As the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America is designed with the needs of the commercial space business in mind. Unique geographic benefits, striking iconic design, and the tradition of New Mexico space leadership are c
A company behind plans to open the first hotel in space says it is on target to accept its first paying guests in 2012 despite critics questioning the investment and time frame for the multi-billion dollar project. The Barcelona-based architects o
It was far from a two-company competition, with as many as 11 satellite operators expressing interest in the auction, which was organized by UBS Securities LLC. The in-orbit ProtoStar-1 telecommunications satellite sold for a $210 million all-cash of
Scientists devise a new rocket propellant from aluminum and water for solid rocket motors.
Armadillo Aerospace successfully flies its Scorpius vehicle between two launch pads on Sept. 12, 2009 during a bid to win $1 million in NASAs Lunar Lander Challenge.
NASA has discovered a large dent on its brand-new moon rocket after the booster splashed into the Atlantic Ocean at the end of a test flight this week. The damage to the new Ares I-X rocket, which launched from Florida Wednesday on a short test fligh
A space rock explosion earlier this month over an island region of Indonesia is now being viewed as perhaps the biggest object to tangle with the Earth in more than a decade. On Oct. 8, reports from Indonesia told of a loud air blast around 11 a.m
Perminov said the preliminary design could be ready by 2012, and then it would take nine more years and cost $600 million to build the ship. "The project is aimed at implementing large-scale space exploration programs, including a manned mission t
Light from a star that exploded 13 billion years ago has been detected, becoming the most distant object in the universe ever observed. The light from the distant explosion, called a gamma-ray burst, first reached Earth on April 23 and was detected b
NASA's newest rocket blasted off on a brief test flight Wednesday, after a day's delay due to poor weather. The flight is the first step in a back-to-the-moon program that could be shelved by the White House. The 327-foot-tall rocket roared to lif
You would think that an unpiloted space plane built to rocket spaceward from Florida atop an Atlas booster, circle the planet for an extended time, then land on autopilot on a California runway would be big news. But for the U.S. Air Force X-37B proj
After years of competition, NASA's moon dirt digging challenge finally has some winners. 3 teams took home a total $750,000 in prize money by using homemade robots to excavate simulated lunar dirt.
The basic molecules required for life as we know it have been detected in a second hot gas planet beyond our solar system. The planet, which orbits a sun-like star about 150 light-years away in the constellation Pegasus, is not habitable but it ha
Rocket propellant has barely changed in the more than 50 years since the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik. But a new mixture of nano-aluminum powder and frozen water could allow spacecraft to refuel at the moon or Mars.
New maps reveal colorful patterns on the surfaces of Saturn's five innermost icy moons. Some of the patterns have been seen before, but others took scientists by surprise, suggesting dynamic interactions between the moons and other particles orbit
Astronomers announced today the discovery of 32 extrasolar planets, some just five times the mass of Earth and others five times heftier than giant Jupiter. The findings significantly boost the number of planets closer to Earth in size and help as
Brand-new images from NASA's refurbished Hubble Space Telescope
This extraordinary force was more or less forgotten over the decades, but Franklin Felber, a U.S.-based physicist, has resurrected it and flipped the idea around, theorizing that the relativistic particle should also repel the stationary mass.
NASA smacked two spacecraft into the lunar south pole Friday morning in a search for hidden ice. But the big live public splash people anticipated didn't quite happen. Instruments confirm that a large empty rocket hull barreled into the moon at 7:
Its victory was hailed by the banner: "SpaceShipOne, Government Zero." It has been five years since SpaceShipOne screamed its way into the history books as the first privately built and financed manned craft to reach space. While that roar from the s
The surprising discovery of Hydrogen at the Moon's South Pole is a tantalizing hint that there may be ice in the deep shadowed craters. Humanity may be granted an unexpected giant step to the stars. But we must have the guts to actually take it. C
Mojave Air and Space Port all appears in readiness for the combined test flights of WhiteKnightTwo and the sleek two-pilot, six-person SpaceShipTwo - the world's first passenger-carrying suborbital spaceliner. "SpaceShipOne, Government Zero."
40 years after NASA lands on the moon they admit that there's water up there. Moon Mineralogy Mapper, a NASA instrument onboard Chandrayaan-I, detected wavelengths of reflected light that would indicate a chemical bond between hydrogen and oxygen.
Dreams of establishing a manned Moon base could become reality within two decades after India’s first lunar mission found evidence of large quantities of water on its surface.
Mars was not always red, according to a new theory for how the planet took on its characteristic ruddy hue. Until recently, Mars' color was thought to be a product of liquid water, which scientists think flowed over the planet's surface billions o
Astronomers have found the coldest spot in our solar system and it may be a little close for comfort. It's on our moon, right nearby. NASA's new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is making the first complete temperature map of the moon. It found that
One of the smallest exoplanets yet discovered has just been confirmed as a rocky world. The planet, called CoRoT-7b, is the first planet beyond our solar system with a proven density similar to Earth's, astronomers say. Most known exoplanets are larg
To hunt for the "ninjas" of the cosmos — dim objects that lurk in the vast dark spaces between planets and stars — scientists are building by far the most sensitive set of wide-angle infrared goggles ever, a space telescope called the Widefield Infra
A rocket experiment set to launch Tuesday aims to create artificial clouds at the outermost layers of Earth’s atmosphere.
A commercial vehicle successfully completed a mock lunar landing Saturday, qualifying its team to win a $1 million prize offered for NASA's Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge. The rocket-powered craft, built by Armadillo Aerospace, ascended 5