NASA warned plan to send humans to Mars may fail
The US space agency NASA has been warned that its mission to send humans to Mars will fail unless its revamps its methods and draws up a clear, well-planned strategy to conquer the red planet.
Terradynamics: Technique could help designers predict how legged robots will move on granular surfaces (w/ video)
Using a combination of theory and experiment, researchers have developed a new approach for understanding and predicting how small legged robots – and potentially also animals – move on and interact with ...
African moon bid seeks boost for spacecraft blast off
An ambitious project to put an African spacecraft on the Moon is sputtering on the launchpad as it struggles to secure an Internet crowdfunding lift off.
Who owns the moon?
Whether you're into mining, energy or tourism, there are lots of reasons to explore space. Some "pioneers" even believe humanity's survival depends on colonising celestial bodies such as the moon and Mars, ...
Slow-growing galaxies offer window to early universe
What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies, wondering how some flourish with star formation and others barely bloom.
NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move
NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans.
SpaceX to build rocket launch site in Texas
SpaceX will build the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches in the southernmost tip of Texas.
Captains of industry explore space's new frontiers
With spacecraft that can carry tourists into orbit and connect Paris to New York in less than two hours, the new heroes of space travel are not astronauts but daring captains of industry.
NASA beams "Hello, world!" video from space via laser (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument.
Recycling astronaut urine for energy and drinking water
On the less glamorous side of space exploration, there's the more practical problem of waste—in particular, what to do with astronaut pee. But rather than ejecting it into space, scientists are developing ...
Mars-mimicking chamber explores habitability of other planets
A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the "Red Planet." They do it within their Mars environmental simulation chamber, ...
An Opportunity for life: Finding Mars' most liveable mud
Coinciding with ten years of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Project, research published today in Science has found some of the oldest evidence of past water on Mars – and confirmed it was ideal to nurture life ...
China, US move toward cooperation in space
China—which until now has worked alone as it pursues an ambitious space program—seems more open to international cooperation, especially with the United States, European and American experts say.
NASA extends space station life to 2024 (Update 2)
The $100-billion International Space Station will be extended by four years, or until at least 2024, allowing for more global research and scientific collaboration, NASA said Wednesday.