BEIJING (AP) — China's first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four...
Date: 12/15/2013 | Nation & World
SAN FRANCISCO -- The search for life in the solar system took a turn Thursday with the announcement that Europa, a moon of Jupiter first discovered by Galileo, shows signs of water geysers erupting from its south pole.
Date: 12/15/2013 | Nation & World
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran said Saturday it has successfully sent a monkey into space for a second time, part of an ambitious program aimed at manned space flight.Iran's state TV said that the launch of the rocket dubbed Pajohesh, or Research in...
BEIJING — China landed an unmanned exploration vehicle on the moon Saturday, becoming the third country to do so after the United States and the former Soviet Union decades ago.After days in orbit around the moon, the lunar probe known as...
ORLANDO, Fla. -- SpaceX -- the rocket company that last year became the first ever to ship cargo to the International Space Station -- now is on the verge of taking over one of the old space shuttle launch complexes at Kennedy Space Center.NASA said Friday that it was...
A year after the Air Force blasted it into orbit, an experimental space drone continues to circle the Earth.Its mission and hush-hush payload, however, remain a mystery.
Date: 12/12/2013 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES -- NASA's Curiosity rover has uncovered signs of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars that may have teemed with tiny organisms for tens of millions of years, far longer than scientists had imagined, new research suggests.
Date: 12/09/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers held a free-ranging and sometimes bewilderment-inducing hearing Wednesday on the search for extraterrestrial life, gradually working around to the question of whether humans are alone in the universe. At the end of the 90-minute session, that issue remained...
Date: 12/05/2013 | Nation & World
Billionaire Dennis Tito, tired of being told that we can't send humans to Mars just yet, on Wednesday revealed his scheme for launching two astronauts to the red planet as early as December 2017.Dubbed "Inspiration Mars," the fly-by mission...
Date: 11/20/2013 | Nation & World
NEW YORK -- NBC has won the television space race.The network announced Friday it has signed a deal with Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to televise the company's first commercial space flight. Branson and his two adult children, Holly and Sam, will be the first private...
Date: 11/10/2013 | Nation & World
BERLIN -- The European Space Agency says its GOCE research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or during the day on Monday, but debris is unlikely to cause any casualties.Scientists say the 1,100-kilogram (2,425-pound) satellite already has fallen to an altitude of...
Date: 11/09/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Scientists studying the terrifying meteor that exploded without warning over a Russian city last winter say the threat of space rocks smashing into Earth is bigger than they thought.Meteors about the size of the one that...
Date: 11/06/2013 | Nation & World
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Scientists have found a planet way out in the cosmos that's close in size and content to Earth -- an astronomical first.But hold off on the travel plans. This rocky world is so close to its sun that it's at least 2,000 degrees hotter than here, almost...
Date: 10/31/2013 | Nation & World
KINGSTON -- A goal that seems as far away as the moon might now seem attainable to children at Richard Gordon Elementary School.
Date: 10/29/2013 | Northwest
LOS ANGELES -- Nearly a year after the space shuttle Endeavour went on display, it remains one of Los Angeles' top attractions.
Date: 10/13/2013 | Nation & World
DENVER — Scott Carpenter, the second American to orbit the Earth, was guided by two instincts: overcoming fear and quenching his insatiable curiosity. He pioneered his way into the heights of space and the depths of the ocean floor.
Date: 10/10/2013 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES -- NASA's Curiosity rover hasn't found any signs of methane in the atmosphere of Mars, a finding that does not bode well for the possibility that microbes capable of producing the gas could be living below the planet's surface, scientists said Thursday.
Date: 09/20/2013 | Nation & World
Long ago, in a dreamier era, space stations were imagined as portals to the heavens. In the 1968 movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," the huge structure twirled in orbit, aesthetically sublime, a relaxing way station for astronauts heading to the moon. It featured a Hilton and a Howard...
Date: 09/14/2013 | Nation & World
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA can prove it now. Our solar system has a tail, just like comets.Scientists revealed images Wednesday showing the tail emanating from the bullet-shaped region of space under the grip of the sun, including the...
Date: 07/10/2013 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON -- The edge of the solar system has no edge, it turns out. It has a fuzzy transitional area, not quite "solar system" and not quite "interstellar space."This basic fact of our star's environment has been discovered by Voyager 1, one of the most remarkable...
Date: 06/28/2013 | Nation & World
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Remains of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, his wife and James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty, will get a final resting place in the "Final Frontier" under plans announced Thursday to launch a space archive.
Date: 06/20/2013 | Nation & World
SEATTLE -- A U.S. Army major from Spokane has been named one of NASA's eight new astronaut trainees.KING-TV reported that Anne C. McClain, 34, is a graduate of West Point and a helicopter pilot. She also recently graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School.
Date: 06/17/2013 | Northwest
LOS ANGELES -- NASA's Opportunity rover is still on the move after years on the surface of Mars.
Date: 06/07/2013 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES -- Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much radiation as they'd get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers reported Thursday.
Date: 05/31/2013 | Nation & World
SEATTLE -- A Washington company that wants to send robots into space to mine precious metals from asteroids has found another way to use the expensive technology it's developing for its space venture.Planetary Resources Inc. announced Wednesday it plans to launch an extra...
Date: 05/30/2013 | Business
LOS ANGELES -- It's 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.Asteroid 1998 QE2 will make its...
Date: 05/19/2013 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES — NASA's planet-hunting telescope is broken.The Kepler spacecraft lost the second of four wheels that control the telescope's orientation in space, NASA said Wednesday.If engineers can't...
Date: 05/15/2013 | Nation & World
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In a high-flying, perfectly pitched first, an astronaut on the International Space Station is bowing out of orbit with a musical video: his own custom version of David Bowie’s "Space Oddity."
Date: 05/13/2013 | Off the Wire
LOS ANGELES -- Do you dream of living on Mars? Then turn on your webcam. You've got an application video to make.Mars One, a Netherlands-based group that wants to turn the colonizing of Mars into a reality television phenomenon, has started accepting applications for its...
Date: 05/11/2013 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES -- Space fans from Russia scanning NASA images have spotted what may be a Soviet spacecraft that landed on Mars in 1971 and then mysteriously stopped working. Photos taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter circling the red planet pointed to what may be the...
Date: 04/12/2013 | Nation & World
JUNEAU, Alaska -- A winter in an Arctic village is not for the weary.
Date: 04/06/2013 | Northwest
WASHINGTON -- NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator revealed Friday.
Date: 04/05/2013 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES -- Rusted pieces of two Apollo-era rocket engines that helped boost astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the murky depths of the Atlantic, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and NASA said Wednesday.
Date: 03/20/2013 | Business
LOS ANGELES -- Curiosity hunkered down Wednesday after the sun unleashed a blast that raced toward Mars.While the hardy rover was designed to withstand punishing space weather, its handlers decided to power it down as a precaution since it suffered a recent computer problem.
Date: 03/07/2013 | Nation & World
BEIJING -- China is looking to increase its share of the global commercial satellite launching business, targeting a 15 percent share by 2020, a leading space program official said Saturday.China hopes to increase its market share by establishing strategic alliances with...
Date: 03/03/2013 | Nation & World
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A commercial craft carrying a ton of supplies for the International Space Station ran into thruster trouble shortly after liftoff Friday. Flight controllers managed to gain control, but were forced to delay its arrival at the orbiting lab.
Date: 02/28/2013 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES -- In a Mars first, the Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and prepared to dump an aspirin-sized pinch of powder into its onboard laboratories for closer inspection.The feat marked yet another milestone for the car-size rover, which landed last summer to much...
Date: 02/10/2013 | Nation & World
The international space station is getting a new, inflatable room that resembles a giant spare tire, NASA announced Wednesday.Slated to launch in mid-2015, the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, will fly to space deflated before being puffed into a 13-by-10-foot cylinder.
Date: 01/16/2013 | Nation & World
LOS ANGELES -- Scientists are abuzz about a coal-colored rock from Mars that landed in the Sahara desert: A yearlong analysis revealed it's quite different from other Martian meteorites.
Date: 01/04/2013 | Nation & World
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Does anyone need a 15,000-foot landing strip? How about a place to assemble rocket ships? Or a parachute-packing plant? An array of aerospace tracking antennas? A launchpad?
Date: 01/03/2013 | Nation & World
South Korea's first woman astronaut talks about adventures
Date: 12/29/2012 | Local News