20 August 2014, 04:37 PM ET
Rough terrain is a fact of life for planetary rovers. Hakuto designs rover systems as small as possible and to utilize commercial of the shelf components. But will these choices conspire against the rover's survival?
20 August 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Hakuto is the only Japanese team participating in the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition to land a robot on the moon, drive that robot 500 meters and send back high-definition imagery and video.
20 August 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Boring through ½ mile rock-hard Antarctic ice, researchers discover a completely isolated community of microorganisms living in Subglacial Lake Whillans. The finding could be an analog for subsurface life on Mars, Europa, Enceladus and other worlds.
20 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Two massive star forming regions in the southern Milky Way appear to reside next to one another in ESO's La Silla Observatory image. Star cluster NGC 3603 is 20,000 light years away and gas cloud NGC 3576 is 9,000 light years away.
19 August 2014, 09:38 AM ET
NASA's decommissioned Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite is still bearing fruit with the discovered of the object in the Messier 82 galaxy. The black hole (M82 X-1) weighs in at about 400 solar masses. Full Story: http://goo.gl/z2MBrk
18 August 2014, 05:00 PM ET
SpaceX and Tesla's CEO responded to the challenge put forth by Bill Gates. Find out more about the challenge that has already raised over 10 million dollars for ALS research: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html
18 August 2014, 03:34 PM ET
Super massive black holes can spiral around and even out of their host galaxies after gobbling stars or smaller black holes. This surprising finding spun out of Astrophysicist Gaurav Khanna’s supercomputer, built from hundreds of Sony PlayStation 3s.
18 August 2014, 02:47 PM ET
'Super-Earth' Kepler 93 b is a rocky world about 3.8 times Earth’s mass, Sarah Ballard’s team determined, by integrating the parent star’s light curve with its 'asteroseismic' signature.
Full Story: http://goo.gl/Y9ue2f
18 August 2014, 10:43 AM ET
Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev was the envy of Major League Baseball on August 18th, 2014, throwing a fastball that will literally go around the world. He deployed a 4"X 4" X 4" Peruvian nanosatellite, massing 2lb, which will photograph Earth.
15 August 2014, 02:39 PM ET
The morning star and the gas giant start their convergence on Aug 15th and it culminates in a 'cosmic triangle' when a slender crescent moon joins the party on August 23rd.
15 August 2014, 01:33 PM ET
SN 2014J in the Messier 82 galaxy, one of the nearest Type 1a supernovas in modern times, was watched by telescopes around the world. Chandra X-Ray observations suggest it’s unlikely the burst was caused by matter transfer from a companion star.
14 August 2014, 10:19 PM ET
ESA's Eurobot was taken for a spin in Germany by astronaut Alexander Gerst, who was aboard the International Space Station. The test drive was part of a trial of new communications and operations technology.
14 August 2014, 09:59 PM ET
In July 2014, the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket launched six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites. It also tested its reusable first stage technology. A chase plane was on hand to capture its fall through the atmosphere and seconds before splashdown.
14 August 2014, 02:55 PM ET
NASA's Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) was given less than 7 months to plan and equip a C-130 aircraft for flight in August 2014. This process usually takes over a year.
14 August 2014, 11:48 AM ET
ESA's Rosetta mission delivered highly detailed imagery of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on August 7th, 2014. The probe's OSIRIS narrow angle camera was used to capture the image.
13 August 2014, 12:47 PM ET
The NASA All-Sky Fireball Network captured 2 meteors from the annual shower burning up in the atmosphere nearly simultaneously. It occurred in the early morning hours of August 13th, 2014.
12 August 2014, 04:25 PM ET
The actor/comedian recorded a wake-up call for the STS-26 crew that was relayed on September 30th, 1988 by CAPCOMs Kathy Sullivan (standing) and Kathy Thornton (seated on console). Full Story: http://goo.gl/cQDaQN
12 August 2014, 04:11 PM ET
The international Cassini-Huygens mission scanned a gathering cloud mass over the methane sea known as Ligeia Mare on Saturn’s largest moon Titan between July 20th and 22nd 2014. Full Story: http://goo.gl/gIb2r9
12 August 2014, 03:46 PM ET
A Lunar X-Prize team from Pittsburgh explains its automated Moon landing system in this clip from the premiere episode of the Science Channel show. (Airs August 13th, 2014)
12 August 2014, 03:42 PM ET
In the premiere episode of the Science Channel show, the Lunar X-Prize competition is profiled and the Moon's abundant resources are described. (Airs August 13th, 2014)
12 August 2014, 10:08 AM ET
Launched on a sounding rocket to ~200,000ft., NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Normal Incidence Spectrograph (EUNIS) observed superheated material (10M°K) consistent only with theoretical “nanoflares,” which quickly cool to the corona’s ~2M° average.
11 August 2014, 04:20 PM ET
All-Sky (ultra wide-field) cameras, in 6 U.S. locations, captured the incandescent death of multiple meteors from the annual shower (peaks August 11-13, 2014). Though post “Supermoon,” the still-bright satellite will reduce meteor strike visibility.
11 August 2014, 11:17 AM ET
NASA’s New Horizons snapped the big dwarf planet and its nearby moon for 5 days (July 19th-24th, 2014). Charon is 750 - 753 miles diameter, the largest known compared to the size of its host planet. Some consider Pluto-Charon a binary planet.
08 August 2014, 06:31 PM ET
Space.com’s Miriam Kramer talks with NASA’s Noah Petro about the Perigee Moon of 10 August 2014
08 August 2014, 02:07 PM ET
Planets with atmospheres are prime candidates for exploration. NASA deploys its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator to find fuel saving ways to land heavy rovers and possibly people. Principal Investigator Ian Clark narrates this supersonic test run.
06 August 2014, 04:23 PM ET
Like a large jet airplane, Reaction Engines’ SKYLON will place a Personnel and Logistics Module in its payload bay, capable of carrying 8 astronauts and their gear to Low Earth Orbiting stations, factories, hotels or other facilities.
06 August 2014, 03:52 PM ET
Reaction Engines, a private UK company, is developing the SABRE air-breathing rocket engine, which, it claims, can power an airplane-like vehicle named SKYLON to perform varied space missions for private industry, science, tourism and exploration.
06 August 2014, 06:40 AM ET
“Are we there yet?” Excerpted from ESA’s live broadcast during the tense moments leading up to confirmation of a successful rendezvous, here’s a brief history of the Rosetta Mission; a brilliant success 20 years in the making.
06 August 2014, 06:19 AM ET
“We’re there!” Excerpted from ESA’s live broadcast, this was the moment on 6 August 2014 when the Rosetta Mission team learned their spacecraft had successfully achieved a meet-up with comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
06 August 2014, 04:45 AM ET
You are sailing across 3 million light years to Messier 33 in this view from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. Sparking with star clusters and red gas, the Triangulum Galaxy is 2nd closest spiral to our Milky Way.
05 August 2014, 04:55 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies launched AsiaSat 8 on a Falcon 9 rocket (9 Merlin 1D engines = 1.3Mlbs. thrust) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:00am EDT on 5 August 2014. No test of recoverable-reusable booster was planned.
04 August 2014, 12:58 PM ET
This ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft will overtake comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta, then corkscrew downard from around 100 km to 25-30 km where mapping will determine the target for the mission’s Philae lander.animation is not to scale.