Astronomers find mysterious space blob

Astronomers are puzzled by the discovery of a mysterious, giant object that existed when the universe was only about 800 million years old. At first, they didn't believe it was even real.

Japan considers missile warning system

Japan is considering an early warning satellite that can detect missile launches in the wake of concerns about North Korea's missile power.

Scientists announce stunning exoplanet discovery

Scientists at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) claim to have discovered the smallest exoplanet yet: In the accelerating search for a twin of Earth, Gliese 581 e is only 1.9 times the mass of Earth and may have a similar material structure, but it is too close to its host star to support life as we know it.

NASA’s Kepler telescope captures first images

NASA’s mission to find Earth-like planets in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky Way galaxy is shifting into the next gear. The Kepler space telescope has taken first images, which show millions of stars. NASA plans to survey more than 100,000 of them over the next three years.

Atlantis arrives at launch pad

With Discovery safe on the ground again, NASA has begun preparing Atlantis for its STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Discovery back home, astronauts in Houston

Concluding a 5.3 million mile, 13-day mission, Discovery landed safely at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday afternoon. The shuttle crew returned to Houston on Sunday.

NASA brings Orion spacecraft to Washington DC mall

NASA announced yesterday that they would be bringing a full-scale mockup of their Orion spacecraft to the National Mall in Washington, DC on March 30. The 45 foot long vehicle will be attached to a semi trailer parked between 4th and 7th streets in front of the mall. A special press event will be held at 10am. Orion is the vehicle that will return a NASA crew to the moon in a planned 2020 mission.

Microsoft billionaire blasts into space again

Charles Simonyi, a software engineer best known for leading the development to of Microsoft’s most profitable applications, Word and Excel, travelled into space for second time. Simonyi’s Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft successfully launched earlier today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is now en route to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA to provide 100 TB of space images to Microsoft

Microsoft is catching up with Google and said it has signed an agreement to make planetary images and other data available to the public via the WorldWide Telescope website. The data is expected to become available later this year and eventually top a volume of 100 terabytes (TB). EXTRA: SLIDESHOW

ISS dodges space junk again

Is it a pure accident that the International Space Station (ISS) could have been hit by debris in space for the third time in just over a week or is it a new reality that astronauts have to deal with in the future? According to NASA, the station crew had to change the orbit to avoid a possible collision   with space junk.

Space telescope sunshield has a SPF of 1.2 million

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will get a newly developed sunshield protecting the device from harsh solar light.

NASA celebrates successful Discovery launch

Concerns over a gaseous hydrogen leak and problems with Endeavour’s flow control valves delayed Discovery’s launch by more than a month, but the actually lift off and flight have been flawless so far. The shuttle crew is now on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) to deliver the final set of power-generating solar arrays.

NASA aims for Sunday launch of space shuttle

NASA today said that it will attempt to send Discovery on its STS-119 mission late Sunday. However, the actual launch will depend on tests of a previously discovered hydrogen leak as well as weather conditions.

Space junk barely misses ISS

Don’t say you are surprised. A 5-inch piece of an old rocket engine recently came within striking distance of the International Space Station (ISS). The crew had prepared for impact and we wonder when one of the tens of thousands of garbage pieces will hit the defenseless station.

NASA scrubs shuttle launch on gaseous hydrogen leak

NASA has postponed the planned launch of the space shuttle Discovery until at least March 15 (Sunday) due to "a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside the external fuel tank." The system is used to channel excess hydrogen gas safely away from the launch platform. The launch was originally planned for this evening at 9:20pm EDT after having already postponed it previously to inspect possible control valve cracks that were seen on last November's launch of Discovery's sister ship, Endeavour.

Iridium replaces satellite destroyed in space crash

Satellite phone provider Iridium today said that it has successfully replaced one of its satellites that three weeks ago was lost in a collision with a non-operational Russian satellite. One of the company’s spares took the place of the destroyed unit and closed the gap.

Space shuttle Discovery set for launch on March 11

Following a series of delays, NASA today said that Discovery can now be prepared for mission STS-119. An investigation focusing on the shuttle’s flow control valves did not reveal any damage and convinced engineers and managers that Discovery is ready for flight. Lift off is scheduled for March 11.  

NASA prepares search for Earth-like planets

NASA said it is set to launch a Delta II rocket carrying the Kepler space telescope. The device will survey 100,000 sun-like stars over a period of three years in a quest to find Earth-like planets that may be able to support life as we know it.

Asteroid zooms by earth, cutting it close

Was it almost the end of the world as we know it? Yesterday morning at 12:40AM, as many of us were peacefully sleeping in our beds, just 60,000 kilometers over the southwest Pacific an asteroid previously undetected by astronomers zoomed past Earth, and it was honestly a close call.

Following failed OCO launch, NASA delays Kepler mission

NASA is gearing up to launch another stunning space telescope: The Kepler Telescope will be on a mission to survey more than 100,000 sun-like stars in  NASA’s quest to find Earth-like planets in our Milky Way galaxy.  However, the organization will not be able to keep the original March 5 launch target due to concern over the recently failed launch of the CO2 sniffing Orbiting Carbon Observatory.