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  • NASA launches Mars test vehicle Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 1:42 PM ET
    NASA launches Mars test vehicle

    Watch liftoff for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator launching from Kauai, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Space station celebration Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 3:26 PM ET

    Sam Scimemi, Intl Space Station Director; Joseph Acaba, NASA Astronaut; and Phil McAlister, Director, NASA Commercial Spaceflight Development Division, join the Closing Bell panel to discuss life on the space station as the House just approved $18.5 billion for new exploration.

  • Would humankind survive on Jupiter's 2nd moon? Friday, 29 May 2015 | 5:20 AM ET
    Would humankind survive on Jupiter's 2nd moon?

    The White House has approved $30 million in funding for NASA mission to Jupiter's second moon, Europa. Bobak Ferdowsi, systems engineer at NASA, explains the mission.

  • This firm uses 3-D printed engines for its rockets Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 6:50 PM ET
    This firm uses 3-D printed engines for its rockets

    Peter Beck, CEO of RocketLab, explains how the company uses 3-D printed rocket engines to put its small satellites into space at a much lower cost.

  • Bill Nye Kickstarts solar-powered space travel Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 10:49 AM ET
    A depiction of LightSail with its unfurled solar sails

    U.S. scientist Bill Nye, popularly known as "the Science Guy", has launched a Kickstarter to fund an satellite propelled by solar energy.

  • Space to create Earth's first trillionaire: Tyson Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    View of the Milky Way and galaxy from Earth.

    A passion for space exploration is the fuel to an innovative economy, says astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

  • After crash, Virgin Galactic aims to test new ship Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 11:36 AM ET
    Fly from New York to Beijing in two hours on this?

    Virgin Galactic, the space venture of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, hopes to start testing another spaceship before the end of the year, FT reports.

  • Time to cash in on the space race revival Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 9:51 AM ET
    SpaceX Dragon attached to International Space Station

    The space race might have started in the mid-1950s, but it’s not over yet, says British astronaut Timothy Peake.

  • The space race isn't over: ESA astronaut Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 3:40 AM ET
    The space race isn't over: ESA astronaut

    ESA astronaut Timothy Peake, who will be the first U.K. citizen to board the International Space Station later this year, says the space race is alive and well.

  • This company wants to clean up the space Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:46 PM ET
    This company wants to clean up the space

    Nobu Okada, CEO of Singapore-based Astroscale, explains the company's mission to carry out the world's first space debris clean-up in 2017.

  • SpaceX reusable rocket makes unsuccessful landing Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 4:55 PM ET
    The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon lifts off from launch pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2015.

    SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 Tuesday afternoon, but failed in another attempt to cleanly land the rocket on a platform out at sea.

  • Watch SpaceX rocket launch Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 4:10 PM ET
    Watch SpaceX rocket launch

    Check out the SpaceX Dragon rocket launch headed to the International Space Station with supplies, with the "Closing Bell" team.

  • The millionaire offering a one-way ticket to Mars Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 AM ET
    An outside view of conceptual Mars One habitats

    Bas Lansdorp has raised funding for Mars One and has chosen 100 candidates to colonize the Red Planet. Is his dream technically feasible?

  • Do you want to live on Mars? Sign up here Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 10:20 PM ET
    Do you want to live on Mars? Sign up here

    Bas Lansdorp, Co-founder and CEO of Mars One, says more than 200,000 people signed up for the firm's mission to Mars. He also explains why his project is less pricier than NASA's.

  • Rocket wars: Rivals battle for military launches Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 11:56 AM ET
    Bill Hallman, ULA engineering manager

    ULA put the GPS satellites into space, and it handles all U.S. military and top-secret launches. That is about to change.

  • US, Lockheed fixing glitch with GPS satellites Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    Lockheed Martin said it is working to resolve a glitch disclosed by the U.S. Air Force that affected some global positioning system (GPS) satellites.

  • Severe solar storm hits Earth, spurs vivid auroras Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 3:26 PM ET
    A severe solar storm created beautiful aurora borealis on March 17, 2015 in Alaska.

    A severe solar storm struck Earth, creating vivid views of auroras, potentially affecting power grids and GPS tracking.

  • One giant leap for...inflatable space houses Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 12:26 PM ET
    Robert Bigelow, founder of Bigelow Aerospace.

    Robert Bigelow has spent $275 million of his own fortune researching, building, and testing expandable living areas for outer space.

  • Billionaire teams up with NASA to mine the moon Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Tether Test MoonExpress

    Naveen Jain is planning to harvest resources from the moon. His MX-1 lunar lander is expected to blast off from Cape Canaveral in 2016.

  • Space station preps for 'space taxis' Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 4:27 PM ET
    The mirrorlike visor of NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman reflects fellow astronaut Barry Wilmore during their Oct. 15, 2014, spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

    A spacewalk to prep the International Space Station for commercial spacecraft was delayed, but plans to reopen the American docks will go on.