'Space Expo' offers a cosmic sense of wonder

Jul 26, 2014

'Space Expo' offers a cosmic sense of wonder

by Ben Brady

With man’s natural curiosity and a potentially endless, undiscovered universe waiting to be explored, it’s no wonder that space appeals equally to both the scientist and the fantasist. The “Space Expo 2014″ collaborative exhibition being hosted through Sept. 23 by U.S. space agency NASA ...

Images reveal mystery of duck-shaped comet

Jul 26, 2014

Images reveal mystery of duck-shaped comet

New images reveal that the deep-space comet on which mankind plans to land a probe later this year, has an “extraordinarily irregular,” ducklike shape, the European Space Agency said on July 17. The icy body dubbed Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is composed of two parts: one ...

Jul 25, 2014

Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the answer

Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said Wednesday that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer. Under certain conditions, astronomers in the next decade might be able to detect the presence of an industrialized ...

45 years after Apollo, U.S. split on lunar landings

Jul 21, 2014

45 years after Apollo, U.S. split on lunar landings

Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon’s role in future human space exploration. Ten more U.S. astronauts followed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s July 20, 1969, visit to the moon before the Apollo program was ...

Sun-powered spacecraft to be launched in 2016

Jul 19, 2014

Sun-powered spacecraft to be launched in 2016

A tiny spacecraft designed to sail by the power of the sun is scheduled to launch atop a SpaceX rocket in 2016, a leading U.S. space enthusiast said July 9. The Planetary Society’s LightSail, an unmanned satellitelike craft known as a solar sail, aims ...

Aldrin solicits moonwalk memories

Jul 17, 2014

Aldrin solicits moonwalk memories

On July 20, 1969, the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The third Apollo 11 astronaut, Michael Collins, stayed in lunar orbit to take care of the mother ...

Jul 17, 2014

Compressed diamond yields clues on mega-planets

Physicists in the United States on Wednesday reported they had compressed diamond to a density greater than that of lead, a technical feat that yields insights into the secrets of giant planets. Diamond is the hardest, strongest form of carbon and the least compressible ...

Jul 4, 2014

Scientists admit error in spotting two planets

U.S. scientists said Thursday that two distant Earth-like planets, which some believed might be able to harbor life, do not actually exist and that astronomers who described them were confused by a star’s sunspots. The purported planets, Gliese d and g, about 22 light-years ...

Bum parachute mars U.S. 'saucer' test

Jun 29, 2014

Bum parachute mars U.S. 'saucer' test

A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped NASA spacecraft floated off a launch tower at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Saturday to test landing systems for future missions to Mars. A novel inflatable shield to burn off speed ...

ISS astronauts to get custom espresso maker

Jun 28, 2014

ISS astronauts to get custom espresso maker

Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine. Astronauts of all nationalities — but especially the Italians — have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws high above ...