Editorials Jan 24, 2015

Kepler still studying the skies

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009, continues to troll for planets in the Milky Way galaxy. Early this month, scientists announced it had made its 1,000th find.

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto, set for photo ops

World / Science & Health Jan 24, 2015

NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto, set for photo ops

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 3 billion miles (5 billion km) and is nearing the end of its nine-year journey to Pluto. Sunday, it begins photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a planet. The first pictures will reveal little more than bright ...

NASA scrubs Orion test flight; launch reset for Friday

World Dec 5, 2014

NASA scrubs Orion test flight; launch reset for Friday

The launch of NASA's deep-space Orion capsule for a test flight around Earth was delayed on Thursday after a last-minute technical problem with its rocket, NASA said. United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing that builds and flies the Delta 4 rocket, ...

NASA gets new countdown clock just in time

World Dec 3, 2014

NASA gets new countdown clock just in time

NASA has a new state-of-the-art space capsule on the launchpad and a new high-tech countdown clock to go with it. The multimedia display was lit up Tuesday and counting down the hours, minutes and seconds until Thursday morning's liftoff of Orion on an unmanned orbital ...

World / Offbeat Nov 28, 2014

Earthlings to beam 90,000 hellos to Mars

Radio telescopes on Earth will beam 90,000 messages to Mars on Friday to commemorate the launch 50 years ago of the first robotic probe to visit the planet. A U.S. space funding company called Uwingu organized the extraterrestrial shout-out to mark the 50th anniversary of ...

World / Science & Health Nov 1, 2014

New U.S. rockets to include launch-escape systems

Heeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of surviving launch accidents such as the one that felled an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on Tuesday. The U.S. space ...