China launched its unmanned Chang’e-3 spacecraft Monday, which aims to be the country’s first mission to land on the moon.Video by Euronews It’s been almost four decades since the Moon received a spacecraft visitor (in one piece). China’s first lunar … Continue reading
Move over NASA, Silicon Valley is joining the space race. Entrepreneurs from the nation’s high-tech hub are designing lunar landers, making plans to mine the moon and gearing up to blast off into commercial space flight. Thuy Vu of KQED reports on how private ventures and investors are investing in space exploration. Continue reading
New research reveals that space fragments are hitting our planet 10 times more often than previously thought. Will we suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs? NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien explains to Judy Woodruff that scientists have the technology to avoid meteors en route to Earth, but they need warning first. Continue reading
Video by the journal Nature Scientists have found evidence suggesting Mars was pocketed by underground supervolcanoes. In a paper published in the journal Nature, Joseph Michalski of London’s Natural History Museum and Jacob Bleacher of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center … Continue reading
NASA On this day in 1977, Voyager 1, a NASA-launched spacecraft, took the first photo of the Earth and moon together in a single frame. Thirty-six years later, Voyager 1 became the first manmade object to ever reach interstellar space.
Photo by NASA A still camera on a sound trigger captured an intriguing photo of an airborne frog when NASA’s LADEE spacecraft launched from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Photo coutesy of NASA/JPL/CalTech. NASA’s NuSTAR X-Ray telescope found 10 supermassive black holes last week, almost by accident. “We found the black holes serendipitously. We were looking at known targets and spotted the black holes in the background of the … Continue reading
The Associated Press profiled an amateur group of astronomers in Britain who watch the skies for asteroids and meteors that may one day prove a possible danger to Earth.
The U.S. has explored space with telescopes, robotic rovers and its shuttle. Now facing budget cuts and reduced resources, NASA has had to reassess its ambitions while heeding the call for new discovery. Judy Woodruff talks to Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post about a new program that aims to capture a small asteroid. Continue reading
Since its launch in 2009, the Kepler space telescope has discovered more than 3,500 possible planets, but it will soon go dark forever. NASA has confirmed the spacecraft is beyond repair. As astronomers begin to look at Kepler’s legacy, Judy Woodruff speaks with space and science writer Michael Lemonick. Continue reading