ATV to bid farewell to space station for last time
ESA's last Automated Transfer Vehicle will leave the International Space Station on Saturday for its final solo voyage, setting course for a fiery demise that will mark the end of its mission and the programme.
Image: Smile, and the universe smiles with you
An upbeat-looking galaxy cluster appears to smile at us in a newly released image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The cluster - designated as SDSS J1038+4849 - appears to have two eyes and a nose ...
Why comets are like deep fried ice cream
Astronomers tinkering with ice and organics in the lab may have discovered why comets are encased in a hard, outer crust.
Anti-geyser testing completed for SLS liquid oxygen tank
Goodbye, geysers! NASA engineers have successfully finished anti-geyser testing for the liquid oxygen tank that will help fuel the agency's new rocket, the Space Launch System, on the journey to Mars.
NASA spacecraft completes 40,000 Mars orbits
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed a mission milestone of 40,000 orbits on Feb. 7, 2015, in its ninth year of returning information about the atmosphere, surface and subsurface of Mars, from equatorial ...
'Lopsided' supernova could be responsible for rogue hypervelocity stars
Hypervelocity stars have been observed traversing the Galaxy at extreme velocities (700 km/s), but the mechanisms that give rise to such phenomena are still debated. Astronomer Thomas M. Tauris argues that ...
Europe set for launch of "space plane" prototype
Engineers were preparing for the launch Wednesday of a "space plane" that Europe hopes will help it master a key phase in orbital flight—the ability to return to Earth.
SpaceX unmanned spaceship splashes down near Southern California
An unmanned Dragon spaceship splashed back to Earth on Tuesday after a successful supply run to the International Space Station but its owners were forced to scrub the launch of an important weather satellite ...
High wind scraps SpaceX observatory launch, rocket landing
Dangerously high winds kept a deep-space observatory grounded Tuesday and put off a radically new landing test of the booster rocket.
Google gives Lick Observatory $1 million
Google Inc. has given $1 million to the University of California's Lick Observatory in what astronomers hope is the first of many private gifts to support an invaluable teaching and research resource for ...
SpaceX tries again to launch observatory, land rocket at sea (Update)
SpaceX is taking another stab Tuesday at launching an observatory into deep space and landing the rocket booster that carries it up.
Do stars move?
We know that Earth is not the center of the universe—let alone the Solar System—but looking at the sky, it's easy to get confused. Stars appear to be rising and setting, as well as the planets, Moon and ...
How fast is the universe expanding?
The Universe is expanding, but how quickly is it expanding? How far away is everything getting from everything else? And how do we know any of this anyway?
How can Mars sometimes be warmer than Earth?
Remember a few weeks ago when the weather on Mars was making the news? At the time, parts of the Red Planet was experiencing temperatures that were actually warmer than parts of the US. Naturally, there were ...