A Daring Asteroid Mission Kicks Off After Weather Delays

Japan's space agency just launched Hayabusa 2, an ambitious deep space mission to land on an asteroid, smack it with an interceptor, collect and return samples, and deploy rovers. After a multi-day weather delay, the rocket blasted off a scene seaside spaceport, carrying Hayabusa 2 and a collection of opportunistic… » 12/03/14 1:40pm 12/03/14 1:40pm

10 Words You Might Think Came from Science (But Are Really From Science…

Last week it came to our attention that the phrase "blast off" was coined—not in a purely scientific context, but a science fictional one—by E. E. Smith, an early science fiction author often referred to as "the father of space opera." The term appeared in Smith's 1937 story Galactic Patrol, when one character… » 10/17/11 10:00am 10/17/11 10:00am

Satellite Goes Down, Buck Rogers Not Reporting In

It looks like the U.S. Navy was able to pull off a real-life game of missile command last night, and successfully shot down our ailing superspy satellite while everyone was busy gawping at the lunar eclipse. Hey, that's exactly how the script for the failed reboot of Buck Rogers began... does that mean we just sent a… » 2/21/08 1:30pm 2/21/08 1:30pm