JAXA to launch Hayabusa2 space probe on Monday

Nov 29, 2014

JAXA to launch Hayabusa2 space probe on Monday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Saturday it will launch its Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer on Monday. Although the launch was initially scheduled for Sunday, it was postponed due to bad weather. The rescheduled liftoff is set for 1:22 p.m. Monday from the Tanegashima Space ...

Nov 27, 2014

DNA can survive trip to suborbital space and back

DNA molecules attached to the outside of a rocket may be able survive a trip to suborbital space and back into the Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high temperatures, according to a study released Wednesday. The experiment, carried out on the TEXUS-49 rocket mission in ...

Nov 26, 2014

Space station's 3-D printer pops out first creation

The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample part for itself this week, churning out a faceplate for the print head casing. Space station commander Butch ...

Nov 21, 2014

Astronauts to get 'ISSpresso' coffee machine

Ristretto or lungo? Not a question astronauts on the International Space Station normally have to contemplate, but that is about to change thanks to a new zero-gravity coffee machine being delivered this weekend. The ISSpresso machine is set to boldly go to the orbital ...

Nov 21, 2014

CERN scientists discover 2 new subatomic particles

Scientists at the world’s largest atom smasher have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe. An experiment using the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s Large Hadron Collider found the new particles, which were predicted to ...

Nov 20, 2014

Rosetta poised to probe comet as lander sleeps

As the first probe ever to be stationed on a comet hibernates, attention is turning to the Rosetta orbiter, which is still buzzing around the space snowball. The Philae lander’s batteries lasted about 60 hours before running out. Rosetta is expected to observe comet ...