May 3, 2015

North Korea's Kim vows more satellite launches

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to launch more “satellites” in order to become a space power, state media said Sunday, despite global condemnation on past launches, which are viewed disguised ballistic missile tests. Kim, during a visit to the North’s newly built ...

Cosmic rays may damage the brains of astronauts

May 3, 2015

Cosmic rays may damage the brains of astronauts

Researchers said on Friday that long-term exposure to galactic cosmic rays, which permeate space, may cause dementia-like cognitive impairments in astronauts during any future round-trip Mars journey, expected to take at least 2½ years. In a NASA-funded study, mice exposed to highly energetic charged ...

May 2, 2015

Space radiation may harm astronauts' brains: study

Flying people to deep space — like to Mars or an asteroid — is high on NASA’s wish list, but research on mice suggested Friday that extended radiation exposure permanently harms the brain. Central nervous system damage and cognitive impairment were observed in lab ...

May 1, 2015

NASA craft falls from orbit onto Mercury

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury ended its four-year tour with a crash on Thursday. NASA’s Messenger plunged from orbit as planned and slammed into the sun’s closest planet at about 8,750 mph (14,081 kph), creating a crater an estimated 52 feet (16 ...

Spacecraft spots possible Pluto polar cap

Apr 30, 2015

Spacecraft spots possible Pluto polar cap

NASA’s Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has spotted surface features on the icy world, including a possible polar cap, images released on Wednesday show. With 60 million miles (97 million km) left to go before its July 14 encounter, New Horizons already has been able ...

Russia's space cargo capsule declared total loss

Apr 30, 2015

Russia's space cargo capsule declared total loss

A Russian supply capsule that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch was declared a total loss Wednesday, but astronauts at the International Space Station said they will get by without the delivery of fresh food, water, clothes and equipment. “We should be OK,” ...

Apr 24, 2015

Astronaut Yui to head for ISS on May 27

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui will enter space for the first time on May 27 aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said Friday. The rocket will lift off at 4:46 a.m. Japan time from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. “We want him to ...

New telescope set to launch in 2018

Apr 22, 2015

New telescope set to launch in 2018

As the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years in space this week, NASA and its international partners are building an even more powerful tool to look deeper into the universe than ever before. The James Webb Space Telescope will be 100 times more potent ...