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

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… » 1/22/14 6:00pm 1/22/14 6:00pm