Super-black nano-coating to be tested for the first time in space
(Phys.org) —An emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size will be tested for the first time on the International Space Station ...
Mission accomplished for Europe's cargo freighter
Europe's heaviest-ever cargo carrier to the International Space Station burned up in Earth's atmosphere Saturday in a controlled manoeuvre after a five-month mission, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.
'Shields to Maximum, Mr. Scott': Researchers use supercomputers to simulate orbital debris impacts on spacecrafts
We know it's out there, debris from 50 years of space exploration—aluminum, steel, nylon, even liquid sodium from Russian satellites—orbiting around the Earth and posing a danger to manned and unmanned ...
Scientists work out way to use pulsars to provide self navigation to spacecraft in solar system
Every dollar must go to bridge gaps to Mars, NASA says (Update)
Setting foot on Mars by the 2030s is human destiny and a US priority, and every dollar available must be spent on bridging gaps in knowledge on how to get there, NASA's chief said Monday.
Orbital Sciences ready for first launch of Antares rocket
Orbital Sciences, one of two private US firms chosen by NASA to shuttle cargo to the International Space Station, is preparing for the first launch of its Antares rocket Wednesday.
Protecting astronauts from space radiation
(Phys.org)—The complexities of traveling to and working in space present challenges to astronauts that NASA scientists and engineers have been working on since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first stepped ...
NASA engineers test rotor landing for capsules
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers brought a pair of scale model space capsules to the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to try out a rotor system that could be used in place ...
Space freighter undocking set for Friday
The undocking of a supply craft from the International Space Station (ISS) will take place Friday after a three-day delay, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.
NASA shows first 'crime scene' photo of Mars landing
About 36 hours after NASA landed its $2.5 billion rover on Mars, it released Tuesday what it jokingly dubbed a "crime scene" aerial shot of where the parachute, heat shield and vehicle came down.
NASA successfully tests hypersonic inflatable heat shield
A large inflatable heat shield developed by NASA's Space Technology Program has successfully survived a trip through Earth's atmosphere while travelling at hypersonic speeds up to 7,600 mph.
Branson to take kids on first space tourist trip (Update)
British tycoon Richard Branson said Wednesday his children would join him on the first of his Virgin Galactic space flights, as he unveiled a new satellite launching service.
Europe launches third robot freighter to space station
An automated craft laden with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) headed into space on Friday in the heaviest launch ever undertaken by Europe.