Today, NASA announced the selection of the landing site for Curiosity, our newest and fanciest Mars rover. The robot will be heading to Gale crater, which scientists think might have been a giant lake, and where there was a giant Martian lake, there just might have been slightly less giant Martian fish.
Never one to miss the chance to boast about its own space achievements, Russia officially sounded off the sirens with a declaration that human space travel is now in the "era of the Soyuz." This comes hot off the heels of the Space Shuttle Atlantis' final landing and the complete close to the program altogether.
That's a wrap folks! At precisely 5:57 a.m. EDT, the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed back safely at Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the very last time, successfully completing mission STS-135 and ending the Space Shuttle program for good.
Continuing our coverage of the Space Shuttle program's final moments in the cold depths of space, NASA's released this beautiful and calming photo of the Atlantis as it undocks from the International Space Station for the very last time.
The space shuttle has launched for the last time, but that doesn't mean we're done sending folks into space. In fact, one new plan would have astronauts heading up to the ISS in a modified Atlas V rocket.
So much for a galaxy "far far away." Astronomers have made some detailed measurements of a planet in a binary star system some 40 light years from here, and it looks like it just might be habitable, with one red sun and one orange sun. Sounds familiar.
The Russians have been busy. Very busy. So busy, in fact, that they've managed to successfully deploy a radio telescope with an effective antenna width of 220,000 miles right under our very noses. And it's a pretty neat trick, considering that the the entire Earth is only 8,000 miles wide.
NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis might have launched itself into space for the last time last Friday, but did you know that onboard were a few gadget firsts? Yep, a Google Nexus S smartphone and a Panasonic 3D video cam snuck on for a free trip to the ISS.
You're probably somewhat familiar with Buran, the Soviet take on the U.S. space shuttle. Buran had its one and only launch in 1988, and the program was cancelled in 1993, but the intended capabilities of the vehicle have remained classified. Now, a veteran Cosmonaut has provided some new insights into the program.
Have you ever had a sneaking suspicion that the entire world is just one giant hologram? For better or worse, this now seems less likely to be the case, according to the latest results from a gravitational wave detector. Yes, we have those.