We had hoped that Japan's IKAROS solar sail would work as advertised, and it did. Here's an animated image of the fully deployed sail, taken by a "separation camera" from a short distance away.In other happenings:
The Hayabusa asteroid sample return capsule came home in spectacular style last wee...
June 17, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
Frank Cepollina takes repair calls to new heights.
May 2010 | By Robert Zimmerman
For that satellite dish on your roof and the phone calls you make to Japan, you can thank Harold Rosen.
September 2009 | By Guy Gugliotta
When you’re 200 miles up, it’s easy to hide what you’re up to.
August 2009 | By Michael Cassutt
It's probably premature to declare SpaceX an established launch company on the basis of yesterday's successful orbiting of Malaysia's Razaksat satellite (see video below). I doubt they'll want to gloat too long, given the technical and financial risks inherent in the rocket business, and the diffic...
July 14, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
A National Air and Space Museum astronomer picks some of his favorite images from the storied telescope.
May 22, 2009 | By Rebecca Maksel
In 1982, the year E.T. The Extraterrestrial ruled at the box office, another, less heralded movie about aliens came out—John Carpenter's remake of The Thing, starring Kurt Russell. In the first film, a kind-hearted, magical being appears on Earth, works miracles, then ascends into the heavens with ...
May 18, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Small satellites used to be all the rage. Now, to be really cutting edge, they have to be fast, too, as in fast to build, test, and launch."Operationally responsive" is military-speak for fast: Field commanders want spacecraft that can return images and other data quickly from some hot spot they'd ...
April 28, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
A spacecraft bites the lunar dust.
March 2009 | By Mohi Kumar
How the Ranger probes’ moon crashes helped pave the way for Apollo.
January 21, 2009 | By Paul Hoversten
A U.S. scientist reports from the scene of India's first lunar launch.
October 21, 2008 | By Paul D. Spudis
Fifty years after launch, Vanguard 1 remains in orbit.
May 2008 | By Rebecca Maksel
Space-faring nations: Clean up low Earth orbit or you're grounded.
March 2008 | By Tony Reichhardt
The Pentagon plans to knock one of our own out of the sky.
February 14, 2008 | By Paul Hoversten
The Chandra X-Ray Telescope, explained.
January 2008 | By Damond Benningfield
Nikita Khrushchev's son recalls the night Sputnik made history.
August 2007 | By Sergei Khrushchev (Translated by Lyudmila Khomenko Chillico)
An eminent space historian looks back on the first 50 years of space exploration.
July 2007 | By Roger D. Launius
From the impossible dream of a space-based shield, missile defense has come down to Earth. But will it work?
May 2007 | By Ben Iannotta
A tip sheet for following this week's space shuttle mission.
January 2007 | By Tony Reichhardt
From Nanosats to Femtosats.
September 01, 2006 | By Joe Pappalardo