Orbital Sciences' Minotaur 5 rocket blasted into space last Friday to kick off a much-hyped journey to the moon, but it's an Earthly creature that's stealing all of the limelight.
NASA captured the Minotaur 5's liftoff in a striking photograph that included smoke, fire, drama... and a frog? It appears that a local frog was alarmed by the rocket launch and jumped at the moment the photo was shot.
It might surprise you, given how deep mankind's exploration into space has been over the years, to learn that when NASA's Voyager spacecraft exited our solar system on Friday, it became the first man-made object ever to do so.
NASA tweeted the news earlier today, touting Voyager's achievement of venturing "into interstellar space."
Launched in 1977, Voyager is now about 12 billion miles from our sun, NASA said. The data it has sent back shows that the spacecraft has been making its way through plasma, or ionized gas, that is found in between stars for … Read more
One would think David Bowie, aka Major Tom, would be the first rocker to explore outer space. But, Boomtown Rats frontman and Live Aid mastermind Bob Geldof has beat him to it.
"Being the first Irishman in space is not only a fantastic honor but pretty mind-blowing...The First Rock Astronaut -- Space Rat! Elvis may have left the building but Bob Geldof will have left the planet! Wild!" said Geldof, … Read more
OK, it's official. Your selfies have been outdone and shown up until the end of time. You may as well pack it in and close your Instagram account, as you'll never have a photo as cool as this -- the first photo published to NASA's new official Instagram channel.
The new account joins the space agency's other two Instagram accounts: NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center (where you can find this even more amazing selfie), created in May 2011, and NASA Ames Research Center, created in June 2012. … Read more
There's a bizarre glow on the moon and scientists have launched a probe to figure out what it is.
A Minotaur V rocket roared into the skies above Virginia late Friday carrying the super sleuth robot, NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), which will examine the moon's infinitesimal atmosphere and dust.
The $280 million mission began with a textbook launch, visible to millions along the East Coast, as the probe was carried aloft at 11:27 p.m. ET from Pad 0B at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. … Read more
Ever wanted to know what it looks like from the tail of a rocket soaring to an altitude of 70,000 feet? Thanks to Virgin Galactic, you don't have to wonder anymore.
Thursday, the private space tourism company run by Richard Branson conducted its second rocket-powered supersonic test, blasting to nearly 70,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert. Today, Virgin Galactic released a video, shot from the tail of SpaceShipTwo, showing the flight in action from up close.
This is likely as close as most of us will ever get to getting aboard SpaceShipTwo, since Virgin Galactic is … Read more
If the typical bevy of Friday night activities seems just too boring to bear, try out a rocket launch instead.
At roughly 11:27 p.m. ET, NASA will launch its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) onboard an Orbital-made Minotaur V rocket. The launch is the first to take place at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., and will be visible to a wide array of East Coast onlookers lucky enough to catch a patch of clear sky.
For those not on the East Coast -- or anyone looking for a front row ticket to … Read more
A new initiative by SpaceX founder Elon Musk would make science fiction author Issac Asimov proud.
In a SpaceX YouTube video (see below), Musk describes how he's endeavoring to build new rocket ship parts using only hand and finger movements and a high-grade 3D laser metal printer. He won't use a typical desktop computer, he won't use a keyboard.
SpaceX is a private company founded by Musk in 2002; it designs, builds, and launches spacecrafts and rockets into low-Earth orbit. The company's goal is to one-day send humans into space so that they can live on … Read more
"Robots take their first step for a future of hope," the first talking space robot has said in its inaugural message from the International Space Station.
Kirobo's voice sounds more like a squeak than the mighty baritone of say, Megatron, but the 13-inch droid's message heralds a new era for astro-companions.
Made in Japan, Kirobo arrived at the ISS last month after a Japanese H-IIB rocket ride. It'll orbit our planet for about a year and a half, and ISS crews will have to learn to love its nasal whine. … Read more