The New Horizons spacecraft has come out of hibernation mode in anticipation of rendezvous with Pluto and its moons. The spacecraft will be exploring the Solar System’s most famous dwarf planet for six months starting the observation phase in January.
The effects of climate change are already showing up along American coastlines from Miami to Alaska, but Florida geologists are particularly concerned about sea level rise at Cape Canaveral – home to the Kennedy Space Center.
Earth's northern hemisphere, and UK in particular, are braced to witness one of the most dazzling celestial displays of the year as it awaits the start of a 10-day night show called the Geminid meteor shower, with more than 100 shooting stars per hour.
The Orion spacecraft is still to blast off for its first test flight from Cape Canaveral - this time on Friday. NASA's replacement for the retired Shuttle, the Orion may one day take humans to an asteroid or even Mars.
Astronauts, Nobel laureates, scientists and even Brian May from the rock group Queen have come together to warn the world about the danger of large rocks from space that could hit the Earth at any point. They urged increased monitoring measures.
An Italian historian's theory that Mona Lisa was not only a Chinese slave, but also Leonardo da Vinci's mother has provoked social media storm, with parodies of the famous La Gioconda painting mushrooming over the Internet.
Researchers have analyzed a meteorite that fell in the Moroccan desert three years ago, finding “unique” traces carbon of “a very probable biological origin” and thus rebooting the theory about life on Mars.
Staff at an educational facility in Austin, Texas, have been left scratching their heads after 100 brains disappeared. One may have belonged to murderer Charles Whitman, who killed 16 people at the University of Texas in 1966.
Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe has sent back its first signals as it begins its six-year quest to land on an asteroid and retrieve rock samples. The explorer’s solar panels are working, providing it with the valuable energy it needs to operate.
NASA is ready to launch the most ambitious test flight in decades as its unmanned capsule Orion is all set for a two-orbit, 4.5-hour trip. With favorable weather forecast, NASA hopes the test flight will bring it one step closer to a Mars journey.