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space football fail! nasa gives pigskin a beating ahead of super bowl 2017

can a football stand up to a space telescope's intense testing regimen? in honor of sunday's super bowl, nasa put a football through similar tests to those undergone by its next big space observatory, the james webb space telescope.

martian melodrama 'the space between us' crashes to earth

there are movies about the wonders of space travel — a short list would include “2001: a space odyssey,” “solaris” and “interstellar” — that seek to test the audience’s perceptual limits, altering our sense of time and place so as to usher us into the vast frontier of the unknown. and then there...

sierra nevada dream chaser gets eo of “the space between us”

dream chaser won't make its debut as a reusable space utility vehicle performing missions in low earth orbit for another two years. but in hollywood, it's already a prime-time player in space.

japanese craft leaves space station to conduct space-junk experiment

a japanese cargo ship undocked from the international space station today (jan. 27) and will spend the next week doing a science experiment in orbit before burning up in earth's atmosphere on super bowl sunday (feb. 5).

image of the day

space station commander shane kimbrough of nasa shared this p o of the hawaiian islands seen from space on jan. 29.

the best gift ideas in the universe

this valentine's day, get your space-loving loved one something really out of this world. whether you're a hardcore fan or a general space buff, it's illogical not to consider these gifts and gadgets to wear, build and bobble.

tailgating in space - what’s on the iss menu? | video

nasa astronauts megan mcarthur and reid wiseman explain how the international space station crew go about preparing tailgate-style foods.

cosmic cat greets space lobster in amazing nebula views

in a new deep-space p o of two starry nebulas, a cat's paw reaches out to high-five a glowing, red lobster.

real spaceships and mushy love: 'the space between us' delivers

a new science fiction film, "the space between us," hits theaters today (feb. 3), and it just might be the most spaced-out teenage love story yet.

japan's experimental space junk cleaning robot may be in trouble

a japanese spacecraft designed to pull space junk out of orbit has run into a malfunction, scientists have reported.

nasa highlights facilities during super bowl week | video

a football is symbolically thrown by an astronaut on the space station to the johnson space center and other facilities to highlight their work.

footballs put through spacecraft testing - for educational purposes | video

nasa goddard space flight center ran regulation size footballs through some of the same machinery used to test the james webb space telescope. they didnt fare well, to say the least.

japanese htv-6 cargo ship released from space station | video

the "kounotori" h-ii transfer vehicle was released from the interational space stations robotic arm on jan. 27th, 2017. it will deorbit in early february and burn up over the pacific ocean.

private space station coming soon? company aiming for 2020 launch

the builders of the axiom international commercial space station aim to enlarge the landscape of low-earth orbit, to create what they view as a "historic shift" in human spaceflight.

space calendar 2017: launches, sky events & more

here’s a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel.

the most amazing space stories this week!

results from the astronaut twins, a chemistry test for life, plants on a ellite and earth's oxygen on the moon — it's space.com's top news stories of the week.

best space stories of the week — jan. 29, 2017

an asteroid zips by earth, a new weather ellite takes stunning images of the globe and the moon, and a nasa spacecraft beams back new p os of urn. here are some of the best space stories of the week.

the most amazing space stories this week!

an asteroid zips by earth, a new weather ellite takes stunning images of the globe and the moon, and a nasa spacecraft beams back new p os of urn. here are some of the best space stories of the week.

a japanese space junk removal experiment has failed in orbit

an experiment to test a tether mechanism that could be used to drag space debris from orbit appears to have glitched and scientists are working to troubleshoot before time runs out.

football p 'travels' 564,664 yards on space station | video

in the most epic hail mary throw of all-time, a football was thrown in the iss and it flew hundreds of thousands of miles (when you include the distance traveled by the space station at 17,500 mph).

car-sized space rock gives earth real close shave | video

asteroid 2017 bh30 safely flew by earth on january 30, 2016, but it was only 32,200 miles (51,800 km) away. it was estimated to be a 19-foot (5.9 meter) space rock by nasa’s jet propulsion laboratory.

denver zoo’s three male elephants share space in rare “social experiment”

unrelated male asian elephants rarely hang out in the same outdoor space at a zoo. usually that only happens in the wild when the elephants are young or compete for females when it's time for breeding.

mixed reactions in space community to immigration executive order

as scientists and others protest a white house executive order restricting immigration from several nations, many in the space industry are not yet taking a stand on the issue.

be a space archaeologist! explore sites with online platform

a new online tool will allow you use images taken from space to explore ancient archaeological sites and discover their hidden secrets.

exclusive 'life' trailer - terrifying species on space station is from mars

in the new sci-fi thriller, astronauts aboard the international space station are threatened by a life form that caused an extinction on mars. the movie hits theaters on march 24, 2017.

car-sized space rock gives earth real close shave | video

asteroid 2017 bh30 safely flew by earth on january 30, 2017, but it was only 32,200 miles (51,800 km) away. it was estimated to be a 19-foot (5.9 meters) space rock by nasa’s jet propulsion laboratory.

how nasa sent the winning super bowl li team's jersey to space — before game day

: it is a familiar scene: mere seconds after the game ends, out come the shirts to celebrate the winner of the super bowl. on feb. 5, the same thing is expected to occur in houston. but for the first time, it might also happen in space.

spacex wants to double its footprint at the port of los angeles

hawthorne-based spacex, which is working through a backlog of rocket launches, wants to double the space it leases at the port of los angeles to park and handle recovered space equipment.

depot ice rink to close in march for renovation into event space

the depot ice rink in downtown minneapolis will close at the end of the season as developers plan to convert the train shed that houses it into more event space.

too much stuff or too much space? heck yeah, stow is from fort collins!

a fort collins startup has merged storage needs with income and created stow, an app and service that is very airbnb-ish. and allows you to rent storage space.

space webcasts: nasa apollo 1 fire memorial

today nasa's kennedy space center held a memorial service event to recall the 50th anniversary of the apollo 1 fire that killed astronauts gus grissom, ed white, ii and roger chaffee.

'split' leads box office for third week, tops 'rings' and 'the space between us'

for the third week in a row, universal’s “split” landed in the no. 1 box office spot, beating out new releases, paramount’s “rings,” stx entertainment's “the space between us” and sony’s “the comedian.” in fact, holdovers dominated on a relatively slow super bowl weekend.  “split” added another...

how 1-year space mission affected astronaut twin scott kelly: early results

spending a year in space affected former nasa astronaut scott kelly's body in subtle but potentially significant ways, new research suggests.

nasa 'space bowl' video takes super bowl 2017 out of this world

in a new video, nasa employees and affiliates virtually toss a football from space to various centers across the united states to celebrate the super bowl, as well as nasa's journey to mars.

50th anniversary of apollo 1 fire: what nasa learned from the tragic accident

this time of year is always a somber one for nasa as the space agency remembers the astronauts who died in three horrific spaceflight disasters. today marks the 50th anniversary of the first major disaster for the u.s. space program: the apollo 1 fire.