January 2014

Sleeping Rosetta spacecraft wakes up for historic comet rendezvous and landing

January 21st, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A European probe awoke from a deep sleep Monday to gear up for an unprecedented comet rendezvous and landing this year that will cap a 10-year voyage across the solar system. After two and a half years in hibernation, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft emerged from its slumber while [...]

Space Fishing: Japan to test ‘magnetic net’ for space junk

January 15th, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , |

Japan’s space agency is subcontracting a fishing net company to develop a technology to clean up the space junk that poses a direct threat to Earth’s communication networks. The mission is planned for 2019, with first tests scheduled for this February. Tokyo’s Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Nitto Seimo Co, [...]

Cygnus arrives at International Space Station

January 13th, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. – Christmas has finally arrived for the six space station astronauts. A privately launched supply ship reached the International Space Station on Sunday morning, three days after blasting off from Virginia. The space station crew used a hefty robot arm to capture the Cygnus capsule as the [...]

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo reaches record height in latest test

January 10th, 2014|Categories: News, Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Space tourism company Virgin Galactic sent its SpaceShipTwo reusable space vehicle to new heights on Friday, blasting the craft nearly 13.5 miles into the air and reaching a speed of Mach 1.4. The craft left Mojave Air and Space Port at approximately 7:22 a.m. PST strapped to the WhiteKnightTwo carrier [...]