Today in History

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2019. There are 28 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 3, 197...

Meteor that streaked over Missouri weighed about 220 pounds

ST. LOUIS (AP) — NASA says a meteor seen streaking through the sky behind the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was a basketball-size hunk of rock that broke off from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter...

Japan spacecraft starts yearlong journey home from asteroid

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has departed from a distant asteroid, starting its yearlong journey home after successfully completing its mission to bring back soil samples and data that co...

Fossil trove shows life's fast recovery after big extinction

NEW YORK (AP) — A remarkable trove of fossils from Colorado has revealed details of how mammals grew larger and plants evolved after the cataclysm that killed off the dinosaurs. The ...

Japan spacecraft releases rover to asteroid in last mission

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft has released a small rover that will land on the surface of an asteroid as part its final mission before heading back to Earth. ...

Japan says space probe landed on asteroid to get soil sample

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency says data transmitted from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft indicated it successfully landed on a distant asteroid to complete its mission of collecting underground samples i...

Gold mine asteroid to be explored

NASA has released new information regarding its mission to Psyche 16, an asteroid believed to be composed of valuable metals. The mission is being led by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL...

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. IRAN SHOOTS DOWN US DRONE AMID SPIRALING TENSIONS The Rev...

Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the moon...

Japanese private firm sends first rocket into space

The unmanned rocket named MOMO-3 took off Saturday from a test site in Taiki on the northern Japanese island of Hokkiado. Japanese aerospace startup Interstellar Technology said its 10-meter (32-foot...

25 years later, TCM still abides (so movie lovers pray)

NEW YORK (AP) — There is always an asteroid, real or imagined, bearing down on Turner Classic Movies . Fears that something might befall the commercial-less bastion of classic Hollyw...

Japan space probe drops explosive on asteroid to make crater

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency says its Hayabusa2 spacecraft has released an explosive onto an asteroid to make a crater on its surface and collect underground samples to find possible clues to the...

Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid

WASHINGTON (AP) — New research captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any mo...

Rock On: NASA releases artsy shots of 2 asteroids

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has released a pair of artsy shots of two little asteroids. Thursday's picture shows an asteroid coming apart at its dusty seams, courtesy of the Hub...

Science Says: Tiny 'water bears' can teach us about survival

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth's ultimate survivors can weather extreme heat, cold, radiation and even the vacuum of space. Now the U.S. military hopes these tiny critters called tardigrades can teach us abo...