Rocket powered by nuclear fusion could send humans to Mars
Human travel to Mars has long been the unachievable dangling carrot for space programs. Now, astronauts could be a step closer to our nearest planetary neighbor through a unique manipulation of nuclear fusion, ...
NASA details plans to pluck rock off asteroid, explore it (Update)
NASA is aiming to launch a rocket to an asteroid in five years and grab a boulder off of it—a stepping stone and training mission for an eventual trip sending humans to Mars.
Mission studies the Sun in soft X-rays
At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can ...
Pink cloud visible in Arizona after New Mexico rocket launch
(AP)—Early risers across much of Arizona were treated to a colorful sight—a pink cloud from a NASA research rocket that was launched Wednesday from a U.S. Army installation in New Mexico.
Europe launches space plane with eye on strategic goal
Europe said it had launched a prototype space plane Wednesday in a strategy to join an elite club able to both launch a spacecraft and return it safely to Earth.
Europe set for launch of "space plane" prototype
Engineers were preparing for the launch Wednesday of a "space plane" that Europe hopes will help it master a key phase in orbital flight—the ability to return to Earth.
SpaceX calls off launch of space weather satellite (Update)
SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory—and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt—after a critical radar-tracking system failed.
NASA launches groundbreaking soil moisture mapping satellite (Update)
NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet.
SpaceX releases video of rocket crash-landing on ocean barge
SpaceX has released dramatic footage of its booster rocket trying to land on a floating ocean barge after a launch—an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion.
SpaceX poised for cargo, rocket-recycle launch
SpaceX will try again Saturday to launch a load of cargo to the International Space Station and recycle its Falcon 9 rocket by landing a key part on an ocean platform.
Rocket glitch forces SpaceX to abort landmark launch (Update)
A last-minute glitch forced SpaceX to abort a landmark bid Tuesday to transform rocket science into a recyclable industry by landing the first stage of the Falcon 9 on an ocean platform.
SpaceX to try ocean platform landing of Falcon rocket (Update)
SpaceX aims to propel modern rocket science into a brave new era Tuesday by landing a key part of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
SpaceX delays space station delivery until January
The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery.
After wrangle, Europe set to approve Ariane 6 launcher
After a two-year debate sparked by the emergence of low-cost competition, European space nations on Tuesday are likely to back plans to build a new rocket, the Ariane 6, say sources.