NASA hopes to salvage Mars mission

NASA's hoping to reorganize its budget to allow a trip to Mars by the end of the decade.

Stellar mass black hole found in Andromeda

A study of X-rays emitted a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away has positively identified a stellar mass black hole in Andromeda, a spiral galaxy located about 2.6 million light-years from Earth.



Research continues apace on international space station



NASA says the pace of research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is accelerating - even though the shuttles used to build it were recently retired. 



NASA previews Eta Carinae supernova

At the turn of the 19th century, the binary star system Eta Carinae appeared faint and rather undistinguished to astronomers.

Space elevator could be built by 2050

Japanese construction company Obayashi says it's working on plans for a space elevator that could take people to orbit by 2050.

Martian quakes detected, raising hopes of life

Signs of recent 'Marsquakes' have been found, indicating that liquid water could be present - and raising hopes of life.

'Nomad planets' could carry bacterial life

Free-flying planets, not anchored to a star, could outnumber stars in the Milky Way by 100,000 to one.

NASA finds space buckyballs in solid form



NASA astronomers have positively identified space buckyballs in a solid form. Prior to this important discovery, the microscopic carbon spheres were found only in gas form within the cosmos.



20 million mph winds seen blowing from black hole

A black hole discovered by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory is generating winds blowing at 20 million miles per hour - about three percent of the speed of light.

'Waterworld' planet discovered

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have identified a new type of planet - a waterworld surrounded by a thick, steamy atmosphere.

Moon still geologically active, images show

There's still some geological activity on the moon, new images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show.

Fermi telescope captures gamma-ray bursts


Detectable for only a few seconds but possessing enormous energy, gamma-ray bursts are notoriously difficult to capture as their energy does not penetrate the Earth's atmosphere. 



Why are there no volcanoes on the moon?

Scientists believe they've discovered why the moon has no active volcanoes, despite containing plenty of liquid magma.

Video: NASA’s J-2X Powerpack test lights up night sky



NASA engineers have conducted an initial test of the J-2X engine powerpack at the Stennis Space Center.



Astronomers watch replay of celestial eruption

In the mid-nineteenth century, one of the most massive stars in our Milky Way galaxy suddenly got much brighter. For ten years, indeed, it was the second-brightest star in the sky.

Swiss announce mission to clean up orbital junk

The Swiss have a reputation for cleanliness and order, and now they're planning to tidy up space.

This black hole came from a shredded galaxy

NASA astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have found a cluster of young, blue stars encircling the first intermediate-mass black hole ever discovered.


Why is Venus slowing down?

Venus's rotation is slowing down - and scientists aren't at all certain as to why.

The strange haze of the Milky Way galaxy

New images from the European Space Agency’s Planck mission have revealed previously undiscovered islands of star formation, along with a mysterious haze of microwave emissions in our Milky Way galaxy.



Budget woes hit Mars exploration plans

US President Barack Obama’s proposed 2013 budget would effectively slash $226 million from NASA’s Mars exploration program.