Virgin Galactic—the passenger-carrying spaceliner company—plans are rapidly taking shape - suborbital space flights in the near-term but also to eventually offer point-to-point rocket travel around the globe, as well as to space hotels, and the Moon
A freaky storm two-thirds the diameter of Earth and unlike anything ever seen has been spotted on Saturn. The storm's eye is clear of clouds, as with a hurricane on Earth. And the eye-wall clouds are also similar to those that surround the eye of
The Moon has been seen huffing and puffing, remnants of a once very active satellite, scientists reported. It’s believed that the Moon hasn’t experienced any volcanic activity for 3 million years, but a look at old evidence suggests otherwise.
For years, astrophysicists have tried to reconcile a cosmic discrepancy: the universe held much less helium 3 gas than was predicted by models of stellar evolution. Using new 3-dimensional models, scientists discovered where all the helium 3 went
Billions of years ago, Earth may have been shrouded in a blanket of atmospheric haze like that seen on Saturn's moon Titan, providing organic material that nourished our planet's earliest life forms, researchers said.
Images of Uranus reveal for the first time a dark spot in the planet’s northern hemisphere. During the past decade, many bright spots have been seen on Uranus, in both red and near-infrared filters. But this is the first dark spot ever seen on the pl
NASA is funding a study to see if it might be possible to use asteroids traveling between the orbits of Earth and Mars to shelter spacecraft from radiation. The brainchild of Daniella Della-Giustina, engineering physics undergrad from the U of Arizon
What had been a modest comet seen only with binoculars or telescopes flared up this week to become visible to the naked eye. Comet Swan, as it is called, is in the western sky after sunset from the Northern Hemisphere. It remains faint, likely not ea
The Sun had sisters when it was born, hundreds to thousands of them.
At least one was a supernova, providing support that there could be lots of planets around other stars since our solar system emerged in such an explosive environment.
U.S. Space Command’s Vision for 2020 —which articulated a vision of “full spectrum dominance: and insisted that “space superiority is emerging as an essential element of battlefield success and future warfare”
A NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars is using the most powerful cameras ever pointed at the Red Planet to study its climate cycles and whether there is enough water to support a manned mission, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said.
NASA scientists think they might have a lead on where to find Saturn’s missing moons: near rings recently discovered by the Cassini spacecraft.
In mid-September, the sun was poised behind Saturn, providing Cassini scientists with an unprecede
Just a little more than a year ago, the small spot on Jupiter was a pale white; now it matches the reddish hue of its bigger sibling, the Great Red Spot, and boasts 400 mph winds, according to new data from the Hubble Space Telescope.
When the Cassini-Huygens probe landed on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, last year, it found no evidence of the ethane ocean long thought to cover the satellite’s surface. Instead, scientists observed dune structures
Instead of being perfectly round like a globe, the universe might be a bit stretched in shape like a pill. The newly proposed shape could be caused by a magnetic field that pervades the entire cosmos or defects in the fabric of space and time, resear
Satellite observations have confirmed how a certain type of star explosion occurs and revealed a previously unknown stage of radiation release during the stellar burst. Using NASA's Swift satellite, astronomers observed 24 supernovas shortly afte
The most prized item, judging by its sales price, was a 78-inch-long model of the U.S.S. Enterprise captained by Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It sold for $576,000--the most ever for an auctioned-off piece of Trek memorabilia, C
A gigantic sonic boom and a periodic deep cacophony of sound emanated from a supermassive black hole, according to observations by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.
The black hole, one of the biggest in the universe, lies at the center of M87,
President Bush's sweeping new space policy responds to a post 9/11 world of terrorist actions, like the need for intelligence-gathering internal and external to the US. “Freedom of action in space is as important to the US as air and sea power.”
A new era of human spaceflight is upon us, and its movers and shapers say it will be cheaper, safer and aimed at the masses.
Whether you just want to experience weightlessness, take a quick suborbital jaunt or spend a few days aboard the Internati
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