Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

Jul 27, 2016

Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

Ground controllers bid a final farewell Wednesday to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet. “Today communication with Philae was stopped,” Andreas Schuetz of German space agency DLR said ...

Video shows Hitomi satellite spinning wildly in orbit

Mar 29, 2016

Video shows Hitomi satellite spinning wildly in orbit

Japan’s brand new Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite has apparently lost control and is spinning wildly in orbit, according to a video taken by an amateur U.S. astronomer that was posted to the National Geographic website Monday. The video shows an object that looks like ...

Feb 29, 2016

Low thrust alarm forces last-second SpaceX launch halt

In the very last second before liftoff Sunday, SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket to send a communications satellite into orbit, marking the third delay since last week. A fuel problem forced the sudden delay, following a postponement — known as ...