NASA Delays Endeavour Shuttle Launch to April 29

Space Shuttle Endeavour’s swan song will have to wait an extra 10 days, after a scheduling conflict with a Russian spacecraft forced NASA to delay the shuttle’s final launch from April 19 to April 29.

It’s a matter of who gets to go first, or actually how many get to go at the same time: In this case, an unmanned Russian cargo ship …

Sun Partly Disappears in Scary Photo, No Joke

I know it’s April Fools, and that claiming half the sun just disappeared sounds a little ridiculous, but we’re not kidding: Half the sun just disappeared. Really!

It happened Tuesday, during a partial eclipse (caused by us–you know, the Earth) and a NASA satellite in high orbit managed to snap it in action. That’s the shot up top, …

Want to See What Mercury Looks Like?

It’s pockmarked, looks a bit like a color-leeched bowling ball, and if you didn’t know better, you might call it “the Moon.”

But it’s only Mercury, first rock from the sun, and what you’re staring at (up top) happens to be one of the first in-orbit images of its heavily-cratered, hard-pack surface.

Thank NASA’s Messenger, a space …

NASA Sinks Mars Rover 3D Camera Upgrade

It wasn’t enough to trawl the Titanic or craft the film industry’s best looking azure-blue E.T.’s, filmmaker James Cameron wanted to put a high-resolution 3D camera on NASA’s Mars rover, too.

Alas, ’tis not to be, says NASA, who admitted the zoom camera couldn’t be thoroughly tested in time for the rover’s launch later this year–a …

Cool as Morning Joe: Coldest Star Yet Discovered

Next time you take a sip of coffee, consider the possibility that you could be sipping on a star.

Not just any star, and certainly not for taste or blend, but the temperature? Maybe, according to a new study that claims a star found using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and 75 light years away from us is no hotter than a sauna, cup of …

TechFast: Google vs China, iPad Success, Facebook Snaps Up Snaptu

Good morning! Here are some of this morning’s interesting tech stories. More on these, and more besides, coming up later.

iPad 2 Will Keep The Top Spot

In a market analysis report that will surprise exactly no-one, some analysts from Gartner said the Apple iPad will continue to dominate the tablet computer market for some time to

NASA, Russian Astronauts Touch Down Safely in Kazakhstan

From the International Space Station to the snowy stretches of central Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts have safely returned to earth.

The Russian Soyuz capsule carrying Kelly and Russians Oleg Skripochka and Alexander Kaleri touched down today (March 16), a few minutes before 0800 GMT, bringing to …

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