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  • NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch

    October 28, 2014 | 3:36 pm

    An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

    The 14-story rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, bolted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:22 p.m. EDT/2222 GMT. It exploded seconds later. The cause of the accident was not immediately available.

    Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Sandra Maler

  • Transforming herself

    By Ryan Torok

    June 5, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    When Joelle Milman was a high school sophomore, she met award-winning photographer Art Streiber, who has contributed to Vanity Fair among other high-profile publications.

    It didn’t happen as you might expect. It was her work on display during an art show at the Annenberg Space...

  • New planets, a God for the cosmos and exotheology

    By Roger Price

    February 19, 2013 | 3:21 pm

       We are blessed to live in an age of great discoveries. Prior to 1992, astronomers had not been able to identify with certainty any planet in orbit around a star outside of our solar system. But these planets, known as extra solar planets or exoplanets, have now been found. In...

  • SpaceIL: Israel’s race to the moon

    By Tom Tugend

    February 19, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    One day in 2015, a small Israeli spacecraft will land on and reconnoiter the moon, joining the United States and former Soviet Union in the world’s most exclusive extraterrestrial club.

    That vision is not fantasy or chauvinistic braggadocio, but the sober prediction of Israel’s...

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  • How to avoid meteors

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 18, 2013 | 2:43 pm

    NASA scientists say that meteor explosions like the one last week injuring 1,200 people in Chelyabinsk, Siberia, are 100-year events. The last time a big meteor crashed into our planet, incinerating 80 million trees in the Tunguska region of Siberia, was in 1908. So if you’re...

  • 10 years to the Columbia Disaster

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 1, 2013 | 10:41 am

    February 1st, 2003, 16:30 pm. My family and I were all sitting in the car, on our way to visit long distance family members. This was supposed to be a big day: Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli Astronaut and an old family friend, was supposed to land at Cape Canaveral, along with six...

  • Space Shuttle Columbia: From Shoah to the stars

    By Pat Sierchio

    January 23, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    On Feb. 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, tragically taking the lives of all seven astronauts on board. Among those who never returned home were Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon — Israel’s first and only astronaut — and a...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 11, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Douglas, Isle of Man-based Odyssey Moon Ltd. and Israeli-based NSL Satellites Ltd., in partnership with NanoRacks LLC of the U.S., together launched a number of educational microgravity experiments to the International Space Station (ISS). Three of them are the outcomes of...

  • Space Travel: Is it worth it?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 29, 2012 | 4:16 am

    NASA just embarked upon its most ambitious Mars mission to date, spending a whopping $2.5 billion on this 1-ton rover, hoping to find some evidence as to whether or not Mars once supported life.

    At the same time, a United Nations report noted that there were 870 million...

  • The shuttle, trees and social justice

    By Andy Lipkis

    October 10, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Los Angeles accomplished quite a coup in beating out other cities to become the permanent home of the decommissioned space shuttle Endeavour. But in the wake of its dramatic arrival, Los Angeles residents and leaders still have a lot to learn about how to live together in a 21st...

  • Gabby Giffords returns home to Tucson

    August 13, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has moved home to Tucson.

    Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, reportedly bought a home recently in Tucson and moved in on Sunday. She had spent the last year-and-a-half in Houston undergoing rehabilitation after being shot...

  • Solar Eclipse Sunday May 20: Ring of Fire

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 17, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    An annular solar eclipse can be seen this weekend on Sunday, May 20, 2012. CAUTION - Do not look directly at a solar eclipse without a proper filter! Annular eclipses can be dangerous to your eyes.

    Because the solar eclipse will block out most of the sun, a spectacular “ring of...

  • Total Lunar Eclipse Saturday December 10, 2011

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 9, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    There will be a total Lunar Eclipse visible on Saturday December 10, 2011 from 6:06am - 6:57am in the Northern Western United States.

    Next Total Lunar Eclipse visible in this area will be April 15, 2014. More information on this photo, Shadow and Substance. There are also amazing...

  • NASA is her dream

    June 8, 2011 | 12:24 pm

    When Barbara Schloss joined the robotics team at Milken Community High School as a sophomore, she knew she had found her passion.

    “It’s so fun,” said Schloss, whose father and grandfather, both of whom work in the aeronautics industry, encouraged her interest in math and...

  • NASA takes inspiration from Abrams

    By Adam Wills

    March 24, 2010 | 10:48 am

    “Star Trek” is often cited as inspiration for NASA folk, so it’s not surprising to find the agency borrowing a little from the 2009 J.J. Abrams “Trek” film for the poster promoting STS-134, the final shuttle mission for Space Shuttle Endeavour and the penultimate mission for the...

  • NASA confirms water on Mars

    By Adam Wills

    August 1, 2008 | 11:30 am

    NASA scientists reported Thursday that they have found evidence of water on Mars.

    Tests aboard the Phoenix Mars Lander identified water in a soil sample, which had been delivered via the lander’s robotic arm on Wednesday to an instrument that identifies vapors produced by the...

  • Israeli invention could pave way for hydrogen cars

    By David Shamah

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Everyone's heard that old story about the scientist who invents a "magic pill" that turns water into gasoline -- with the invention eventually getting into the hands of the oil companies that bury it, fearing they will be driven out of business when word gets out about their...
  • ‘Tragic Loss’ documents Israeli astronaut’s ill-fated flight

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Space escapades have been filling the news of late, from the tale of a jealous NASA astronaut stalking her rival to Virgin Galactic's 99-minute trek into space for $200,000. But it is all a far cry from the devastating turn space travel took four years ago, when the space shuttle...
  • Q & A With Leonard Nimoy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leonard Nimoy -- best known as "Star Trek's" logical Mr. Spock -- wants the Griffith Observatory to go where no observatory has gone before. So he became one of the staunchest advocates of the landmark's mammoth renovation and expansion project, along with his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy,...
  • Jews join the quest for space commerce

    By Adam Wills

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey," a commercial Pan Am Space Clipper flight carries civilians to the wheel-shaped Space Station V, which features a Hilton Hotel and a Howard Johnson's. Naturally, the calls to Earth via videophone are handled by AT&T's forerunner Bell, and the...
  • My Father, My Hero

    By Avner Hofstein

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There's a framed glass poster that hangs on the wall of Assaf Ramon's Houston bedroom wall. While the image of the smiling astronaut in the orange jumpsuit is famous, the Hebrew words inscribed at the bottom of the poster are not:

    "Assaf, my oldest son, each night, look at the sky...

  • Community Briefs

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A Call for Passion

    Young Jewish professionals will gather Jan. 25 in downtown Los Angeles at a Jewish Federation-allied conference emphasizing increased activism in Southern California's problems and politics.

    "It was a very intentional, narrow focus on people who are engaged in...

  • I Grieve for the Man Who’ll Never Return

    By Yitzhak Ben-Horin

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    His face peered out this week from every television set in the United States. It was impossible to escape him. It was impossible to stop looking at him. My heart ached, a real heartache. This time, I couldn't stop the tears.

    Even I'm allowed. So what if I'm a cynical journalist...

  • Where No Israeli Has Gone Before

    By Irene Brown

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For 25 years, Ilan Ramon strapped himself into fighter jets to help protect Israel. Soon, the air force colonel will have a chance to view his embattled homeland from a perspective never before seen by a sabra. Ramon, a 48-year-old father of four, is going into space.

    "Every time...

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