Takamatsu to become Japan's first ISS space tourist

May 14, 2015

Takamatsu to become Japan's first ISS space tourist

British soprano Sarah Brightman has pulled out of a planned visit this fall to the International Space Station, giving her place aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu. The 52-year-old former executive of the Dentsu Inc. ad agency and founder of ...

Cosmic rays may damage the brains of astronauts

May 3, 2015

Cosmic rays may damage the brains of astronauts

Researchers said on Friday that long-term exposure to galactic cosmic rays, which permeate space, may cause dementia-like cognitive impairments in astronauts during any future round-trip Mars journey, expected to take at least 2½ years. In a NASA-funded study, mice exposed to highly energetic charged ...

May 1, 2015

NASA craft falls from orbit onto Mercury

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash on Thursday. NASA’s Messenger plunged from orbit as planned and slammed into the sun’s closest planet at about 8,750 mph (14,081 kph), creating a crater an estimated 52 feet (16 ...

Spacecraft spots possible Pluto polar cap

Apr 30, 2015

Spacecraft spots possible Pluto polar cap

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has spotted surface features on the icy world, including a possible polar cap, images released on Wednesday show. With 60 million miles (97 million km) left to go before its July 14 encounter, New Horizons already has been able ...

Road to Mars begins at an asteroid

Mar 26, 2015

Road to Mars begins at an asteroid

A NASA robot ship will pluck a large boulder off an asteroid and sling it around the moon, becoming an ad hoc destination to prepare for future human missions to Mars, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday. The so-called Asteroid Redirect Mission is ...

Mars ocean was bigger than the Arctic: NASA

Mar 6, 2015

Mars ocean was bigger than the Arctic: NASA

Mars once had a body of water that was bigger than Earth’s Arctic Ocean and vast enough to cover the entire surface of the planet, NASA scientists said in a study released on Thursday. The new research, providing estimates on the quantity of water ...