A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected -- and with very surprising flowers.
Pledging to uphold the Japanese spirit of "wa" -- harmony -- Koichi Wakata took command of the International Space Station on Sunday, the first Japanese astronaut to lead a human space mission. Continue reading →
In an orbital first, a robot has held its own in a conversation with a human.
This summer two high-tech Japanese bots will be blasting into outer space. Continue reading →
NASA has taken over control of Japan's portion of the International Space Station and is overseeing the Japanese cargo ship docked at the orbital outpost following the evacuation of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) center in Tsukuba in the wake of Friday's earthquake. JAXA's space stat...
The center is believed to have sustained significant damage following the 8.9-magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami.
The probe had embarked on a climate mission that scientists hoped might yield a lesson or two for planet Earth