| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:08 PM
After nearly nine years in space and 4.7 billion miles traveled, NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft has met an unexpected end after mission members lost contact with it last month. Though it was unable to complete its latest assignment, the comet-hunting...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 8:48 PM
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| Sep 27, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Once a week, scientists at the University of Maryland, College Park and NASA aimed satellites across the solar system to where they figured the spacecraft known as Deep Impact would have drifted since seven days earlier.
They would ping it for its...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 4:10 PM
Scientists have found the shredded remains of a large, water-rich asteroid raining down on the embers of a dead star, 170 light-years from Earth.
It is the first time that scientists have found a mix of rock and water in a solar system that is not our...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 5:56 PM
Will comet ISON survive its plunge into the sun's atmosphere or will it perish, like Icarus, for venturing too close? Astronomers say that reports of its looming demise are greatly exaggerated.
ISON, known officially as C/2012 S1, is a sun-grazing comet...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:17 PM
On Nov. 3, the moon will once again pass between the Earth and the sun, partially blocking out our life-giving star and putting on a spectacular celestial show for people who are in the right place to see it.
And this year, the best place to see the...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 8:54 AM
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Ukrainian astronomers say an asteroid might collide with Earth in a couple of decades, a Russian news service reported Thursday.
Space watchers from the observatory in the Crimean peninsula said they discovered an asteroid...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Scientists from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are set to launch a massive balloon above the skies of New Mexico this weekend for a glimpse of Comet ISON, the rare comet on its way to looping past the sun and Earth in the coming...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 5:24 PM
When it comes to studying the region of interstellar space just beyond our solar system, nothing seems to work quite the way scientists imagined.
Take Voyager 1 for example. The spacecraft has confounded and delighted researchers for several years...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 10:46 AM
Bruce C. Murray, a planetary astronomer who joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1960 and went on to lead the lab 16 years later, died early Thursday at his home in Oceanside.
The cause of death was complications of Alzheimer’s disease,...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 3:23 PM
Flags at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge were lowered to half staff last week as the NASA center honored former JPL director Bruce C. Murray, who passed away at 81.
Murray died on Thursday, Aug. 29 at his home in Oceanside after...