Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

Science 04/04/19, 23:33

Japan's space agency said its Hayabusa2 spacecraft released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the origin of the solar system.Friday's crater mission is the riskiest for Hayabusa2, as it had to immediately get away so ...

America’s newest crew capsule rockets toward space station

Space 03/02/19, 03:28

America's newest capsule for astronauts rocketed Saturday toward the International Space Station on a high-stakes test flight by SpaceX. The only passenger was a life-size test dummy, named Ripley after the lead character in the "Alien" movies. SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its crew Dragon capsule before putting people ...

Pence promises missions to the moon and Mars during ceremony

Politics 02/07/19, 18:42

Vice President Mike Pence is honoring the nation's fallen astronauts during a NASA day of remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials at the cemetery honor those who perished when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded on Jan. 28, 1986, and when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entering Earth's atmosphere on Feb. ...

Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown

Science 01/06/19, 22:06

The world's largest airborne observatory was supposed to be parked in Seattle this week, so thousands of scientists attending the "Super Bowl of Astronomy" could behold this marvel: a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope used to study the fundamental mysteries of the universe. But conference-goers will not be able ...

China’s space journey, to the moon’s far side and beyond

Science 01/04/19, 07:24

China has come a long way since the founding of its space program in 1956.Shortly after the former Soviet Union launched Sputnik, Chairman Mao Zedong declared that China too should have an artificial satellite to keep up with the great powers. Now, being recognized as a galactic pioneer is once ...

First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February

Science 12/17/18, 11:47

An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon until February.Officials from SpaceIL and its project partner, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, announced that the landing craft, dubbed "Beresheet," or Genesis, will ...

Photos from Japan space rovers show rocky asteroid surface

Space 12/13/18, 06:49

Japan's space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the planned touchdown of a spacecraft early next year. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Thursday the two solar-powered rovers have become inactive and are probably in ...

Young Women Build Kyrgyzstan’s First Satellite

Space 11/08/18, 03:37

LONDON — Reaching for the stars will no longer be impossible for girls and young women in Kyrgyzstan, who aim to build and launch the country's first satellite before 2020. A dozen budding female scientists have been tinkering with computers, 3-D printers and soldering irons since March to build a CubeSat, which ...

Rocket carrying 1st UAE-made satellite launched from Japan

Science 10/29/18, 02:59

A Japanese rocket carrying the United Arab Emirates' first locally made satellite has lifted off from a space center in southern Japan.The KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency from its Tanegashima Space Center.Japan's rocket H-2A is launched, carrying aboard a green gas observing satellite ...

Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Space 10/19/18, 23:21

European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French ...

Update: US, Russia astronauts making emergency landing

Europe 10/11/18, 05:19

The Latest on the failed space launch carrying two astronauts (all times local):3 p.m.U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, wave as they board to the rocket prior the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian ...

US, Russian astronauts blast off to space station

Europe 10/11/18, 05:02

A duo of astronauts from the U.S. and Russia has blasted off for a mission on the International Space Station.U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, right, and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, wave as they board to the rocket prior the launch ...

India has signed a $5B billion deal to buy Russian S-400s

Europe 10/05/18, 06:00

India has signed a $5 billion deal to buy a Russian S-400 air defense system despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.Russian President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the deal in New Delhi on Friday and ...

Japanese spacecraft drops device to land on asteroid

Space 10/03/18, 01:12

A Japanese spacecraft has dropped a German-French observation device to land on an asteroid as part of a research effort that could find clues to the origin of the solar system.The Japan Space Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Wednesday that the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, was released from ...

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

Science 09/21/18, 06:21

A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system.The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft arrived near ...

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