Spacewalker's near-drowning chastens agency

Feb 27, 2014

Spacewalker's near-drowning chastens agency

NASA could have prevented last summer’s near-drowning of a spacewalking astronaut at the International Space Station, an investigation panel has concluded. Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano’s helmet filled with water July 16 during his second spacewalk in a week. He barely made it back inside ...

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

Jan 20, 2014

JAXA-NASA observatory to improve ability to analyze global precipitation

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Friday revealed the details of a global precipitation observatory that will be put into orbit next month. The Global Precipitation Measurement core observatory was jointly developed by JAXA and NASA. Unlike conventional satellites, the 4-ton, 6.5-meter-high facility ...

Jan 4, 2014

Florida space center home to secret spacecraft

Kennedy Space Center will be the testing site for a top-secret U.S. Air Force space plane. Boeing is working on the spacecraft, and the company announced Friday that it will convert a former space shuttle building for the X-37B orbital test vehicle program. An ...

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 ...

Kepler space scope stuck as steering device fails

May 17, 2013

Kepler space scope stuck as steering device fails

The Kepler space telescope, the celebrated discoverer of worlds around distant stars, may have found its last planet. NASA scientists announced on Wednesday that the telescope, which to date has cost $600 million to build and operate, has lost the ability to point accurately. ...