Apr 24, 2015

Astronaut Yui to head for ISS on May 27

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui will enter space for the first time on May 27 aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Friday. The rocket will lift off at 4:46 a.m. Japan time from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. “We want him to ...

New telescope set to launch in 2018

Apr 22, 2015

New telescope set to launch in 2018

As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA and its international partners are building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before. The James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times more potent ...

Hubble still a NASA bright spot 25 years on

Apr 22, 2015

Hubble still a NASA bright spot 25 years on

One of NASA’s crowning glories, the Hubble Space Telescope, marks its 25th anniversary this week. With 1 million-plus observations, including of some of the farthest and oldest galaxies ever beheld by humanity, no man-made satellite has touched as many minds or hearts as Hubble. ...

Apr 19, 2015

JAXA plans Japan's first moon shot in 2018

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is planning to attempt Japan’s first lunar landing in fiscal 2018, sources close to the project said Sunday. JAXA has said it will use unmanned probes to study the possible use of materials on the moon as well ...

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

Apr 15, 2015

SpaceX fails again to nail rocket landing on ocean barge

SpaceX launched a shipment of groceries to the International Space Station on Tuesday, including the first espresso maker bound for orbit. But the company’s third attempt to land the leftover booster on an ocean platform failed. SpaceX chief Elon Musk wrote via Twitter that ...

Apr 12, 2015

Russia detects spy satellites disguised as space junk, commander says

Russia has detected a group of spy satellites operating above its territory disguised as space junk, the head of its space command said Sunday, according to the Interfax news agency. “Very recently, specialists from the Main Space Intelligence Center uncovered a newly created group ...

Mar 28, 2015

Europe hoists two navigation satellites after 2014 mislaunch

Europe launched two navigation satellites Friday for its rival to America’s GPS system, the first additions to the Galileo constellation since a technical mishap misdirected two orbiters last year. Galileo’s seventh and eighth satellites were hoisted from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at ...