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Look Out Below! Rosetta Will Give Its Comet A Close Buzz In February


Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko spins in this animation of 24 montages obtained by the Rosetta spacecraft between Nov.

Star Trekking: We Humans Can Beam Tools Into Space Without A Transporter


Expedition 42 commander Butch Wilmore holds up a 3-D-printed rachet, the first such tool made in space.

NASA’s First Orion Crew Module Arrives Safely back at Kennedy Space Center


Homecoming view of NASA’s first Orion spacecraft after returning to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Dec.

Weekly Space Hangout – Dec. 19, 2014: Methane on Mars!

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter) Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba) Alessondra Springmann (@sondy) (...) Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Dec.

Rocket Issues force SpaceX and NASA to Postpone Falcon 9 Rocket Launch to January 2015


A SpaceX Falcon 9 erect at Cape Canaveral launch pad 40 awaiting launch on Sept 20, 2014 on the CRS-4 mission in this file photo.

Compromises Lead to Climate Change Deal


Secretary-General Addresses Lima Climate Action High-level Meeting. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten Earlier this month, delegates from the various states that make up the UN met in Lima, Peru to agree on a framework for the Climate Change Conference that is scheduled to take place in Paris next year.

Holiday Lights So Bright You Can See ‘em from Space


Christmas lighting displays like this one near Duluth, Minn. U.S. contribute to increased brightness around cities that can be seen from outer space.

Kepler ‘K2′ Finds First Exoplanet, A ‘Super-Earth’, While Surfing Sun’s Pressure Wave For Control


Artist’s conception of the Kepler Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech It’s alive! NASA’s Kepler space telescope had to stop planet-hunting during Earth’s northern-hemisphere summer 2013 when a second of its four pointing devices (reaction wheels) failed.

Comet Finlay in Bright Outburst, Visible in Small Telescopes


Comet Finlay on December 16th shows a bright coma and short tail. Its sudden rise  to 9th magnitude was confirmed on December 18th by Australian comet observer Paul Camilleri.

Curiosity Mars Rover Stars In Discovery Television Documentary Tonight

For those following all the habitability results from the Curiosity rover lately, here’s a special treat — the Discovery Channel will air a behind-the-scenes documentary on the mission tonight (Dec.

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket to Attempt Daring Ocean Platform Landing after Dec. 19 Launch


SpaceX Falcon 9 first stage rocket will attempt precison landing on this autonomous spaceport drone ship soon after launch set for Dec.

New Pictures Of Philae’s Lonely Resting Spot On The Comet Emerge


This (in blue) is where the Philae lander came to rest on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The graphic is based on topographic modelling of the comet’s nucleus and Philae’s picture of a nearby cliff (in white).

The Universe’s Tour Guide


Satellites swarm around the Earth on the Hayden Planetarium’s dome. Credit: AMNH. The hazy, white horizon lifts away slowly, giving way to the blue and green, cloud-swept marble we call home.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover detects Methane, Organics on Mars


After a 20 month trek across Mars and careful analysis of data, NASA scientists have announced two separate detection of organics – in the surface and the air of Mars.

How To Experience ‘Zero Gravity’ Without Leaving Home: Virtual Reality

If you don’t have a few thousand dollars to spend on a “Vomit Comet” ride, and especially if you can’t afford to buy a ticket for a future weightless joyride in a spacecraft, virtual reality remains the best option to “experience” weightlessness.

Morning Star, We Hardly Knew Ya: Venus Express’ Best Discoveries In 8 Years


Artist’s impression of Venus Express entering orbit in 2006. Credit: ESA – AOES Medialab Venus Express is mostly dead.

Gallery: Saturn Moons Show How Not To Be Seen In Cassini Images


Tethys is mostly obscured behind Rhea as the moons orbit Saturn. The picture was captured by the Cassini spacecraft in April 2012 and highlighted in December 2014.

Astro-Challenge: Taming the Pup-Can You Glimpse Sirius B?


Can you see it? Sirius B amid telescope diffraction spikes. Credit: NASA/McDonald Observatory. Astronomy is all about thinking big, both in time and space.

Astrophotos: Views of the Geminid Meteor Shower from Around the World


A stunning moment captured as a Geminid meteor over Mt. Fuji is reflected in Lake Saiko on December 14, 2014.

How Many Horses Can A Rocket Carry? Cool Comic Comparison


An xkcd comic from December 2014 showing spacecraft mass and launch vehicle capacity in terms of horses.


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