Dec 3, 2013 — The company's Falcon 9 booster lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., carrying the satellite into a geostationary orbit.
Dec 3, 2013 — The space agency has announced plans to grow turnips, basil and cress on the moon by 2015. The experiment could be good news for astronauts sick of their freeze-dried fare. But researchers say the real goal is to see if humans could one day live — and farm — on the moon.
Dec 3, 2013 — Imagine stepping into an elevator and bumping into your greatest hero. What would you say? Commentator Adam Frank had this happen with one of the 20th century's greatest astronomers, a seer of sorts.
Dec 2, 2013 — There were hopes over the weekend that ISON might have survived its close encounter with the sun. But "with more than a little sadness," the space agency says, "we have to declare the comet lost."
Dec 2, 2013 — The mission has become a reason for national pride in the country. If successful, China would join the U.S. and the former Soviet Union as the only countries to achieve a soft landing on the moon.
Nov 29, 2013 — The Comet ISON appears to have survived after disappearing and being thought dead. New NASA photos show the comet emerging from behind the sun smaller and dimmer, but still throwing a big light trail.
Nov 28, 2013 — Most of ISON, a huge comet formed at the birth of the solar system, apparently did not survive Thursday's encounter with the sun, NASA said. Scientists detected the comet last year and had hoped to continue studying it for information to be mined from its "primordial ices."
Nov 26, 2013 — Astronomers will turn skyward to glimpse ISON, an unusual comet from the outermost edge of our solar system that is now plunging toward the sun. ISON could yield clues to the formation of the solar system, and may become visible to the naked eye in December — if it survives.
Nov 25, 2013 — Once again, there's talk about a possible "comet of the century." Will ISON be a thriller or a dud? It's due to whiz by the sun on Thanksgiving Day. If it holds itself together after that, the comet could put on a stellar show in December.
Nov 22, 2013 — When astronomers spotted Comet ISON in 2012, some christened it the "Comet of the Century." It initially failed to live up to the hype. But this month, ISON blazed brighter and sprouted several tails. Astronomers like Andrew Fraknoi are following the comet as it scrapes past the sun, where it could be destroyed—or emerge, even more spectacular than before.