexible solar panels are vastly increasing drone endurance

Flexible, thin-film solar panels from a Silicon Valley company are allowing drone makers to keep their aircraft in the sky for hours longer than is possible with batteries alone.

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SpaceX zeroes in on cause of Falcon 9 explosion

A Space X rocket exploded on September 1, and the company says it is close to pinpointing the exact cause of the disaster.

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Mars lander goes silent, but scientists remain hopeful

All seemed well as the European Space Agency's robotic explorer Schiaparelli closed in on its Mars landing Wednesday. Then it went silent.

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Obama touts tech R&D, fist bumps man with mind-controlled robotic arm

President Barack Obama on Thursday spoke at the White House Frontiers Conference and talked up the need for innovation in the U.S.

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Obama sets goal of establishing a Mars habitat

President Barack Obama has set a goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s and getting them safely home again. It will likely be one of the topics discussed at the White House Frontiers Conference set for Thursday in Pittsburgh.

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Musk's SpaceX spaceship will take us to Mars...and beyond

Elon Musk says space travel throughout our solar system will be made possible with SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS).

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Wireless power systems could one day beam electricity from space

Forget smartphone charging. When it comes to next-generation wireless power, engineers in Japan are working on a system that can send large amounts of electrical power over considerable distances.

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