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Nov 23, 2014

U. S. Italian and Russian Astronauts Dock with International Space Station

"I know I have done nothing special to be the first Italian woman to fly to space," said European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti....More
Nov 20, 2014

ATK Body Language Hints at Russian engine for Antares

Ahead of merger, ATK assessed “political risks” of Orbital's new engine choice....More
Nov 17, 2014

Philae Mission Winds Down As Rosetta Orbiter Enters New Science Phase

As the probe's last science data was relayed to Earth Nov. 15, its power rapidly depleted....More
Nov 15, 2014

Goodbye, Philae?

The lander lost contact with ground controllers early this morning, but not before they sent commands to rotate the probe's solar panels to glean....More
Nov 14, 2014

ESA May Shift Philae Lander to Get More Sun

With the clock ticking, mission managers weigh a plan to shift Philae's position and gain more exposure to the sun....More
Nov 14, 2014

Researchers Point to Supermassive Black Hole as Elusive Neutrino Source

"Figuring out where high energy neutrinos come from is one of the biggest problems in astrophysics today," said Yang Bai, University of Wisconsin at....More
Nov 13, 2014

Philae's Landing, as Envisioned by Mission Planners

An illustrated guide to Philae's deployment and landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, with the proble's thrusters, landing gear, harpoons and....More
Nov 12, 2014

Philae Gathers Data Despite Rough Landing

Already a historic achievement, Europe's Rosetta mission marks first-ever touchdown on 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko....More
Nov 12, 2014

First images from Philae's descent

Rosetta's orbiter and lander have sent back first images of the 100-kg probe's descent....More
Nov 12, 2014

Rosetta's comet lander suffers setback

During checks on the lander’s health overnight, mission managers found its active descent system, which uses a cold-gas thrust to avoid spacecraft....More
Nov 11, 2014

Ready for Rosetta

After more than a decade spent cruising through deep space to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, ESA's Rosetta mission is preparing to....More
Nov 09, 2014

U. S., European and Russian International Space Station Crew Members Land Safely in Northern Kazakhstan

"It's an honor for me to work with these guys." said ISS commander Maxim Suraev, as Expedition 41 drew to a close late Sunday....More
Oct 25, 2014

SpaceX's Fourth Dragon Mission Ends with Pacific Ocean Splashdown

"Keep those updates coming," European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst urged NASA's Mission Control as the scheduled 3:39 p.m. Dragon spashdown....More
Oct 15, 2014

U.S. Spacewalkers Repair ISS Solar Power Channel, Start Reconfigurations

"I can see Cairo," reported spacewalking NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman. "I can't quite make out the pyramids."....More
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