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  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Astronauts of the Past

    On June 3, 1965 Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go, effectively setting himself adrift in the zero gravity of space. For 23 minutes White floated and maneuvered himself around the Gemini spacecraft while logging 6,500 miles during his orbital stroll.

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  • Private space telescope to hunt for big Earthbound asteroids (+video)

    The nonprofit B612 foundation is expected to launch its Sentinel space telescope in 2017 to detect big asteroids several decades before they could hit Earth.

  • First-ever deep-space telescope to hunt dangerous asteroids (+video)

    The private space telescope forms the heart of Project Sentinel, a deep-space mission being unveiled today in Mountain View, Calif., by a nonprofit group of scientists and explorers that advocates better space rock monitoring.

  • School-bus-sized asteroid to buzz Earth Friday, nearer than moon

    While the near-Earth asteroid won't hit Earth, it may offer seasoned amateur astronomers a great show — if they are in the right viewing location and have good equipment.  

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Astronauts of the Past

    On June 3, 1965 Edward H. White II became the first American to step outside his spacecraft and let go, effectively setting himself adrift in the zero gravity of space. For 23 minutes White floated and maneuvered himself around the Gemini spacecraft while logging 6,500 miles during his orbital stroll.

  • Deflecting Earth-bound asteroids becoming a global effort

    Deflecting Earth-bound asteroids becoming a global effort

    Europe is ramping up efforts to detect incoming asteroids. Scientists and astronauts met for the first time in Germany to discuss options for defending the Earth from asteroids.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: A Blue Planet

    A quarter moon is visible in this oblique view of Earth's horizon and airglow, recorded with a digital still camera on the final mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Columbia's crew was killed on Feb. 1, 2003 when the shuttle broke up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Spacewalks

    On a spacewalk, astronaut Owen K. Garriott, science pilot, retrieves an imagery experiment from the Apollo Telescope Mount attached to the Skylab in Earth orbit in 1973.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 09/13

    Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules nicknamed "Gumdrop" and Lunar Module, nicknamed "Spider" are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch. Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, took this photograph of Scott during his EVA as he stood on the porch outside the Lunar Module in 1969.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day 08/11

    The Apollo 9 Command/Service Modules, nicknamed 'Gumdrop,' and Lunar Module, nicknamed 'Spider,' are shown docked together as Command Module pilot David R. Scott stands in the open hatch. Astronaut Russell L. Schweickart, Lunar Module pilot, took this photograph of Scott during his EVA as he stood on the porch outside the Lunar Module in 1969.

  • NASA should use private spaceships, say astronauts

    NASA should use private spaceships, say astronauts

    An open letter to Congress signed by 24 former NASA astronauts told Congress that privately owned spacecraft could carry people safely to the International Space Station.