Aldrin solicits moonwalk memories

Jul 17, 2014

Aldrin solicits moonwalk memories

On July 20, 1969, the world united and rejoiced in a way never seen before or since as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The third Apollo 11 astronaut, Michael Collins, stayed in lunar orbit to take care of the mother ...

Jul 17, 2014

Compressed diamond yields clues on mega-planets

Physicists in the United States on Wednesday reported they had compressed diamond to a density greater than that of lead, a technical feat that yields insights into the secrets of giant planets. Diamond is the hardest, strongest form of carbon and the least compressible ...

Jul 4, 2014

Scientists admit error in spotting two planets

U.S. scientists said Thursday that two distant Earth-like planets, which some believed might be able to harbor life, do not actually exist and that astronomers who described them were confused by a star’s sunspots. The purported planets, Gliese d and g, about 22 light-years ...

Bum parachute mars U.S. 'saucer' test

Jun 29, 2014

Bum parachute mars U.S. 'saucer' test

A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped NASA spacecraft floated off a launch tower at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on Saturday to test landing systems for future missions to Mars. A novel inflatable shield to burn off speed ...

ISS astronauts to get custom espresso maker

Jun 28, 2014

ISS astronauts to get custom espresso maker

Talk about a cosmic caffeine jolt. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine. Astronauts of all nationalities — but especially the Italians — have long grumbled about the tepid instant coffee served in pouches and drunk with straws high above ...

Space tour balloon passes critical test flight

Jun 26, 2014

Space tour balloon passes critical test flight

An Arizona company has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles (32 kilometers) above the Earth. World View Enterprises of Tucson said it launched the flight last week from Roswell, ...

Shape of Higgs boson is clearer

Jun 23, 2014

Shape of Higgs boson is clearer

Physicists on Sunday said they had learned more about the identity of the Higgs boson, the elusive particle whose groundbreaking discovery was announced nearly two years ago. Work at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) — the particle smasher on the French-Swiss border where the ...

NASA hoping to catch tiny asteroid

Jun 22, 2014

NASA hoping to catch tiny asteroid

NASA is zeroing in on the asteroids it wants to capture, haul near the moon and have astronauts visit. Officials on Thursday described a prime candidate: a tiny asteroid that whizzed about 7,600 miles (12,250 kilometers) above Earth in 2011. At 20 feet (6 ...