Planets abound: Astronomers estimate that at least 100 billion planets populate the galaxy
(Phys.org)—Look up at the night sky and you'll see stars, sure. But you're also seeing planets—billions and billions of them. At least.
Houston, we have another problem: Study shows space travel is harmful to the brain
(Phys.org)—As if space travel was not already filled with enough dangers, a new study out today in the journal PLOS ONE shows that cosmic radiation – which would bombard astronauts on deep space missio ...
NASA's next-generation communications satellite arrives at Kennedy
(Phys.org)—NASA's newest Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, known as TDRS-K, arrived Tuesday at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a Jan. 29 launch. TDRS-K arrived aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 ...
Botany experiment will try out zero gravity aboard space station
(Phys.org)—Gravity: It's the law in these parts. But to reach the stars, humans may have to learn to live outside the law.
Twin NASA spacecraft to plunge into lunar mountain
NASA's latest moon mission is about to meet its end.
Expert panel: NASA seems lost in space, needs goal (Update)
NASA, the agency that epitomized the "Right Stuff," seems lost in space and doesn't have a clear sense of where it is going, an independent panel of science and engineering experts said in a stinging report Wednesday.
China prepares to grow vegetables on Mars
Chinese astronauts are preparing to grow fresh vegetables on Mars and the moon after researchers successfully completed a preliminary test in Beijing, state media reported.
Experiment wins free trip to the International Space Station
(Phys.org)—University of Central Florida experiment that could help explain how planets formed in our solar system has won a free ride to the International Space Station in 2013.
First minisatellite mission comes to successful end
(Phys.org)—After two successful years of on-orbit operations, NASA's Fast, Affordable, Science and Technology Satellite, or FASTSAT, mission is coming to an end. FASTSAT successfully demonstrated a capability ...
SLS model 'flies' through Langley wind tunnel testing
(Phys.org)—At NASA facilities around the country, engineers are developing America's first exploration-class rocket since the Saturn V launched astronauts to the moon. The Space Launch System (SLS) will ...
Game-changing propellant tank arrives at Marshall
(Phys.org)—A 2.4-meter-diameter propellant tank made of composite materials arrived on Nov. 20, 2012 at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., where engineers are preparing it for testing. ...
US twin astronaut, Russian to spend year in orbit (Update 2)
A former space shuttle commander whose twin brother is married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American.
Continuing Thanksgiving eruptions on the Sun
On Nov. 23, 2012, at 8:54 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory ...
NASA spacecraft observe a Thanksgiving CME
(Phys.org)—On Nov. 21, 2012, at 11:24 a.m. EST, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from the Solar Terrestrial Relations ...