China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

Sep 25, 2016

China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

The world’s largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies — and perhaps extraterrestrial life — Sunday in a project demonstrating China’s rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige. Beijing has poured billions into such ambitious scientific ...

ESA's Gaia probe maps the Milky Way as never before

Sep 15, 2016

ESA's Gaia probe maps the Milky Way as never before

The Gaia space probe, launched in 2013, has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. Released to eagerly waiting astronomers around the world, the initial ...

SpaceX could be grounded for nine to 12 months

Sep 9, 2016

SpaceX could be grounded for nine to 12 months

Elon Musk’s SpaceX likely will be grounded for nine to 12 months while it investigates the cause of last week’s launch pad accident and makes repairs, the chief executive of SpaceX’s prime U.S. competitor said on Thursday. “It typically takes nine to 12 months ...

Grandpa astronaut breaks U.S. space record

Aug 25, 2016

Grandpa astronaut breaks U.S. space record

American astronaut Jeff Williams, 58, broke his retired NASA colleague Scott Kelly’s record for the most cumulative days in space Wednesday, the U.S. space agency said. Williams, an accomplished spacewalker, surpassed Kelly’s record of 520 days on Aug. 24. By the time Williams returns ...

China unveils Mars rover for 2020 mission

Aug 24, 2016

China unveils Mars rover for 2020 mission

China has shown off the first images of the rover it plans to sent to Mars in mid-2020 to explore the surface for three months, the latest aim of its ambitious space program. China in 2003 became the third country to put a man ...