Inside a Martian tumbleweed rover

Scientists have determined that a wind-driven "tumbleweed" Mars rover would be more than capable of effectively navigating rocky Martian terrain.

Future cosmologists doomed by expanding universe

We've arrived late for the cosmic show - too late for the best seat, says Harvard theorist Avi Loeb. He says the ideal time to study the cosmos was more than 13 billion years ago, just half a billion years after the Big Bang.

Dragon spacecraft en route to International Space Station


The Dragon spacecraft - built by Space X - is en route to the International Space Station (ISS) after a successful launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station earlier this morning.

SpaceX to try again after aborted launch

SpaceX was forced to abort the launch of its Falcon 9 mission to the International Space Station on Saturday, just half a second before liftoff.

New-found exoplanet is evaporating away

MIT and NASA scientists believe they've found a planet, 1,500 light years away, that appears to be disintegrating from the heat of its parent star.

Star-filled galactic 'bridge' discovered

ESA's Herschel Space Observatory has discovered a giant, galaxy-filled filament connecting two clusters of galaxies.

Dragon spacecraft preps for ISS cargo mission

The Dragon spacecraft is undergoing last minute preparations as it readies for a demonstration flight to the International Space Station (ISS).



'Ring of fire' eclipse visible in US this weekend

On Sunday, millions of people around the world will be treated to an amazing sight: an annular solar eclipse in which the moon will cover as much as 94 percent of the sun, leaving a glowing ring of fire.

NASA tots up hazardous asteroids

Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) indicate there are about twice as many potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs) in lower-inclination orbits than previously believed.

This is how a black hole is fueled

An international research team has managed to observe the active accretion phase of a supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy tens of millions of light years away.

Researchers eye space-based solar power

Solar power collected in space could ultimately be tapped to provide the renewable energy of the future.

Astronauts safely on way to ISS

Late last night, three astronauts blasted off for the International Space Station on a Soyuz TMA-04M, after several weeks of delay.

From the Mojave Desert to Mars

NASA recently tested a Mars rover in California's Mojave Desert to prepare for the August landing of its Curiosity rover on the red planet. 


NASA scramjet accelerates hypersonic flight

NASA, along with a number of international partners, is currently working on the HIFiRE (Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation Program) program to advance hypersonic flight.

Vesta asteroid is ancient protoplanet

The asteroid Vesta is more like a planet or a moon, new data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows.

Sun moves too slowly for long-theorized 'bow shock'

Our sun is moving through the Milky Way more slowly than thought, new data from NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite shows.

Liberty space taxi targets 2015 launch date



ATK has developed a complete commercial crew transportation system, including a spacecraft, abort system, launch vehicle, as well as ground and mission operations.

The biggest black holes prevent star creation

Scientists using the Herschel Space Observatory have discovered that galaxies with the most powerful, active black holes at their heart produce fewer stars.

Martian sand dunes are still on the move

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has revealed that  sand dunes on Mars can put on a surprising turn of speed.

NASA detects light from super-Earth

NASA scientists have, for the first time, seen the light from a planet outside our solar system  that's a similar size to the Earth.