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China's new spacecraft returns to Earth – official

May 08, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The spacecraft – launched Tuesday – arrives safely at a predetermined site, the China Manned Space Agency says, after a hitch in an earlier part of the key test

SPACECRAFT. This file photo taken on May 5, 2020 shows a Long March 5B rocket lifting off from the Wenchang launch site on China's southern Hainan island. Photo by AFP

Israeli spacecraft crashes during moon landing – mission control

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:23 PM

'We are on the moon but not in the way we wanted,' one unidentified staffer says

BERESHEET. People watch a screen showing explanations of the landing of Israeli spacecraft, Beresheet's, at the Planetaya Planetarium in the Israeli city of Netanya, on April 11, 2019 before it crashed during the landing. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Astronauts land from ISS stint marred by air leak, rocket failure

Dec 20, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The astronauts detected a small hole in the Soyuz spacecraft, with Russia suggesting that it could have been deliberate sabotage carried out in space

Cheers as Mars InSight spacecraft lands on Red Planet

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:59 AM

The dramatic arrival of the $993 million spacecraft marks the 8th successful landing on Mars in NASA's history

SUCCESS. NASA engineer and InSight project manager Tom Hoffman points to the first image upon a successful landing by the InSight spacecraft on the planet Mars from the Mission Support area in the Space Flight Operations facility at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California on November 26, 2018. Photo byAl Seib/Pool/AFP

Anxiety at NASA as Mars InSight spacecraft nears Red Planet

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

The unmanned spacecraft – launched nearly 7 months ago – is NASA's first craft to attempt to touch down on Earth's neighboring planet since the Curiosity rover arrived in 2012

MARS AND INSIGHT. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, talks about Mars InSight during a pre-landing briefing, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA/AFP

Here's how the 'brightest' object in the universe formed

Nov 24, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The object is extremely bright – about 10,000 times more luminous than our galaxy, the Milky Way

Artist’s impression of quasar W2246-0526. NRAO/AUI/NSF; Dana Berry / SkyWorks; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), CC BY-SA

Scientists push back against Harvard 'alien spacecraft' theory

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:04 PM

'It is impossible to guess the purpose behind Oumuamua without more data,' Avi Loeb, chairman of Harvard's astronomy department, is quoted as saying.

 MYSTERIOUS VISITOR. The first confirmed object from interstellar space is a rocky, cigar-shaped object with a reddish hue. The asteroid 'Oumuamua is up to a quarter mile (400 meters) long, and 10 times as long as it is wide. Image courtesy of NASA

Boeing, SpaceX unlikely to make manned flights to ISS in 2019

Jul 13, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The independent Government Accountability Office says neither company is expected to be ready to carry out manned flights by November 2019 because of various delays in certifying their programs

THE ISS. The International Space Station (ISS) as photographed from the space shuttle Endeavour on May 29, 2011. Image courtesy of NASA

WATCH: 4 fiery endings for spacecraft

Apr 02, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Here are some of the more famous spacecraft coming down to earth in flames

SPACE CENTER. In this file photo taken on June 24, 2012 shows Chinese technicians at the Jiuquan Space Centre monitor the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft as it prepares to link with the Tiangong-1 module just over a week into a manned space mission which includes China's first female astronaut, following an automatic docking. Photo by AFP

3-man crew reaches International Space Station

Jul 29, 2017 - 2:09 PM

The crew from Italy Russia and the United States boosts the ISS back to full capacity

LIFTOFF. In the Integration Facility at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 52-53 crew members Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (left), Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos, center) and Randy Bresnik of NASA (right) pose for pictures in front of the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft. Photo by Andrey Shelepin/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center/NASA

NASA spacecraft to fly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Jul 11, 2017 - 9:21 AM

An unmanned NASA spacecraft is about to fly over a massive storm raging on Jupiter in a long awaited journey that could shed new light on the forces driving the planet s Great Red Spot

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter, with its solar arrays and main antenna pointed toward the distant sun and Earth. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

Apr 22, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The Cygnus spacecraft is packed with 7 626 pounds of crew supplies hardware and dozens of experiments aimed at studying fire growing food and cancer therapies

CARGO SPACECRAFT. The Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo craft approaches its 10-meter capture point where the Canadarm2 grapples resupply ship. Photo and caption courtesy of NASA

Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays, NASA says

Apr 14, 2017 - 2:56 PM

A report by NASA s Office of Inspector General cited technical as well as budget challenges behind the delays

NASA's Cassini probe of Saturn prepares for last plunge

Apr 05, 2017 - 10:43 PM

Its final goal is to sample Saturn s atmosphere and particles coming from the main rings for the first time while also capturing the closest ever views of Saturn s clouds and inner rings NASA says

THE GRAND FINALE. Artist's concept of Cassini's final orbits between the innermost rings and Saturn's cloud tops. Image from NASA.

Two Russians, one American blast off to ISS

Oct 19, 2016 - 5:01 PM

NASA s Shane Kimbrough and Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov of Roscosmos blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan after a one month delay

HEADING TO THE ISS. Russia’s Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Andrey Borisenko blasts off from the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome on October 19, 2016. Photo by Vasily Maximov/ AFP

'Goodbye Rosetta': Crash-landing ends historic comet mission

Sep 30, 2016 - 9:26 PM

There are tears hugs and cheers at mission control in Darmstadt Germany when spacecraft operations manager Sylvain Lodiot announced: This is the end of the Rosetta mission

ROSETTA. This handout picture released on September 27, 2016 by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows a screenshot of the image displayed at ESA's ESOC mission control center showing the static received by the ground station a moment after Rosetta's radio signal disappeared at 13:19 CEST on 30 September 2016. Photo by European Space Agency / AFP

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Sep 30, 2016 - 1:35 PM

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Rosetta, Philae to reunite on comet for Sept 30 mission end

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:20 AM

The data from Rosetta and Philae will continue to be analyzed for months and years to come

epa04487728 A handout picture released by the European Space Agency (ESA) on 13 November 2014 shows the panoramic view created from the first two CIVA images, confirming that Rosetta's lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. One of the lander's three feet can be seen in the foreground. The 100-kilogram probe touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, seven hours after separating from its mothership Rosetta half a billion kilometres from Earth. Philae's task is to collect images and samples from the dusty iceball, which will give clues about the origins of the solar system. EPA/ESA HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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Jun 29, 2016 - 12:23 PM

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Europe's comet orbiter back after 'dramatic' silence

Jun 02, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The Rosetta spacecraft returns to normal operations after the European Space Agency lost contact with it for nearly 24 hours over the weekend

epa04799978 (FILE) A file picture released on 02 March 2004 shows a computer generated image of space probe Rosetta (R) during the approach to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The European space probe Rosetta was successfully launched on a mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from Kourou space centre in French-Guayana earlier today. Rosetta is expected to arrive at Churyumov-Gerasimenko in ten years time where it will release the landing robot Philae (L) on the surface of the comet. The comet lander Philae has awakened from seven months of hibernation and sent signals back to Earth, the European Space Agency said on 14 June 2015. Rosetta, a space probe, has studied the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet for 312 days. It's Philae probe landed on the comet in November 2014 but shut down after some 60 hours as a result of insufficient charge in its batteries due to lack of sunlight at its location. Philae, a device approximately the size of a washing machine, was the first man-made device to make a controlled landing on a comet. EPA/ESA

Sore – but no taller – astronaut Scott Kelly adjusts to Earth

Mar 05, 2016 - 10:41 AM

One of the effects of spending such a long time in the absence of gravity was that Kelly s spine expanded temporarily making him grow 1 5 inches only to shrink as he returned to Earth

ADJUSTMENTS. International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. reacts after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan (Zhezkazgan), Kazakhstan, March 2, 2016. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/EPA

Philae comet probe: World prepares for final farewell

Feb 03, 2016 - 11:43 AM

The success of the campaign to humanize a scientific instrument has left the European Space Agency ESA with a dilemma: how to communicate Philae s demise?

WAKE UP, PHILAE! A cartoon showing Rosetta's lander Philae waking up from hibernation, released June 2015. Courtesy European Space Agency

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Oct 30, 2015 - 6:57 PM

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NASA spacecraft plunges through Saturn moon's icy spray

Oct 29, 2015 - 11:30 PM

While the spacecraft is not equipped to detect life scientists hope the pass will give them a better understanding of what is contained in the icy spray

NEW IMAGE. NASA's Cassini spacecraft zoomed by Saturn's icy moon Enceladus on Oct. 14, 2015, capturing this stunning image of the moon's north pole. Photo from NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Comet 67P, robot lab Philae's alien host, nears Sun

Aug 10, 2015 - 11:19 AM

Scientists hope the heat of perihelion – when the comet comes closest to the Sun in its orbit – will cause the enigmatic traveller to shed more of its icy crust

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is marked to show the location of the first touchdown point of the Philae lander. ESA/Rosetta/MPS

Comet probe Philae dials home, 'doing very well'

Jun 20, 2015 - 2:01 PM

The Philae mission seeks to unlock the long held secrets of comets which may reveal how the Solar System was formed

COMET LANDER. Still image from animation of Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. Photo from ESA/ATG medialab

'Hello Earth': Comet probe Philae wakes up

Jun 14, 2015 - 9:12 PM

Scientists: We received new signals from Philae for a period of two minutes as well as 40 seconds worth of data

COMET LANDER. Still image from animation of Philae separating from Rosetta and descending to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. ESA/ATG medialab

Russia delays return of ISS crew members after supply ship failure

May 13, 2015 - 8:47 AM

The journey home of the 3 crew members originally scheduled for Thursday May 14 is postponed until June

This March 7, 2011 NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. NASA/Handout/AFP

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Apr 27, 2015 - 3:30 PM

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Wake up Philae! The world awaits news

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:08 AM

The European Space Agency ESA cautions there could be a long wait before the lander talks to its comet orbiting mothership Rosetta if at all

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is marked to show the location of the first touchdown point of the Philae lander. ESA/Rosetta/MPS

Comet probe 'may revive in March' – French space chief

Jan 06, 2015 - 8:29 AM

Jean Yves Le Gall: We hope that from March the sunlight will help the robot to recharge its batteries and resume its scientific work

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is marked to show the location of the first touchdown point of the Philae lander. ESA/Rosetta/MPS

Webhits: NASA geeks create 'All About That Space' parody video

Dec 14, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The geeks at NASA parodied All About That Bass and called it All About That Space

Images show Philae's historic comet bounce

Nov 17, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The discovery came thanks to painstaking follow up analysis of a series of pictures ESA had released on Friday

This image from Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera is marked to show the location of the first touchdown point of the Philae lander. ESA/Rosetta/MPS

Scientists hope for data after historic but dodgy comet landing

Nov 13, 2014 - 7:25 AM

UPDATED Landing manager: Hopefully we are sitting there on the surface at a position different to the original landing and can continue our science

ROLIS descent image of Comet 67P/C-G. Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR

Space history: European probe Philae lands on comet

Nov 13, 2014 - 12:04 AM

UPDATED The historic landing marks the climax of a historic quest to explore an enigma of the Solar System

BYE BYE ROSETTA. Rosetta’s lander Philae took this parting shot of its mothership shortly after separation, 12 November 2014. ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

LIVE: The Rosetta #CometLanding mission

Nov 12, 2014 - 1:26 PM

UPDATED Watch live as the European Space Agency ESA attempts to land the Philae probe on the comet 67P Churyumov Gerasimenko a first in history

Landing site J – since been named Agilkia – on the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, as viewed through Rosetta's NavCam, 21 September 2014. Image courtesy ESA

Comet-landing mission on track, one last hurdle ahead

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:40 AM

Everyone s nervous everyone s on tenterhooks but we know the risk is worth taking The rewards are enormous

Artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab

'Target locked': Comet mission eyes Nov 12 landing

Nov 11, 2014 - 1:10 PM

European scientists are gearing for the culmination of two decades work and a 1 3 billion euro 1 6 billion bet with the first ever landing on a comet on Wednesday

Artist’s impression of the Rosetta orbiter deploying the Philae lander to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. ESA–C. Carreau/ATG medialab

Europe set to make space history with comet landing

Nov 09, 2014 - 11:49 AM

A lab called Philae will detach from its mothership Rosetta heading for a deep space rendezvous with a comet

SELFIE. A handout photo released on October 15, 2014 by the European Space Agency shows a picture taken with the CIVA camera on Rosetta’s Philae lander showing comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from a distance of about 16 km from the surface of the comet. Photo from AFP/ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

To Agilkia... and beyond: Comet landing site is named

Nov 04, 2014 - 11:57 PM

Agilkia – called after an island on the Nile – is chosen as the name of the site for the first landing on a comet

THE DUCK COMET. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August from a distance of 285 km. The image resolution is 5.3 metres/pixel. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Lever under scrutiny in Virgin spaceship disaster

Nov 04, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Investigators point out that a lock unlock lever used to activate a process in SpaceShipTwo s tail section – typically to slow it for re entry into the Earth s atmosphere – had been moved by the co pilot

CRASH SITE. An National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California, on November 01, 2014. Josh Edelson/AFP

Virgin was warned before about rocket engine safety

Nov 03, 2014 - 12:20 AM

An expert says she warned Virgin before over safety concerns after the death of three engineers in a rocket engine explosion in 2007

'SETBACK' FOR SPACE TOURISM. Debris from the crash site of the Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two rests in the Mojave desert, some 30 miles north of Mojave, California, USA, October 31, 2014. Spaceship Two crashed during a test flight killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. Photo by Michael Nelson/EPA

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft enters Mars orbit

Sep 22, 2014 - 11:32 AM

Much of MAVEN s year long mission will be spent circling Mars 3 730 miles above the surface

MAVEN. Image of the rocket that carried the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft from YouTube.

Europe sees 5 possible sites for comet landing

Aug 26, 2014 - 1:04 AM

Choosing the right landing site is a complex process the European Space Agency cautions

HELLO, COMET! Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August from a distance of 285 km. The image resolution is 5.3 metres/pixel. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

SpaceX rocket explodes during test flight

Aug 23, 2014 - 10:06 AM

The company plans to review flight record details to understand what caused the problem before conducting another test

Probe makes space history with rendezvous with comet

Aug 06, 2014 - 5:40 PM

UPDATED It is the first time that a spacecraft has ever gone into orbit around a comet

HELLO, COMET! Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera on 3 August from a distance of 285 km. The image resolution is 5.3 metres/pixel. ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA

Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

Jul 25, 2014 - 8:10 AM

US scientists say the 2012 storm – the most powerful in 150 years – could have reverted civilization to the 18th century

NASA launches carbon-tracking satellite

Jul 02, 2014 - 11:33 PM

The successful takeoff is a boon to NASA after two previous bids to launch Earth science spacecraft – one for carbon and another for aerosols – failed due to rocket malfunctions in 2009 and 2011

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Hidden ocean on Saturn's moon bolsters life theory

Apr 04, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Saturn s moon Enceladus carries an ocean of melted water beneath its surface and may hold alien microbe scientists say

ENCELADUS. This handout picture released on July 26th by NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) shows at least four distinct plumes of water ice spewing out from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus, which was taken on December 25, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ ESA/NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Earth appears to be an oddity, astronomers say

Jan 07, 2014 - 6:51 AM

Experts say that while super Earths and mini Neptunes are common they bear little resemblance to the planet we call home

EARTHRISE. This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the fourth nearside orbit, in its original orientation. Image by the Apollo 8 crew, 24 December 1968. Image courtesy NASA