Despite funding being scarce, Europe still has grand plans to make it to the Moon and Mars. The first goal is to build an outpost on the Moon to facilitate further trips into space. But such a station would have to be contactable at all times. Space researchers in Stuttgart are working out how to set up a sustained radio connection. They hope to position communication satellites at a spot between the Moon and the Earth where the gravitational forces of the two celestial bodies balance out.
Reuters (Feb. 27, 2013) American entrepreneur, Dennis Tito, says he wants to launch a manned mission to Mars in January 2018, but researchers at NASA and Stanford University argue that it may be better to visit the ... watch video
NASA (Sep. 30, 2013) Jane Houston Jones: What's Up for October. Juno's Earth flyby, International Observe the Moon Night
and how to view the moon's far side.
Hello and welcome. I'm Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet ... watch video
Reuters (Sep. 19, 2013) Using data captured by a NASA satellite in orbit around the moon, scientists have created a stunning movie mosaic showing a full rotation of the moon recorded over a lunar month. Rob Muir ... watch video
AP (Jan. 25, 2013) NASA rocket scientists in Alabama are testing an old engine that was designed for the 1969 moon mission. They're trying to see what the old technology can teach them, as they prepare for a return to ... watch video
Sep. 3, 2015 Hopping, tumbling and flipping over are not typical maneuvers you would expect from a spacecraft exploring other worlds. Traditional Mars rovers, for example, roll around on ... read more
Aug. 25, 2015 The closest-yet views of Ceres, delivered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, show the small world's features in unprecedented detail, including Ceres' tall, conical mountain; crater ... read more
Sep. 2, 2015 Why did anti-matter disappear almost completely from our universe, whereas matter did not? Scientists are attempting to solve this mystery at the European research institute ... read more
Sep. 2, 2015 Dominating this image is part of the nebula Gum 56, illuminated by the hot bright young stars that were born within it. For millions of years stars have been created out of ... read more
Aug. 31, 2015 A suppression of strange quark production relative to up and down quark production had previously been noted; for the first time, the result has been verified when a single ... read more
Sep. 18, 2012 For six weeks NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has been working on the Red Planet. NASA also plans to send humans to Mars within the next 20 years. On the flight and during the stay on Moon or Mars, ... read more
Sep. 14, 2010 In August 1960, NASA launched its first communications satellite, Echo 1. Fifty years later, NASA has achieved another first by placing the ARTEMIS-P1 spacecraft into a unique orbit behind the moon, ... read more