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Astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station Wednesday. (AP Photo/NASA)
Astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station Wednesday. (AP Photo/NASA)
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Spacewalk scare – astronaut safe after water leaks into helmet

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station.

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A Delta 2 rocket carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive, SMAP ,satellite launches early Saturday. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
A Delta 2 rocket carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive, SMAP ,satellite launches early Saturday. (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)
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NASA launches Earth-observing satellite

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions.

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Expedition 42 crew members on the International Space Station, photographed last November. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)
Expedition 42 crew members on the International Space Station, photographed last November. (AP Photo/NASA-TV)
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Astronauts flee US side of space station but no sign of leak

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station on Wednesday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. NASA later said a computer problem likely set off the alarm, rather than escaping ammonia coolant.

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A Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, made up of high-tech fabric rings, similar to those seen in the foreground, at at NASA's Langley Research Center.  (AP Photo/ NASA Langley, Kathy Barnstorff)
A Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, made up of high-tech fabric rings, similar to those seen in the foreground, at at NASA's Langley Research Center. (AP Photo/ NASA Langley, Kathy Barnstorff)
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NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an ambitious goal of sending humans into deep space later this century.

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NASA Interns create song parody called 'All About the Space'
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WATCH: NASA interns create video for ‘All About That Space’

The folks at NASA spend countless hours getting read for a space launch but apparently that doesn't mean that they can't have some fun also. 

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Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson during a news conference in Mojave, Calif., Saturday. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)
Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson during a news conference in Mojave, Calif., Saturday. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)
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Branson vows to find out cause of spacecraft crash

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Billionaire Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson vowed Saturday to find out what caused the crash of his prototype space tourism rocket, killing one crew member and injuring another, but sounded a cautious note about any move to quickly push the project forward.

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Photo sequence shows the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket separating from the carrier aircraft, left, prior to it exploding in the air, right, during a test flight on Friday.  (AP Photo/Kenneth Brown)
Photo sequence shows the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo rocket separating from the carrier aircraft, left, prior to it exploding in the air, right, during a test flight on Friday. (AP Photo/Kenneth Brown)
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Investigators, Branson go to spacecraft crash site

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Federal accident investigators are headed to a desert crash site where a winged spaceship designed to give wealthy tourists a high-altitude view of Earth broke up during a test flight, killing one pilot and badly injuring another.

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WATCH: Commercial supply rocket explodes at liftoff

An unmanned commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening

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Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova waves during farewell ceremony for the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14M in Kazakhstan, Thursday.  (AP Photo/Yuri Kochetkov, Pool)
Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova waves during farewell ceremony for the spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14M in Kazakhstan, Thursday. (AP Photo/Yuri Kochetkov, Pool)
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US-Russian crew lifts off for International Space Station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A U.S.-Russian space crew has blasted off successfully for the International Space Station.

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In this artist concept provided by NASA, the MAVEN spacecraft approaches Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere. (AP Photo/NASA)
In this artist concept provided by NASA, the MAVEN spacecraft approaches Mars on a mission to study its upper atmosphere. (AP Photo/NASA)
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NASA’s Maven spacecraft enters Mars orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile journey that began nearly a year ago.

The

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