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02 May 2015, 02:51 AM ET
The principles of rockets go back thousands of years, from powering whimsical toys to lifting humans into space.
01 May 2015, 03:56 PM ET
Since splashing down after a history-making test flight in 2014, NASA's first Orion space capsule has been, for the most part, out of sight. Now, an auction benefiting students is offering the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see the Orion spacecraft up
01 May 2015, 03:07 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a pad abort test on May 6, 2015 to test the launch escape system on its manned Dragon spaceship. See the mission in photos here.
01 May 2015, 02:55 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for May 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
01 May 2015, 12:00 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force will test an innovative spacecraft thruster this month when it launches the latest mystery mission of its robotic X-37B space plane. Liftoff is set for May 20, 2015.
01 May 2015, 11:00 AM ET
The Russian Progress 59M cargo ship that launched on April 28, 2015, ran into trouble right away.
01 May 2015, 09:31 AM ET
The Large Binocular Telescope Observatory snapped imagery of an occultation of Jupiter Moon's Io by its sister Jovian moon Europa. The bright spots on Io are its massive lava lakes.
01 May 2015, 06:27 AM ET
Rare loner galaxies millions of light-years away from any neighbors may be runaways from violent, disruptive relationships with other galaxies, researchers say.
01 May 2015, 06:19 AM ET
The newfound exoplanets, known as HD 7924c and HD 7924d, are "super Earths" with masses 7.9 and 6.4 times greater than that of Earth, researchers said. They orbit the star HD 7924, which lies just 54 light-years from the sun.
01 May 2015, 06:11 AM ET
Just hours before NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft crashed into the surface of Mercury, the winners of a contest to name five new craters on the rocky planet were announced.
01 May 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Johann-Dietrich Wörner expressed his enthusiasm for a moon colony at the Space Foundation's National Space Symposium, a gathering of global, commercial, civil, military and "new space" experts that was held here from April 13 to April 16.
01 May 2015, 02:14 AM ET
The XS-1 is a space plane under development by the U.S. military's high-tech agency, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
30 April 2015, 06:00 PM ET
Clumps of small, glassy particles may be responsible for the formation of giant asteroids and the planetary 'embryos' that collided to form rocky planets like Earth, a new study suggests.
30 April 2015, 04:35 PM ET
NASA's MESSENGER probe crashed at 3:26 p.m. EDT Thursday (April 30), gouging a new crater into Mercury's surface. This violent end was inevitable for MESSENGER, which had been orbiting Mercury since March 2011 and had run out of fuel.
30 April 2015, 02:30 PM ET
NASA has selected Draper Laboratory to develop a wearable device that will track astronauts' movements around the International Space Station (ISS).
30 April 2015, 10:33 AM ET
The private space company's new vehicle reached an altitude of 307,000 feet and safely parachuted back to Earth on April 29th, 2015. This ground tracking camera view follows the vehicle from launch to touchdown.
30 April 2015, 10:33 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Blue Origin launched a surprise test of its suborbital New Shepard spaceship on Wednesday (April 29) , a flight that successfully demonstrated the space capsule but failed to recover its reusable rocket booster.
30 April 2015, 10:20 AM ET
In its first test flight, the private space company's new vehicle reached an altitude of 307,000 feet and safely parachuted back to Earth on April 29th, 2015.
30 April 2015, 10:13 AM ET
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft will smash into Mercury today, April 30, to end its mission and you can celebrate the probe's epic voyage in a live Slooh webcast. Here's how to watch at 3 p.m. EDT.
30 April 2015, 09:36 AM ET
Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn can be seen in the evening. With binoculars, the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies and its Sombrero Galaxy (M104).
30 April 2015, 07:30 AM ET
New images provide the first complete 3D view of the Pillars of Creation — some of the most iconic cosmic structures ever studied — and suggest that the glorious protrusions may be around for only another 3 million years.
30 April 2015, 07:20 AM ET
Using the ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have created a new 3D visualization of the the famous Eagle Nebula, showing distance between each ‘pillar.’ Space.com stirs in Hubble images.
30 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Russia's unmanned Progress 59 freighter will plunge to its death in Earth's atmosphere in the coming days. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station say they can make do despite the failure.
30 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The International Space Station could one day get armed with a laser to shoot down space debris. This concept could eventually lead to a laser-firing satellite that could get rid of most of the most troublesome space junk orbiting Earth.
30 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The search for life beyond Earth homes in on water, whose unique properties make it critical to life as we know it and whose abundance throughout the solar system is becoming increasingly clear to scientists.
30 April 2015, 12:46 AM ET
DARPA is an agency of the U.S. military that tests and develops new technologies.
29 April 2015, 06:23 PM ET
"We have a lot of redundancy onboard the space station" says NASA's Scott Kelly in an Associated Press interview on April 30th, 2015. The Progress 59 cargo ship experienced a fatal glitch and its docking to the Space Station has been cancelled.
29 April 2015, 05:57 PM ET
Greg Diesel took this image of the moon over the Bodie Island Lighthouse in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
29 April 2015, 05:45 PM ET
This seven-image panorama shows the Milky Way above Cape Neddick Light Station in York, Maine. Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took this image on March 25 around just before the start of astronomical sunrise.
29 April 2015, 05:29 PM ET
We have just entered a very favorable period for observing the so-called "elusive" planet Mercury. From now, until about May 13, you should be able to find it with not much difficulty. But how well do you know the closest planet to the sun?
29 April 2015, 05:02 PM ET
New photos of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft have revealed tantalizing hints at surface features on the dwarf planet, including signs of a polar ice cap. See the photos from new Horizons here.
29 April 2015, 04:17 PM ET
Dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon Charon are seen to orbit one another in this set of images from NASA’s Pluto New Horizons LORRI camera, taken when the spacecraft was about 90 days out from its closest encounter.