Huge asteroid to whip past Earth

Jan 22, 2015

Huge asteroid to whip past Earth

An asteroid up to 1,800 feet (550 meters) across is headed Earth’s way. But it will miss us by 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers), about three times the distance between Earth and the moon. Still, that is close for such a large rock. NASA ...

Lost 2003 Mars lander Beagle-2 is found

Jan 17, 2015

Lost 2003 Mars lander Beagle-2 is found

It turns out the Beagle has landed after all — but it never called home. The gone-but-not-forgotten spacecraft Beagle-2 went AWOL on Christmas Day in 2003, when it was supposed to land on Mars and start transmitting data back to Earth. Instead, the British-built ...

SpaceX launches toward ISS, fails rocket landing at sea

Jan 10, 2015

SpaceX launches toward ISS, fails rocket landing at sea

The SpaceX company has successfully launched another fresh load of supplies to the International Space Station. But its revolutionary attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean barge did not fare as well. SpaceX’s billionaire founder Elon Musk says the first-stage of the ...

NASA finds more Earth-like planets outside solar system

Jan 7, 2015

NASA finds more Earth-like planets outside solar system

More planets that are near twins to Earth have been found outside our solar system — tantalizing worlds that could host extraterrestrial life. Astronomers announced Tuesday that, depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size ...

'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 ...