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GM drafts NASA in effort to ensure cars are safe

Detroit News: Detroit automaker General Motors has asked NASA to review whether its 2.6 million recalled cars are safe to drive after a series of deaths blamed on faulty ignition switches.

NASA’s Engineering & Safety Center director Ralph R. Roe Jr is expected to lead an independent outside review of GM’s recall.

Photo: GM is beginning repairs of faulty ignitions from recalled cars, like the unit held by Congresswoman Diana DeGette, (D-CO), during Congressional hearings (Jim Watson / AFP - Getty Images)

NASA’s Maven spacecraft launches on Mars mission

NASA’s unmanned spacecraft, the Maven, has launched on its mission to Mars to study the red planet’s atmosphere.

AP reports Maven is due on Mars next fall following a journey of more than 440 million miles. Scientists are hoping to find clues to understand why Mars went from being warm and wet during its first billion year to cold and dry today.

Live updates: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/nasa-maven-mars-mission/

Photo via http://twitter.com/NASA

Probe bound for Jupiter takes snapshot of home

Universe Today: A NASA probe bound for the largest planet in our solar system has sent an image of earth back to mission control.

Images of Earth captured by the probe are proof that the spacecraft is communicating as it continues its epic journey to Jupiter.

'We are on our way to Jupiter as planned,' Juno project manager Rick Nybakken, of JPL said.

The probe is expected to arrive in orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016.

Photo: This reconstructed dayside image of Earth is one of the first snapshots transmitted back home by NASA’s Juno spacecraft in the wake of Wednesday’s flyby. Juno was due to be flying over South America and the southern Atlantic Ocean. (NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Ken Kremer)

Commercial cargo ship arrives at space station after delay

Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo ship has arrived at the International Space Station after a week’s delay. The space station’s astronauts used their robot arm to grab the capsule this morning, which contains more than a half-ton of food, clothes and other supplies for the six astronauts, AP reports.

Photo via http://twitter.com/NASA

Expedition 37 arrives at International Space Station
NASA: NASA has confirmed that a new trio of Expedition 37 residents has arrived at the International Space Station, docking to the Poisk mini-research module Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. EDT aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.
Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy are scheduled for a five-and-a-half month stay in space, living and working inside the orbital laboratory.
Image via NASA

Expedition 37 arrives at International Space Station

NASA: NASA has confirmed that a new trio of Expedition 37 residents has arrived at the International Space Station, docking to the Poisk mini-research module Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. EDT aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.

Soyuz Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy are scheduled for a five-and-a-half month stay in space, living and working inside the orbital laboratory.

Image via NASA

NASA confirms Voyager 1 has left the solar system

National Geographic: NASA has confirmed that Voyager 1 has slipped from the solar system. Launched in 1977, the spacecraft is now more than 11.66 billion miles from the sun, becoming the first to enter interstellar space.

Image: This artist’s concept depicts NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft entering interstellar space, or the space between stars. Interstellar space is dominated by the plasma, or ionized gas, that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars millions of years ago. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA shares photos of Earth, seen from Saturn and Mercury

NASA has shared new images of the Earth and moon, as seen from Saturn and Mercury. In this photo captured by the Cassini orbiter on July 19, Saturn’s rings can be seen with Earth and the moon. Earth is a blue dot at the center right; the moon can be seen as a fainter protrusion off its right side.

Read more from NBC News.

Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SSI

NASA aborts spacewalk over dangerous water leak

AP: NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet.
Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from a fellow astronaut getting back into the safety of the space station.

Photo: European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano adjusts his equipment before a training examination at the Star City space centre outside Moscow April 30, 2013. ( REUTERS/Sergei Remezov)

NASA aborts spacewalk over dangerous water leak

AP: NASA has aborted a spacewalk at the International Space Station because of a dangerous water leak in an astronaut’s helmet.

Italy’s first spacewalker, Luca Parmitano, reported that he felt a lot of water on the back of his head barely an hour into Tuesday’s spacewalk. The leak was so bad that he needed help from a fellow astronaut getting back into the safety of the space station.

Photo: European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano adjusts his equipment before a training examination at the Star City space centre outside Moscow April 30, 2013. ( REUTERS/Sergei Remezov)

LIVE VIDEO: SpaceX rocket set to launch to Space Station

Watch a live feed from NASA as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, with Dragon capsule on top, attempts to launch to the International Space Station: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/spacex-iss-flight-march-2013

The mission is the second of 12 SpaceX flights to resupply the ISS. Launch is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. EST.

Photo: The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with its Dragon spacecraft onboard, is seen shortly after it was erected at Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida today. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Mars rover confirms 1st drilled Mars rock sample

NASA:

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior.

Photo: Image from NASA’s Curiosity rover shows the 1st sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover’s drill. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

Watch live video of asteroid’s close fly-by to Earth

Watch live video and commentary from NASA on the expected close fly-by of an asteroid to Earth on BreakingNews.com: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/asteroid-passes-by-earth-feb-15-2013

The asteroid is half the size of a U.S. football field, flying at nearly 17,500 mph. NASA and astronomers say the chance of asteroid 2012 DA14 colliding with Earth are infinitesimally small.

Photo: A diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Asteroid to make close approach to Earth next week

Space.com: An asteroid half the size of a football field will make a close approach to Earth next week, but poses no threat of crashing into our planet, NASA officials say.

Asteroid 2012 DA14’s close encounter is a record-breaking celestial event, according to Don Yeomans, the head of NASA’s asteroid-tracking program. An object this large only passes this close to the Earth about once every 40 years, and likely only hits the planet once every 1,200 years, Yeomans says.

Photo: A diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Longest space mission for US astronaut set for 2015

CNN:

Capt. Scott Kelly, a veteran astronaut, will set the record for the longest single space mission for an American, NASA announced today. Kelly and Roscomos cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will embark on a 1-year mission to the International Space Station in 2015.

The duo will help scientists explore the effects of living in space on the human body, NASA said.

Photo:  NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was a flight engineer on Expedition 25 to the International Space Station. (photo via CNN)

Curiosity rover finds soil similar to Hawaii’s on Mars
BBC News:

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found soil on Mars to be similar to Hawaii’s after sifting and scanning its first sample on the Red Planet.
The robot’s CheMin instrument shook out fine particles of soil and fired X-rays at them to determine their composition.

Photo credit: NASA

Curiosity rover finds soil similar to Hawaii’s on Mars

BBC News:

NASA’s Curiosity rover has found soil on Mars to be similar to Hawaii’s after sifting and scanning its first sample on the Red Planet.

The robot’s CheMin instrument shook out fine particles of soil and fired X-rays at them to determine their composition.

Photo credit: NASA

Mars rover Curiosity finds signs of ancient stream

Scientists say NASA’s Curiosity rover has found signs that a stream once flowed across the surface near the site where it landed on Mars. Read more from NBC News.

Photo: In this image from NASA’s Curiosity rover, a rock outcrop called Link pops out from a Martian surface that is elsewhere blanketed by reddish-brown dust. The picture was taken on Sept. 2, the 27th Martian day of Curiosity’s mission. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)