Japanese space officials have found intriguing dust-like particles inside the sample capsule from the asteroid probe Hayabusa, but whether they are actually pieces of an asteroid or contamination from Earth remains to be seen, Japan's space agency an
An unmanned Russian cargo ship that missed its first chance to dock at the International Space Station last week tried again Sunday – this time successfully linking up with the orbiting lab.
A curious NASA mission, known as Project M, could send a robot to the moon, soon.
The White House rolled out a sweeping national space policy for the United States on Monday, one that aims to boost international cooperation and reiterates plans to send Americans to visit an asteroid by 2025.
"You're freezing cold and there's glacial ice everywhere, and it gets just warm enough that you get a river," said James Dickson, a research analyst also at Brown University.
A new map of uranium on the moon has revealed the lunar surface to be a poor source of the radioactive stuff, but it could help solve mysteries as to how the moon formed. This new moon uranium map dampens hopes of a nuclear power industry on the l
A group of seventh-graders in California has discovered a mysterious cave on Mars as part of a research project to study images taken by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the red planet. What looks to be a Martian skylight — a hole in the roof of a cave on
For the first time ever, astronomers have captured images of an exoplanet orbiting its star from one side of the star to the other. The orbit of the exoplanet is at about the same distance as that of Saturn to our Sun. After interpreting the data, sc
At the Bigelow Aerospace factory here, the full-size space station mockups sitting on the warehouse floor look somewhat like puffy white watermelons. The interiors offer a hint of what spacious living in space might look like.
In 2016, a second, larger station would follow. The two Bigelow stations would then be home to 36 people at a time — six times as many as currently live on the International Space Station.
New findings have roused a great deal of hoopla over the possibility of life on Saturn's moon Titan, which some news reports have further hyped up as hints of extraterrestrials. However, scientists also caution that aliens might have nothing to do
At 2:45 Eastern this afternoon in Florida the private Falcon 9 rocket launched on its first test flight. Its mission was to place a mockup of the Dragon space capsule into orbit. It is the first truly private rocket designed to put people into orbit
Two California companies, one a rocket engine builder and the other a mock moon lander champion, have teamed up to develop new private unmanned vehicles that NASA could send to the moon, Mars and asteroids.
The next chapter in space transportation is being written right now in the State of New Mexico. Forward-thinking pioneers are developing both vertical and horizontal launch vehicles using the power of free-market enterprise. As the world’s first
We're seeing the most detailed images of the moon's surface ever captured from afar — thanks to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The space probe carries a super-powerful camera, which photographs every bit of the moon's surface for scientists to
Over the past months, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made several close flybys of Saturn's moons, caught the Sun's reflection glinting off a lake on Titan, and has brought us even more tantalizing images of ongoing cryovolcanism on Enceladus.
Scientists in China have broken the record for quantum teleportation, achieving a distance of about 10 miles, according to a new study in Nature Photonics.
A solar sail works by capturing the gentle but constant force exerted by photons from the sun bouncing off its surface. While acceleration is slow, it is not restricted to the amount of fuel a spacecraft carries and could eventually result in much hi
Twenty years after its April 24, 1990 launch, the Hubble Space Telescope is an icon in space. Here are some of the most amazing views from the prolific space telescope. Hubble’s new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) starts things off in this image of the pl
A new 'phase' of water that is electrically charged has been discovered in space for the first time. Unlike the three more familiar phases of water – namely solid ice, liquid water and gaseous steam – this newfound 'phase' doesn't occur naturally on
As we continue to progress towards the first Falcon 9 launch from Cape Canaveral, certification of the flight termination system (FTS) and subsequent range availability remain the primary schedule drivers. All FTS components must be qualified specifi
His Zero Gravity Corporation lets the public experience weightlessness during parabolic flight, and his company Space Adventures has taken four tourists to the International Space Station. But space entrepreneur Peter Diamandis may be best known a
Exploring the craters at the moon's poles may be more challenging than previously thought. New NASA calculations now show that solar wind streaming over the rough lunar surface may electrically charge polar craters on the moon.
“I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive,” he said. “Just as a chimpanzee can’t understand quantum theory, it could be there are aspects of reality that are beyond the capacity of our brains.”
The United States Air Force's novel robotic X-37B space plane is tucked inside the bulbous nose cone of an unmanned rocket and poised for an evening blastoff from Florida tonight on a mission shrouded in secrecy.
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The Pentagon took over the X-37 program in 2006 after NASA couldn't keep it alive. But the Air Force has been tight-lipped about the spaceship. The craft will launch this month.
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) announces the successful activation of its new Dragon spacecraft communication hardware aboard the International Space Station (ISS) during a series of operations conducted in January and March.
Many scientists now believe life may have found a way to take hold on Titan. Water may all be frozen solid, but methane and ethane are liquids. Instruments have revealed an astonishing world with a complete liquid cycle, much like the hydrologic cycl
Since the surprise discovery last year of trace amounts of water on the moon, scientists have been redefining their concept of Earth's rocky neighbor. Now researchers say the water on the moon comes in three different flavors.