SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket will attempt precison landing on this autonomous spaceport drone ship soon after launch set for Dec.
This (in blue) is where the Philae lander came to rest on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The graphic is based on topographic modelling of the comet’s nucleus and Philae’s picture of a nearby cliff (in white).
Satellites swarm around the Earth on the Hayden Planetarium’s dome. Credit: AMNH. The hazy, white horizon lifts away slowly, giving way to the blue and green, cloud-swept marble we call home.
After a 20 month trek across Mars and careful analysis of data, NASA scientists have announced two separate detection of organics – in the surface and the air of Mars.
If you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spend on a “Vomit Comet” ride, and especially if you can’t afford to buy a ticket for a future weightless joyride in a spacecraft, virtual reality remains the best option to “experience” weightlessness.
Artist’s impression of Venus Express entering orbit in 2006. Credit: ESA – AOES Medialab Venus Express is mostly dead.
Tethys is mostly obscured behind Rhea as the moons orbit Saturn. The picture was captured by the Cassini spacecraft in April 2012 and highlighted in December 2014.
Can you see it? Sirius B amid telescope diffraction spikes. Credit: NASA/McDonald Observatory. Astronomy is all about thinking big, both in time and space.
A stunning moment captured as a Geminid meteor over Mt. Fuji is reflected in Lake Saiko on December 14, 2014.
An xkcd comic from December 2014 showing spacecraft mass and launch vehicle capacity in terms of horses.
Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Gadi Eidelheit at his The Venus Transit blog.
The LHC’s tunnel. Image Credit: CERN The world’s most powerful particle collider is waking up from a well-earned rest.
Artist’s conception of Venus Express. Image credit: ESA After surviving an eight-year mission and a daring plunge into part of the atmosphere of Venus, a plucky spacecraft orbiting the hothouse planet is finished its mission, the European Space Agency declared.
The Cliffs of Churyumov-Gerasimenko: an enhanced and procosessed crop of an image from Rosetta’s navcam.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 Grasshopper reusable rocket launching from a concrete launchpad. Credit: SpaceX SpaceX was founded by Elon Musk in 2002 with a dream of making commercial space exploration a reality.
For the 18 teams racing to put a robot on the Moon, some good news — they have an extra year to get the job done.
The crater Scarlatti (at center) shines clearly in this image of Mercury taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft.
Artist’s conception of Lunar Mission One’s robotic lander touching down on the surface. Credit: Lunar Missions Ltd.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 at Cape Canaveral launch pad 40 is slated to launch on Dec. 19, 2014 on the CRS-5 mission.
ALMA image of the dust surrounding the star HD 107146. Credit: L. Ricci ALMA (NRAO / NAOJ / ESO); B. Saxton (NRAO / AUI / NSF) A planetary system’s early days readily tell of turmoil.