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NASA wants people on Mars within 25 years

Nov 14, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The US space agency believes it can put humans on the Red Planet within 25 years, but the technological and medical hurdles are immense

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

China unveils new 'Heavenly Palace' space station

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Crowds at the Airshow China gather around the cylindrical module representing the living and working quarters of the Tiangong – or 'Heavenly Palace' – a replica of its first permanently crewed space station

A model of an astronaut is put on the top of a partial model of Chinese space station at the Airshow China 2018 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province on November 6, 2018. China unveiled a replica of its first permanently crewed space station, which would replace the international community's orbiting laboratory and symbolises the country's major ambitions beyond Earth. WANG ZHAO / AFP

Neil Armstrong's huge souvenir collection to be auctioned

Oct 31, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Some items have historical value, such as flags or medallions he wore during the Apollo 11 lunar mission. Others do not – like a boy scout cap or a pin from his high school football team.

AUCTION. Items that belonged to US astronaut Neil Armstrong are displayed at Heritage Auctions October 2, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

NASA spacecraft breaks record for coming closest to Sun

Oct 30, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The goal of NASA's Parker Solar Probe is make a series of 24 flybys past our scorching star

UP CLOSE. Illustration of the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft approaching the sun. Image courtesy Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

PH-made microsatellite Diwata-2 flies into space

Oct 29, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Diwata-2 is launched directly into orbit through the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s H-IIA F40 rocket

 LAUNCH. Japan’s H-IIA F40 rocket carries Diwata-2 from the Tanegashima Space Center on October 29, 2018. Screengrab from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

NASA's hobbled Hubble telescope is near normal again

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:22 PM

An attempt to revive the gyroscope by turning it in the opposite direction appears to have cleared any blockage, NASA reports

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

Thought-shifting spaces

Oct 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

How would you want your work and living spaces to reflect what you love about life?

50 years old, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ still offers insight about the future

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:40 AM

The movie's infamous computer HAL is both Alexa and Siri – but much better

SPACESUITS. Even 17 years beyond 2001, spacesuits are bulkier than this. Matthew J. Cotter/Flickr, CC BY-SA


Japan delays touchdown of Hayabusa2 probe on asteroid

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency project manager Yuichi Tsuda say they needed more time to prepare the landing as the latest data shows the asteroid surface was more rugged than expected

Artist's impression of Hayabusa-2 probe during a rendezvous with the 1999JU3 asteroid. Image courtesy JAXA

Rocket bound for ISS fails, crew survives emergency landing

Oct 11, 2018 - 9:28 PM

US astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin are safe after their Soyuz rocket fails shortly after blast-off

Trouble for Hubble: gyro fails on space telescope

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Hubble is currently down to two working gyros and needs at least 3 for optimal operations. But it can continue to provide observations with just one functioning gyroscope.

EYE IN THE SKY. The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the background of Earth after a week of repair and upgrade by Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in 2002. Image courtesy NASA/ Hubble Site

ISS astronauts return to Earth amid U.S.-Russia tensions

Oct 05, 2018 - 3:00 AM

The landing comes with Russian and US officials investigating the appearance of a mysterious hole in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station

This March 7, 2011 NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. AFP PHOTO/NASA/HO RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / NASA " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Touchdown! Japan space probe lands new robot on asteroid

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, lands safely on asteroid Ryugu and is in contact with its team

TOUCHDOWN. This photograph received from Hayabusa2 spacecraft and made available by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on October 3, 2018, shows the shadow of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 (L) over the asteroid Ryugu. Photo from Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s Hayabusa2 Twitter account

Japan's space robots start asteroid survey

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The rover mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid surface, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

ASTEROID SURVEY. In this handout photograph taken and released by Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerosapace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on September 21, 2018, researchers and employees work at a control room to operate the Hayabusa2 mission in Sagamihara. Photo by Yutaka Iijima/ISAS-JAXA/AFP

First to red planet will become Martians – Canada astronaut

Sep 22, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The vast distance between Earth and Mars delays communications with mission control by up to 22 minutes, which means astronauts have to be self-reliant on the voyage

MARS. A picture shows the full moon during a "blood moon" eclipse as seen from Skopje on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Robert Atanasovski/AFP

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LeBron teams with 'Black Panther' director for 'Space Jam 2'

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:16 AM

The sequel of the live action-animated film has long been rumored, but a tweet from LeBron James' production company, SpringHill Entertainment, made it clear the project is a go

Japanese billionaire businessman revealed as SpaceX's first Moon traveler

Sep 18, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon, Yusaku Maezawa, says he wants to bring along 6 to 8 artists when he flies around the moon in 2023

TO THE MOON. This artist's illustration courtesy of SpaceX obtained September 17, 2018, shows the SpaceX BFR(Big Falcon Rocket) rocket passenger spacecraft.  Handout/SPACEX/AFP

NASA counts down to launch of laser study of ice sheets

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The ICESat-2 mission uses advanced lasers to uncover the true depth of the Earth's melting ice sheets and how this affects sea level rise

RECORD MELTING. An aerial view made available by The Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team, flying NASA's G-III aircraft over Greenland at about 40,000 feet on March 26, 2016. Photo by NASA/EPA

Why NASA's next rockets might say Budweiser on the side

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:11 PM

NASA's administrator Jim Bridenstine wants to try boosting its brand by selling naming rights to rockets and spacecraft and allowing its astronauts to appear in commercials and on cereal boxes

SOLAR PROBE. The United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket payload fairing is seen with the NASA and Parker Solar Probe emblems, at Launch Complex 37, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on August 8, 2018. Photo by AFP/NASA/Bill Ingalls


Russia says space station leak could be deliberate sabotage

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin says the hole detected last Thursday in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill and could have been done deliberately, either back on Earth or by astronauts in space

SPACE STATION. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. File photo by NASA TV/AFP

NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first pic

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:34 PM

The first, blurry images of Bennu were taken on August 17 at a distance of 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

1st satellite to measure global winds set for launch

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The European Space Agency's Aeolus mission aims to improve short-term weather forecasting and understanding of man-made climate change

SATELLITE LAUNCH. The European Space Agency's Aeolus satellite will map the Earth's wind patterns. Photo courtesy of the ESA Multimedia Gallery

India to send manned mission to space by 2022 – Modi

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space program in the past decade

SPACE EXPLORATION. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned mission into space by 2022. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Blend of novices, veterans to fly on 1st private U.S. spaceships

Aug 04, 2018 - 11:22 AM

Nine astronauts will be flying from US soil to space for the first time since 2011

Space experts worry U.S. won't make it to Mars by 2030s

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Senator Bill Nelson says the White House decision to return to the Moon – a program former president Barack Obama halted in order to focus on reaching Mars – could drag down the whole process

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

First lake of liquid water is discovered on Mars

Jul 25, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Located under a layer of Martian ice, the lake is about 12 miles (20 kilometers) wide, says the report led by Italian researchers in the US journal Science

MARS. NASA handout image obtained July 1, 2017 from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Gorgonum Basin, one of several large basins within the Terra Sirenum region of Mars. Handout photo by NASA/AFP

First space tourist flights could come in 2019

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Got $250,000? Virgin Atlantic, one of the companies paving the way for space tourism, can take you to space for that price

SPACE JET. This May 29, 2018 handout photograph obtained courtesy of Virgin Galactic shows the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity.  The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, are racing to be the first to finish their tests – with both companies using radically different technology. AFP Photo/Virgin Galactic


Method of making oxygen from water in zero gravity raises hope for long-distance space travel

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Thanks to a new study, we are a step closer to long-duration human spaceflight

SPACE TRAVEL. Artist’s rendering of a Mars artificial gravity transfer vehicle. Image from NASA

Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The independent Government Accountability Office says neither company is expected to be ready to carry out manned flights by November 2019 because of various delays in certifying their programs

THE ISS. The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy of NASA

Ways to spruce up a small space

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:14 PM

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Philippines launches 1st CubeSat into space

Jun 29, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Maya-1 belongs to the family of satellites produced by the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite or PHL-Microsat, and developed by Two Filipino graduate students in Japan

LAUNCH. The Department of Science and Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute streams from UP Diliman the launch of Maya-1 into space on June 29, 2018.

The rockets that are pushing the boundaries of space travel

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Today, NASA is so dependent on the private sector that the US space agency has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to send astronauts to space beginning next year, as soon as their capsules are ready

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for U.S. space domination

Jun 20, 2018 - 8:52 PM

The Russian foreign ministry warns that the US is 'nurturing plans to bring out weapons into space with the aim of possibly staging military action there.'

CONCERNED. File photo shows Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaking to the media in Moscow. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Trump wants to dominate space, Moon and Mars

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:52 AM

'America will always be the first in space,' Trump says during a speech at the White House. 'We don't want China and Russia and other countries leading us. We've always led,' he adds.

SPACE FORCE.  In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Hawking's voice to be beamed into space during memorial

Jun 15, 2018 - 1:40 PM

As the ashes of the British theoretical physicist are interred, a specially-written composition featuring his famous synthesized voice will be beamed into space by the European Space Agency

HAWKING, REMEMBERED. In this file photo taken on August 29, 2012 British scientist Stephen Hawking appears during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London. File photo by Leon Neal/AFP

SpaceX delays plans to send tourists around Moon – report

Jun 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'A new timetable for the flight – now postponed until at least mid-2019 and likely longer – hasn't been released,' reports The Wall Street Journal

SPACEX. The SpaceX Falcon Heavy rests on Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on February 5, 2018, ahead of its demonstration mission. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

U.S. spacewalkers to swap, check coolers 'Leaky' and 'Frosty'

May 16, 2018 - 11:11 PM

Since they operate using highly toxic ammonia, the spacewalkers must take utmost care not to get any on their suits

SPACEWALK. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. Handout / NASA TV / AFP

SpaceX postpones next-gen rocket launch

May 11, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The rocket's main goal for its maiden mission is to propel the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1

SPACE X. In this file photo, Space X's Falcon 9 rocket is prepared for a launch to the International Space Station February 17, 2017 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida on LC39A, one of the renovated Space Shuttle launch pads that SpaceX leases from NASA. File photo by Bruce Weaver/AFP PHOTO

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is canceled

May 11, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS,' a report says, describing the move as the latest in a 'broad attack on climate science' mounted by the White House

NASA's newest Mars lander to study quakes on Red Planet

May 04, 2018 - 2:49 PM

Since the Earth and Mars were likely formed by similar processes 4.5 billion years ago, the US space agency hopes the lander will shed light on what made them so different

INSIGHT. NASA is set to launch its first lander to Mars since 2012. InSight aims to listen for quakes and unravel the mystery of how rocky planets like Earth form. Photo from NASA's Flickr account

Scientists shocked as NASA cuts only moon rover

Apr 28, 2018 - 11:04 AM

The Resource Prospector is the only robotic vehicle under development to explore the Moon's surface

U.S. Senate narrowly confirms Trump's new NASA chief

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Jim Bridenstine has expressed an interest in returning humans back to the moon, has spoken of closer ties between NASA and the commercial space industry, and has voiced skepticism about human-caused climate change

NASA. Jim Bridenstine, a congressman from Oklahoma, will become the 13th administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration 7 months after US President Donald Trump named him to lead the agency. File photo from Bridenstine's Facebook page

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search outside the solar system, scanning the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming

NASA'S TESS. In this file photo taken on April 11, 2018 obtained from NASA, technicians assist as the SpaceX payload fairing containing the NASA'€™s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is moved by crane to a transporter inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA'€™s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. File photo by Kim Shiflett/NASA/AFP

'Lost in Space': A family drama drenched in science fiction

Apr 16, 2018 - 8:55 PM

'Lost in Space' is beautiful tale of compassion, survival and strength of the human spirit. It has heart

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Apr 12, 2018 - 9:00 PM

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SpaceX launches cargo to space station using recycled rocket, spaceship

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:18 PM

The effort is part of SpaceX's mission to lower the cost of space flight by re-using costly, multimillion-dollar components that typically have been discarded into the ocean after each launch

SPACEX. This image still obtained from NASA video shows the liftoff of the recycled Falcon 9 rocket and unmanned Dragon cargo ship on April 2, 2018, from Cape Canaveral, Florida. AFP PHOTO / NASA TV

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Apr 02, 2018 - 10:22 AM

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EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

Defunct Chinese space lab plunges back to Earth over Pacific

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The Tiangong-1 'mostly' burns up above the vast ocean's central region at 8:15 am (0015 GMT), China's Manned Space Engineering Office says, moments after predicting a slightly later re-entry over the Atlantic

TIANGONG-1. This photo of the giant screen at the Jiuquan Space Centre shows the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft preparing to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking, on June 24, 2012. File photo by Jiuquan Space Centre/AFP

'Out of control' space lab to become celestial fireball on April 2 – China

Apr 01, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The Tiangong-1 is expected to make an uncontrolled earthbound plunge on Monday, April 2, but Chinese authorities say there is 'no need for people to worry'

Chinese technicians at the Jiuquan Space Centre monitor the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft as it prepares to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking, on June 24, 2012. The Chinese spacecraft on June 24 successfully completed the country's first manual docking in orbit, a milestone in an ambitious programme to build a space station by the end of the decade. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / STR