NASA's baby gets a checkup and a bunch of new toys
By Michael MoyerPosted 11.09.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
For a gallery of Hubble's most incredible images, click "View Photos" at left The terrific thing about NASA chief Michael Griffin's decision to launch a Hubble servicing missionthe telescope's fifth since 1990isn't simply that the spacecraft will be able to limp along for another four years. After astronauts visit Hubble on this latest mission (set to launch no earlier than May 2008), the telescope will be more powerful than it has ever been, thanks to some incredible new instruments being tested now.
See our exclusive video from the high-powered brainstorming event that brought together the world's leading aerospace visionaries
By Megan MillerPosted 10.20.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The Wirefly X Prize Cup kicked off Thursday with the exclusive X Prize Executive Summit, a high-powered brainstorming and networking event that brought together a distinguished group of the world's most influential entrepreneurs, astronauts, heads of NASA and the FAA, tech-industry experts and visionaries to talk about the future of the emerging personal-spaceflight industry.
A first look at the interior of the SpaceShipTwo suborbital tourist vehicle
By Eric AdamsPosted 09.28.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Click 'View Photos' to look inside the cabin of SpaceShipTwo. And for an eye-popping video ride, scroll to the bottom of the page Virgin Galactic today unveiled a mock-up of the slick, Philippe Starckâ€designed interior of its SpaceShipTwo suborbital tourist vehicle.
Take a tour of NASA´s smashing new plan to harvest life-sustaining oxygen and hydrogen from the lunar soil, including a must-see video of the moon-mining craft in action
By Gregory MonePosted 07.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Before NASA sends astronauts to live on the moon in 2020, per presidential mandate, the agency must first figure out what resources the lunar neighborhood has to offer. Are there stores of ice that could be melted and processed to provide oxygen to breathe and hydrogen for rocket fuel? Or is the potential fuel locked up inside rocks?
Tight on funds, NASA cuts key science programs to foot the bill for manned missions to space
By Stefano ColedanPosted 05.01.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
In July, the space shuttle Discovery is slated to deliver two tons of hardware and supplies to the partially built International Space Station. This mission is paid for. As for the 16 more needed to finish assembly, as mandated by President George W. Bush two years ago in his Vision for Space Exploration policy, NASA is short by as much as $5 billion.
Rockets burn for mere minutes. This engine runs for years, sending probes to Neptune at 10,000 miles an hour
By Michael MoyerPosted 03.15.2006 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
NASA's Ion Engine
1. Charge the Fuel
Xenon is an inert gas, seemingly useless for rocketry. Before it´s used as fuel, the engine must convert it into an electrically charged gas, also called a plasma. An electron emitter fires electrons at the xenon gas. When an electron hits a xenon atom, it strips off an additional electron from the atom´s shell to create a positively charged xenon ion.
A spacecraft delivers rare samples of extraterrestrial dust to Earth. Now scientists need your help to study it
By Dawn StoverPosted 03.14.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
"We believe we have the Holy Grail," says Don Brownlee, the lead scientist for NASA's Stardust mission, in which a robotic spacecraft traveled nearly three billion miles to capture interstellar dust and comet particles and then flew back to Earth in a seven-year round-trip voyage. The touch-down this January in the Utah desert marked the first successful return of extraterrestrial material since 1976, when an unmanned Soviet probe last brought home moon rocks.
While the rocket races will have to wait a year, inventors showed off plenty of private space technology at this year's X Prize Cup showcase
By Michael BelfiorePosted 10.18.2005 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
The X Prize Cup, an annual rocket race and showcase set to touch down every October in Las Cruces, New Mexico, held its inaugural gathering on October 9. Founder Peter Diamandis, whose X Prize Foundation last year awarded $10 million for the first private manned spaceship, plans for the XP Cup to be a chance for space fans to meet the engineers and pilots of a new generation of commercial spaceships and to watch them compete in rocket races both in and out of the Earth's atmosphere.