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.
Hubble sees spiral bridge of young stars between two ancient galaxies
Astronomers routinely use the crisp view of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to study all kinds of intricate details in galaxy clusters. By now you would think they've seen it all—but nature always has new ...
Comet joined by space probe after 10-year pursuit
Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet on Wednesday after a 4-billion mile (6.4-billion kilometer) chase through outer space over the course ...
Young sun's violent history solves meteorite mystery
(Phys.org) —Astronomers using ESA's Herschel space observatory to probe the turbulent beginnings of a Sun-like star have found evidence of mighty stellar winds that could solve a puzzling meteorite mystery ...
Experiments show disproportionately large number of big boulders on asteroids likely due to Brazil-nut effect
Theory says there may be disk of dark matter at center of galaxy
Scientists widely accept that the extinction of the dinosaurs was triggered when a massive object smashed into Earth and touched off a global ice age that wiped out as many as three-quarters of all species. ...
End dawns for Europe's space cargo delivery role
Europe will close an important chapter in its space flight history Tuesday, launching the fifth and final robot ship it had pledged for lifeline deliveries to the International Space Station.
Astronomers pierce galactic clouds to shine light on black hole development
An international team of scientists including a Virginia Tech physicist have discovered that winds blowing from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy work to obscure observations and x-rays.
New molecules around old stars
(Phys.org) —Using ESA's Herschel space observatory, astronomers have discovered that a molecule vital for creating water exists in the burning embers of dying Sun-like stars.
NASA team lays plans to observe new worlds
It can take decades to mature an astrophysics flagship mission from concept to launch pad.
Seeing Earth as an exoplanet: What signs of life are visible?
An extraterrestrial spacecraft lurking in a satellite's orbit near Earth would be able to see city lights and pollution in our atmosphere. But what if it searched for signs of life on Earth from afar?
How hostile is space?
Space may seem calm, but it is a more hostile environment than that on Earth. Invisible radiation is a big problem for space enthusiasts and scientific instruments. Substituting electronic devices to do human ...
Robot valet to park cars at German airport
Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking?
How the 'Pillars of Creation' were created
(Phys.org) —The 'Pillars of Creation', an image made with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, is one of the most famous astronomical views. It shows how 'elephant trunks' of cooler interstellar gas are ero ...