Some physicists say the faster-than-light travel technology may one day enable humans to jet between stars for weekend getaways. The science is complex, but not strictly impossible, according to researchers studying how to make it happen.
Marc Millis, former head of NASA's Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project, explains how physicists approach the intriguing possibility of faster-than-light travel. Credit: Imaginova Studios
Space junkies and wannabe astronauts rejoice - we’ve got exclusive video of Virgin Galactic’s recent test flight in the Mojave.
These stunning images of Saturn taken by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft show the ringed planet, its moons and rings in the most incredible detail yet.
The old rover was supposed to work for only 90 days, enough time to crawl two-thirds of a mile across the Martian desert. More than five years later, Spirit has put five miles on its odometer and is still rolling along -- but getting mighty cranky.
Paragon Space Development Corporation in Arizona unveiled plans to land mini-greenhouses on the Moon...
Displaying both a sense of history and humor, NASA revealed "Tranquility" as the name of its newest space station module, while christening a new astronaut exercise device after comedian Stephen Colbert, whose name led their public opinion
A jet of gas spewing from a huge black hole has mysteriously brightened, flaring to 90 times its normal glow. For 7 years the Hubble Space Telescope has been watching the jet, which pours out of the supermassive black hole in the center of the M87 ga
Solar power beamed down from space will generate electricity for California homes as soon as 2016, under a new plan by a utility company to ramp up renewable energy technology far beyond solar panels on roofs.
The Ion Drive uses electrical acceleration. An electric field is used to strip the Xenon of electrons, rendering it positively charged, then accelerate them out of the engine. This gives a tiny amount of gas a much larger momentum, and by
The sun works on a pretty well known 11-year cycle of activity, all measured by sunspots and solar flares. But like the stock market, the sunspot cycle is unpredictable. And just when astronomers thought it had hit bottom, it went lower. It has been
North Korea's missile preparations suggest Pyongyang could launch a satellite into space as early as Saturday, an American defense official said as the U.S. military monitored the situation. [Notice its a "rocket" when we do it.]
For the first time scientists matched a meteorite found on Earth with a specific asteroid that became a fireball plunging through the sky. It gives them a glimpse into the past when planets formed and an idea how to avoid a future asteroid Armageddon
NASA may consider putting Stephen Colbert's name on a space toilet, after the comedian came out on top of the U.S. space agency's online naming poll for a new space module.
Serenity still flyin' but gets the short end as always.
The Phoenix Mars Lander has spent months searching for liquid on the Red Planet. Now it appears that water has found the intrepid spacecraft. Several photographs taken by Nasa's explorer show what look like water droplets clinging to one of its r
NASA and Google, Inc., joined forces to launch the Mars add-on for the popular Google Earth platform includes new features such as watching orbital tracks of spacecraft in real-time, peeling back historical globe maps of Mars and taking a guided fly-
The skies over California's Mojave Air and Space Port are serving as the proving ground for the WhiteKnightTwo, the massive mothership being tested to air-launch commercial spaceliners on suborbital flights.
SpaceX successfully conducted a full mission duration firing of its new Merlin Vacuum upper stage engine for the Falcon 9 rocket. The engine fired for six minutes, consuming 100,000 pounds of liquid oxygen and rocket grade kerosene propellant.
NASA's new planet-hunting Kepler telescope launched into space late Friday, lighting up the night sky above Florida as it began an ambitious mission to seek out Earth-like planets around alien stars.
NASA's naming contest for a new space station module now faces a fresh challenger in the form of comedian Stephen Colbert. Colbert urged fans to put his name in the running on Tuesday's episode of his fake-conservative show "The Colbert
Help us to name another important addition to the station - Node 3 and its cupola! Vote using the poll on the right. Voting will be open until March 20th, 2009. NASA will announce the winning name in April 2009. [hint: see photo :-) ]
My all-time FAVORITE Sci-Fi author Philip Jose Farmer died Wednesday. This great man had more impact on me becoming who I am today more than any other person on Earth, and I will truly miss him!
On Friday evening, Feb. 27th, the 10% crescent Moon will glide by Venus, forming a gorgeous and mesmerizing pair of lights in the sunset sky. Moon-Venus conjunctions are not unusual, but this conjunction has some special qualities:
The US space agency's Fermi telescope has detected a massive explosion in space which scientists say is the biggest-ever gamma-ray burst. The blast was stronger than 9,000 supernovae and the gas jets emitting the initial gamma rays moved at nearl
It came from the outskirts of the solar system, 18 trillion miles away. Once it's made the journey around the sun, Lulin will gain enough speed to escape the solar system, Edberg said.
There could be one hundred billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy, a US conference has heard.
The version flying privately to the Moon, however, will also have a laser-induced breakdown spectrometer, which will scan the lunar soil and can detect heavy metals. "You shine the laser and just find out what's there," says Erik Laan,
The US commercial Iridium spacecraft hit a defunct Russian satellite at an altitude of about 800km (500 miles) over Siberia on Tuesday, Nasa said.
Two big communications satellites collided in the first-ever crash of two intact spacecraft in orbit, shooting out a pair of massive debris clouds and posing a slight risk to the international space station.