A proposed new mission for Kepler — whose original exoplanet hunt stalled this past May when the second of its four orientation-maintaining reaction wheels failed — has advanced to a NASA vetting stage called "senior review," agency officials announced to
Scientists created the new video of Saturn's vortex from 128 images snapped by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in December 2012. It's the highest-resolution movie yet obtained of the giant hexagon, which is about 20,000 miles wide, researchers said.
Soon, we'll know who among the applicants on a one-way trip to Mars makes it into the second round. It's a one-way ticket, but not to worry: you’ll live there longer than back home on Earth. After all, on Mars you can’t get hit by a car. One thing is cert
Venus is now the showiest it will be for all of 2013 and 2014 in either the evening or the morning sky. The planet is so bright that you can spot it in a clear blue sky before sunset, if your eye lands on the right point in the south-southwest.
Scientists think the moon coalesced out of material blasted into space when a large object slammed into the proto-Earth in the solar system's early days. Determining the composition of Venus could help explain how this mega-collision went down.
The U.S. Air Force’s secretive X-37B space plane program launches its third mission, OTV-3, on Dec. 11, 2012 using a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The mission marked the first reflight of an X-37B robotic space plane.
The unmanned X-37B launched into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 11, 2012. What payloads the space plane is toting and the overall mission goals on its confidential cruise are classified.