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, ...

NASA to test Mars landing on Earth

Jun 2, 2014

NASA to test Mars landing on Earth

The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will soon become a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight for equipment designed to land heavy loads on the red planet. For decades, robotic landers and rovers ...

Decades-old photos emerge of Apollo training

Jun 1, 2014

Decades-old photos emerge of Apollo training

Before Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to train on the Big Island’s lunarlike landscapes. Now, decades-old photos are surfacing of astronauts scooping up Hawaii’s soil and riding across volcanic fields in a “moon buggy” vehicle. The Pacific International Space ...

Space-based power stations on the horizon

May 27, 2014

Space-based power stations on the horizon

by Mizuho Aoki

Space-based solar power could eventually prove to be an alternative source of electricity for Japan, as the country struggles to find the best energy mix to lessen its dependence on thermal and nuclear power. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been conducting studies ...

Citizen scientists to operate probe

May 25, 2014

Citizen scientists to operate probe

A group of citizen scientists can take over a 36-year-old decommissioned robotic space probe that will fly by the Earth in August, NASA says. Launched in 1978, the International Sun/Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft studied how the stream of charged particles flowing from the sun, ...

May 25, 2014

Space collision sent meteor to Chelyabinsk

An asteroid that exploded last year over Chelyabinsk, Russia, leaving more than 1,000 people injured by flying glass and debris, collided with another asteroid before hitting Earth, new research by scientists shows. Analysis of a mineral called jadeite that was embedded in fragments recovered ...

Supercharged CEO Musk aims for cars and stars

May 25, 2014

Supercharged CEO Musk aims for cars and stars

by Jon Swaine

When Hollywood wanted to bring to life Tony Stark, the comic-book engineering prodigy who grew up to be the billionaire industrialist and slick playboy alter ego of Iron Man, it turned to the closest thing the real world seemed to offer. “We need to ...