NASA’s ‘Spaceport of the Future’ Reaches Another Milestone

NASA has completed a major milestone on its journey to Mars and is ready to begin another phase of work on its spaceport of the future, where the next generation of astronauts will launch to Mars and other deep-space destinations. This artist concept depicts the Space Launch System rocket rolling…

Investigating the Mystery of Migrating ‘Hot Jupiters’

The last decade has seen a bonanza of exoplanet discoveries. Nearly 2,000 exoplanets — planets outside our solar system — have been confirmed so far, and more than 5,000 candidate exoplanets have been identified. Many of these exotic worlds belong to a class known as “hot Jupiters.” These are gas…

NASA Tests Inflatable Heat Shield Technology for Deep Space Missions

Before NASA uses its new inflatable technology for slowing spacecraft that are entering the atmospheres of other planets, it will first need to be packed into the tight confines of a rocket. Engineers at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, recently put the technology to the test by packing…

Asteroid 2013 TX68 set for close encounter with Earth

An asteroid is heading for a close encounter with Earth and could come closer than some orbiting satellites. Scientists say there is no need to panic because it will miss the Earth by at least 15,000 miles. Asteroid TX68 was spotted three years ago by astronomers in the US The…

Methane Snow on Pluto’s Peaks

The New Horizons team has discovered a chain of exotic snowcapped mountains stretching across the dark expanse on Pluto informally named Cthulhu Regio. One of Pluto’s most identifiable features, Cthulhu (pronounced kuh-THU-lu) stretches nearly halfway around Pluto’s equator, starting from the west of the great nitrogen ice plains known as…