Space News Archive
24 November 2015, 05:54 PM ET
SpaceX founder Elon Musk congratulated Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin for landing a rocket from space Monday (Nov. 23) — but also stressed that the flight test did not exactly make history.
24 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Blue Origin, the private space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, successfully launched and landed a reusable suborbital rocket. See the video and images here.
24 November 2015, 10:24 AM ET
International Space Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren sample the turkey and yams that are on the Thanksgiving Day menu.
24 November 2015, 10:17 AM ET
A fan-suggested 3-foot-tall model of NASA's historic Saturn V moon rocket has landed on LEGO's launch pad and is now awaiting an official "go/no-go" call as to whether it will lift off as a commercial toy set.
24 November 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Blue Origin, founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, wants to launch people into space on its suborbital New Shepard spacecraft. Would you buy a ticket if you could?
24 November 2015, 08:48 AM ET
The New Shepard is truly a reusable space vehicle after flying to 329,839 feet and landing within a few feet of the target, through 119 mph crosswinds. The launch and landing occurred on Nov. 23rd, 2015 in West Texas.
24 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are testing beverage cups that let them literally wake up and smell the coffee.
24 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Acid fog may once have eaten away rocks on Mars, researchers say.
24 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Computer simulations suggest that filaments of invisible dark matter form long "hairs" when they go through planets such as Earth.
23 November 2015, 04:47 PM ET
The California-based private spaceflight company has secured its first astronaut-taxi order under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with NASA, agency officials announced Friday (Nov. 20).
23 November 2015, 04:37 PM ET
"The Martian," which stars Matt Damon as a NASA astronaut stranded and presumed dead on the Red Planet, is up for Raw Science's 2015 Kip Thorne Gravity Award for the best depiction of a scientific principle in film.
23 November 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Mars may one day have rings like Saturn's, if the Red Planet manages to completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos.
23 November 2015, 03:27 PM ET
A successful crewed Mars campaign must recognize, and take pains to ameliorate, the psychological and cultural challenges that Red Planet pioneers will face — for example, their lengthy isolation from friends and family.
23 November 2015, 12:41 PM ET
What really happened at the start of the Big Bang?
23 November 2015, 10:07 AM ET
The western most star in the Orion constellation 'belt' – known as Mintaka (‘the belt’ in Arabic) also called Delta Orionis by astronomers – is a triple star system + 2 other stars.
23 November 2015, 09:48 AM ET
See tantalizing spaceship photos from the secretive commercial space company Blue Origins.
23 November 2015, 07:32 AM ET
A string of benzene molecules that's 20,000 times smaller than a strand of human hair is the strongest material ever made.
23 November 2015, 07:15 AM ET
Mercury can experience meteor showers as Comet Encke periodically peppers the planet's tenuous atmosphere with dust, new research suggests.
23 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Even a veteran Starfleet officer would have a hard time turning down a pint of Vulcan Ale, a new Star Trek-inspired IPA perfect for a crisp autumn night of stargazing.
20 November 2015, 04:10 PM ET
Congress' passage of a bill that allows American companies to own and sell any materials they extract from the moon, asteroids or other celestial bodies should help spur the development of off-Earth mining, representatives of the nascent industry say.
20 November 2015, 04:00 PM ET
This week, between 11 p.m. and midnight, the constellation immortalizing one of the greatest heroes of Greek mythology — Perseus — will pass directly overhead.
20 November 2015, 03:14 PM ET
MinutePhysics teamed up with the Web comic xkcd to explain how to go to space, using just the most common 1,000 words in the English language. And it is wonderful.
20 November 2015, 02:49 PM ET
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched rockets, spaceships and electric cars, and after his stint on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" last night, he can add TV sitcom to his epic list of achievements.
20 November 2015, 12:18 PM ET
The crew of the International Space Station and flight controllers worldwide held a moment of silence for the victims of the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks, and astronaut Scott Kelly shared some remarks in a new video.
20 November 2015, 11:30 AM ET
The service is looking for new data from commercial providers to better map satellite movements and help detect threats to U.S. military satellites.
20 November 2015, 10:17 AM ET
The International Space Station crew participated in a moment of silence and commander Scott Kelly offered his thoughts and prayers for the victims of the heinous terrorist attack on Nov. 13, 2015.
20 November 2015, 10:12 AM ET
Throughout its history of flight, the International Space Station has played host to many musical instruments and performances. In the latest addition, flight engineer Kjell Lindgren plays the bagpipes in tribute to a former colleague.
20 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A sudden spurt of liquid water on Mars could potentially create deep lakes today, new research suggests.
20 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
An inside look at the dust-analyzing instrument that will fly on NASA's upcoming mission to the ocean-harboring Jupiter moon Europa.
19 November 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station fielded rapid-fire questions from curious middle schoolers this morning (Nov. 19), delving into life on the station and the everyday strangeness that invites.
19 November 2015, 04:00 PM ET
You can take a tour through the history of Pluto exploration tonight (Nov. 19) at 7:30 p.m. EST (0030 GMT on Nov. 20), courtesy of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
19 November 2015, 03:36 PM ET
Invisible to the naked eye, charged particles spin along magnetic lines above 2 active regions of the Sun in this time lapse video from Nov. 11-12, 2015 when NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the scene at the extreme ultraviolet wavelengths.
19 November 2015, 02:35 PM ET
This image of the Milky Way from the edge of the Grand Prismatic Spring in the Midway Geyser Basin in Yellowstone on June 27, 2015.
19 November 2015, 02:08 PM ET CEO Jeff Bezos personally oversaw the delivery of some large artifacts from NASA's history. Bezos came to The Museum of Flight for the arrival of the restored remains of Saturn V moon rocket's F-1 engines.
19 November 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Abraham Lincoln is best-known for abolishing slavery and keeping the United States together through the Civil War, but he also helped the country become the scientific and engineering powerhouse we know today.
19 November 2015, 12:16 PM ET
Engineers at Virgin Galactic’s production facility explain the rigorous tests they have to run to get their new SpaceShipTwo up to spec for flight.