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.
Russian rocket engines suspected in launch blast
Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of determining why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to send supplies ...
Astrophysicist looks beyond test flight to asteroids and Mars
On Friday, NASA successfully launched its next-generation spaceship farther than any astronaut has flown since the Apollo program of the 1960s. Though the Orion was unmanned during the test flight, which ...
The search for volcanic eruptions on Mars reaches the next level
A new study of emissions from Martian volcanoes suggests there is no activity going on right now, but researchers aren't ruling out recent eruptions.
The search for alien life could get a boost from NASA's next-generation rocket
In three years, NASA is planning to light the fuse on a huge rocket designed to bring humans further out into the solar system.
Colliding atmospheres: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring
On October 19, 2014, Comet Siding Spring will pass by Mars only 132,000 km away—which would be like a comet passing about 1/3 of the distance between Earth and the Moon.
Heads up! Supermoon coming Saturday; 3 this summer
The full moon on Saturday will appear to be unusually big. In fact, it will be a "supermoon."
NASA should maintain long-term focus on Mars as 'horizon goal' for human spaceflight
Arguing for a continuation of the nation's human space exploration program, a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council concludes that the expense of human spaceflight and the ...
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 ...
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).
Space station supply ship exits, now packing trash
A commercial cargo ship has ended its month-long space station visit.
A salty, martian meteorite offers clues to habitability
Life as we know it requires energy of some sort to survive and thrive. For plants, that source of energy is the Sun. But there are some microbes that can survive using energy from chemical reactions. Some ...
New Horizons sights tiny Pluto moon as spacecraft races toward dwarf planet
Here's Hydra! The New Horizons team spotted the tiny moon of Pluto in July, about six months ahead of when they expected to. You can check it out in the images below. The find is exciting in itself, but it ...
Image: Icy rocks around Saturn
(Phys.org) —Earth is the only planet in our Solar System to have a single solitary moon. While others, such as Mercury and Venus, have none, the gas giants have accumulated crowds of orbiting bodies—Saturn, ...