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NASA wants to put a woman on the moon by 2024

(CNN ) — One giant leap for woman-kind? NASA says it wants to use a proposed 1.6 billion dollar budget increase to fund the new Artemis program which plans to land an American woman and another American man on the moon by 2024. They also hope to establish a sustained presence on the moon by 2028.  The budget must be…

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Enters Jupiter’s Orbit After 5-Year Journey

We’re about to get a closer look at Jupiter than ever before. After five years and a nearly 2 billion mile journey through the solar system, NASA’s Juno probe has entered Jupiter’s orbit late Monday, getting an unprecedented front-row view of the gas giant — our solar system’s largest planet. Ground controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory erupted in…

Hubble Space Telescope Set to Keep Its Eye on the Cosmos Through 2021

NASA’s overachieving Hubble Space Telescope keeps plugging along with its discoveries — and will be doing so for at least the next five years after NASA extended its science operations contract to operate the telescope through 2021. “Hubble is expected to continue to provide valuable data into the 2020’s, securing its place in history as an outstanding general purpose observatory…

Mercury Set to Cross the Sun in Rare Celestial Event

Mercury is set to transit the sun, a celestial event so rare it happens just 13 times in a century. The planet closest to the sun will begin its crossing at 7:12 a.m. ET Monday. Mercury will slowly journey across the face of the sun, appearing as a small black dot to people on Earth viewing the transit through a…

NASA’s Star Astronaut Scott Kelly: Time was Right to Retire

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After 20 years with NASA, America’s star astronaut Scott Kelly says it’s time to move on. He’s already hopped on the speaker circuit but is saving the serious job discussions for retirement, coming up in just two weeks. Kelly announced his retirement last Friday, just nine days after returning from a yearlong, record-breaking mission at…