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Newly released pictures, taken when Dawn was about 4,500 miles from Ceres, confirm that the bright areas are patches of sunlight bouncing off ...something.
A Swedish university student has created a design for an International Flag of Planet Earth that could be planted on alien worlds.
The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane blasted into Earth orbit today, kicking off the robotic vehicle's clandestine fourth mission — as well as the first flight of a tiny solar-sailing spacecraft.
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to blast off atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, during a four-hour launch window that opens at 10:45 a.m. EDT.
The Air Force has revealed that it is collaborating with two organizations to evaluate experiments carried on the space plane's upcoming mission.
If alien life does exist, scientists aren't sure what it would look like, but one cosmologists says such extraterrestrial creatures will be big — nearly 660 lbs. (314 kilograms), says a cosmologist who bases the estimate on statistics.
An innovative concept for tiny probes attached to gliders could one day allow small robots to explore intricate locales on Mars that probes never could reach before.
The NASA payload aims to test how the space environment affects certain materials.
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