Nov 27, 2016

ExoMars space program needs an extra €400 million

Barely a month after its expensive test lander crashed into Mars, the European Space Agency asked member nations Friday to cough up an extra €400 million ($425 million) to complete the ExoMars exploration of the red planet. The two-part mission saw a spacecraft successfully ...

NASA on the hunt for 'space poop' geniuses

Nov 25, 2016

NASA on the hunt for 'space poop' geniuses

When you have to go but you are out there in space, zipped up in a spacesuit, with no toilet in sight and a crew of other astronauts around, what do you do? NASA has launched a contest for inventors to solve this uncomfortable ...

U.S. sends most advanced weather satellite ever built into space

Nov 20, 2016

U.S. sends most advanced weather satellite ever built into space

The most advanced weather satellite ever built rocketed into space Saturday night, part of an $11 billion effort to revolutionize forecasting and save lives. This new GOES-R spacecraft will track U.S. weather as never before: hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, volcanic ash clouds, wildfires, lightning storms, ...

Nov 18, 2016

Chinese astronauts return from longest mission

China’s Shenzhou-11 spacecraft returned to earth Friday, bringing home two astronauts from the rising power’s longest-ever orbital mission in a milestone for its vaulting ambitions. China’s state broadcaster CCTV showed the return capsule’s separation from the Tiangong-2 space lab 393 kilometers (244 miles) above ...

Nov 16, 2016

Scientists fear the worst under a Trump presidency

From the fight against climate change to dwindling budgets for research, the U.S. scientific community fears the worst under Donald Trump, seen by many as the most hostile to science of any American president in history. Trump will be “the first anti-science president we ...

China boosts space program with new heavy rocket's launch

Nov 4, 2016

China boosts space program with new heavy rocket's launch

China has launched its new Long March-5 heavy rocket, state media said, sending its payload into orbit in the country’s latest step in advancing its space exploration program. The launch comes after China began its longest manned space mission last month, sending two astronauts ...