A Virginia doctor is counting his blessings after a space rock came crashing through the ceiling of his office.
The close encounter happened Monday afternoon in the Square Family Practice in Lorton.
"I was in my office doing charts," Dr. Frank Ciampi explained. "I heard a loud boom,... more »
A NASA spacecraft blasted into space early Monday on a mission to map the whole sky in search of hidden asteroids, comets and other celestial objects.
The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or Wise, lifted off aboard a Delta 2 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California... more »
Rocketing off to space? Some think an elevator might be the way to go. The so-called space elevator is the future goal of this week's $2 million Space Elevator Games in the Mojave Desert. In a major test of the concept, robotic machines powered by laser beams will try to... more »
NASA has scrubbed its first attempt to launch its newest rocket due to weather concerns.
The Ares I-X rocket came within two minutes and 39 seconds of launching Tuesday morning. But the countdown was halted when a big cloud settled right over the pad after minor problems held things... more »
NASA is inviting its Twitter followers to the next space shuttle launch. The shuttle Atlantis was moved to the launch pad Wednesday for its planned liftoff on Nov. 12. The shuttle will deliver more goods to the International Space Station. For the first time ever, NASA is holding a liftoff... more »
Earth can breathe a sigh of relief. NASA has lowered the odds of an 885-foot asteroid striking the planet in 2036. Scientists originally said there was a 1-in-45,000 chance that the asteroid (Apophis) could hit the planet on April 13, 2036. But after further analysis using some new images, they... more »
NASA's Messenegr spacecraft, toting an $8.7 million University of Colorado at Boulder instrument, will make its third and final fly-by of Mercury Tuesday.
The spacecraft will zip within 142 miles of the planet's surface at more than 100,000 mph, taking high-resolution color images of the surface terrain.
The... more »
A million pounds of propellant was ignited in the Utah desert Thursday, as NASA tested a new moon rocket.
A massive cloud of smoke and dust rose as the rocket blasted flames for more than two minutes.
The rocket itself was fastened horizontally to the ground on a... more »
NASA needs to pick a coast today for a landing of the space shuttle Discovery. The preferred landing spot is in Florida. But storm clouds may keep the shuttle away, forcing the astronauts to touch down in California. Florida landings are preferred because the cross-country ferry trip eats up $1.7... more »