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
July 1, 2015 A new study shows that targeting plants with red and blue LEDs provides energy-efficient lighting in contained environments, a finding that could advance the development of ... read more
June 30, 2015 NASA's Swift satellite detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from the constellation Cygnus on June 15, just before 2:32 p.m. EDT. About 10 minutes later, the Japanese experiment on the ... read more
July 1, 2015 Astronomers have confirmed the existence of a young giant gas planet still embedded in the midst of the disk of gas and dust surrounding its parent star. For the first time, ... read more
July 1, 2015 This rich view of an array of colorful stars and gas was captured by the Wide Field Imager camera, on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile. ... 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