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 ...

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 ...