Shuttle Endeavour leaves space station forever

Endeavour and its crew of six departed the International Space Station late Sunday and headed home to wrap up NASA’s next-to-last shuttle flight. Endeavour and its crew of six left the International Space Station and headed home to close out [...]

Skylon space plane gets a thumbs-up

A space plane that can take off and land from conventional runways is one step closer to reality. Following a series of meetings in September 2010 at the International Space Innovation Center in Harwell, U.K., to look at the feasibility of [...]

Is the Rocky Alien Planet Gliese 581d Really Habitable?

A rocky alien planet called Gliese 581d may be the first known world beyond Earth capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study suggests. Astronomers performing a new atmospheric-modeling study have found that the planet likely lies [...]

How computers got us into space

When you look back at the past 50 years of human spaceflight, don’t forget the computer scientists who helped make it all possible. That’s the message Arthur Cohen wants to pass along on the golden anniversary of NASA astronaut Alan [...]

Japanese satellite Hinode discovers two huge holes in sun’s magnetic field

A JAPANESE satellite has captured images showing two huge holes in the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the solar corona, which are blasting solar material into space. Known as “coronal holes” these openings in the Sun’s magnetic field allow [...]

NASA Robot and First Whole Sun Picture

The unlikely pairing of Football and Science face off head to head on Super Bowl SUNday. Millions of television viewers saw NASA’s Robonaut 2, or R2, share the the limelight with the Steelers and the Packers of the NFL. The twin brother of [...]

First Views Of The Entire Sun On Super Sun-Day

Here comes the Sun, as we’ve never seen it before. THE complete surface of the Sun was captured in an image for the first time today by a pair of orbiting space telescopes. It’s official: The sun is a sphere. NASA scores big on super [...]

NASA spots scores of potentially livable worlds

An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potential planets that appear to be in the habitable zone. In just a year of peering out at a small slice of the galaxy, [...]

Kepler finds alien rocky planet Vulcan

NASA Finds Smallest Earthlike Planet Outside Solar System. Rocky world 1.4 times Earth’s size is “missing link,” astronomer says. A planet-hunting space telescope has found its first rocky world – the smallest yet discovered [...]

Astronomers find giant extragalactic planet

Astronomers have for the first time spotted a planet that originated outside the galaxy. Till date, about 500 planets have been discovered. This is the first known planet to have been born elsewhere. An exoplanet orbiting a star that entered [...]