| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:55 PM
C. Gordon Fullerton waited years for his chance to go into space but less than six minutes after the space shuttle Challenger took off in 1985, he was starting to rethink it.
One of the Challenger's three main engines suddenly shut down and Fullerton,...
| May 20, 2013
| 7:27 PM
A crew of Mongolian gerbils may have gone where no Mongolian gerbil has gone before, but they did not come back alive. A Russian spacecraft filled with mice, lizards and other animals has returned to Earth -- but with the majority of its furred passengers...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Astronomers knew this day would come. The Herschel Space Observatory has run out of coolant and ceased looking into the cold, distant universe. Without liquid helium to keep the instruments chilled to minus 456 degrees Fahrenheit, the European Space...
| May 2, 2013
| 1:14 PM
NASA wants to send haikus to Mars, and you — yes, you! — might be just the poet for the job.
The space agency plans to launch a spacecraft to study the upper layers of the Red Planet’s atmosphere in November. But before the Mars...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 2:50 PM
Russia’s dramatic launch and crash of an unmanned Proton rocket holding three Glonass navigation satellites is not expected to affect upcoming manned trips to the orbiting International Space Station, NASA officials said.
The Proton-M rocket began...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 6:29 PM
Care to go for a hike in a national park? How about one on the moon? A bill introduced in Congress would protect U.S. Apollo lunar landing sites by making the detritus that astronauts left behind a part of the national park system.
It may sound like a...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 4:18 PM
The barest details of Luca Parmitano’s near-drowning in space are harrowing enough: The Italian astronaut’s spacesuit helmet began filling with water as he floated outside the International Space Station. Now, Parmitano has published a first-...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:53 AM
NASA has sent a spacecraft to study the moon’s surface and another to probe its "lumpy" gravity field, and now it's sending a new explorer to taste its atmosphere.
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission will seek to...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 3:56 PM
Scientists using a NASA instrument aboard an Indian spacecraft have discovered signs of water native to the moon – not brought from far away, but water that must have been locked beneath the lunar crust since its birth.
The discovery by the ill-...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 3:58 PM
Good news, space-loving hipsters: NASA has joined Instagram.
As of Friday morning, you won't have to go hunting around the Internet for all those images of galaxies that look like animals, rockets about to launch, and Curiosity's adventures on Mars....
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:10 PM
Although most of his fellow space scientists scoffed at the idea, Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Bruce C. Murray insisted that a picture of a planet's surface was worth a thousand words — or at least as much as the measurements of magnetic...