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  • Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' blasts off to the moon

    Chinese rover 'Jade Rabbit' blasts off to the moon
    Welcome to the lunar club, China. A rocket carrying a moon rover blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, southwestern China at 1:30 a.m. local time Monday (9:30 a.m. Sunday Pacific time). The mission, called Chang'e 3,...
  • NASA's E.T. smartphone satellite has phoned home

    NASA's E.T. smartphone satellite has phoned home
    NASA’s extraterrestrial smartphone has phoned home. The 4-inch-square satellite, PhoneSat 2.4, which uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S phone running Google’s Android operating system, transmitted data back to its Santa Clara University...
  • The new space race: It's not just the U.S. and Russia anymore

     The new space race: It's not just the U.S. and Russia anymore
    Some 10 years ago, during testimony before Congress, I was asked by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), "Do you think we are in a space race with China?" I quickly answered "no" and proceeded to explain that, in my view, the concept of a space race represented...
  • NASA's MAVEN mission blasts off to solve major Martian mystery

    NASA's MAVEN mission blasts off to solve major Martian mystery
    A rocket carrying NASA's MAVEN spacecraft blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 1:28 p.m. ET Monday, on a mission to answer a profound mystery about Mars' planetary evolution: What happened to the atmosphere? The agency’s latest robotic explorer will...
  • Mysterious space plane spent a year orbiting Earth on secret mission

    Mysterious space plane spent a year orbiting Earth on secret mission
    A year after the Air Force blasted it into orbit, an experimental space drone continues to circle the Earth. Its mission and hush-hush payload, however, remain a mystery. The X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which looks like a miniature unmanned version of...
  • Houston has a problem with International Space Station; may require spacewalk

    Houston has a problem with International Space Station; may require spacewalk
    A cooling system failure aboard the International Space Station may require a spacewalk, NASA officials said Wednesday. One of two ammonia cooling loops on the station's exterior shut down Wednesday morning, NASA spokeswoman Brandi Dean said. “...
  • NASA's Juno spacecraft flies by Earth, captures this incredible video

    NASA's Juno spacecraft flies by Earth, captures this incredible video
    The video above, taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft as it zipped past Earth on Oct. 9, may be imperfect, but it will give you chills. Captured with sensors designed to track faint stars rather than rocky planets, the video begins just as the Earth-and-moon...
  • UN aims to fight asteroids, creates a global warning network

    UN aims to fight asteroids, creates a global warning network
    Even the United Nations is taking the threat of asteroids hitting our planet seriously. Last week, the U.N. General Assembly approved measures to coordinate detection and response to asteroid strikes that could level cities and possibly destroy our...
  • Chinese spacecraft gets a close look at Asteroid Toutatis [Photo]

    Chinese spacecraft gets a close look at Asteroid Toutatis [Photo]
    Space rock, or space rocks? A new study of asteroid 4179 Toutatis suggests the large asteroid that zips past Earth every four years is actually a collection of rocky fragments held together by gravity. "We may conclude that Toutatis is not a monolith,...
  • Water geysers erupt on Europa! Could Jupiter's icy moon host life?

    Water geysers erupt on Europa! Could Jupiter's icy moon host life?
    Jupiter’s icy moon Europa squirts water like a squishy bath toy when it’s squeezed by the gas giant’s gravity, scientists say. Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, they caught two 124-mile-tall geysers of water vapor spewing out...
  • NASA astronaut: Spacewalk to fix ISS system would be 'exciting'

    NASA astronaut: Spacewalk to fix ISS system would be 'exciting'
    A malfunctioning cooling system part on the International Space Station may require an astronaut spacewalk to fix it if the team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston can’t get the system back up and running, according to NASA officials....