The Cassini spacecraft’s radar sweep of Saturn’s largest moon Titan in January revealed a portion of what appears to be a 110 mile diameter impact crater. If its impact origin is confirmed it would only be the 4th such crater discovered on Titan, a s
Falcon 1's bargain-basement lifting capabilities are around $7m - around 20 per cent of full-fat commercial rates. If you need a bit more va-va-voom, Space X is also putting together the 54-metre Falcon 9 and Falcon 9 Heavy.
Second times the charm, as the Falcon 1 rocket lifts off for a almost perfect mission into space, but fails to make orbit. [Does first stage strike second stage nozzle?] [video & preliminary report links]
Under the plan, from Bill Stone of Austin’s Stone Aerospace, Inc, a vanguard team of industrialists would explore the Shackleton Crater at the Moon’s south pole to determine how much, if any, frozen water and other materials sits locked beneath the l
A NASA spacecraft has found evidence of huge seas, likely filled with liquid methane or ethane, in the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan. One of the seas is larger than any of the Great Lakes in North America and possibly only slight
Scientists believe heat from radioactive decay inside a tiny, icy Saturn moon shortly after it formed billions of years ago may explain why geysers are erupting from the surface today. Dazzling images of Yellowstone-like geysers spewing from a warm s
NASA will delay the first manned flight of the new spacecraft designed to take humans back to the moon until 2015 because of budget constraints, the agency's boss said. The space shuttle will cease flights in 2010 due to safety concerns.
Work on the SpaceShipTwo prototype is moving forward, as is the fabrication of the White Knight 2 mothership, and at this point spaceline operator Virgin Galactic is eyeing late 2009 as the beginning of commercial flights with paying customers.
AFTER years of spending our nation’s space budget building an orbiting space station of questionable utility, serviced by an operationally expensive space shuttle of unsafe design, NASA has set a new direction for the future of human spaceflight. Onc
Even as Bigelow Aerospace gears up for launching its second prototype space station into orbit, the company has set its sights on something much, much bigger: a project to assemble full-blown space villages at a work site between Earth and the moon
In practice this means crowding out private efforts with government efforts, creating dependent space industries, stifling innovation, stifling competition, and using public funds for private ends. The road to chaos is paved with good intentions merg
The most detailed analysis ever of light from the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system has turned up no evidence of water but possible hints of clouds. After obtaining the light spectrum of HD 189733b, Charbonneau’s team scanned it
Richard Branson's space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, has announced plans to work with NASA to design its next generation of space planes. The space agency hopes one day to use the commercial planes to launch small satellites and carry out sc
A star found spinning more than a thousand times every second is thought to be the fastest rotating star known.
The neutron star is a burned out corpse that's collapsed into an incredible density rivaled only by black holes. It packs the mass
An orbiting spacecraft has sent back new evidence for the presence of water on Mars. Scientists long have debated whether water flowed on the red planet, with evidence increasing in recent years. The presence of water would raise the possibility of a
JP Aerospace is currently lining up customers for their next flight in April. Your advertisement will be carried aloft to 100,000 feet - and photographed against the boundary between the Earth and outer space.
Nighttime clouds detected for the first time on Mars help keep the planet’s surface warm after sunset when temperatures drop. The nocturnal clouds are 5 times thicker than their daytime counterparts and hover close to the ground, almost like a fog.
Imagine a world where microwave-beaming rovers cook dust into concrete landing pads ... where your living quarters are dropped onto the land from above, then inflated like an inner tube ... where the grit is so abrasive that even the robots have to w
Neptune may be escorted in its orbit by thousands of asteroid-like objects, perhaps more than exist in the entire asteroid belt.
So far, five of these enigmatic bodies, known as Trojans, have been found at one of Neptune’s Lagrange points.
One of the biggest risk-takers in the planet world orbits so close to its parent star that its upper atmosphere bleeds into space like high-speed steam rising from a boiler. Astronomers have measured the “layer-cake” structure of the extrasolar plane
A British magazine is offering readers the chance to win a trip to space simply by answering the question "What is the best patented invention and why?", it said. The winner of the New Scientist contest will be blasted into space 60 miles a
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