February 22, 2017

Star found with record seven Earth-size planets

February 22, 2017

Astronomers have discovered seven roughly Earth-size planets very close to a cool dwarf star some 39 light years from Earth, including three orbiting in the star’s habitable zone where liquid water, a key ingredient for life as it’s known on Earth, could be present, researchers announced Wednesday.

News Headlines

  • SpaceX waves off space station cargo delivery for a day

    February 22, 2017

    SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship, loaded with nearly 5,500 pounds of cargo and experiments, aborted an approach to the International Space Station on Wednesday after encountering a problem in its GPS navigation system.

  • Soyuz blasts off on Russian resupply run to International Space Station

    February 22, 2017

    A Russian Soyuz booster blasted off from a snow-covered launch pad in Kazakhstan on Wednesday with nearly 6,000 pounds of fuel, water and supplies for the International Space Station.

  • NASA’s Juno spacecraft to remain in current orbit around Jupiter

    February 21, 2017

    Concerns about the health of the Juno spacecraft’s main engine have compelled NASA managers to keep the research probe in its current arcing, high-altitude orbit around Jupiter, a decision that will delay the full science return from the $1.1 billion mission but should still allow it to meet all predetermined objectives.

  • Soyuz booster rolls out for launch with space station supply freighter

    February 20, 2017

    A Soyuz rocket and Progress supply ship packed with nearly 3 tons of cargo, provisions and fuel for the International Space Station rolled out to a launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday.

  • Drone’s view of Sunday’s SpaceX rocket landing

    February 20, 2017

    Check out a dazzling drone’s-eye view of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket booster returning to an on-target landing at Cape Canaveral a few minutes after launching Sunday with more than 2.5 tons of space station cargo.

  • Photos: Falcon 9 rocket blasts off from pad 39A, then lands nearby

    February 20, 2017

    SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off from launch pad 39A, a historic facility under lease from NASA, and delivered to orbit an uncrewed supply ship heading for the International Space Station. The first stage booster returned to a landing at nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the first such recovery on land in daylight.

  • Historic launch pad back in service with thundering blastoff by SpaceX

    February 19, 2017

    SpaceX sent a cargo capsule with nearly 5,500 pounds of experiments and supplies on a three-day trip to the International Space Station on Sunday, firing the automated spaceship through low-hanging clouds and into orbit from the same launch pad where Apollo astronauts began voyages to the moon.

  • Watch the Falcon 9 launch replays

    February 19, 2017

    Cloud cover made for difficult viewing conditions at the Kennedy Space Center for the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, but here are the best views from NASA’s cameras across the launch site.

  • Watch the Falcon 9 launch from pad 39A

    February 19, 2017

    Watch Falcon 9 lift off from Kennedy Space Center launch pad 39A on a space station resupply mission. The rocket’s first stage then returned to land at neighboring Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

  • Concern with steering mechanism scrubs Falcon 9 launch

    February 18, 2017

    SpaceX called off the planned launch of a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday less than 15 seconds before liftoff to investigate the “slightly odd” behavior of the vehicle’s upper stage engine steering system, company chief Elon Musk said.