Jan 7, 2015

Japanese space tourist training for spot on ISS

A Japanese entrepreneur plans to train as a cosmonaut in Russia for a possible mission to the International Space Station. Space tourist Satoshi Takamatsu will fly in the event that another tourist cannot make it: British singer Sarah Brightman. Takamatsu, 51, is president of ...

NASA finds more Earth-like planets outside solar system

Jan 7, 2015

NASA finds more Earth-like planets outside solar system

More planets that are near twins to Earth have been found outside our solar system — tantalizing worlds that could host extraterrestrial life. Astronomers announced Tuesday that, depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size ...

SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

Jan 6, 2015

SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station early Tuesday because of rocket trouble. The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining. The soonest SpaceX can try ...

JAXA planning busy year for rocket launches

Dec 31, 2014

JAXA planning busy year for rocket launches

With as many as five rocket launches scheduled, 2015 is set to be one of the busiest years ever at the Tanegashima Space Center. For the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s first shot of the year from the island base in Kagoshima Prefecture, an H-IIA ...

Dec 24, 2014

Putin oversees successful rocket launch

President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday oversaw the successful test-launch of Russia’s newest heavy-class Angara rocket. Putin said Russia will over the next five years conduct a series of test-launches for the Angara, which is designed for civilian and military use, including the launch of ...

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 ...