News China Readies 2-Man Crew for Space Mission
A rocket carrying the Shenzhou 6 capsule and two astronauts was to blast off sometime Wednesday from the remote base in China's northwest, the official Xinhua News Agency said. In a break with the space agency's typical secrecy, Xinhua said a
News Chinese Crew Blasts Off for Space Mission
The mission, reportedly due to last up to five days, is an efforts by the communist government to declare its status as a rising world power with technological triumphs to match its rapid economic growth. It is only the third country to launch a huma
News Japan probe lands on asteroid
A Japanese space probe made history on Saturday when it landed on the surface of an asteroid and then collected rock samples that could give clues to the origin of the solar system.
News Privately funded space launch delayed
Space Exploration Technology
The Falcon 1 rocket will begin its journey to orbit, accelerating to 17,000 mph (twenty-five times the speed of sound) in less than ten minutes. Falcon 1 is a two stage rocket powered by liquid oxygen and purified, rocket grade kerosene.
News First Falcon 1 rocket flies Saturday
After three years of development, SpaceX's privately-made Falcon 1 rocket is set for its debut launch Saturday from a seven-acre isle in the Central Pacific. Liftoff remains targeted for 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT)
News Saturn's Largest Moon Has Dramatic Weather
Saturn's planet-size moon Titan has dramatic weather, with freezing temperatures, carbon- and nitrogen-rich clouds and possibly lightning describing a world that may have looked like Earth before life developed.
News Intricate Crab Nebula Poses for Hubble Close-Up
Hubble Space Telescope has caught the most detailed view of the Crab Nebula, revealing the intricate epitaph of a long-dead star.
News Virgin's Branson reveals frequent-flyer space plan
Agence France Presse
Virgin Airlines is to offer frequent-flyer "Space Miles" that passengers can put towards flights in space with the company's soon-to-be-launched Virgin Galactic, boss Richard Branson revealed.
News Russia developing own space vehicle in case NASA fails
Clipper project to develop a six-person spacecraft to deliver astronauts into Earth orbit, and potentially beyond. Winged crew vehicle, Clipper, would launch atop a Russian Soyuz 2-3 booster and could form the heart of potential Moon- or Mars-bound c
News NASA seeks private replacements for shuttle trips
NASA hopes to supplement, and eventually replace, crew and cargo flights to the space station that had been planned for the shuttle fleet. The agency also may have to pare down the number of shuttle flights to the station even before they retire to p
News Branson chooses New Mexico for space launch
British entrepreneur Richard Branson has chosen New Mexico for the launch pad of his planned space tourism flights, state officials said on Thursday.
News Europe eyes joining Russia spaceship
European Space Agency (ESA) officials have said that European countries remained interested in a Russian plan to build a new crew-carrying spaceship known as the Clipper.
News Our solar system is getting stranger
A pair of discoveries this month along with a handful of others in 2005 have begun to reveal the outer solar system contains a dizzying array of round worlds on countless odd trajectories around the sun, often with multiple satellite systems.
News NASA prepares mission to Pluto
Agence France Presse
NASA is ready for a January 17 launch of its New Horizons probe to Pluto, the furthest planet in our solar system, officials said.
News More Rings Around Uranus
Astronomers aided by the
Hubble Space Telescope have spied two more rings encircling Uranus, the first additions to the planet's ring system in nearly two decades.
News Mar Rovers just keep going, and going, and going ....
Each spacecraft was originally expected to last 90 days. On Nov. 21, Spirit completed one martian year--some two Earth years--on Mars. Opportunity, reached that same milestone Dec. 12. Both rovers found what they were sent to probe: signs of past wat
News GPS monopoly challenged by new European satellite network
A largely political project, aimed at asserting Europe's independence. Although GPS is free and ubiquitous, it is optimised for America and can drift by more than 30ft. GPS is controlled by the US military which can degrade or switch off the sign
News Amazon.com Exec to Open Aerospace Venture
Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos expects a rocket-ship complex for his aerospace venture Blue Origin to open early next year. Sending a spaceship into orbit that launches and lands vertically, like a rocket, and eventually building spaceships that can o
News European satellite launch challenges GPS
Reuters - By Richard Balmforth
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Union launched its first Galileo navigation satellite on Wednesday, moving to challenge the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS).
News FAA rushes to regulate commercial passenger space travel
The proposal released sets requirements for crew qualifications and training, and establishes training and informed consent for passengers. Physical exams for passengers, trained on how to respond during emergencies. Pilots must have an FAA pilot cer
News Rovers Still Explore Mars After 2 Years
(AP) By ALICIA CHANG
In two years, they have traveled a total of seven miles. Not impressed? Try keeping your car running in a climate where the average temperature is 67 below zero and where dust devils can reach 100 mph.
News NASA pays Russia to transport our astronauts
NASA will pay the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos) $21.8 million per passenger for Soyuz rides to and from the
International Space Station (ISS) starting this spring.
News Space tourists to face terrorist checks
Passengers also would have to clear a security check to guard against any chance a space tourist would try to destroy the rocket or interfere with the flight crew and use it as a weapon. The FAA recommends using the TSAs global no fly list.
News The Government is taking over civilian space travel,... surprise surprise.
By Alan Boyle - MSNBC
New Mexico's plan to build a $225 million spaceport calls for the state Legislature to contribute $100 million in new money. The balance would come from state funding already approved, as well as federal and local funds, said Rick Homans, New Mex
News Spacecraft to Bring Home Comet Dust and Clues
By Guy Gugliotta
NASA's Stardust spacecraft flew two years ago through the halo of gas, dust and debris, or "coma," enveloping comet Wild 2, and before dawn on Sunday it will send a capsule containing the samples on a parachute descent into the U.S. Arm
News Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Get Ready For Space Travel
Future space cadets Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have convinced Richard Branson to allow them to be aboard his Virgin Galactic Spaceship which will lift off in 2010.
News Don't swat that fly. It's a spacecraft!
By Peter N. Spotts - Staff writer of The Christian
Picture this: Swarms of one-legged robots hopping across Mars like malformed chicks. They dart in and out of caves and crevices, grabbing soil samples and searching for signs of ancient microbes - and thus life.
News NASA Stardust Probe Days Away From Delivering Comet Dust
A capsule containing comet particles and interstellar dust samples collected in space by NASA's Stardust spacecraft -- designed and built by Lockheed Martin -- is heading to Earth for a parachute landing early on the morning of January 15, 2006,
News NASA Comet mission lands in Utah at 3:12 a.m. MST tomorrow
If all goes to plan, Stardust will release its sample return capsule carrying comet and interstellar dust particles on Jan. 15 and the capsule will enter Earth's atmosphere, zooming toward Utah and a parachute landing at