May 1, 2015

NASA craft falls from orbit onto Mercury

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash on Thursday. NASA’s Messenger plunged from orbit as planned and slammed into the sun’s closest planet at about 8,750 mph (14,081 kph), creating a crater an estimated 52 feet (16 ...

Spacecraft spots possible Pluto polar cap

Apr 30, 2015

Spacecraft spots possible Pluto polar cap

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has spotted surface features on the icy world, including a possible polar cap, images released on Wednesday show. With 60 million miles (97 million km) left to go before its July 14 encounter, New Horizons already has been able ...

Road to Mars begins at an asteroid

Mar 26, 2015

Road to Mars begins at an asteroid

A NASA robot ship will pluck a large boulder off an asteroid and sling it around the moon, becoming an ad hoc destination to prepare for future human missions to Mars, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday. The so-called Asteroid Redirect Mission is ...

Mars ocean was bigger than the Arctic: NASA

Mar 6, 2015

Mars ocean was bigger than the Arctic: NASA

Mars once had a body of water that was bigger than Earth’s Arctic Ocean and vast enough to cover the entire surface of the planet, NASA scientists said in a study released on Thursday. The new research, providing estimates on the quantity of water ...

Huge spring tides draw crowds to French Atlantic coast

Feb 22, 2015

Huge spring tides draw crowds to French Atlantic coast

France kicked off nearly a month of exceptionally large spring tides Saturday as tourists flocked to coastal areas to witness spectacularly high water levels ahead of the “tide of the century” on March 21. Thousands of people took advantage of the school vacation period ...

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 ...