European Space Agency

Engineer Ben Nye walks past a robotic vehicle on the 'Mars Yard Test Area', a testing ground for the robotic vehicles of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars program scheduled for 2018, in Stevenage, England, Thursday, March 27, 2014. It looks like a giant sandbox - except the sand has a reddish tint and the “toys” on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars. The scientists here work on the development of the autonomous navigation capabilities of the vehicle, so by being in communication with controllers on earth twice a day, will be able to use the transmitted information to navigate to new destinations on Mars. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

2018 mission: Mars rover prototype unveiled in UK

STEVENAGE, England (AP) — It looks like a giant sandbox — except the sand has a reddish tint and the “toys” on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on […]

03/27/2014

This undated artist concept released by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows the Dawn spacecraft with Ceres and Vesta in the background. (AP Photo/William K. Hartmann/UCLA/NASA, JET PROPULSION LABORATORY)

Telescope spies water plumes on dwarf planet Ceres

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest object in the asteroid belt just got more attractive: Scientists have confirmed signs of water on the dwarf planet Ceres, one of the few bodies in the solar system […]

01/22/2014

An artist's impression of  the Philae lander. (AP Photo/ESA ATG medialab , Astrium E, Viktor)

European probe on course for a landing on a comet

BERLIN (AP) — It’s been likened to a parachutist trying to land on a mountaintop. Or a person attempting to leap from one speeding car to another. The European Space Agency is planning to land […]

12/10/2013

This is a  1979  file image of Skylab, at the end of its mission in 1979 when it crashed back to Earth. (AP Photo/NASA, FILE)

Satellite hits Atlantic — but what about next one?

BERLIN (AP) — This time it splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean — but what about next time? The European Space Agency says one of its research satellites re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere early Monday on […]

11/11/2013

Satellite likely to hit Earth in unpopulated area

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says that one of its research satellites that ran out of fuel will most likely crash to Earth into the ocean or polar regions. The agency said Sunday […]

11/10/2013

Scientists expect satellite crash next week

  BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its GOCE research satellite will crash to Earth on Sunday night or during the day on Monday, but debris is unlikely to cause any casualties. Scientists […]

11/08/2013

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Cassini detects propylene near Saturn moon

PASADENA (CNS) – The JPL-managed Cassini spacecraft detected propylene – a common component of some plastic products — in a far-off place: the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, NASA announced today. The composite infrared […]

09/30/2013

This undated photo provided by the NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., shows former JPL Director Bruce Murray. (AP Photo/NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Bruce Murray, former JPL director, dies at 81

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Jet Propulsion Laboratory director Bruce C. Murray, who battled Washington and NASA over money, projects and policy, has died. He was 81. Murray died at his home in Oceanside at […]

08/29/2013

International Space Station

American, Russian, Italian blast off into space

MOSCOW (AP) — A Soyuz carrying an American, Russian and Italian blasted off Wednesday for a six-hour trip to the International Space Station, where the new crew will spend six months conducting a variety of […]

05/28/2013

Anisotropies of Cosmic Microwave Background showing temperature fluctuations as observed by Planck space telescope. (Photo credit: ESA, Planck Collaboration / AP)

Universe ages 80 million years

PARIS (AP) – New results from a look into the split second after the Big Bang indicate the universe is 80 million years older than previously thought.

03/21/2013

Hole in the ice of Chebarkul Lake where a meteor reportedly fell, Chelyabinsk, Russia. (AP Photo)

Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,100 injured

MOSCOW (AP) — With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the western Siberian sky and exploded with the force of 20 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.

02/15/2013

A meteorite contrail is seen from a a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region, Russia. (Photo credit: Nasha Gazeta Newspaper/AP)

Meteor explodes over Russia, nearly 1,000 injured

MOSCOW (AP) — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring nearly 1,000 people.

02/15/2013

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