The NASA spacecraft is designed to answer a 42-year-old mystery about lunar dust, but it’s also snapping photos along the way. …read more
Newly released photo shows our region in all its night-time splendor, a presence shining out into space.
Closure of federal services is bad. But in space, the sound of earthly controversy doesn’t carry far.
It’s a sad day. After four years, the Kepler spacecraft has ended its search for habitable planets beyond our solar system. NASA confirmed today that it will no longer attempt to repair two failing, gyroscope-like wheels that kept Kepler steady, meaning that scientists cannot aim the telescope as precisely as they need to. The Kepler […]
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth’s backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia’s Ural Mountains just hours before the asteroid zoomed past the planet. Scientists the world over, […]
(AP) Rather than roaring to space on an elevator of flame, the shuttle Endeavour’s final flight Friday was a leisurely, low-altitude journey past the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Hollywood sign as well as other California landmarks. The workhorse rode piggyback atop a Boeing 747 to its home state and ultimately landed at Los Angeles […]
We here at KQED ran to the roof this morning to watch the space shuttle Endeavour fly around San Francisco. It looped around the building twice at 10:30 a.m. before heading down along the coast to Southern California. The actual space shuttle is hitched atop a 747 airliner for it’s final flight. It’s ultimately headed […]
NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed successfully on Mars Sunday night, has started beaming back its first photos. The Ames center in Mountain View designed the robot’s chemical and mineralogy (CheMin) instrument and made other key contributions. NASA engineers, who were nervous about the difficult landing, celebrate in this Associated Press video.
by Alicia Chang PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet’s past. Cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory […]
If all goes well, at approximately 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday, NASA’s Curiosity Lander will touch down on the surface of Mars, ending a 352-million-mile journey that began last November. That’s a big “if.” NASA engineers have half-jokingly referred to the landing as the “Seven Minutes of Terror,” referring to the time it’ll take Curiosity […]