Antares commercial rocket cleared for July 11 blastoff following engine re-inspection
The long delayed liftoff of an Orbital Sciences Corp. commercial Antares rocket on a cargo mission bound for the International Space Station (ISS) has been cleared for blastoff this Friday, July 11, from ...
NASA radio delivered for Europe's 2016 Mars orbiter
(Phys.org) —The first of two NASA Electra radios that will fly aboard the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars has been delivered for installation onto the ESA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO).
Satellite will help predict climate changes, say Stanford researchers
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite will monitor carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere and help scientists understand the lifecycle of carbon on Earth.
Comet-chasing probe closes in on target
A comet-chasing spacecraft on a mission to land on a fizzing ball of ice and dust later this year has begun a crucial slow-down maneuver to avoid flying past its target.
A swing and a near-miss: Comet siding-spring clears the fence over Mars' satellite-filled outfield
Like a runner rounding third base on his way to home plate, comet Siding Spring will sprint past Mars this October while making a beeline for the Sun. Siding Spring's buzz of the red planet will afford us no ...
Curiosity travels through ancient glaciers on Mars
3,500 million years ago the Martian crater Gale, through which the NASA rover Curiosity is currently traversing, was covered with glaciers, mainly over its central mound. Very cold liquid water also flowed ...
Spiral-shaped 'light fan' adds new twist to laser-driven plasma accelerators
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.
Mars Curiosity rover marks first Martian year with mission successes
(Phys.org) —NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year—687 Earth days—on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions ...
Image: Soaring over Lunar Mt. Hadley
(Phys.org) —Apollo mission planners selected an adventurous landing site for Apollo 15 located on a relatively small patch of lava plains, called "mare" on the moon. This site is nestled between the towering ...
Image: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's view of Tycho central peak
(Phys.org) —Today, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) celebrates its fifth anniversary in space. LRO launched from Florida on June 18, 2009. After a four-day journey, the orbiter successfully entered ...
Opportunity peers out from 'Pillinger Point'
NASA's decade old Opportunity rover has reached a long sought after region of aluminum-rich clay mineral outcrops at a new Endeavour crater ridge now "named 'Pillinger Point' after Colin Pillinger the Principal ...
Ice and fire forge a reservoir for life on Mars
Where volcanoes meet glaciers, lakes often form. This happens in many places on Earth and in at least one place off it: Arsia Mons, Mars.
NASA image: Giant landform on Mars
(Phys.org) —Sandy landforms formed by the wind, or aeolian bedforms, are classified by the wavelength—or length—between crests. On Mars, we can observe four classes of bedforms (in order of increasing ...