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March 7th, 2014
10:32 AM ET

See Asteroid Fall Apart

Amazing new pictures from space document the end of an asteroid.

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October 12th, 2012
07:42 AM ET

VIDEO: Shuttle Endeavour takes its final 'road trip' through Los Angeles – John Zarrella reports

(CNN) - The space shuttle Endeavour is being moved to the California Science Center Friday, its final resting place.

The move, which started early Friday, from the Los Angeles International Airport will take about two days, as it negotiates 12 miles of Southern California's infamous roads and highways, NASA officials say.

Once at the Los Angeles science museum, the shuttle, which had its first launch in 1992, will be on display for posterity.

Endeavour, along with Discovery, Enterprise and Atlantis, became a museum piece after NASA ended its 30-year shuttle program in July 2011. All four shuttles have been permanently retired from service.

This morning on "Early Start," John Zarrella reports on shuttle Endeavour's last 'road trip' through Los Angeles to its new home at California Science Center.

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October 5th, 2012
09:01 AM ET

NASA’s Kevin Ford to board Russian Soyuz spacecraft for mission to International Space Station: ‘should be a great experience’

In just a few weeks, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft will launch from Russia to the International Space Station and an American astronaut will be aboard. NASA’s Kevin Ford will be join the Russian team as the Expedition Commander of its  during their five month stay at the ISS. The expedition will mark Ford's second space flight, and his first aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Ford comes to “Early Start” this morning live from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star city, Russia, where he and his crew mates have been preparing, to talk about the upcoming mission to the ISS.

Ford says the plan is “to carry out a lot of science.” “We’ve had a lot of training on maybe 30 or 40 crew-intensive science projects that we’ll do on board that have to do with fluid dynamics, combustion, medicine, human science, various kinds of things, osteoporosis,” he explains. “They’re all very involved when you do them in zero g.”

Having travelled to space before, Ford contrasts this upcoming trip to his previous experience. This one will land on ground instead of water and will spin throughout the entire re-entry. Ford says the Soyuz is a “very different system of transportation but one that I’m really confident and I’m looking forward to riding in. He says “it should be a great experience.”

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August 6th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

What's the next stage of 'Curiosity's' mission? John Zarrella reports

(CNN) - NASA's rover Curiosity successfully carried out a highly challenging landing on Mars early Monday, transmitting images back to Earth after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space in order to explore the Red Planet.

The $2.6 billion Curiosity made its dramatic arrival on Martian terrain in a spectacle popularly known as the "seven minutes of terror."

CNN's John Zarrella joins Early Start live from NASA's jet propulsion lab in Pasadena, California this morning to discuss the rover's mission and to explain what's next for Curiosity.

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August 6th, 2012
11:01 AM ET

NASA scientist explains 'Curiosity' rover's mission

After traveling for more than eight months and 352 million miles, NASA's rover "Curiosity" landed on Mars early this morning.

Immediately after touching down, the rover began sending images back to mission control, sparking more celebration and tears from NASA scientists.

Jim Garvin, chief scientist from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses the significance of the mission and explains what's next for "Curiosity."

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June 6th, 2012
06:43 AM ET

Shuttle Enterprise makes final journey to Intrepid museum – Alina Cho shares details

The Shuttle Enterprise will be making its final journey this morning...by sea.

The shuttle is on the back of a barge this morning which will be moved to its final resting place at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum in Manhattan. Enterprise is making the trip today after weather delayed the trip yesterday.

Alina Cho is live in Jersey City, New Jersey this morning with the details, and she has the latest on minor damage the shuttle suffered in transit.

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May 31st, 2012
06:32 AM ET

Space X capsule bringing items to Earth – PBS's Miles O'Brien on what it will mean for future space flight

(CNN) - The first private capsule to dock at the International Space Station will return to Earth Thursday, nine days after it took off on its historic mission.

The capsule, known as Dragon, was released by the space station's robotic arm at 5:35 a.m. ET. A thruster burn a minute later pushed the spacecraft away from its host, according to SpaceX, the private company that built and operates the Dragon.

On Sunday, Dragon delivered to the space station more than 1,000 pounds of cargo, including food, clothing, computer equipment and supplies for science experiments and has been reloaded with everything from trash to scientific research and experimental samples.

The capsule is scheduled to splash into the Pacific Ocean around 11:44 a.m. ET, several hundred miles west of California, according to NASA.

PBS NewsHour Science Correspondent Miles O'Brien details the importance of Space X Dragon capsule's trip back to Earth.


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May 25th, 2012
08:44 AM ET

SpaceX shuttle set to make space history

Earlier this week, the rocket carrying SpaceX's dragon capsule launched into space and headed toward the International Space Station carrying supplies like food, computer equipment and tools for experiments that are to be handed off  to astronauts.

If the unmanned shuttle successfully links up with the space station this morning, it will be the first time a private spacecraft has accomplished such a feat.

Astronaut Dan Tani calls into Early Start this morning to explain the mission and to discuss the significance of the historic day.

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May 22nd, 2012
09:55 AM ET

SpaceX commercial shuttle makes historic launch

The International Space Station is once again getting supplies from an American shuttle, but this one doesn’t have a NASA logo.

Today at 3:44 a.m. ET, an unmanned dragon capsule, from the commercial space flight company SpaceX, made a historic launch into space.

The shuttle is carrying supplies like clothing and student experiments that will be handed off to astronauts when it reaches the space station in a couple of days.

On Early Start this morning, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says that today is a huge step toward the United States providing its own vehicles to take supplies to the ISS without the help of other countries like Russia.

“It’s fine to rely on partners, but that’s not where the greatest nation in the world wants to be,” says Bolden.

Boulden explains that the launch of the rocket is a joint effort between the SpaceX team and NASA. The idea is that eventually, shuttles similar to the one launched this morning will be able to bring regular people into space.

As for the rumors that the remains of about 300 people, including a former Star Trek actor, are on board the shuttle, Bolden couldn’t comment because he doesn’t know the facts.

“I don’t want to guess and I don’t know very much about it, other than the fact that I think you’re right,” says Bolden.

May 3rd, 2012
07:14 AM ET

New rare home video of 1986 Challenger disaster found – Huffington Post editor and woman who found it explain

On January 28, 1986 the space shuttle Challenger disaster devastated the nation. Just 73 seconds after launch, it exploded and all seven astronauts on board died.

The Huffington Post has now obtained new exclusive amateur video from that historic date. The video may be hard to watch, but it shows a unique look at the event and is what some at CNN call the best video of the event they've seen.

Tricia Hunt found the video when she was looking for wedding videos in her aunt and uncle's home, and happened to find the video. She explains on "Early Start" how she found it, and her aunt and uncle's passion for the space program, along with the Huffington Post's Tim Stenovec.

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