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On the Anniversary of Apollo 8

Kendrick Oliver | Posted 05.11.2013 | Science
Kendrick Oliver

Mars has been restored to the reachable horizons of human spaceflight. Millionaire financier and engineer Dennis Tito has announced a plan to launch a middle-aged married couple on a flyby mission to the planet in early January 2018, returning them to Earth a year and a half later.

The Path to Second-term Success Goes Through Space

Jim Bell | Posted 05.04.2013 | Science
Jim Bell

Pursuing the goals of the U.S. space program presents an extraordinary opportunity for the administration's second-term agenda. A path to a strong manufacturing base, STEM education, advances in clean energy, and ultimately a thriving middle-class, goes through space.

Chinese Space Program Sets Date For Fifth Manned Mission

AP | Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

BEIJING -- China will send three astronauts to its orbiting space station this summer in a mission that's part of preparations to establish an even la...

Mysterious 'Structure' Spotted In Monster Black Hole

Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd Published: 02/28/2013 02:17 PM EST on SPACE.com Astronomers studying an unusual black hole system have spotted a never-before...

Space Probes Detect New 'Belt' Around Earth

Posted 03.01.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 02/28/2013 02:18 PM EST on SPACE.com A ring of radiation previously unknown to science fleetingly surrounded Earth ...

Vast Molten Ocean Once Covered Neighboring Planet, Study Suggests

Posted 02.28.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 02/28/2013 07:21 AM EST on SPACE.com The rocky, mostly dry surface of the planet Mercury may once have been roiling...

Rover Takes First 'Bite' Of Mars

AP | Posted 02.26.2013 | Science

PASADENA, Calif. -- The Mars rover Curiosity has successfully transferred a pinch of rock dust to its onboard laboratories for inspection, two weeks a...

Space Probe Makes Surprising Discovery Near Saturn

Posted 02.26.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/26/2013 11:31 AM EST on SPACE.com NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted solar particles moving at incredible speeds ne...

What Germs On Earth Suggest About Life On Mars

Posted 02.26.2013 | Science

By: Rod Pyle, SPACE.com Contributor Published: 02/25/2013 04:24 PM EST on SPACE.com LOS ANGELES — While Mars was likely a more hospitable plac...

Planned Probe To Become Fastest Spacecraft Ever

| Posted 02.26.2013 | Science

By Caleb A. Scharf | February 25, 2013 Of all the spacecraft humans have launched, there have been some impressively fast movers. But which ho...

The Moon is a Natural Platform for Asteroid Mining, Detection and Deflection

XPRIZE | Posted 04.27.2013 | Technology
XPRIZE

By Naveen Jain Entrepreneur and philanthropist Naveen Jain is a trustee of Singularity University and X Prize foundation and a Founder and Chairman of...

Mum's The Word On Military's 'Mini-Shuttle' Mission

Posted 02.22.2013 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 02/22/2013 06:53 AM EST on SPACE.com The U.S. Air Force's mysterious X-37B space plane is quietly chalking up mileage ...

Americans Support Humans to Mars

Chris Carberry | Posted 02.21.2013 | Science
Chris Carberry

In these complex times, are Americans in favor of human exploration of the Mars? The answer is an unequivocal, "Yes." The optimism that we are frequently told is slipping away is still there. It is just waiting for us to start pushing against the boundaries of all that is possible.

Curiosity Photos Spotlight Rover's Historic Drilling Effort

Posted 02.21.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/20/2013 05:10 PM EST on SPACE.com NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has beamed home photos confirming that it recovered sa...

Double Feature

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 04.19.2013 | Science
Zoe P. Strassfield

We like to separate the Apollo and Shuttle eras in our mind (and the five-year interregnum period without crewed flights makes it easy to), but in 1981, Apollo was still part of recent memory, with many key players like Young and Kranz still working at NASA.

IDENTIFIED: Strange Shiny Object On Mars

Posted 02.14.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 02/12/2013 02:13 PM EST on SPACE.com NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has photographed a shiny, metallic-looking object that...

We Must Restore Our Commitment to U.S. Space Exploration

Jerry L. Ross | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science
Jerry L. Ross

The nation that put humans on the moon and inspired generations of excellence in science, technology, engineering, and math is now paying Russia to transport Americans to and from the International Space Station.

Dude, Where's My Mars Rover? (INTERACTIVE)

Josh Kalven | Posted 04.06.2013 | Science
Josh Kalven

Still wondering how we blasted an SUV-sized robot to Mars last year? Curious what the Curiosity rover is doing up there right now?

SPACE CADET

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 04.06.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he's ready to take the risk of being the first Iranian astronaut sent into space a...

Iran Defends Space Monkey Against Hoax Allegations

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 04.04.2013 | Science

TEHRAN, Iran -- One of two official packages of photos of Iran's famed simian space traveler depicted the wrong monkey, but a primate really did fly i...

Our Progress Is Too Slow

Jerry L. Ross | Posted 04.03.2013 | Education
Jerry L. Ross

There is evidence now that, in spite of the perception at the time, the United States was not behind the Russians in STEM education and space technology in 1957. But today, the evidence is very clear and very different.

Failed Rocket Reportedly Falls Into Sea

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2013 | Science

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A rocket carrying a communications satellite suffered engine trouble and plunged into the Pacific Ocean shortly after launch on Fri...

Challenger's Legacy

Graham Milne | Posted 03.31.2013 | Science
Graham Milne

President Reagan spoke about the sacrifice of the Challenger crew and promised that they would never be forgotten; that the exploration of space would continue. Yet I don't believe that the lethargic careful dipping of our toes into the interstellar ocean is paying tribute to them.

THIS Could Send Astronauts To Other Planets

Posted 01.27.2013 | Science

By: Francie Diep, TechNewsDaily Staff Writer Published: 01/25/2013 04:37 PM EST on TechNewsDaily A new online petition seeks to send people into sp...

Mars Visionary Answers Questions About Proposed Martian Colony

Posted 08.12.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 01/25/2013 06:46 AM EST on SPACE.com Mars One wants to land four astronauts on the Red Planet in 2023, and it's come up...