| Sep 26, 2014
| 6:15 PM
As a tropical cyclone churned the Atlantic Ocean this month, a drone watched from above, dropping a paper-towel-roll-sized set of sensors attached to a parachute through the clouds on a 20-minute, 10-mile journey.
The instruments revealed dry air low in...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 4:30 AM
It was front page news when a NASA spacecraft entered Mars orbit recently to probe whether the planet had ever harbored life ("NASA mission enters Mars orbit to study where planet's atmosphere – and water – went," Sept. 21).
We spent $671...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 7:29 PM
A satellite that has been hurtling toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes Sunday night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere — and hopefully collect evidence that Mars might once...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 12:41 PM
Robert W. Halli Sr., a retired mechanical engineer who worked for NASA and earlier for the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River, died Sept. 8 at Stella Maris Hospice of heart failure. He was 100.
The son of Florence Casper "Flo" Halli, a shipping...
| Sep 7, 2014
| 8:24 PM
If a bus-sized iron asteroid traveling at approximately 12 miles per second hit New York City, would Baltimore be spared?
The answer to this and other space questions can be found in Discover Space, an interactive learning exhibit on display at the...
| Aug 30, 2014
| 5:00 AM
If all goes well, NASA may soon be renting privately owned spacecraft to fly its astronauts into space. The agency reportedly is just weeks away from announcing contracts with one or more commercial firms to build a new, reusable orbital vehicle capable...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 4:23 PM
NASA's Messenger spacecraft has swung around its namesake planet for three years, beaming observations of Mercury back to Earth, but next March it will smash into the cratered surface it has been studying from afar.
The satellite's oblong orbit around...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 4:40 PM
University of Maryland officials on Tuesday announced the launch of a new test site to study how drones may coexist with jets, helicopters and other air traffic in U.S. airspace.
The long-planned site is to be based near Naval Air Station Patuxent River...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 12:09 PM
NEW YORK CITY— Kevin Liles is riding high. On a bright August afternoon, the Baltimore-born entertainment mogul is ensconced 35 stories above midtown Manhattan, enjoying lunch at one of the city's most exclusive hotels, the Mandarin Oriental....
| Aug 7, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Inside the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, a fight is brewing.
Seated around a large conference table are 12 people who cannot reach an agreement. They are engineers and scientists, discussing theories and analyzing...
| Aug 5, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Morgan State University continues to have problems managing the largest federal research program in its history and has faced financial penalties from the organization that oversees the program, according to documents released this week.
| Jul 30, 2014
| 3:05 AM
While many of her friends spent the summer swimming or going to amusement parks, 11-year-old Asley Ventura, of Laurel, had fun participating in a space camp at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.
During the two-week camp, Asley and about...