Revamping Spitzer to probe exoplanets

Now approaching its 10th anniversary, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has evolved into a premier observatory for an endeavor not envisioned in its original design: the study of worlds around other stars, called exoplanets. While the engineers and scientists who built Spitzer did not have this goal in mind, their visionary work made this unexpected capability possible.

Radiation belt probe lifts off

NASA's finally launched its Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore the Van Allen belts.

More signals received from stranded Phobos probe

Communication with the stranded Phobos-Grunt Martian probe is coming and going, following a first successful contact on Tuesday.

Fears rise over lost Martian probe

Russian scientists still can't contact the lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt, state media are reporting - and there's a danger it could fall to Earth with a massively toxic explosion.

China to launch Martian lander in 2013

China is set to launch a Martian lander as early as 2013, according to state news agency Xinhua.

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.

Japanese probe sets sail to Venus

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is poised to launch a probe on a two-year mission to study the weather and explore the enigmatic surface of cloud-shrouded Venus.