Jan 27, 2015

Mountain-sized asteroid set to skim by Earth

An asteroid the size of a mountain is about to shave by Earth, in a rare type of flyby that will not be seen for another decade, astronomers said Monday. The asteroid, known as 2004 BL86, runs no risk of a colliding with Earth ...

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

Jan 26, 2015

NASA craft set to beam home close-ups of Pluto

Nine years after leaving Earth, the New Horizons spacecraft is at last drawing close to Pluto and on Sunday was expected to start shooting photographs of the dwarf planet. The first mission to Pluto began in January 2006 when an Atlas V rocket blasted ...

Jan 24, 2015

Kepler still studying the skies

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, continues to troll for planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Early this month, scientists announced it had made its 1,000th find.

Singer Sarah Brightman in training for space tourist role

Jan 24, 2015

Singer Sarah Brightman in training for space tourist role

British singer Sarah Brightman has started a grueling 72-hour survival course in a snowy Russian forest to train for her upcoming role as a space tourist, Russia’s cosmonaut training centre said Friday. The soprano known for her starring roles in West End musicals composed ...

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto, set for photo ops

Jan 24, 2015

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto, set for photo ops

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 3 billion miles (5 billion km) and is nearing the end of its nine-year journey to Pluto. Sunday, it begins photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a planet. The first pictures will reveal little more than ...

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. ...