Hubble discovers new Pluto moon (13/07/2012)

The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a fifth moon circling the dwarf planet Pluto.

Scanning Webb’s Surrogate Eye (09/07/2012)

Engineer Erin Wilson adds aluminum tape to electrical cables to protect them from the cold during environmental testing of special optical equipment. These tests will verify the alignment of the actual flight instruments that will fly aboard NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.  

Sounding Rocket Mission to Observe Magnetic Fields on the Sun (06/07/2012)

On July 5, NASA will launch a mission called the Solar Ultraviolet Magnetograph Investigation or SUMI, to study the intricate, constantly changing magnetic fields on the sun in a hard-to-observe area of the sun's low atmosphere called the chromosphere.

China Beats Russia on Space Launches (05/07/2012)

For the first time in the history of space exploration, China beat Russia on the number of space launches in a given period of time, a rocket engine manufacturer said on Wednesday.

All dinosaurs may have had feathers (03/07/2012)

Early dinosaurs probably looked a lot more like Big Bird than scientists once suspected. A newly discovered, nearly complete fossilized skeleton hints that all dinosaurs may have sported feathers.

Thunderbolt™ Technology (26/06/2012)

For about a year, Macs have been shipping with a fancy new port on the side called Thunderbolt. We're just on the cusp of seeing this new port on Windows-based PCs, too. What exactly is Thunderbolt, and should you make sure your next computer has it?

'Twisted light' carries 2.5 terabits of data per second (25/06/2012)

Researchers have clocked light beams made of "twisted" waves carrying 2.5 terabits of data - the capacity of more than 66 DVDs - per second.

Small Planets Don't Need Stars with Heavy Metal Content to Form (13/06/2012)

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- The formation of small worlds like Earth previously was thought to occur mostly around stars rich in heavy elements such as iron and silicon. However, new ground-based observations, combined with data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope, shows small planets form around stars with a wide range of heavy element content and suggests they may be widespread in our galaxy.

China Readies for Manned Orbital Docking Mission (10/06/2012)

China will launch its Shenzhou-9 manned spacecraft in mid-June to carry out the country's first manned space docking mission, Xinhua reported.

Solar Plane on First Intercontinental Flight (07/06/2012)

The Swiss-made solar-powered Solar Impulse aircraft took off on Tuesday from the Spanish capital Madrid en route to the Moroccan capital, Rabat, the Solar Impulse team said in a statement