| Jan 23, 2014
| 5:46 PM
NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson told a large group of La Crescenta Elementary students on Thursday what it’s like to be in space, sharing everything from what type of food she ate to how she exercised in zero-gravity.
| Jan 22, 2014
| 6:25 PM
Before Pluto’s fall from planetary grace, there was Ceres. Depending on your definition, it’s either the largest asteroid or the smallest dwarf planet -- but for a few glorious decades in the 1800s, the rocky sphere was a full planet in the...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 4:31 PM
Nervous anticipation gave way to jubilation on Monday when the European Space Agency's Rosetta comet-chaser spacecraft emerged from almost three years of induced, energy-saving sleep to report it was ready to carry out its history-making $1 billion...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 12:48 PM
The new spending bill approved by Congress last week includes money that could speed up NASA’s next big mission, possibly sending U.S. astronauts to an asteroid by the year 2021, four years earlier than the White House had projected.
| Jan 20, 2014
| 12:50 PM
"Hello, world!" The Rosetta space probe woke up from hibernation Monday, phoned home and is getting ready to set a lander down on a comet.
The unmanned spacecraft launched a decade ago and traveled half a billion miles by the time it signaled home to...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 2:20 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed state budget is balanced in part with funds shifted from programs meant to buy parkland and protect farmland from development, according to highlights of the plan released by the governor's office.
| Dec 13, 2013
| 4:07 PM
A malfunctioning cooling system part on the International Space Station may require an astronaut spacewalk to fix it if the team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston can’t get the system back up and running, according to NASA officials....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 6:15 PM
Congressional negotiators released a $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill for the 2014 fiscal year that’s more generous to NASA’s scientific endeavors than the White House’s proposal, but it may be too soon to celebrate, officials said...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:51 AM
It made it! The Cygnus space freighter that launched last week from Wallops Island berthed with the International Space Station early Sunday.
It's the first operational resupply mission for Orbital Sciences Corp, based in Dulles, which plans to launch...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 3:26 PM
If you’re a giant space telescope squinting into the far reaches of the cosmos, gravity is your best friend. Using the magnifying powers of massive galaxy clusters, three of NASA’s Great Observatories – the Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:59 AM
The first U.S.-launched satellite, Explorer I, was 6 feet long and weighed 30 pounds, and it led to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt that surrounds Earth. More than 50 years later, scientists could do a lot more with far less.