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 ...

Space station dodges junk from old satellite

Oct 28, 2014

Space station dodges junk from old satellite

The International Space Station sidestepped a piece of treacherous junk Monday just hours before the planned launch of a supply ship from Virginia. NASA said debris from an old, wrecked Russian satellite would have come dangerously close to the orbiting lab if not for ...

Spacewalking astronauts release baby satellite

Aug 19, 2014

Spacewalking astronauts release baby satellite

Spacewalking cosmonauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth. Russian Oleg Artemiev cast the 4-inch (10.1-cm) box off with his gloved right hand as the International Space Station sailed 260 miles (418 km) above the ...

May 20, 2014

Reconsider Japan's space program

As budget pressures become more competitive, it will be up to Japan's experts and taxpayers to consider what approach will best serve the nation's needs for space exploration — not bureaucrats and politicians.

Wakata hands over command of space station

May 13, 2014

Wakata hands over command of space station

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata passed the title of commander of the International Space Station to U.S. astronaut Steven Swanson early Monday and prepared to return to Earth. He spent 66 days in the role, marking a first for any astronaut from Asia. “I had ...

Kirobo put through its paces on ISS

Dec 20, 2013

Kirobo put through its paces on ISS

The first humanoid robot in space with speech capability made small talk with astronaut Koichi Wakata and said it had no problem with zero-gravity on the International Space Station. Footage released by the its developers Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the ...

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 ...