Asteroid Vesta's mysterious olivine
(Phys.org) —Just when scientists thought they had a tidy theory for how the giant asteroid Vesta formed, a new paper from NASA's Dawn mission suggests the history is more complicated.
India launches first mission to Mars
India on Tuesday launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel.
Martian box of delights
(Phys.org) —This spherical container has been engineered to house the most scientifically valuable cargo imaginable: samples brought back from the Red Planet.
NASA to probe why Mars lost its atmosphere
NASA said Monday it is on track to launch its Maven probe to Mars next month to find out why the Red Planet lost much of its atmosphere.
Celebrating the legacy of ESA's Planck mission
From the tiniest fraction of a second after the Big Bang to the evolution of stars and galaxies over 13.8 billion years, ESA's Planck space telescope has provided new insight into the history of our Universe. ...
Found: Planets skimming a star's surface
A new planet-hunting survey has revealed planetary candidates with orbital periods as short as four hours and so close to their host stars that they are nearly skimming the stellar surface. If confirmed, these candidates ...
Juno slingshots past Earth on its way to Jupiter
If you've ever whirled a ball attached to a string around your head and then let it go, you know the great speed that can be achieved through a slingshot maneuver.
New commercial supply ship reaches space station (Update)
NASA's newest delivery service made its first-ever shipment to the International Space Station on Sunday, another triumph for the booming commercial space arena that has its sights set on launching astronauts.
Get ready for Rosetta's wake-up call with activity schedule for target comet
After a journey of almost ten years, the Rosetta mission has just a few months left to wait before beginning its rendezvous with a time capsule. Comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko is a dirty snowball of ice and ...
Water hidden in the Moon may have proto-Earth origin
Water found in ancient Moon rocks might have actually originated from the proto-Earth and even survived the Moon-forming event. Latest research into the amount of water within lunar rocks returned during ...
Upgrade to Mars rovers could aid discovery on more distant worlds
Smart as the Mars Curiosity mission has been about landing and finding its own way on a distant world, the rover is pretty brainless when it comes to doing the science that it was sent 567 million kilometers ...
Changes in comet rotation may be predicted with greater accuracy
(Phys.org) —Planetary Science Institute researchers have discovered a way to predict the changes in the rotational states of comets that could help scientists learn more about the approaching Comet C/2012 ...
Space laser to prove increased broadband possible
When NASA's Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) begins operation aboard the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission managed by NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, ...
From cancer treatment to ion thruster: The newest little idea for nanosat micro rockets
(Phys.org) —Nanosatellites are smartphone-sized gadgets that can perform simple, yet valuable, space missions. Dozens of these little spacecraft are now tirelessly orbiting the earth performing valuable ...