Space

An active region on the sun erupted with a mid-level flare, an M8.7 class, on Oct. 21, 2014, as seen in the bright light of this image captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. This image shows extreme ultraviolet light that highlights the hot solar material in the sun's atmosphere. Image Credit: NASA/SDO

Like A Giant Solar Shotgun, Biggest Sunspot In Quarter Century Rotating Toward Earth Again

The biggest sunspot in a quarter century is now rotating toward Earth for the second month in a row, putting all of humanity in its sites for potential releases of radiation.

11/20/2014

stardate

StarDate 11/12/14: Making Methane

There’s a problem with Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. There’s a fair amount of methane in its atmosphere and in its big lakes.

11/12/2014

The probe is named after the Rosetta stone, a stele of Egyptian origin and the lander is named after Philae, an island in Lake Nasser, Egypt. (Photo by European Space Agency/Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

European Agency Lands Spacecraft On Comet For First Time Ever

The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta space probe.

11/12/2014

Photo by NOAA via Getty Images

Freeze, Burn, Shake: Extreme Testing Ensures Satellite Equipment Will Withstand Space

Protecting the military’s most sensitive information begins in the most unusual of places.

11/10/2014

November 5th, 2014 (NASA SDO)

Massive Solar Flares Continue, Amazing Ultraviolet Image Captured By NASA Solar Observatory

From the surface of the sun, massive solar flares have been exploding out several million miles into space over the past few weeks, with the latest blast coming on November 5th at 1:47 a.m. Pacific time.

11/06/2014

NTSB Crash Investigation

Probe Of Virgin Galactic Rocket Crash In Mojave Desert May Take Year

Billionaire Richard Branson is promising to find out what caused the crash of his Virgin Galactic prototype space tourism rocket that killed a test pilot, but federal investigators are cautioning that it may take up to a year to learn exactly what went wrong.

11/02/2014

(Photo by Joel Kowsky/NASA via Getty Images)

Bay Area Students’ Shrimp Project Destroyed In Tuesday’s Rocket Explosion

The explosion of an unmanned rocket lifting off for the International Space Station is not only a setback for the space program, but also a disappointment to the hundreds of school children across the country, including here in the Bay Area.

10/29/2014

The unmanned Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket explodes moments after liftoff over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia. (NASA)

Rocket Bound For Space Station Explodes After Launch

An unmanned NASA rocket was seen exploding shortly after liftoff Tuesday afternoon from an island off the coast of Virginia.

10/28/2014

October 21st, 2014 Solar Flare

X-Class Solar Flare, 4th Major Eruption On The Sun This Week Detected

Someone sure upset the sun, because it’s throwing amazing amounts of radiation out in four solar flares this week, with an X3-class solar flare Friday.

10/24/2014

Boeing X-37b experimental military spaceplane (Photo by Boeing)

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Secretive’ X-37B Shuttle To Land In California After 671 Days In Space

The U.S. military can’t wait to get its hands on an unmanned space plane that’s due to land at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Southern California near Santa Maria.

10/14/2014

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