First Breathtaking Images from Europe's New Sentinel Satellite

The first satellite in the European Space Agency's new Earth-monitoring Sentinel mission is already sending photos home. The first photos are of land use in Belgium, flooding in Namibia, and glacial retreat and land cover monitoring in Antarctica. » 4/16/14 5:06pm Wednesday 5:06pm

Rosetta Just Took Its First Glimpse of Its Destination Comet

Rosetta, the comet-exploring spacecraft, has finally gotten within sight of the comet it's been traveling towards for the first time since waking up from its 2-year long slumber through deep space — and it sent back the pictures to prove it. » 3/27/14 9:00am 3/27/14 9:00am

Europe's Answer To the Space Shuttle Is Almost Ready For Prime Time

The European Space Agency's next-gen re-entry vehicle is taking shape. Called IXV, it could pave the way to Europe's first independent astronaut mission. This scaled-down prototype, which is scheduled for its first automated launch and re-entry later this year, is deliberately modeled after the nose of NASA's Space… » 3/21/14 2:20pm 3/21/14 2:20pm

How does political tension affect astronauts aboard the ISS?

Tension between the U.S. and Russia on account of the current political situation in the Ukraine has raised questions about the cooperation of Russian and American astronauts aboard the International Space Station – questions NASA chief Charlie Bolden addressed in a news conference held yesterday. » 3/05/14 11:40am 3/05/14 11:40am

Spacesuit Leak: Why It Took NASA 23 Minutes to Send Astronaut to Safety

It took NASA almost the same amount of time as a sitcom episode to send Luca Parmitano back to the airlock when the Italian astronaut experienced a leak in his spacesuit last summer, a new report reveals. » 2/27/14 9:40am 2/27/14 9:40am

Astronomers have spotted water plumes on dwarf planet Ceres

We've observed water on Ceres. The largest object in the asteroid belt, you may remember Ceres as the round, rock-ice body that was considered for reclassification as a planet in the midst of Pluto's demotion. Astronomers observed the water in the form of vapor plumes, possibly issuing from volcano-like geysers on the… » 1/22/14 6:00pm 1/22/14 6:00pm

What on Earth created this bizarre jellyfish-cloud outside the ISS?

The astronauts on board the International Space Station saw a strange and unexpected view out their windows yesterday. “Saw something launch into space today. Not sure what it was but the cloud it left behind was pretty amazing,” tweeted NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins. » 10/11/13 1:00pm 10/11/13 1:00pm