Each spacecraft was originally expected to last 90 days. On Nov. 21, Spirit completed one martian year--some two Earth years--on Mars. Opportunity, reached that same milestone Dec. 12. Both rovers found what they were sent to probe: signs of past wat
A largely political project, aimed at asserting Europe's independence. Although GPS is free and ubiquitous, it is optimised for America and can drift by more than 30ft. GPS is controlled by the US military which can degrade or switch off the sign
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos expects a rocket-ship complex for his aerospace venture Blue Origin to open early next year. Sending a spaceship into orbit that launches and lands vertically, like a rocket, and eventually building spaceships that can o
Astronomers aided by the Hubble Space Telescope have spied two more rings encircling Uranus, the first additions to the planet's ring system in nearly two decades.
NASA is ready for a January 17 launch of its New Horizons probe to Pluto, the furthest planet in our solar system, officials said.
A pair of discoveries this month along with a handful of others in 2005 have begun to reveal the outer solar system contains a dizzying array of round worlds on countless odd trajectories around the sun, often with multiple satellite systems.
European Space Agency (ESA) officials have said that European countries remained interested in a Russian plan to build a new crew-carrying spaceship known as the Clipper.
British entrepreneur Richard Branson has chosen New Mexico for the launch pad of his planned space tourism flights, state officials said on Thursday.
Clipper project to develop a six-person spacecraft to deliver astronauts into Earth orbit, and potentially beyond. Winged crew vehicle, Clipper, would launch atop a Russian Soyuz 2-3 booster and could form the heart of potential Moon- or Mars-bound c
NASA hopes to supplement, and eventually replace, crew and cargo flights to the space station that had been planned for the shuttle fleet. The agency also may have to pare down the number of shuttle flights to the station even before they retire to p
Virgin Airlines is to offer frequent-flyer "Space Miles" that passengers can put towards flights in space with the company's soon-to-be-launched Virgin Galactic, boss Richard Branson revealed.
The Hubble Space Telescope has caught the most detailed view of the Crab Nebula, revealing the intricate epitaph of a long-dead star.
Saturn's planet-size moon Titan has dramatic weather, with freezing temperatures, carbon- and nitrogen-rich clouds and possibly lightning describing a world that may have looked like Earth before life developed.
After three years of development, SpaceX's privately-made Falcon 1 rocket is set for its debut launch Saturday from a seven-acre isle in the Central Pacific. Liftoff remains targeted for 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT)
The Falcon 1 rocket will begin its journey to orbit, accelerating to 17,000 mph (twenty-five times the speed of sound) in less than ten minutes. Falcon 1 is a two stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and purified, rocket grade kerosene.
A Japanese space probe made history on Saturday when it landed on the surface of an asteroid and then collected rock samples that could give clues to the origin of the solar system.
The study was done by a private space firm, SpaceDev concluded that safe, lower cost missions can be completed by the private sector using existing technology to support human exploration of the Moon in the near-future.
NASA administrator Michael Griffin desires a greater role for private industry in space, and believes the international space station can provide incentive for businesses to get involved.
The NASA Ames Research Center will direct at least four unmanned missions to the moon with the aim of mapping the entire lunar surface, seeking water sources and scouting safe landing spots for future astronaut visits.
A rare 1,400-pound meteorite was discovered seven feet underground by a collector in an area long known for producing prized space rocks. Using a metal detector mounted on a three-wheel vehicle, Steve Arnold of Kingston, Ark., found the huge meteorit
As lawmakers in Washington fret over how to pay for key elements of President Bush's blueprint for space exploration, which aims to send astronauts back to the moon in 2018, China is making a bid to place the first bootprints on the moon this cen
Astronauts call for more money to defend Earth against asteroids.
President Bush told NASA to help finish the space station, return to the moon and prepare a manned flight to Mars. But that vision is crumbling as it does not have the money it needs.
Polish archaeologists are all but certain they have located the skeletal remains of Nicholas Copernicus, the 16th-century cleric whose heliocentric theory was to revolutionize astronomy.
Japan has canceled the rehearsal of a planned landing on an asteroid millions of miles away between Earth and Mars, but has not ruled out collecting samples from the asteroid's surface later this month, the country's space agency said Friday.
Chinese scientists said on Wednesday they had gathered evidence that shows a giant object in the center of our galaxy is a super-massive black hole. Astronomers believe it is four million times more massive than our Sun, and as wide as the radius o
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope glimpsed the two new satellites, and were intrigued when the pair of possible moons appeared to move around Pluto over three days in what looked like a nearly circular orbit.
The mission, reportedly due to last up to five days, is an efforts by the communist government to declare its status as a rising world power with technological triumphs to match its rapid economic growth. It is only the third country to launch a huma
A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 6 capsule and two astronauts was to blast off sometime Wednesday from the remote base in China's northwest, the official Xinhua News Agency said. In a break with the space agency's typical secrecy, Xinhua said a