| Feb 5, 2015
| 12:34 PM
William B. Poland Jr., a retired aerospace engineer who enjoyed participating in Civil War re-enactments, died Jan. 25 at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson of complications from diabetes. He was 88.
The son of William B. Poland, a civil...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 10:02 AM
It turns out the Beagle has landed after all — but it never called home.
The gone-but-not-forgotten spacecraft went AWOL on Christmas Day, 2003, when it was supposed to land on Mars and start transmitting data back to Earth.
| Jan 16, 2015
| 6:22 AM
Eleven years ago, four high school boys from Phoenix won a nationwide robotics competition sponsored by NASA, beating students from MIT, among other competitors. They became science-world darlings, a team of undocumented immigrant teenagers from Mexico...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 4:06 PM
Crew members aboard the International Space Station have returned to the American segment they were forced evacuate early Wednesday due to fear of a possible ammonia leak.
NASA astronauts Barry Wilmore, commander of the current mission, and Terry...
| Dec 31, 2014
| 3:28 PM
The highlight of 2015 for skywatchers could be the coincidence of a "supermoon" and a late-night full lunar eclipse in September. Otherwise, there are plenty of chances to see distant planets and shooting stars.
There are also sure to be sightings of...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 3:41 PM
Astronauts including Columbia native Terry Virts returned to the U.S.-operated section of the International Space Station on Wednesday afternoon, hours after evacuating over fears of an ammonia leak.
Virts, fellow NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore and...
| Jan 4, 2015
| 7:24 PM
SpaceX and NASA plan to launch a rocket Tuesday morning to send supplies and equipment to the International Space Station — the first such mission since another company's effort blew up in Virginia in October.
The SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 is set to...
| Jan 3, 2015
| 7:20 PM
Years before an unmanned rocket erupted in a fireball in October, NASA officials knew the metal in its 50-year-old Soviet-made engines could crack, causing fuel to leak and ignite, government documents show.
As early as 2008, a NASA committee warned...
| Dec 30, 2014
| 3:53 PM
After voyaging 3 billion miles through space, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is finally in the home stretch of its journey to Ceres, the largest member of the asteroid belt and one of five dwarf planets in the solar system.
Dawn was launched in 2007 to...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 9:22 PM
Entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX is planning to launch a rocket early Tuesday that could ultimately be most notable for what happens as it returns to Earth.
The rocket, scheduled for liftoff at 3:20 a.m. Pacific time from Cape Canaveral, Fla., will be...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 4:09 AM
SpaceX called off its early morning rocket launch to the International Space Station, citing a last minute malfunction.
NASA said the SpaceX team had detected an “actuator drift,” causing the launch to be scrubbed. The next possible launch...