'There's your new spacecraft, America!'

| Dec 6, 2014

'There's your new spacecraft, America!'

NASA’s newest space vehicle, Orion, accomplished its first test flight with precision and pizazz Friday, shooting more than 3,600 miles (5,800 km) out from Earth for a hyperfast, hot return not seen since the Apollo moon shots. For a space agency still feeling the ...

Dec 4, 2014

JAXA wants to change clunky name of 1999 JU3 asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aims to give a name to the destination asteroid for the Hayabusa2 mission, which blasted off Wednesday, a senior agency official said. It might consider asking the public for a name, said Hitoshi Kuninaka, a professor and project manager ...

Nov 27, 2014

DNA can survive trip to suborbital space and back

DNA molecules attached to the outside of a rocket may be able survive a trip to suborbital space and back into the Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high temperatures, according to a study released Wednesday. The experiment, carried out on the TEXUS-49 rocket mission in ...

Nov 20, 2014

Rosetta poised to probe comet as lander sleeps

As the first probe ever to be stationed on a comet hibernates, attention is turning to the Rosetta orbiter, which is still buzzing around the space snowball. The Philae lander’s batteries lasted about 60 hours before running out. Rosetta is expected to observe comet ...

Space scientist apologizes for shirt called sexist

Nov 15, 2014

Space scientist apologizes for shirt called sexist

AP — British physicist Matt Taylor brimmed with excitement Wednesday as the European Space Agency’s Philae lander separated from the Rosetta spacecraft, showing off a colorful tattoo on his thigh of the two craft while proclaiming, “We’re making history.” But the unconventional Rosetta project ...

Comet photos awaken wonder at space exploration

Nov 14, 2014

Comet photos awaken wonder at space exploration

It took a set of retro-looking images to reawaken the world’s sense of wonder about space exploration. The black-and-white pictures of a rocky surface sent back from a comet hundreds of millions of kilometers away are the product of an astonishing feat of science ...