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

Japan Has A Plan To Start Using Space-based Solar Power By The 2030s

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has doubled its efforts to find a viable alternative to nuclear power. An updated proposal from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) seeks to solve the island nation's energy woes — and it's the much vaunted scifi-like idea of building an orbital farm. » 4/30/14 3:30pm 4/30/14 3:30pm