SpaceX delays space station delivery until January
The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery.
Contamination of impacted meteorites can happen quickly
A team of scientists has published the results of an investigative survey into the Sutter's Mill meteorite that landed in California in 2012.
India launches biggest ever rocket into space
India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket on Thursday carrying an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.
Venus Express goes gently into the night
ESA's Venus Express has ended its eight-year mission after far exceeding its planned life. The spacecraft exhausted its propellant during a series of thruster burns to raise its orbit following the low-altitude ...
Voyager 1 revealing regularity of interstellar shock waves
(Phys.org)—The "tsunami wave" that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft began experiencing earlier this year is still propagating outward, according to new results. It is the longest-lasting shock wave that researchers ...
Fermi brings deeper focus to thunderstorm gamma-rays
Each day, thunderstorms around the world produce about a thousand quick bursts of gamma rays, some of the highest-energy light naturally found on Earth. By merging records of events seen by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray ...
MAVEN mission identifies links in chain leading to atmospheric loss
Early discoveries by NASA's newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet's atmosphere to space over time.
Signs of ancient Mars lakes and quakes seen in new map
Long ago, in the largest canyon system in our solar system, vibrations from "marsquakes" shook soft sediments that had accumulated in Martian lakes.
MESSENGER data suggest recurring meteor shower on Mercury
The closest planet to the sun appears to get hit by a periodic meteor shower, possibly associated with a comet that produces multiple events annually on Earth.
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in living color
Rosetta's OSIRIS team have produced a color image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it would be seen by the human eye. As anticipated, the comet turns out to be very grey indeed, with only slight, subtle ...
Cosmic impacts might help synthesize organic compounds
Bullets of ice shot at high speeds can deposit organic compounds on surfaces they strike. The new findings suggest that comets might, indeed, have helped deliver key ingredients of life to Earth and perhaps ...
Saturn's moons: What a difference a decade makes
Almost immediately after NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft made their brief visits to Saturn in the early 1980s, scientists were hungry for more. The Voyagers had offered them only a brief glimpse of a family ...
Why did NASA scientists name a geologic feature on Mars "Aztec"?
Last week, NASA mission controllers for the Mars rover Curiosity spied a piece of rock outcropping with tiny holes, veins and fractures in the rocks. It's common practice for the science team to assign names ...
OPALS project uses laser beams for Earth-space communications
(Phys.org) —You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) ...