‘Death Stars’ in Orion blast planets before they even form

The Orion Nebula is home to hundreds of young stars and even younger protostars known as proplyds. Many of these nascent systems will go on to develop planets, while others will have their planet-forming dust and gas blasted away by the fierce ultraviolet radiation emitted by massive O-type stars that lurk nearby.

NASA's Orion spacecraft comes to life

NASA's first-ever deep space craft, Orion, has been powered on for the first time, marking a major milestone in the final year of preparations for flight. Orion's avionics system was installed on the crew module and powered up for a series of systems tests at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week.

Asteroid zips By Orion Nebula

This image shows the potentially hazardous near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula.

The secrets of Orion's fiery ribbon

This dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky.

NASA tests Orion crew module

Completely surrounded by a massive 20-foot-high structure called the crew module static load test fixture, the Orion crew module is being put through a series of tests that simulate the massive loads the spacecraft would experience during its mission.

NASA's Orion test flight is on track for launch

The first NASA spacecraft designed to fly astronauts beyond Earth orbit since the Apollo era of yore is apparently well on its way to making a flight test next year.

Nebula NGC 1999 sets the dark on fire

In space, dense clouds of cosmic gas and dust are the birthplaces of new stars. In visible light, this dust is often dark and obscuring, concealing the stars behind it.

ESA teams with NASA for manned moon orbit

The European Space Agency is teaming up with NASA for a mission that will take human beings beyond Earth orbit for the first time in 40 years - and eventually, it says, further than ever before.

Video: NASA showcases Orion space capsule



NASA showcased its space-bound Orion capsule during a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center in Florida earlier this morning.

NASA animates Orion test flight

NASA has released an animated clip depicting the proposed 2014 test flight of its Orion spacecraft.

NASA eyes 2014 for Orion test flight

NASA is planning to conduct an unmanned flight test of its Orion spacecraft in early 2014.



First oxygen molecules found in space

Oxygen molecules have been detected for the first ever time in space, helping explain where some of the universe's missing oxygen may be hiding.

NASA reveals design for deep space vehicle

NASA's announced its plans for the US spacecraft it hopes will take human beings into deep space.

Samsung showcases next-gen Orion Cortex-A9

Samsung recently showcased its next-gen Orion Cortex-A9 processor at ARM TechCon 2010.

Samsung launches dual-core Orion processor

Samsung has launched an advanced 1GHz ARM CORTEX A9 dual-core processor for next-gen mobile devices.