| Jun 3, 2008
After troubleshooting an electrical problem on NASA's Phoenix lander and performing a test scoop into the crumbly surface of the Martian northern plain, scientists said Monday that they are ready to dig for ice as early as today.
Phoenix is the first...
| Dec 15, 2008
Arthur R. Kantrowitz, a physicist and inventor whose research pioneered the development of nose cones for rockets as well as pumps to help failing hearts move blood more effectively, died of heart failure Nov. 29 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City....
| Jun 7, 2008
After nearly two weeks of testing and preparation, NASA's Phoenix lander on Friday began its first day of scientific work at Mars' north pole, where the lander's robotic arm delivered a scoop of soil to an oven that will search for evidence that the Red...
| Jun 12, 2008
A last-ditch attempt to shake a sample of Martian soil into an oven on NASA's Phoenix lander succeeded Wednesday, clearing the way for tests to determine whether the northern plains of Mars may once have been habitable.
"The group went up in cheers --...
| May 25, 2008
Fewer than half the missions that have attempted landings on Mars have survived, so tension is rising at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as the Phoenix spacecraft closes in for a landing today on the planet's north pole, where it will be the first to...
| Dec 21, 2007
Talk about your cosmic pileups.
An asteroid similar to the one that flattened forests in Siberia in 1908 could plow into Mars next month, scientists said Thursday.
Researchers attached to NASA's Near-Earth Object Program, who sometimes jokingly call...
| Jun 10, 2008
In a series of maneuvers that sounds more like cooking class than research on Mars, scientists said Monday they would try one more time to shake bits of the clumpy Martian soil into a test oven on NASA's Phoenix lander before switching to a backup...
| Nov 15, 2008
George W. Housner, who pioneered the modern field of earthquake engineering, developing the most complete mathematical system to analyze the effects of ground shaking on structures, has died. He was 97.
Housner, the Braun professor emeritus of...
| May 27, 2008
Ground operations began Monday at the Phoenix landing site at Mars' north pole, with the latest images from the robotic lander showing a bizarre, checkerboard landscape apparently shaped by the movement of ice lying only inches beneath the surface....
| Jun 1, 2008
In this remote volcanic valley near Mt. Shasta, 42 telescope dishes have sprouted amid the soaring ponderosa pines, listening for a voice from space.
Every few seconds the 20-foot-wide dishes, scattered over dozens of acres, pirouette in perfect...
| Apr 13, 2008
Michelangelo L. Mangano, a respected particle physicist who helped discover the top quark in 1995, now spends most days trying to convince people that his new machine won't destroy the world.
"If it were just crackpots, we could wave them away," the...