This image from the European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory shows the cloud associated with the Rosette Nebula, a stellar nursery about 5,000 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros, or Unicorn, constellation. The Herschel telescope collects infrared light given out by dust. The bright smudges are dusty cocoons containing massive embryonic stars, which will grow up to 10 times the mass of our sun. The small spots near the center of the image are lower mass stellar embryos. The Rosette Nebula itself, and its massive cluster of stars, is located to the right of the picture.
Eerie spiral light show in the pre-dawn sky over Australia on Saturday prompted a flood of UFO reports. The phenomenon was likely the privately launched Falcon 9 rocket, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral Friday.
Falcon 9 roared up Friday afternoon from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The SpaceX launch means that prospects for the Obama administration’s space-lift plans may have soared upward as well.
The private Falcon 9 rocket blasts off Friday afternoon from a Florida launch pad.
On Friday morning, after several false starts, the Falcon 9 rocket was successfully launched from the Kennedy Space Center. The Falcon 9 has been developed privately by Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, with a large subsidy from NASA.
A glitch just before liftoff has delayed the maiden voyage of the privately owned Falcon 9 rocket.
Private spaceflight is entering a new era with the first test launch of the new Falcon 9 rocket Friday. Here are six companies vying to build a vessel that will carry civilians into space.
There will be many eyes checking out the inaugural flight of the private Falcon 9 rocket Friday, launching from Florida.
The new Falcon 9 rocket has cleared its final hurdle and is on track to blast off from Cape Canaveral.
President Obama wants commercial carriers to ship cargo and crew to the space station. The Falcon 9 rocket, set for a Friday launch, could show how far private industry has progressed.