Jul 4, 2014

Scientists admit error in spotting two planets

U.S. scientists said Thursday that two distant Earth-like planets, which some believed might be able to harbor life, do not actually exist and that astronomers who described them were confused by a star’s sunspots. The purported planets, Gliese d and g, about 22 light-years ...

NASA hoping to catch tiny asteroid

Jun 22, 2014

NASA hoping to catch tiny asteroid

NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials on Thursday described a prime candidate: a tiny asteroid that whizzed about 7,600 miles (12,250 kilometers) above Earth in 2011. At 20 feet (6 ...

Evidence found of planet that hit Earth, made moon

Jun 9, 2014

Evidence found of planet that hit Earth, made moon

Lunar rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts more than 40 years ago contain evidence of the Mars-size planet that scientists believe crashed into Earth and created the moon, new research shows. German scientists using a new technique detected a slight chemical difference between Earth ...

NASA to test Mars landing on Earth

Jun 2, 2014

NASA to test Mars landing on Earth

The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will soon become a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight for equipment designed to land heavy loads on the red planet. For decades, robotic landers and rovers ...

Decades-old photos emerge of Apollo training

Jun 1, 2014

Decades-old photos emerge of Apollo training

Before Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to train on the Big Island’s lunarlike landscapes. Now, decades-old photos are surfacing of astronauts scooping up Hawaii’s soil and riding across volcanic fields in a “moon buggy” vehicle. The Pacific International Space ...