NASA asteroid probes to study early solar system

/ Jan 5, 2017

NASA asteroid probes to study early solar system

NASA on Wednesday announced two unmanned asteroid missions designed to study one of the earliest eras in the history of the solar system. They have been dubbed Lucy and Psyche, and the U.S. space agency hopes to launch them in 2021 and 2023, respectively. The period ...

/ Nov 27, 2016

ExoMars space program needs an extra €400 million

Barely a month after its expensive test lander crashed into Mars, the European Space Agency asked member nations Friday to cough up an extra €400 million ($425 million) to complete the ExoMars exploration of the red planet. The two-part mission saw a spacecraft successfully placed ...

Mars: graveyard of broken dreams and landers

/ Oct 21, 2016

Mars: graveyard of broken dreams and landers

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, has become a veritable graveyard for landers and rovers dispatched to its surface from Earth. Only the United States has successfully operated rovers on the red planet — four in all — and has lost only one stationary ...

Elon Musk foresees cheap trips to Mars colony

Sep 28, 2016

Elon Musk foresees cheap trips to Mars colony

SpaceX chief Elon Musk on Tuesday unveiled ambitious plans to establish a Mars colony by sending 100 humans at a time on massive spacecraft, possibly costing as little as $100,000 per person. Taking the stage under a large globe of Mars at the International Astronautical ...

NASA unveils photos of Jupiter's poles

/ Sep 3, 2016

NASA unveils photos of Jupiter's poles

NASA on Friday published the first images of Jupiter's north pole and its southern aurora, taken during the Juno spacecraft's first orbital flyby of the gaseous giant. Juno came within 2,500 miles (4,200 kilometers) of Jupiter on Aug. 27 during a six-hour transit from the ...