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NASA Spacecraft Spinning Out Of Control, Scientist Says

natureheader | Eric Hand, Ron Cowen | Posted 09.09.2013 | Science

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft is in deep trouble. The craft, famous for blasting a projectile into the Comet Tempel 1 in 2005, lost contact with Ear...

WATCH: Deep-Space Capsule Passes Crucial Test

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 08.24.2013 | Science

A new test of NASA's future deep-space capsule for crews is reigniting the tradition of recovering NASA spacecraft from the sea. In the still waters...

WATCH: Comet Makes Suicidal Plunge Into Sun

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 08.20.2013 | Science

A small comet dove headlong toward the sun this week in a cosmic death-dive captured on camera by a spacecraft — an opening act of sorts for the hi...

Moon's Dirty Little Secret Sparks Mission

| Caleb A. Scharf | Posted 08.20.2013 | Science

Gaze up at a brilliant Moon in the night sky and it’s hard to imagine that our companion world, Earth’s last high wilderness, is actually a rather...

First Talking 'Robot Astronaut' Blasts Into Space

Space.com | Tariq Malik | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science

Call it one giant leap for robot kind: A small talking robot launched into space aboard a Japanese cargo ship Saturday (Aug. 3) to keep astronauts co...

Is Our Galaxy Filled With Alien Space Probes?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.21.2013 | Science

Ever wonder if aliens have been spying on us? You're not alone. In a provocative new paper, a pair of astrophysicists consider the possibility that in...

CEO Confirms Historic Moon Landing Finding

Space.com | Robert Z. Pearlman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science

Forty-four years (and three days) after it helped launch the first men to walk on the moon, a huge rocket engine part salvaged from the ocean floor h...

TODAY: International Crew To Launch Into Orbit

Posted 05.28.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/28/2013 10:50 AM EDT on SPACE.com A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut, an Italian astronaut ...

Trekkies Breathe New Life Into Beloved Spacecraft

Posted 04.25.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 04/25/2013 06:54 AM EDT on SPACE.com NEW YORK — Two "Star Trek" fans are boldly attempting what many have tried (...

Solar Eruptions May Affect Spacecraft, NASA Says

Posted 04.25.2013 | Science

By: Denise Chow, SPACE.com Contributor Published: 04/25/2013 10:43 AM EDT on SPACE.com The sun has unleashed a trio of solar eruptions toward the ...

Spacecraft Glitch Puts Mission To ISS In Jeopardy

Posted 04.25.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 04/24/2013 10:48 AM EDT on SPACE.com An unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft launched toward the International Space Sta...

So You Wanna Go To Mars?

Posted 04.23.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 04/22/2013 02:21 PM EDT on SPACE.com NEW YORK — If a one-way trip to Mars appeals to you, now's the time to apply...

Is THIS The Rocket That Will Take Us Into Deep Space?

Posted 04.11.2013 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 04/11/2013 07:16 AM EDT on SPACE.com Nuclear fusion, the energy source that fuels the sun and other active stars, c...

NASA Announces Ambitious Missions For 2017

Posted 04.07.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/06/2013 09:05 AM EDT on SPACE.com NASA has picked two new low-cost missions for launch in 2017: a planet-hunting satel...

Asteroid-Smashing Space Probes Set For Cosmic Crash

Posted 03.26.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 03/25/2013 10:20 AM EDT on SPACE.com THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Scientists in Europe and the United States are moving f...

Old Space Probe Sheds New Light On 'Hot Spot' Mystery

Posted 03.20.2013 | Science

By: Megan Gannon Published: 03/19/2013 02:21 PM EDT on SPACE.com Though Jupiter is shrouded in swirling clouds, its atmosphere has some mysterious...

Probe Provides Historic Map Of Planet's Surface

Posted 03.06.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 03/06/2013 09:47 AM EST on SPACE.com The surface of the planet Mercury has been completely mapped for the first ti...

ISS-Bound Spacecraft Suffers Major Glitch

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 05.01.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A commercial craft carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station ran into thruster trouble shortly after lift...

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 ...

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...

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...

Vast Sail To Be Launched Into Space

Posted 01.31.2013 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 01/31/2013 02:30 PM EST on SPACE.com The largest solar sail ever constructed is headed for the launch pad in 2014 o...

What Asteroid Venture Means For Interstellar Spaceflight

Posted 01.24.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 01/24/2013 10:07 AM EST on SPACE.com Exploiting the many resources of our solar system may enable humanity to venture bey...

Major Space Missions To Watch For In 2013

Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 12/31/2012 11:25 AM EST on SPACE.com This year has been a busy one for space missions, and it looks like next ye...

First U.S. Manned Spacecraft Lands WHERE?

Posted 09.05.2012 | Science

By: Robert Z. Pearlman Published: 09/05/2012 07:52 AM EDT on SPACE.com Freedom 7, NASA's first spacecraft to launch an astronaut into space, has ...