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  • Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan

    Meteor credited for bright light, noise rattling Michigan

    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:03 PM EST2018-01-17 04:03:47 GMT
    Friday, January 19 2018 12:00 PM EST2018-01-19 17:00:24 GMT
    The National Weather Service says the bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area may have been a meteor.
    The National Weather Service says the bright light and what sounded like thunder in the sky across the Detroit metropolitan area may have been a meteor.
  • Puerto Rican astronaut reaches out to island's schoolkids

    Puerto Rican astronaut reaches out to island's schoolkids

    Friday, January 12 2018 1:16 PM EST2018-01-12 18:16:11 GMT
    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:58 AM EST2018-01-17 07:58:44 GMT
    The only astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage reaches out to schoolchildren on the hurricane-bashed island.
    The only astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage reaches out to schoolchildren on the hurricane-bashed island.
  • India launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites

    India launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites

    Friday, January 12 2018 1:31 AM EST2018-01-12 06:31:15 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 6:55 PM EST2018-01-16 23:55:07 GMT
    India successfully launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries.
    India successfully launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries.
  • Classified US satellite launched from California after delay

    Classified US satellite launched from California after delay

    Friday, January 12 2018 6:01 PM EST2018-01-12 23:01:24 GMT
    Friday, January 12 2018 10:34 PM EST2018-01-13 03:34:24 GMT
    A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite has blasted off from California.
    A rocket carrying a classified U.S. satellite has blasted off from California.
  • SpaceX says rocket performance OK in secret satellite launch

    SpaceX says rocket performance OK in secret satellite launch

    Tuesday, January 9 2018 12:29 PM EST2018-01-09 17:29:28 GMT
    Thursday, January 11 2018 5:25 PM EST2018-01-11 22:25:05 GMT
    SpaceX is defending its rocket performance following the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite.
    SpaceX is defending its rocket performance following the weekend launch of a secret U.S. satellite.
  • SpaceX launch ignites Twitter frenzy in California

    SpaceX launch ignites Twitter frenzy in California

    Friday, December 22 2017 10:22 PM EST2017-12-23 03:22:04 GMT
    Friday, December 22 2017 10:57 PM EST2017-12-23 03:57:56 GMT

    The SpaceX rocket liftoff took place just after sunset, helping to produce some curious gazes up into the sky after the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Twitter was active with users wondering what created the beautiful scenes.  

    The SpaceX rocket liftoff took place just after sunset, helping to produce some curious gazes up into the sky after the launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Twitter was active with users wondering what created the beautiful scenes.  

  • 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. 

  • 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
    Friday, April 22 2016 1:25 PM EDT2016-04-22 17:25:38 GMT

    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. 

  • 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. 

  • OUT OF THIS WORLD!

    Space tourism on the horizon with plans for spaceport in Tucson

    Space tourism on the horizon with plans for spaceport in Tucson

    Tuesday, February 9 2016 1:06 PM EST2016-02-09 18:06:30 GMT
    Wednesday, February 10 2016 12:51 AM EST2016-02-10 05:51:59 GMT
    World View recently tested a 1/10-scale model. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)World View recently tested a 1/10-scale model. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

    Right here in Arizona, a company called World View is getting close to creating a new way for the average person to get a new view of the world. The company is developing a capsule that is taken up to the stratosphere via balloon. You can spend more than an hour taking in the amazing views.

    Right here in Arizona, a company called World View is getting close to creating a new way for the average person to get a new view of the world. The company is developing a capsule that is taken up to the stratosphere via balloon. You can spend more than an hour taking in the amazing views.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • Science & technology news

    Science & technology news

    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.

    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.

  • Social media news

    Social media news

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - what does this mean for communication and American's privacy?

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - what does this mean for communication and American's privacy?

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