May 23, 2016

India's reusable minispace shuttle in successful test launch

India successfully launched its first model space shuttle Monday, a top official said, as New Delhi joined the race to develop a reusable rocket to make space travel easier and cheaper. The winged shuttle blasted off on a rocket from the southeastern spaceport of ...

May 22, 2016

Mysterious roar and light in the sky wake Mexicans

Residents in a Mexican city woke in fright before dawn on Saturday to bright light in the sky and then a thunderous noise, fearing a nearby volcano had suddenly erupted. But officials said Popocatepetl volcano had not stirred and no earthquake had registered. Instead, ...

Mercury rising: Planet completes rare transit of sun

May 10, 2016

Mercury rising: Planet completes rare transit of sun

Astronomers celebrated Monday witnessing one of the highlights of the skywatchers’ year, when the sun, Mercury and Earth all lined up — a phenomenon that happens just a dozen or so times per century. Mercury was seen through telescopes as a black dot inching ...

May 8, 2016

Failure of the Hitomi satellite

The recent failure of the Hitomi satellite to find X-rays from black holes and galaxy clusters represents a devastating fiasco in the history of space science.

Japan abandons $250 million black hole satellite

Apr 28, 2016

Japan abandons $250 million black hole satellite

Japan is abandoning a quarter-of-a-billion-dollar satellite it sent to study black holes, disappointed space scientists said Thursday, after spending a month trying to save it. The ultra-high-tech Hitomi — or eye — was launched in February to find X-rays emanating from black holes and ...

Apr 28, 2016

SpaceX breaks Boeing-Lockheed monopoly on military space launches

The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. have held on military space launches for more than a decade. The Global Positioning System ...

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

Apr 23, 2016

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

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Work is proceeding quickly on China’s planned mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020, the chief administrator of the country’s ambitious space program said Friday. Formally announced in January, China’s Mars voyage will attempt to re-create the success of the U.S. Viking ...