Parachutes for NASA's Orion spacecraft hit no snags in most difficult test
(Phys.org) —NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday.
Russia to make fresh attempt to launch new rocket
Russia will on Wednesday attempt to launch its newest rocket after an embarrassing last-minute glitch forced authorities to abort the initial test last week.
Dark Energy Survey spots exotic supernova
(Phys.org) —The first images taken by the Dark Energy Survey (DES) after the survey began in August 2013 have revealed a rare, 'superluminous' supernova that erupted in a galaxy 7.8 billion light years ...
Remarkable white dwarf star possibly coldest, dimmest ever detected
A team of astronomers has identified possibly the coldest, faintest white dwarf star ever detected. This ancient stellar remnant is so cool that its carbon has crystallized, forming—in effect—an Earth-size ...
STEREO maps much larger solar atmosphere than previously observed
Surrounding the sun is a vast atmosphere of solar particles, through which magnetic fields swarm, solar flares erupt, and gigantic columns of material rise, fall and jostle each other around. Now, using NASA's ...
Harpooning space debris
(Phys.org) —Faced with the challenge of capturing tumbling satellites to clear key orbits, ESA is considering turning to an ancient terrestrial technology: the harpoon.
Solar moss shakes at 16,000 km an hour
(Phys.org) —Using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet camera, two astronomers from Northumbria University have obtained exceptionally sharp images of 'solar Moss', bright features on the Sun that may hold the ...
Webb telescope microshutters journey into NASA clean room
(Phys.org) —NASA's James Webb Space Telescope microshutters have taken a short jaunt in preparation of its million mile journey in four years. The microshutters were moved into a NASA Goddard cleanroom ...
Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers
The dramatic conclusion to ESA's latest StarTiger project: a 'dropship' quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface.
Company successfully tests space-tourism balloon (Update)
An Arizona company said Tuesday it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles (32 kilometers) above ...
3D map shows dusty structure of the Milky Way
(Phys.org) —A team of international astronomers has created a detailed three-dimensional map of the dusty structure of the Milky Way – the star-studded bright disc of our own galaxy – as seen from Earth's ...
Telescope digs for ice on Pluto
(Phys.org) —In just over a year, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto, giving us our first detailed look at the dwarf planet. Anticipating this encounter, St Andrews undergraduate student Ailsa ...
Rosetta:The comet takes shape, one pixel at a time
Rosetta's scientific imaging system OSIRIS is slowly but surely resolving comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in its narrow angle camera (NAC), giving the first tantalising hints of its shape.
Spectral 'ruler' is first standardized way to measure stars
Previously, as with the longitude problem 300 years earlier for fixing locations on Earth, there was no unified system of reference for calibrating the heavens.