Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane on Mars

Dec 17, 2014

Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane on Mars

NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, has detected spikes of methane in the planet’s atmosphere. That suggests something is producing or venting the scientifically tantalizing gas, but no one knows what. Most of Earth’s atmospheric methane comes from animal and plant life, and the environment itself. ...

NASA scrubs Orion test flight; launch reset for Friday

Dec 5, 2014

NASA scrubs Orion test flight; launch reset for Friday

The launch of NASA’s deep-space Orion capsule for a test flight around Earth was delayed on Thursday after a last-minute technical problem with its rocket, NASA said. United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing that builds and flies the Delta 4 ...

NASA gets new countdown clock just in time

Dec 3, 2014

NASA gets new countdown clock just in time

NASA has a new state-of-the-art space capsule on the launchpad and a new high-tech countdown clock to go with it. The multimedia display was lit up Tuesday and counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until Thursday morning’s liftoff of Orion on an unmanned ...

Nov 28, 2014

Earthlings to beam 90,000 hellos to Mars

Radio telescopes on Earth will beam 90,000 messages to Mars on Friday to commemorate the launch 50 years ago of the first robotic probe to visit the planet. A U.S. space funding company called Uwingu organized the extraterrestrial shout-out to mark the 50th anniversary ...

Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS aboard Russian craft

Nov 24, 2014

Italy's first female astronaut heads to ISS aboard Russian craft

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy’s first female astronaut safely blasted off Sunday to begin its journey to the International Space Station. Samantha Cristoforetti was joined by Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and American astronaut Terry Virts as the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft launched from Russia’s ...

Nov 1, 2014

New U.S. rockets to include launch-escape systems

Heeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of surviving launch accidents such as the one that felled an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on Tuesday. The U.S. ...

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Oct 30, 2014

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what made an unmanned U.S. supply rocket explode in a fireball moments after lifting off from a launchpad in Virginia, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station. The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital ...