| May 15, 2014
| 10:01 PM
Sixty-six million years ago, the massive Chicxulub asteroid slammed into Earth, setting off a chain of events that wiped out the dinosaurs and countless other species.
For decades, scientists have tried to reconstruct the events immediately following...
| May 23, 2014
| 6:15 AM
Long before the Chelyabinsk asteroid slammed into the atmosphere over Russia last year, it struck another space rock in a high-intensity mash-up that put it on a collision course with Earth, scientists say.
A research team from Japan and Russia analyzed...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 2:50 PM
Carol Williams Hillery, a retired software engineer who worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute, died of lung cancer Friday at her Bolton Hill home. She was 69.
Born in Baltimore and raised in the Sugar Hill section of Pennsylvania Avenue and on...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 9:21 AM
NASA has a landing-on-Mars problem, and that strange flying-saucer-shaped test vehicle in the picture above may help them solve it.
Since 1976, when NASA's Viking probe first landed on the Red Planet, the agency has relied on the same parachute design...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 7:41 PM
NASA’s LADEE mission ended with a bang when the spacecraft crashed into the lunar surface Thursday. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer smashed into the dark side of the moon between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m., according to NASA officials....
| Apr 12, 2014
| 3:06 PM
Officials at NASA and SpaceX were working through the weekend to see whether they could still safely rocket a cargo capsule to the International Space Station on Monday, despite the failure of one of the backup computers in the system that helps dock...
| Apr 14, 2014
| 3:12 PM
Sue the T. rex has waited 67 million years to blast into space, so what’s a few more days at this point?
NASA officials have scrubbed today’s launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9, which is slated to carry microbes collected from the Field...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a 10-year exemption from state taxes for certain property used for space flight operations in California.
Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) introduced the bill to help the state retain businesses...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 12:30 AM
Author Tess Gerritsen has filed suit against Warner Bros. claiming that the movie "Gravity" is actually based on her novel of the same name, and that she should receive screen credit and a percentage of the profits.
Like the movie, Gerritsen's novel...
| May 1, 2014
| 2:23 PM
WASHINGTON — When NASA launched a space-weather probe called ISEE-3 in 1978, Jimmy Carter was president, the Commodores' "Three Times a Lady" topped the charts and sci-fi fans had seen only one "Star Wars" movie: the original.
Thirty-six years and...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 4:15 PM
Newport News Shipbuilding and NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton are feeling the pinch of budget uncertainty in Washington, but Sen. Tim Kaine says Congress might clear that up in the coming weeks.
The Virginia Democrat toured both facilities...