US space agency NASA announced it is partnering with the Pentagon’s DARPA to develop and test a nuclear-powered rocket engine to send astronauts on future missions to Mars. But some experts remain sceptical.
The Orion capsule's successful moon mission and splash down is the first since Apollo 17 fifty years ago, paving the way for the next Orion flight around the moon.
The rocket was set to lift off on a mission to propel a crew capsule into orbit around the moon, bringing the US a big step closer to putting astronauts back on the lunar surface.
Beijing reacted after NASA chief Bill Nelson raised concerns over China's "landing on the moon and saying: 'It's ours now and you stay out'."
The landing marked the official end of the first fully-private mission to the orbiting outpost and a turning point in NASA's goal to commercialise the region of space called low Earth orbit.
The sample was collected on September 1, but NASA was initially unsure whether the rover had successfully held onto its precious cargo, because initial images taken in poor light were unclear.
Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire with a semi-automatic weapon at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen others.
James Bridenstine has been a big proponent of giving the private sector a larger role in space. The 42-year-old backed Trump during the US presidential campaign and had long been considered the favorite for the job of NASA administrator.
US Transportation Department confirms automakers recall another 35 million to 40 million air bag inflators.
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