PHOTO: 'Extra supermoon' makes appearance after typhoon
The "extra supermoon" above Fukuoka's Nagahama district in the city's Chuo Ward at 2:43 a.m. on Aug. 11 (Shoma Fujiwaki)
FUKUOKA--Hours after Typhoon No. 11 petered out, the night skies cleared to reveal a rare lunar phenomenon known as "extra supermoon."
Japan's first space station commander and crewmates land safely
A Russian space agency rescue team helps Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata to get off the capsule of the Russian Soyuz TMA-11 module shortly after its landing, about 150 kiiometers (93 miles) southeast of the Kazakh town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on May 14. (AP Photo, Pool)
ALMATY, Kazakhstan--The first Japanese to command a space mission and crewmates from the United States and Russia landed safely in Kazakhstan on May 14, wrapping up a 188-day...
Even in space, you gotta have 'wa'
Koichi Wakata, third from left, is the commander of five other astronauts in the International Space Station. (Provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)
As tensions escalated between the United States and Russia over the situation in Ukraine, Koichi Wakata made sure harmony continued high above ground.
Cheaper Japanese launch vehicle set for lift-off next month
The H-2A Launch Vehicle No. 23 is unveiled to reporters at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Tobishima plant in Aichi Prefecture on Jan. 16. The rocket’s engine is surrounded by a protective hull to prevent it from being damaged during transport. (Takeshi Narabe)
TOBISHIMA, Aichi Prefecture--The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has developed its most cost-effective H-2A series rocket to date.
Comet dances with sun, death; giving mixed signals
In this frame grab taken from enhanced video made by NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft, comet ISON, left, approaches the sun on Nov. 25. (AP Photo/ NASA)
WASHINGTON--Comet ISON is teasing the solar system as it dances with the sun and it's giving astronomers mixed signals.
Latest fashion is smart and high-tech
A suit featuring “Extreme Film” from Issey Miyake’s fall-winter 2013/2014 menswear collection (Hirokazu Ohara)
Anything goes, as they say, in the world of fashion.
Space capsule returns from mission to Chinese lab
In this TV grab, Chinese astronaut Wang Yaping waves after being moved out of the re-entry capsule of the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft at the main landing site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on 26 June (AP Photo)
BEIJING--A Chinese space capsule with three astronauts safely landed on June 26 on the country’s northern grasslands after a 15-day trip to a prototype space station, marking ...
NASA collecting English haiku for trip to Mars
NASA released this photo of Mars in 2001, taken by the Mars Orbiter Camera aboard Mars Global Surveyor on June 10, 2001, as a large dust-raising event occurred during the biggest global dust storm seen on Mars in several decades. The storm, larger by far than any seen on Earth, raised a cloud of dust that engulfed the entire planet from June well into September. (AP file photo/NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems)
NASA is accepting entries for an English-language haiku contest that will put the three best poems aboard a space probe that will orbit Mars.
Space scientists say meteorite monitoring remains hit and miss
A hole in the ice at Chebarkul Lake, where a meteor fragment apparently landed Feb. 15. The lake is about 1,500 kilometers east of Moscow. (AP photo)
A meteorite that exploded over central Russia and fell to earth, injuring hundreds of people, has fueled discussion of whether science is able to predict such events. The...
Two comets set to provide heavenly show in 2013
The Asahi Shimbun
Two comets are on course to provide a once-a-decade show in the skies above Japan this year, astronomers said.
Approaching comet may outshine the moon in 2013
In this image provided by NASA the Comet Lovejoy is visible near Earth's horizon in this nighttime image photographed by NASA astronaut Dan Burbank, Expedition 30 commander, onboard the International Space Station on Dec. 21, 2011. NASA says there is a new comet blazing toward Earth and it could outshine the full moon when it passes by at the end of next year--if it survives its close encounter with the sun. (AP file photo/NASA)
PASADENA, California--A comet blazing toward Earth could outshine the full moon when it passes by at the end of next year--if it survives its close encounter with the sun.
VOX POPULI: Is Curiosity alone on Mars?
Telescopic images of Mars come in varying hues. In explaining this phenomenon, some experts of the past speculated that the planet had seasons, to which molds and mosses were...
NASA: East Japan quake/ Tsunami disturbed upper atmosphere
An images of the disturbance (provided by NASA)
WASHINGTON -- The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit eastern Japan last year wreaked havoc in the skies above as well, disturbing electrons in the upper atmosphere, NASA...
VOX POPULI: Our tiny blue third rock from the sun truly a miracle
In Japanese, winter stars are called "iteboshi" (literally frozen stars) and "araboshi" (wild stars). Biting seasonal winds pierce the air and rustle leafless trees. The Big...
NASA seeking to declare Apollo lunar sites off limits
Among the items NASA is seeking to designate as a historical heritage are the U.S. flag left on the moon's surface. (Provided by NASA)
WASHINGTON--Long a dream of treasure hunters and even the target of Andy Griffith in his 1979 U.S. TV show, "Salvage 1," the equipment left behind by the Apollo program...
VOX POPULI: Fear rays, not chunks of metal falling from the heavens
The 23-year-old pro golfer Chie Arimura wowed the gallery in July with an albatross and a hole-in-one in the same round. In golf parlance, an albatross is a score of three...
A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP: NASA's mission to discover quality sleep in...
Astronauts drifting inside the International Space Station. (The Asahi Shimbun file photo)
On July 7th, the day before the final voyage of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, we visited its flight control headquarters, NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
VOX POPULI, VOX DEI: In a post-Shuttle world, we must work...
Film director Takeshi Kitano thanked Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners during an interview. "You've brought my major league heroes down to earth for me," Kitano told the...
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