It's the kind of story that every kid dreams up: a school project turns out to be a secret mission from an agency such as NASA, and all of a sudden it's up to the youngster to solve it. That's exactly how it played out for three high school students in Massachusetts, who, it turns out, were helping NASA solve quite the conundrum.
The Ikaros, launched back on May 21st, is safely in orbit and today Japan's space agency reports that the craft's solar sails are fully extended. The Ikaros's claim to fame is that it'll use only the sun to propel itself and continuously generate power, making it an ideal candidate for deep space missions.
Uh oh. "The Sun is waking up from a deep slumber," NASA 's Richard Fisher says. It looks like old Sol is going to be in a cranky mood when it becomes fully awake, ready to wreak havoc on gadgets across the globe. Could this be the 2012 disaster superstitious fraidy-cats are babbling about?
Bigelow Aerospace is looking to get in on this whole privatized space game with an ambitious plan. The company wants to have not one but two space stations in orbit by 2016, which will then serve as rental space for countries that can't afford such programs of their own. This is why private companies may be better than NASA in space: they aim to turn a profit.
SpaceX Falcon 9 launched from Cape Canaveral this afternoon, in a picture-perfect liftoff. The vehicle separation occurred as planned, and shortly after that, the second stage ignited as designed. Beautiful!
A team at China's Southeast University in Nanjing have beat the Large Hadron Collider to creating a black hole. While it won't destroy the world (we hope), it acts in a similar fashion to a black hole, trapping all the electromagnetic waves that approach it and spiraling them inward.
Japan's space agency JAXA has unveiled its plans for a moon base scheduled to be operational by the year 2020.
You may have heard about Virgin Galactic and its recent test flight of SpaceShipTwo, the craft that'll soon be taking tourists into space to the tune of $200,000 a pop. But have you ever wondered just how far up the...
Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, forever immortalized as the first man to set foot on the moon, has taken issue with President Obama's outline for the future of NASA and America's future participation in space. Obama's plan calls for scrapping...
The apple tree that thumped Sir Isaac Newton on his genius little head and kicked off his theory of gravitation is finally getting its due, as a piece of it is going to enjoy a free ride up to orbit....