space

Hubble Space Telescope fixed after month of no science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Hubble Space Telescope should be back in action soon, following a tricky, remote repair job by NASA. The orbiting observatory went dark in mid-June, with all astronomical viewing halted. NASA initially suspected a 1980s-era…

NASA shows off Mars' Grand Canyon

Arizona's Grand Canyon may have met its match and it's not even on this planet. NASA released this photo of a canyon on Mars, the largest canyon in our solar system. It stretches over 2,500 miles across the Martian equator…

Jupiter, Saturn merging in night sky, closest in centuries

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky Monday, appearing closer to one another than they have since Galileo’s time in the 17th century. Astronomers say so-called conjunctions between the two largest planets in our solar…

Flash of luck: Astronomers find cosmic radio burst source

By SETH BORENSTEIN A flash of luck helped astronomers solve a cosmic mystery: What causes powerful but fleeting radio bursts that zip and zigzag through the universe? Scientists have known about these energetic pulses — called fast radio bursts — for about…

Tesla Roadster has close approach with Mars

The Tesla Roadster made its first close approach to Mars this week. The Roadster is an electric sports car with a mannequin in the driver's seat. Wednesday SpaceX tweeted that the vehicle came within five million miles of the red…

NASA: comet discovered to have its own Northern Lights

An out-of-this-world discovery; the Rosetta Mission just revealed Comet 67P has its own Northern Lights! NASA says this is the first time an ultraviolet aurora has been detected on a celestial object that isn't a moon or planet. The findings…

'Save Space Camp' drive prompted by virus reaches $1.5M goal

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A fundraising drive has reached its goal of bringing in $1.5 million to save Space Camp from closing because of the coronavirus pandemic. A corporate donation of $250,000 by the technology company SAIC Inc. pushed the…