Astrophysicist looks beyond test flight to asteroids and Mars

On Friday, NASA successfully launched its next-generation spaceship farther than any astronaut has flown since the Apollo program of the 1960s. Though the Orion was unmanned during the test flight, which took it 15 times ...

Orion test sets stage for ESA service module

Today's flight and splashdown of NASA's first Orion spacecraft paves the way for future human exploration beyond low orbit powered by ESA's European Service Module.

Informing NASA's Asteroid Initiative: A citizen forum

In its history, the Earth has been repeatedly struck by asteroids, large chunks of rock from space that can cause considerable damage in a collision. Can we—or should we—try to protect Earth from potentially hazardous ...

Obama salutes 45th anniversary of US astronauts' Moon landing

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing, President Barack Obama on Tuesday recognized the "courage" of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, who participated in the mission.

Orbital Sciences' second mission delivers delights to space station

Satellites, Girl Scouts and good ole Charlie Brown highlight Orbital Sciences Corporation's second commercial resupply voyage to the International Space Station. The mission, Orbital-2, will both deliver new scientific investigations ...

National panel urges 'putting human boots' on Mars

After 18 months of research and deliberation, the Committee on Human Spaceflight – a diverse national group of scientists and professionals convened by Congressional request, and co-led by a Cornell professor – issued ...

Enough lying about

ESA's volunteers recently finished their third and last session lying in bed in the interest of spaceflight and science. They can return to their normal lives after spending their last 21 days in bed with their feet up – ...

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