Friday, May 6, 2016

SpaceX Does It Again

SpaceX has successfully landed a booster on a barge in the ocean after launch for the third time.

The day of reusable rockets may be about to dawn.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Alan Shepard

Today is the 55th anniversary of Alan Shepard's first spaceflight, which made him the first American in space.

His second flight, remarkably, saw him walk on the Moon.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Curiosity Still Rolling

The Curiosity rover is still climbing Mount Sharp on Mars, despite wear and tear on one of its six aluminum wheels.

NASA is confident the rover will be able to reach all its assigned targets.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TRAPPIST-1

An ultracool dwarf star dubbed TRAPPIST-1, 39 light years away, has three Earth-sized worlds orbiting it, any or all of which may support life.

These are the first such exoplanets detected around such a tiny star, which are the most common type of star in the galaxy.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Makemake Moon

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered that Makemake, a 100-mile wide dwarf planet far out in the Kuiper Belt, has a moon.

Hubble also discovered four of the five known moons of Pluto.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

New Imaging Techmiqiue

Scientists have developed a new way to use satellite images.  By "stacking" images taken by orbiting spacecraft, scientists can see details on the surface of Mats only 2 inches across, for example.

The new technique is a game-changer in space exploration.

Friday, April 29, 2016

China To Mars

China has announced its plans to launch its first mission to Mars in 2020.

It will be China's first deep space foray, and it will include a Mars rover.