New telescope set to launch in 2018

Apr 22, 2015

New telescope set to launch in 2018

As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA and its international partners are building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before. The James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times more potent ...

Hubble still a NASA bright spot 25 years on

Apr 22, 2015

Hubble still a NASA bright spot 25 years on

One of NASA’s crowning glories, the Hubble Space Telescope, marks its 25th anniversary this week. With 1 million-plus observations, including of some of the farthest and oldest galaxies ever beheld by humanity, no man-made satellite has touched as many minds or hearts as Hubble. ...

NASA spacecraft on collision course with Mercury

Apr 17, 2015

NASA spacecraft on collision course with Mercury

A NASA spacecraft that made surprising discoveries of ice and other materials on Mercury will crash on the planet around April 30, scientists said on Thursday. The Mercury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging, or MESSENGER, probe has been circling the innermost planet of ...

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

Apr 15, 2015

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station on Tuesday, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. But the company’s third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed. SpaceX chief Elon Musk wrote via Twitter that ...

'ISSpresso' space station-bound to offer caffeine high

Apr 13, 2015

'ISSpresso' space station-bound to offer caffeine high

The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy. SpaceX is scheduled to launch its unmanned rocket with the espresso maker — and 4,000 pounds (1,800 ...

American, Russian leave Earth this week for year in space

Mar 24, 2015

American, Russian leave Earth this week for year in space

What’s one thing astronauts Scott Kelly of the U.S. and Mikhail Kornienko of Russia can’t do without when they move into space this week for a year? For Kelly, it’s a belt. Kornienko must have his vitamins. Kelly went beltless during his five-month mission ...

NASA set to launch four spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

Mar 13, 2015

NASA set to launch four spacecraft to solve magnetic mystery

NASA is sending four identical spacecraft on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun’s magnetic fields. Liftoff of the unmanned Atlas rocket — and NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale spacecraft — was set for 10:44 p.m. (0344 GMT) Thursday. Forecasters ...