Dec 21, 2014

ISS crew gets new ratchet

In a first, the crew of the International Space Station was able to craft a new tool in space using their specially designed Zero-G 3-D printer and a design emailed from the ground. The tool, a ratchet, was designed by Made in Space, the ...

'There's your new spacecraft, America!'

| Dec 6, 2014

'There's your new spacecraft, America!'

NASA’s newest space vehicle, Orion, accomplished its first test flight with precision and pizazz Friday, shooting more than 3,600 miles (5,800 km) out from Earth for a hyperfast, hot return not seen since the Apollo moon shots. For a space agency still feeling the ...

Dec 4, 2014

JAXA wants to change clunky name of 1999 JU3 asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aims to give a name to the destination asteroid for the Hayabusa2 mission, which blasted off Wednesday, a senior agency official said. It might consider asking the public for a name, said Hitoshi Kuninaka, a professor and project manager ...

JAXA launches asteroid-chasing Hayabusa2 space probe

Dec 3, 2014

JAXA launches asteroid-chasing Hayabusa2 space probe

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on Wednesday launched the Hayabusa2 probe from the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, beginning a six-year mission that will see the lander travel to an asteroid 300 million km from Earth in search of rock samples. The probe ...

Dec 3, 2014

Bill would cap Russian engines on U.S. satellite launches

A compromise defense policy bill in Congress would bar the purchase of more Russian-made rocket engines to launch U.S. military satellites, clearing the way for competitive bids for 14 future launches, senior congressional aides said on Tuesday. The proposal is one of several new ...