Jan 27, 2015

Boeing, SpaceX will beat Russia on price for astronaut rides

NASA expects to save millions of dollars sending astronauts to the International Space Station, once its commercial crew program starts flying in a couple of years. SpaceX and Boeing said Monday that they are on track to carry out their first manned test flights ...

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto, set for photo ops

Jan 24, 2015

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto, set for photo ops

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 3 billion miles (5 billion km) and is nearing the end of its nine-year journey to Pluto. Sunday, it begins photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a planet. The first pictures will reveal little more than ...

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 ...

Abe approves new space policy with profit, security in mind

Jan 9, 2015

Abe approves new space policy with profit, security in mind

The Abe administration approved a new space development policy Friday that focuses less on science and more on security and how to make piles of cash. Under the 10-year Basic Plan on Space Policy, the administration said it will improve cooperation with the United ...

Jan 7, 2015

Japanese space tourist training for spot on ISS

A Japanese entrepreneur plans to train as a cosmonaut in Russia for a possible mission to the International Space Station. Space tourist Satoshi Takamatsu will fly in the event that another tourist cannot make it: British singer Sarah Brightman. Takamatsu, 51, is president of ...

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 ...