Dutch scientists are experimenting with using simple water to cool the underside of spacecraft during re-entry. By placing a container of water in the nose of the craft, the water would have to boil off completely before the...
NASA scientists have found enough evidence from the different sensors aboard the Opportunity rover to believe that the area around the rover was awash with liquid water at some point in the past. Steve Squires told a news conference this...
Seti@Home, widely considered to be the most successful distributed computing project yet, is taking its results to the next step. After over a million years of shared computing power through its Seti@Home screensaver, the Seti@Home team is returning to the...

SpaceShipOne

Scaled Composites has announced that they have been working on a project to launch the first non-government space-plane for the last two years. They demonstrated part of it in the Mojave Desert today. It is a two-part plane. ...

NASA is back

At 11:30, last night, "Spirit" entered the Martian Atmosphere. In the 6 minutes that followed, anxious scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ticked off each milestone, signalled by changes in tones sent by the plummeting craft. Atmospheric drag, parachute...

Target: Mars

And they're off! A flotilla of spacecraft is heading to Mars in a race that will be reminicent of an Independance Day scene. Mars' orbit will be swinging it within 34.6 million miles of Earth, closer than...
The Planet Mercury will travel between Earth and the Sun tomorrow morning providing a rare mini-eclipse between 3:50am ET and 9:17am ET on Wednesday Morning. Mercury will appear as a small dark spot travelling across the Sun with a diameter...

Trubble for Hubble

One more of the gyroscopes used to steer the Hubble Space Telescope failed this week, sparking concern about the ongoing safety of the telescope. The telescope needs three gyroscopes to operate smoothly, and has six on board. ...
NASA's Opportunity rover has worked flawlessly since its "hole-in-one" landing last Saturday. Today, it "stood-up", stretching its wheels from its travelling position. It could roll off the lander for the final 10 feet of its journey onto...

Extended Warranty

Almost 31 years after it was launched, Pioneer 10 stopped sending signals to earth. The spacecraft was launched in 1972, and in 1983, it became the first man-made object to leave the solar system. Remarkably, although...

Watching the Watcher

For years, we have looked up into the sky; at the moon, the sun, the stars and the other planets. Now we have for the first time pictures of what Earth looks like from Mars. NASA's Mars...
Russia used a Progress M-47 supply ship to raise the orbit of the International Space Station to make its orbit about 5km longer. Since the US has suspended Shuttle flights after the Columbia break-up, this new orbit will...

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