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  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 06/30

    What happens when you crash into a comet? That was a question considered by astronomers when they designed the Deep Impact mission, launched in January. On July 4, the Deep Impact spaceship will reach its target, Comet Tempel 1, and fire an impactor at its surface, photographing the result. The remaining crater may tell how Tempel 1 is constructed. If, for example, the comet is an extremely loose pile of debris, the impactor may leave little or no discernable crater. But if the comet's surface is relatively firm, the impactor's ripple may leave quite a large crater. Pictured above is an artist's impression of the initial encounter between the spacecraft and the comet.

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  • Massive, rocket-powered, robotic craft begins delivery mission to space station

    The 13-ton cargo freighter is loaded with about 7.2 tons of supplies, including food, water, clothing, experiments and fuel for the space station, according to NASA.

  • World's biggest spy satellite: The newest 'ear' in space?

    The US satellite, called NROL-32, was lifted into space Sunday atop a giant Delta 4 rocket. The satellite's purpose is secret, but analysts suspect that it's a giant electronic ear.

  • Space Shuttle Endeavour launch held up by space traffic jam

    Space Shuttle Endeavour launch held up by space traffic jam

    Endeavour is scheduled to launch a day later than previously planned on its visit to the International Space Station, to make room for an unmanned cargo ship.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 06/30

    What happens when you crash into a comet? That was a question considered by astronomers when they designed the Deep Impact mission, launched in January. On July 4, the Deep Impact spaceship will reach its target, Comet Tempel 1, and fire an impactor at its surface, photographing the result. The remaining crater may tell how Tempel 1 is constructed. If, for example, the comet is an extremely loose pile of debris, the impactor may leave little or no discernable crater. But if the comet's surface is relatively firm, the impactor's ripple may leave quite a large crater. Pictured above is an artist's impression of the initial encounter between the spacecraft and the comet.

  • NASA's next big-ticket telescope showcased in New York City

    A mockup of the James Webb Space Telescope, billed as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, took center stage at New York's World Science Festival.

  • NASA: Space junk could threaten astronauts

    NASA: Space junk could threaten astronauts

    Debris could come too close or even hit the linked space shuttle Discovery and international space station if their path is not altered.