Space tour balloon passes critical test flight

Jun 26, 2014

Space tour balloon passes critical test flight

An Arizona company has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles (32 kilometers) above the Earth. World View Enterprises of Tucson said it launched the flight last week from Roswell, ...

Shape of Higgs boson is clearer

Jun 23, 2014

Shape of Higgs boson is clearer

Physicists on Sunday said they had learned more about the identity of the Higgs boson, the elusive particle whose groundbreaking discovery was announced nearly two years ago. Work at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — the particle smasher on the French-Swiss border where the ...

NASA hoping to catch tiny asteroid

Jun 22, 2014

NASA hoping to catch tiny asteroid

NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials on Thursday described a prime candidate: a tiny asteroid that whizzed about 7,600 miles (12,250 kilometers) above Earth in 2011. At 20 feet (6 ...

New NASA satellite to map carbon emissions

Jun 21, 2014

New NASA satellite to map carbon emissions

NASA is preparing a July 1 launch for its first satellite dedicated to measuring atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that plays a key role in climate change. Carbon dioxide levels have reached their highest point in at least 800,000 years, according ...

Evidence found of planet that hit Earth, made moon

Jun 9, 2014

Evidence found of planet that hit Earth, made moon

Lunar rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts more than 40 years ago contain evidence of the Mars-size planet that scientists believe crashed into Earth and created the moon, new research shows. German scientists using a new technique detected a slight chemical difference between Earth ...

SpaceX unveils private space taxi to the stars

Jun 7, 2014

SpaceX unveils private space taxi to the stars

A company that has flown unmanned capsules to the Space Station unveiled a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit that SpaceX founder Elon Musk says will revolutionize access to space. The cone-headed craft dubbed Dragon V2 featured landing legs ...

Young Cousteau to live underwater for month

Jun 2, 2014

Young Cousteau to live underwater for month

Like viewers worldwide, Fabien Cousteau was entranced by his grandfather Jacques’ films about marine life and human exploration underwater. Now he is adding to his family’s sea stories with a 31-day underwater expedition in the Florida Keys. Cousteau dove Sunday to Aquarius Reef Base, ...