'There's your new spacecraft, America!'

| Dec 6, 2014

'There's your new spacecraft, America!'

NASA’s newest space vehicle, Orion, accomplished its first test flight with precision and pizazz Friday, shooting more than 3,600 miles (5,800 km) out from Earth for a hyperfast, hot return not seen since the Apollo moon shots. For a space agency still feeling the ...

Dec 4, 2014

JAXA wants to change clunky name of 1999 JU3 asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aims to give a name to the destination asteroid for the Hayabusa2 mission, which blasted off Wednesday, a senior agency official said. It might consider asking the public for a name, said Hitoshi Kuninaka, a professor and project manager ...

Nov 26, 2014

Space station's 3-D printer pops out first creation

The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample part for itself this week, churning out a faceplate for the print head casing. Space station commander Butch ...

Nov 21, 2014

CERN scientists discover 2 new subatomic particles

Scientists at the world’s largest atom smasher have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe. An experiment using the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s Large Hadron Collider found the new particles, which were predicted to ...

Nov 20, 2014

Rosetta poised to probe comet as lander sleeps

As the first probe ever to be stationed on a comet hibernates, attention is turning to the Rosetta orbiter, which is still buzzing around the space snowball. The Philae lander’s batteries lasted about 60 hours before running out. Rosetta is expected to observe comet ...