NASA responds to potential asteroid redirect mission targets

One year ago, on Feb. 15, 2013, the world was witness to the dangers presented by near-Earth Objects (NEOs) when a relatively small asteroid entered Earth's atmosphere, exploding over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and releasing more energy than a large atomic bomb.

Mission to Mars moon could be a sample-return twofer, study suggests

The study helps to confirm the idea that the surface of Phobos contains tons of dust, soil, and rock blown off the Martian surface by large projectile impacts.

NASA's Deep Space comet hunter mission comes to a close

After almost 9 years in space that included an unprecedented July 4th impact and subsequent flyby of a comet, an additional comet flyby, and the return of approximately 500,000 images of celestial objects, NASA's Deep Impact mission has ended.

NASA evaluates four candidate sites for 2016 Mars Mission

NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency's next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet's interior. The stationary Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and land on Mars six months later.

NASA's Fermi celebrates 5 years in space, kicks off extended mission

During its five-year primary mission, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given astronomers an increasingly detailed portrait of the universe's most extraordinary phenomena, from giant black holes in the hearts of distant galaxies to thunderstorms on Earth.

Mission electric motorcycle hits 150 MPH

Those looking to get into high end, high performance electric motorcycles apparently need look no further than Mission Motorcycles.

NASA's next Mars mission set for 2016

NASA's announced plans for another visit to Mars, this time to check out its interior.

Spaceplane touches down after more than a year

After a record-breaking 15-month secret mission, the US Air Force's X-37 B robotic space plane has touched down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

NASA calls for ideas for future Mars missions

NASA's Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) is starting to research its next Mars mission and is looking for help from scientists and engineers worldwide.

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.

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.

NASA extends life of MESSENGER Mercury probe

NASA's decided to extend the MESSENGER mission for an extra year of orbital operations at Mercury.

'Martian astronauts' return from simulated mission

After a year and a half locked up in a box, six 'astronauts' have finally finished their simulated trip to Mars.

Jupiter mission to launch today

The Juno spacecraft's set to lift off today on its way to Jupiter, with scientists hopeful that the mission will help answer questions about the formation of the solar system.

Dawn spacecraft to reach giant asteroid today

Today, after a four-year journey, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will go into orbit around the asteroid Vesta, where it will stay and make observations for a year.

NASA picks project shortlist for next Discovery mission

A mission to sail the seas of Titan is one of three projects shortlisted by NASA for its next Discovery mission.

Bill calls for US return to the moon

A Florida congrssman has introduced a bill calling for a US manned moon mission by 2022. Bill Posey's bill - H.R. 1641, the Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act - says that a return to the moon would benefit the country through everything from new technologies to improved natinal security.

Soyuz blasts off for ISS in taste of things to come

Almost fifty years to the day since the first human spaceflight blasted off, the Soyuz TMA-21 mission last night left for the International Space Station.

Profs call for one-way mission to Mars

A Washington State University professor is calling for one-way missions to Mars - and says he'd be happy to volunteer himself.

Second Chinese lunar probe set for launch tonight

The Chinese National Space Administration says its Chang'e-2 lunar probe is ready for launch tonight from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) in Sichuan province.