Personal space travel has become a far more feasible business proposition. An adventure that will be costly for the foreseeable future and far from risk-free. Even at price tags in the range of $150,000 per trip, there are already waiting lists of ea
After analyzing data from the static fire countdown, we decided to postpone the launch. The vehicle is being lowered for further investigation. Once we have thoroughly checked out all systems, I will post an update on what was found and when the nex
Paying space travelers could be lifting off from the US by 2008, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta says. He expects to issue permits for test flights next year. If those are successful, licenses for passenger space travel could then be issued.
The mission is to serve as a technology accelerator in the areas of airframe, propulsion and spacecraft design, and reach for the future to inspire the next generation of spaceflight enthusiasts.
Using a new climate predicting model, scientists can predict cloud formation on Titan 30 years into the future. That may sound like a long range forecast, but 30 Earth years correspond to just one year on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.
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The new launch time is February 8 at 5:30 p.m. Arizona time with Feb. 9 as a backup day. We will actually be ready to launch earlier, but are planning to spend extra time reviewing and double-checking all vehicle systems. Following the problem on De
The Falcon launch vehicle family is designed to provide breakthrough advances in reliability, cost, flight environment and time to launch. The primary design is reliability. Nothing is more important than getting our customer’s spacecraft safely to iEntered By: Powell Gammill
Astronomers last year spotted a star leaving the Milky Way Galaxy. Later one or two more were detected. And today, researchers announced the discovery of yet two more outbound stars.
In Roving Mars, the trip is "for real" - if you count substantial but cool CGI simulations. Roving serves up lots of barren reds with solid evidence of past planetary water. It does capture the imagination regarding potential
A joint U.S. Air Force and DARPA project is moving speedily along— intended to fly to Mach 20, plus some. A Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle-1 (HTV-1) is now on the books for a less than one-hour flight in September 2007.
Astronomers announced the discovery of what is possibly the smallest planet known outside our solar system orbiting a normal star. The planet is estimated to be about 5.5 times as massive as Earth and thought to be rocky. It orbits a red dwarf star a
20 years ago, space shuttle Challenger blew apart into jets of fire and plumes of smoke, a terrifying sight witnessed by the families of the 7 astronauts and by those who came to watch the historic launch of the first teacher in space.
After nearly two months at a standstill, NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has driven its first tentative meters with a partially stowed robotic arm.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a fast-moving Atlas V rocket. It's headed for a distant rendezvous with the mysterious planet Pluto almost a decade from now.
We are seeking volunteers to help us to search using your comupter for these tiny samples of matter from the galaxy. Volunteers are critical to the success of this project. Please help us visually search the first samples of contemporary Stardust eve
Scientists in Houston, Texas, are "excited and awed" after opening the Stardust capsule which returned from space with samples of cometary dust.
Astronaut Mike Mullane has flown on the shuttle 3 times, but in a new memoir he called this ship the most dangerous spacecraft humans have ever ridden. NASA's bureaucracy helped make it that way by discouraging questions about safety and other ma
After streaking across the darkened skies over the Pacific Northwest, a NASA spacecraft floated to a successful parachute landing in the Utah desert early today with microscopic pieces of a comet and star grains that pre-date the formation of the sol
A capsule containing comet particles and interstellar dust samples collected in space by NASA's Stardust spacecraft -- designed and built by Lockheed Martin -- is heading to Earth for a parachute landing early on the morning of January 15, 2006,
If all goes to plan, Stardust will release its sample return capsule carrying comet and interstellar dust particles on Jan. 15 and the capsule will enter Earth's atmosphere, zooming toward Utah and a parachute landing at
Picture this: Swarms of one-legged robots hopping across Mars like malformed chicks. They dart in and out of caves and crevices, grabbing soil samples and searching for signs of ancient microbes - and thus life.
Future space cadets Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have convinced Richard Branson to allow them to be aboard his Virgin Galactic Spaceship which will lift off in 2010.
NASA's Stardust spacecraft flew two years ago through the halo of gas, dust and debris, or "coma," enveloping comet Wild 2, and before dawn on Sunday it will send a capsule containing the samples on a parachute descent into the U.S. Arm
New Mexico's plan to build a $225 million spaceport calls for the state Legislature to contribute $100 million in new money. The balance would come from state funding already approved, as well as federal and local funds, said Rick Homans, New Mex
NASA will pay the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) $21.8 million per passenger for Soyuz rides to and from the International Space Station (ISS) starting this spring.
Passengers also would have to clear a security check to guard against any chance a space tourist would try to destroy the rocket or interfere with the flight crew and use it as a weapon. The FAA recommends using the TSA’s global “no fly” list.
In two years, they have traveled a total of seven miles. Not impressed? Try keeping your car running in a climate where the average temperature is 67 below zero and where dust devils can reach 100 mph.
The proposal released sets requirements for crew qualifications and training, and establishes training and informed consent for passengers. Physical exams for passengers, trained on how to respond during emergencies. Pilots must have an FAA pilot cer
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Union launched its first Galileo navigation satellite on Wednesday, moving to challenge the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS).