Relief as signal arrives from comet lander
Europe's Rosetta spacecraft made contact with its robot craft Philae soon after the lander embarked Wednesday on a solo, seven-hour descent to a comet, ground controllers said. (WATCH LIVE) ...
NASA sun probe silent now for six weeks
No one knows exactly why a NASA solar probe stopped talking to Earth six weeks ago, but it's possible the spacecraft is out of power and is drifting without a way of calling for help, the agency said in an ...
Venturing into the upper atmosphere of Venus
As the end of its eight-year adventure at Venus edges ever closer, ESA scientists have been taking a calculated risk with the Venus Express spacecraft in order to carry out unique observations of the planet's ...
Explainer: Why the Rosetta comet mission is such a big deal
The first attempted landing on the surface of a comet is a huge landmark in the history of space exploration that will not only uncover further details about comets but could unlock further clues about the ...
Orion's rocket ready for critical December test flight
The huge rocket that will blast NASA's first Orion spacecraft into orbit is ready to Rock 'n' Roll on a critical two orbit test flight scheduled for December.
'Target locked': Comet mission eyes Wednesday landing
European scientists are gearing for the culmination of two decades' work and a 1.3-billion-euro ($1.6-billion) bet with the first-ever landing on a comet on Wednesday.
A timeline of deep-space comet encounters
12th November 2014. That is the date in which Rosetta, led by the European Space Agency, will release its lander Philae to touchdown on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in outer space.
Three-man multinational space crew returns to Earth
A three-man multinational crew of astronauts returned to Earth Monday aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, after spending 165 days working together at the International Space Station, NASA said.
Five questions about the Rosetta mission
On November 12, the Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander is due to land on the surface of a comet. As a space scientist working with those who have instruments on board, I can't wait. I met up with some of ...
Alexander's rollercoaster ride from space to Germany
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst has spent almost six months on the International Space Station running experiments and maintaining the weightless research outpost with his crewmates. After landing in Kazakhstan, ...
Orion launch to test human flight risks in deep space
With memories still fresh of two commercial space flight accidents in the past 10 days, NASA is readying its first test flight of the Orion spacecraft that could one day carry humans to Mars.
Behind-the scenes account of seven specks of interstellar dust returned by the Stardust probe
This August, a consortium of 65 scientists announced in the journal Science that they have so far found seven probable but not confirmed ("level 2" ) interstellar dust specks in a collector returned to Ear ...
MAVEN continues Mars exploration begun 50 years ago by Mariner 4
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft arrived at the Red Planet on Sept. 21, it marked the continuation of exploration of one of Earth's nearest celestial neighbors that began ...
To Agilkia... and beyond: Comet landing site is named
Will space historians one day say "Agilkia" with the same awe as they utter "Tranquility Base," where in 1969 Man first walked on the Moon?