Rare galaxy found furiously burning fuel for stars
Astronomers have found a galaxy turning gas into stars with almost 100 percent efficiency, a rare phase of galaxy evolution that is the most extreme yet observed. The findings come from the IRAM Plateau de ...
New 'super-black' material absorbs light across multiple wavelength bands
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA engineers have produced a material that absorbs on average more than 99 percent of the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and far-infrared light that hits it -- a development that promises ...
J-2X engine ready for second test series
(Phys.org) -- The next-generation engine that will help carry humans deeper into space than ever is back, bigger and better. The J-2X engine is currently on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center ...
Curiosity rover stretches its arm for first time
(Phys.org) -- NASA's Mars rover Curiosity flexed its robotic arm today for the first time since before launch in November 2011.
NASA performs first J-2X powerpack test of the year
(PhysOrg.com) -- Engineers at NASA's Stennis Space Center conducted an initial test of the J-2X engine powerpack Feb. 15, kicking off a series of key tests in development of the rocket engine that will carry ...
Exotic new matter expected in ultracold atoms
(PhysOrg.com) -- Just as NASA engineers test new rocket designs in computer studies before committing themselves to full prototypes, so physicists will often model matter under various circumstances to see whether something ...
Higgs Boson tops journal Science's top 10 of 2012
The discovery of the Higgs Boson, an invisible particle that explains the mystery of mass, leads a list of the top 10 scientific advances of 2012 released Thursday by the US journal Science.
SpaceX private rocket blasts off for space station (Update)
A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.
NASA begins engine test project for space launch system rocket
(Phys.org) —Engineers have taken a crucial step in preparing to test parts of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. They installed on Thursday ...
Where do astronauts go when they need 'to go?'
Alan Shepard became the first American to fly in space on May 5, 1961. Although NASA engineers had put considerable planning into his mission, dubbed Freedom 7, noticeably missing from this extensive preparation was a way ...
New Explorer mission chooses the 'just-right' orbit
Principal Investigator George Ricker likes to call it the "Goldilocks orbit"—it's not too close to Earth and her Moon, and it's not too far. In fact, it's just right.
Engineer to launch bacteria into space aboard the final mission of space shuttle Atlantis
There will be some very interesting passengers on the final mission of the NASA Space Shuttle Atlantis scheduled to launch July 8, 2011: thousands of bacteria.
NASA investigating short circuit on Mars rover Curiosity
The Curiosity rover has temporarily stopped work on Mars while NASA engineers investigate a short circuit.
Titan, Saturn's largest moon, icier than thought, scientists say
(Phys.org)—A new analysis of topographic and gravity data from Titan, the largest of Saturn's moons, indicates that Titan's icy outer crust is twice as thick as has generally been thought.