China boosts space program with new heavy rocket's launch

Nov 4, 2016

China boosts space program with new heavy rocket's launch

China has launched its new Long March-5 heavy rocket, state media said, sending its payload into orbit in the country’s latest step in advancing its space exploration program. The launch comes after China began its longest manned space mission last month, sending two astronauts ...

Onishi, ISS crewmates safely back on Earth

Oct 30, 2016

Onishi, ISS crewmates safely back on Earth

A Japanese astronaut and two other members of the International Space Station returned to Earth on Sunday after completing a nearly four-month mission, the Japanese and U.S. space agencies said. Russian mission commander Anatoly Ivanishin and flight engineers Takuya Onishi, from Japan, and Kate ...

Mars: graveyard of broken dreams and landers

Oct 21, 2016

Mars: graveyard of broken dreams and landers

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, has become a veritable graveyard for landers and rovers dispatched to its surface from Earth. Only the United States has successfully operated rovers on the red planet — four in all — and has lost only one ...

In space, the threat of a new arms race looms

| Oct 16, 2016

In space, the threat of a new arms race looms

Killer satellites, blinding lasers, sophisticated jammers: the world’s military powers are quietly readying for a war in outer space — at the risk of fueling a dangerous new arms race. U.S. military officials have in recent years sounded growing alarm about the potential vulnerabilities ...

A face-lift for the moon every 81,000 years

Oct 13, 2016

A face-lift for the moon every 81,000 years

The moon is bombarded by so much space rock that its surface gets a complete face-lift every 81,000 years, according to a study released Wednesday based on NASA data. This churn — affecting the top two centimeters (nearly an inch) of mostly loose moon ...

Rosetta crash-lands on comet, ending 12-year space mission

Sep 30, 2016

Rosetta crash-lands on comet, ending 12-year space mission

Europe’s pioneering Rosetta spacecraft concluded a 12-year odyssey with a controlled crash-landing Friday onto the comet it has orbited and probed for two years to unravel the secrets of the Solar System’s birth, mission controllers said. “I can confirm the full success of the ...