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  • Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

    Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 5:17 PM EDT2018-07-18 21:17:20 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 10:23 AM EDT2018-07-21 14:23:44 GMT
    Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets.
    Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets.
  • NASA will launch a probe to the sun next month

    NASA will launch a probe to the sun next month

    Saturday, July 21 2018 5:08 AM EDT2018-07-21 09:08:38 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 5:17 AM EDT2018-07-21 09:17:13 GMT

    For the first time, NASA is sending a mission to the sun.

    For the first time, NASA is sending a mission to the sun.

  • Retired astronomy professor discusses how close we are to Mars

    Retired astronomy professor discusses how close we are to Mars

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-07-19 01:07:35 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    Fred Myers, a retired astronomy professor, was on WECT's News Now Wednesday afternoon to discuss the significance of Earth and Mars being closer than they've been since 2003. 

    Fred Myers, a retired astronomy professor, was on WECT's News Now Wednesday afternoon to discuss the significance of Earth and Mars being closer than they've been since 2003. 

  • Report: NASA needs backup plan as US crew launches slip

    Report: NASA needs backup plan as US crew launches slip

    Wednesday, July 11 2018 3:00 PM EDT2018-07-11 19:00:13 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:01 AM EDT2018-07-17 14:01:46 GMT
    (David C. Bowman/NASA via AP). In this Feb. 9, 2016 photo made available by NASA, a mockup of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, in development in partnership with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, splashes into a 20-foot-deep basin at NASA’s Langley...(David C. Bowman/NASA via AP). In this Feb. 9, 2016 photo made available by NASA, a mockup of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft, in development in partnership with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, splashes into a 20-foot-deep basin at NASA’s Langley...
    Report says NASA needs a backup plan for getting astronauts to space, as more delays likely for new commercial crew capsules.
    Report says NASA needs a backup plan for getting astronauts to space, as more delays likely for new commercial crew capsules.
  • Russian cargo ship makes fastest-ever trip to space station

    Russian cargo ship makes fastest-ever trip to space station

    Monday, July 9 2018 10:15 PM EDT2018-07-10 02:15:11 GMT
    Tuesday, July 17 2018 6:20 AM EDT2018-07-17 10:20:06 GMT
    A Russian cargo ship loaded with food, fuel and other supplies arrives at the International Space Station.
    A Russian cargo ship loaded with food, fuel and other supplies arrives at the International Space Station.
  • NASA's Kepler Telescope almost out of fuel, forced to nap

    NASA's Kepler Telescope almost out of fuel, forced to nap

    Monday, July 9 2018 2:58 PM EDT2018-07-09 18:58:03 GMT
    Thursday, July 12 2018 11:28 AM EDT2018-07-12 15:28:18 GMT
    NASA's Kepler Space Telescope is almost out of fuel and has been forced to take a nap.
    NASA's Kepler Space Telescope is almost out of fuel and has been forced to take a nap.
  • Meet Alyssa Carson, the 17-year-old targeting a 2033 mission to Mars

    Meet Alyssa Carson, the 17-year-old targeting a 2033 mission to Mars

    Tuesday, July 10 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-07-10 22:17:12 GMT
    Wednesday, July 11 2018 5:00 AM EDT2018-07-11 09:00:19 GMT
    Alyssa Carson is the youngest graduate of the PoSSUM Academy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. (Source: Bert Carson)Alyssa Carson is the youngest graduate of the PoSSUM Academy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. (Source: Bert Carson)

    She’s attended numerous space camps and academies, graduated from multiple space flight programs,and even floated already as she pursues her dreams of history.

    She’s attended numerous space camps and academies, graduated from multiple space flight programs,and even floated already as she pursues her dreams of history.

  • NASA's Bradford Smith, tour guide for Voyager missions, dies

    NASA's Bradford Smith, tour guide for Voyager missions, dies

    Saturday, July 7 2018 3:34 PM EDT2018-07-07 19:34:22 GMT
    Tuesday, July 10 2018 10:56 AM EDT2018-07-10 14:56:36 GMT
    Bradford Smith, a NASA astronomer who interpreted the stunning images beamed back from Voyager missions, has died.
    Bradford Smith, a NASA astronomer who interpreted the stunning images beamed back from Voyager missions, has died.
  • NASA spacecraft sending back close-ups of dwarf planet Ceres

    NASA spacecraft sending back close-ups of dwarf planet Ceres

    Monday, July 2 2018 3:20 PM EDT2018-07-02 19:20:30 GMT
    Saturday, July 7 2018 3:40 PM EDT2018-07-07 19:40:31 GMT
    (NASA via AP). This image of Ceres' limb was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 30, 2018 from an altitude of about 280 miles. Dawn has been orbiting Ceres since 2015, after first exploring the asteroid Vesta. They’re located in the asteroid belt...(NASA via AP). This image of Ceres' limb was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 30, 2018 from an altitude of about 280 miles. Dawn has been orbiting Ceres since 2015, after first exploring the asteroid Vesta. They’re located in the asteroid belt...
    NASA's Dawn spacecraft is sending back detailed close-ups of the dwarf planet Ceres.
    NASA's Dawn spacecraft is sending back detailed close-ups of the dwarf planet Ceres.
  • Astronomers report 1st image of baby planet being formed

    Astronomers report 1st image of baby planet being formed

    Monday, July 2 2018 8:31 AM EDT2018-07-02 12:31:36 GMT
    Saturday, July 7 2018 12:33 PM EDT2018-07-07 16:33:03 GMT
    (ESO via AP). The photo provided by the European Southern Observatory ESO taken from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the very act of formation around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet s...(ESO via AP). The photo provided by the European Southern Observatory ESO taken from the SPHERE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope is the first clear image of a planet caught in the very act of formation around the dwarf star PDS 70. The planet s...
    Astronomers say they've captured the first confirmed image of a planet forming in the dust swirling around a young star.
    Astronomers say they've captured the first confirmed image of a planet forming in the dust swirling around a young star.
  • Isn't it cute? Astronomers share 1st image of baby planet forming

    Isn't it cute? Astronomers share 1st image of baby planet forming

    Monday, July 2 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-07-02 22:38:12 GMT
    Monday, July 2 2018 6:38 PM EDT2018-07-02 22:38:12 GMT
    Astronomers say they've captured the first confirmed image of a planet forming in the dust swirling around a young star.(Source: European Southern Observatory)Astronomers say they've captured the first confirmed image of a planet forming in the dust swirling around a young star.(Source: European Southern Observatory)

    Astronomers say they've captured the first confirmed image of a planet forming in the dust swirling around a young star.

    Astronomers say they've captured the first confirmed image of a planet forming in the dust swirling around a young star.

  • Trump announces 'space force' as new military branch

    Trump announces 'space force' as new military branch

    Monday, June 18 2018 12:41 PM EDT2018-06-18 16:41:51 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 1:14 PM EDT2018-06-18 17:14:39 GMT

    President Donald Trump announced on Monday he's directing the Pentagon to begin a sixth branch of the military -  "space force."

    President Donald Trump announced on Monday he's directing the Pentagon to begin a sixth branch of the military -  "space force."

  • UH researcher looks to volcanoes on Saturn's moons in search of other life

    UH researcher looks to volcanoes on Saturn's moons in search of other life

    Saturday, June 16 2018 12:54 AM EDT2018-06-16 04:54:38 GMT
    Sarah Fagents looks over a diagram of Titan at the University of Hawaii Manoa on Tuesday.Sarah Fagents looks over a diagram of Titan at the University of Hawaii Manoa on Tuesday.

    Is there life outside our world? A researcher at the University of Hawaii is taking steps to answer that question.

    Is there life outside our world? A researcher at the University of Hawaii is taking steps to answer that question.

  • NASA cancels moon rover project

    NASA cancels moon rover project

    Wednesday, May 2 2018 1:59 PM EDT2018-05-02 17:59:58 GMT
    Wednesday, May 2 2018 1:59 PM EDT2018-05-02 17:59:58 GMT
    The rover would have mined the lunar surface for things like water, hydrogen and oxygen. (Source: NASA)The rover would have mined the lunar surface for things like water, hydrogen and oxygen. (Source: NASA)

    The rover would have mined the lunar surface for things like water, hydrogen and oxygen.

    The rover would have mined the lunar surface for things like water, hydrogen and oxygen.

  • UT researchers find new planetary mass

    UT researchers find new planetary mass

    Wednesday, April 20 2016 2:56 PM EDT2016-04-20 18:56:31 GMT
    Tuesday, February 27 2018 11:54 AM EST2018-02-27 16:54:45 GMT
    WISEA is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass "brown dwarf," which is a star that lacked enough mass to burn nuclear fuel and glow like a star. (Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech)WISEA is thought to be an exceptionally low-mass "brown dwarf," which is a star that lacked enough mass to burn nuclear fuel and glow like a star. (Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    Researchers at the University of Toledo have found a planetary mass approximately 100 light years away from Earth. 

    Researchers at the University of Toledo have found a planetary mass approximately 100 light years away from Earth. 

  • Challenger: Memories, reflections of a dark day in space history

    Challenger: Memories, reflections of a dark day in space history

    Saturday, January 23 2016 3:50 PM EST2016-01-23 20:50:26 GMT
    Saturday, January 28 2017 3:56 PM EST2017-01-28 20:56:18 GMT
    The crew of Challenger: Christa McAulliffe; Greg Jarvis; Judith Resnik; Dick Scobee; Ronald McNair; Mike Smith; Ellison Onizuka. (Source: NASA)The crew of Challenger: Christa McAulliffe; Greg Jarvis; Judith Resnik; Dick Scobee; Ronald McNair; Mike Smith; Ellison Onizuka. (Source: NASA)

    Marking three decades since the explosion of the Challenger claimed the lives of its seven-member crew, we recap the incident, the investigation, and the lessons learned on the path to space and beyond.

    Marking three decades since the explosion of the Challenger claimed the lives of its seven-member crew, we recap the incident, the investigation, and the lessons learned on the path to space and beyond.

  • Hemphill museum to hold memorial on anniversary of Shuttle Columbia tragedy

    Hemphill museum to hold memorial on anniversary of Shuttle Columbia tragedy

    Friday, January 29 2016 9:16 AM EST2016-01-29 14:16:43 GMT
    Friday, January 29 2016 9:35 AM EST2016-01-29 14:35:47 GMT
    Official crew photo of the STS-107 mission. (Source: NASA)Official crew photo of the STS-107 mission. (Source: NASA)

    East Texans will remember the lives lost in the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy in a memorial service in Hemphill on Monday.

    East Texans will remember the lives lost in the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy in a memorial service in Hemphill on Monday.

  • Saturn's strange color changes baffle NASA

    Saturn's strange color changes baffle NASA

    Tuesday, October 25 2016 6:15 PM EDT2016-10-25 22:15:03 GMT
    Tuesday, October 25 2016 6:15 PM EDT2016-10-25 22:15:02 GMT

    The mysterious, six-sided formation at the north pole of Saturn became more mysterious when the Cassini orbiter determined that it changes color. 

    The mysterious, six-sided formation at the north pole of Saturn became more mysterious when the Cassini orbiter determined that it changes color. 

  • NASA takes another step toward Mars with engine test

    NASA takes another step toward Mars with engine test

    Thursday, August 18 2016 10:40 PM EDT2016-08-19 02:40:26 GMT

    Even for the most seasoned of scientists, a rocket engine test is still fun. 

    Even for the most seasoned of scientists, a rocket engine test is still fun. 

  • Jan.-Feb. 1986: Remembering Challenger

    Jan.-Feb. 1986: Remembering Challenger

    Saturday, January 23 2016 5:33 PM EST2016-01-23 22:33:55 GMT
    Saturday, January 23 2016 5:33 PM EST2016-01-23 22:33:54 GMT
    A city so important in the field of space exploration and research, Huntsville mourned the loss of seven astronauts one January morning in 1986 with particular shock and pain.

    A city so important in the field of space exploration and research, Huntsville mourned the loss of seven astronauts one January morning in 1986 with particular shock and pain.

  • Dust devil spotted on Mars by exploration rover

    Dust devil spotted on Mars by exploration rover

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 11:37 PM EDT2016-04-06 03:37:53 GMT
    Wednesday, April 6 2016 12:02 AM EDT2016-04-06 04:02:37 GMT

    NASA captured images of a dust devil on Mars that looked very much like ones on Earth. 

    NASA captured images of a dust devil on Mars that looked very much like ones on Earth. 

  • NASA astronaut, Texas native dead at 85

    NASA astronaut, Texas native dead at 85

    Friday, February 5 2016 4:31 PM EST2016-02-05 21:31:13 GMT
    Friday, February 5 2016 5:22 PM EST2016-02-05 22:22:24 GMT

    AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Edgar D. Mitchell, a Hereford-born astronaut who was the sixth person to walk on the moon, has died. He was 85. 

    AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Edgar D. Mitchell, a Hereford-born Astronaut who was the sixth person to walk on the moon, has died. He was 85. 

  • Challenger: Thirty Years Later

    Challenger: Thirty Years Later

    A special section marking the 30th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.

    A special section marking the 30th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.

  • Lake City remembers native astronaut 30 years after Challenger explosion

    Lake City remembers native astronaut 30 years after Challenger explosion

    Thursday, January 28 2016 1:47 PM EST2016-01-28 18:47:57 GMT
    Thursday, January 28 2016 9:24 PM EST2016-01-29 02:24:43 GMT
    Ronald McNair. Source: NASARonald McNair. Source: NASA

    On Thursday, Lake City is hosting a candlelight vigil to remember Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a Lake City-born astronaut and physicist who died 30 years ago in Challenger Space Shuttle explosion.

    On Thursday, Lake City is hosting a candlelight vigil to remember Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a Lake City-born astronaut and physicist who died 30 years ago in Challenger Space Shuttle explosion.

  • WAFF Challenger video library

    WAFF Challenger video library

    Sunday, January 24 2016 6:17 PM EST2016-01-24 23:17:05 GMT
    Wednesday, January 27 2016 9:35 PM EST2016-01-28 02:35:07 GMT

    For the benefit of mobile users, the following is a list of video clips pulled from the WAFF archives for use in our 30th anniversary special coverage.

    For the benefit of mobile users, the following is a list of video clips pulled from the WAFF archives for use in our 30th anniversary special coverage.

  • Challenger history and overview

    Challenger history and overview

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 4:57 PM EST2016-01-26 21:57:09 GMT
    Tuesday, January 26 2016 4:57 PM EST2016-01-26 21:57:09 GMT
    (Source: NASA)(Source: NASA)
    NASA's Kennedy Space Center website has a comprehensive history of the operative history of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
    NASA's Kennedy Space Center website has a comprehensive history of the operative history of the Space Shuttle Challenger.
  • SLIDESHOW: Challenger archive photos

    SLIDESHOW: Challenger archive photos

    Tuesday, January 26 2016 12:04 PM EST2016-01-26 17:04:15 GMT
    Tuesday, January 26 2016 12:04 PM EST2016-01-26 17:04:14 GMT
    (AP photo)(AP photo)
    Click here to view a selection of AP photographs from Jan. 28, 1986 and the days and weeks following the Challenger explosion.
    Click here to view a selection of AP photographs from Jan. 28, 1986 and the days and weeks following the Challenger explosion.
  • PDF: 2015 NASA Advisory Panel report

    PDF: 2015 NASA Advisory Panel report

    Sunday, January 24 2016 4:26 PM EST2016-01-24 21:26:26 GMT
    Sunday, January 24 2016 4:26 PM EST2016-01-24 21:26:26 GMT
    Click here to view a copy of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel report examining NASA's safety performance over the past year - highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials.
    Click here to view a copy of the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel report examining NASA's safety performance over the past year - highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials.
  • Challenger STS 51-L Accident

    Challenger STS 51-L Accident

    Saturday, January 23 2016 5:12 PM EST2016-01-23 22:12:53 GMT
    Saturday, January 23 2016 5:12 PM EST2016-01-23 22:12:52 GMT
    Click here for NASA's full directory of information into the Challenger explosion - timelines, video clips, reports and more. 
    Click here for NASA's full directory of information into the Challenger explosion - timelines, video clips, reports and more. 
  • PDF: Congressional report on Challenger

    PDF: Congressional report on Challenger

    Saturday, January 23 2016 5:04 PM EST2016-01-23 22:04:50 GMT
    Saturday, January 23 2016 5:04 PM EST2016-01-23 22:04:50 GMT
    Click here to view a PDF copy of the Congressional report following the Challenger explosion.
    Click here to view a PDF copy of the Congressional report following the Challenger explosion.
  • WATCH: Regan's address to nation following Challenger explosion

    WATCH: Regan's address to nation following Challenger explosion

    Saturday, January 23 2016 4:59 PM EST2016-01-23 21:59:40 GMT
    Saturday, January 23 2016 4:59 PM EST2016-01-23 21:59:40 GMT
    On Jan. 28, 1986, just hours after the explosion that killed seven astronauts aboard the Challenger, President Ronald Reagan postponed his planned State of the Union address to speak with a grieving nation. Click here to watch that speech on YouTube.
    On Jan. 28, 1986, just hours after the explosion that killed seven astronauts aboard the Challenger, President Ronald Reagan postponed his planned State of the Union address to speak with a grieving nation. Click here to watch that speech on YouTube.
  • Asia air pollution visible from space

    Asia air pollution visible from space

    Thursday, January 7 2016 10:28 AM EST2016-01-07 15:28:45 GMT
    Thursday, January 7 2016 10:28 AM EST2016-01-07 15:28:45 GMT
    Beijing recently announced its second-ever "red alert" for air pollution. It's estimated 4,000 people in China die each day from smog.

    Beijing recently announced its second-ever "red alert" for air pollution. It's estimated 4,000 people in China die each day from smog.

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    Social media news

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify in front of Congress on how Cambridge Analytica got millions of users information.

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify in front of Congress on how Cambridge Analytica got millions of users information.

  • Apple news

    Apple news

    The enigmatic American technology company is always making waves. Currently, it's facing backlash over news it slows down older iPhones on purpose.

    The enigmatic American technology company is always making waves. Currently, it's facing backlash over news it slows down older iPhones on purpose.

  • Cyber crime

    Cyber crime

    Computers have made our lives easier, but they’ve also created many new ways for thieves to steal information, money and identities. 

    Companies, people, governments, and non-profits are evaluating their cyber security after ransomware held information hostage across the globe.

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    Science & technology news

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    Pokemon Go is the latest game to take the science and technology world by storm. Click for news on cybercrime, space, social media, computers and technological advances that change our lives daily.

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