Still from Space X video of Grasshopper test launch.

Space X’s Grasshopper Makes Successful Leap

And a hexacopter was hovering nearby to film it

The orbiter Endeavour dwarfs Sarens operator Gordon Lofts – and everyone else along the route – as it negotiates the 12 miles from airport to science center.

Driving the Space Shuttle

How a team of experts navigated a spaceship through the streets of L.A.

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Europe’s (Really) Cool Telescope Ends Operations

The Herschel Space Telescope closes its eye after the last of its coolant evaporated this week

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A Brief Tour of Time (and Navigation)

A new exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum tells us where we are, and how to get where we're going next

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Gratitude for the Backyard Astronomer

An annual award recognizes amateurs for finding rocks in the sky

Artist's conception of asteroid 2012 DA14 passing  through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013.

“Vermin of the Skies”

The JPL scientist in charge of tracking incoming asteroids tells us if we should be worried.

A laser shoots from the Keck observatory dome to act as a guide star.

Adaptive optics and lasers are giving ground-based telescopes better-than-Hubble views.

Laser guide stars.

Satellite communications technicians conduct routine maintenance on a satellite dish at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Can the Pentagon Unbundle Its Behemoth Space Systems?

Support for "disaggregation" of military satellites is getting louder

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Stratomouse!

In the 1950s, balloons carried live mice to near-space to study how the trip might affect astronauts

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Gorgeous Victorian 4BR 2.5BA, Priced To Ship to Mars ASAP!

A realty company wondered what it might cost to launch your house to Mars.

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NASA’s Road to the Future

A new interactive graphic highlights the space agency's plans.

Beavers On Parachutes

In 1948, Idaho decided the best way to move beavers was to airdrop them

After a successful wartime career as a patrol aircraft, the Martin Mariner served as an aerial firefighter and a fish hauler.

The Smithsonian Roadshow

Can’t make it to the Museum? There might be an artifact on loan right in your neighborhood.

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750 Meters Later

Masten Space System's test vehicle, Xombie, took a nice ride this week

After 1,000 Martian days, Spirit would have finally reached Space Mountain. Click here to see the full-size map.

If Spirit Had Gone to Disney World

For all its traveling, NASA's last Mars rover only covered about the same ground as a familiar theme park.

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Kavli Meets Kuiper

Two decades later, three scientists are rewarded for discovering a new body of objects in our solar system.

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Good Luck, From Space

Astronauts and satellites get to watch the Games from Olympian heights

The shuttle mock-up in 1974 inside the original Rockwell plant in Downey, California.

Downey Will Display Shuttle Mock-Up

The Southern California birthplace of the space shuttle is going to spit-shine and welcome visitors to see a piece of nearly forgotten aerospace history

The original full-scale mockup of the space shuttle in 1974.

There’s One More Shuttle That Needs a Home

The forgotten shuttle model that supported North American Rockwell's bid to construct the Space Shuttle fleet

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DARPA and Boeing to Dream Up New Airborne Launcher

Wanted: an airborne system than can launch 100-pound satellites for under $1 million.

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