Contemporary art is not lost in space

Jul 18, 2014

Contemporary art is not lost in space

by John L. Tran

While space art is a relatively small field — in which works that have actually been created in space is an even smaller subset — it can only become more commonplace as costs fall and the private sector promises to open up space travel ...

Jun 23, 2014

Asteroid visited by Hayabusa considered for exploration

Asteroid Itokawa, reached by an unmanned Japanese space probe in 2005, might be listed as one of the candidates for a human exploration project being considered for the mid-2020s, NASA has said. The U.S. space agency said Thursday it is looking at several asteroids ...

New NASA satellite to map carbon emissions

Jun 21, 2014

New NASA satellite to map carbon emissions

NASA is preparing a July 1 launch for its first satellite dedicated to measuring atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that plays a key role in climate change. Carbon dioxide levels have reached their highest point in at least 800,000 years, according ...

Spacewalker's near-drowning chastens agency

Feb 27, 2014

Spacewalker's near-drowning chastens agency

NASA could have prevented last summer’s near-drowning of a spacewalking astronaut at the International Space Station, an investigation panel has concluded. Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet filled with water July 16 during his second spacewalk in a week. He barely made it back inside ...

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

Jan 20, 2014

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday revealed the details of a global precipitation observatory that will be put into orbit next month. The Global Precipitation Measurement core observatory was jointly developed by JAXA and NASA. Unlike conventional satellites, the 4-ton, 6.5-meter-high facility ...

Jan 4, 2014

Florida space center home to secret spacecraft

Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret U.S. Air Force space plane. Boeing is working on the spacecraft, and the company announced Friday that it will convert a former space shuttle building for the X-37B orbital test vehicle program. An ...

2013: A space conundrum

Sep 15, 2013

2013: A space conundrum

by Joel Achenbach

Long ago, in a dreamier era, space stations were imagined as portals to the heavens. In the 1968 movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the huge structure twirled in orbit, aesthetically sublime, a relaxing way station for astronauts heading to the moon. It featured a ...