Space News Archive
20 August 2014, 02:17 PM ET
A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting.
20 August 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The discovery of a microbial ecosystem deep beneath the Antarctic ice doesn't necessarily mean that life teems on frigid worlds throughout the solar system, researchers caution: subglacial Lake Whillans is not a closed system like Jupiter's moon Europa.
20 August 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Boring through ½ mile rock-hard Antarctic ice, researchers discover a completely isolated community of microorganisms living in Subglacial Lake Whillans. The finding could be an analog for subsurface life on Mars, Europa, Enceladus and other worlds.
20 August 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Astronaut Chris Hadfield's advice for life on Earth has become the basis for a television sitcom. ABC committed to the production of a pilot episode for a family comedy inspired by Hadfield's book, 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.'
20 August 2014, 12:05 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon Version 2 capsule is designed to carry seven astronauts to the International Space Station. See how it works in this Space.com infographic.
20 August 2014, 11:00 AM ET
NASA will host a live panel discussion today (Aug. 20) on the search for habitable alien planets, and how studies of ancient Earth can help scientists today. Watch live at 5:30 p.m. ET (2130 GMT).
20 August 2014, 10:20 AM ET
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman seems to be having a great time living in space, and he is using social media to share it with the world.
20 August 2014, 06:03 AM ET
A telescope in the Southern Hemisphere captured an amazing view of two star-forming regions in the Milky Way.
20 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Two massive star forming regions in the southern Milky Way appear to reside next to one another in ESO's La Silla Observatory image. Star cluster NGC 3603 is 20,000 light years away and gas cloud NGC 3576 is 9,000 light years away.
19 August 2014, 07:02 PM ET
A meteorite that crashed into a California house in November 2012 can be traced back to the giant impact that formed Earth's moon 4.5 billion years ago, a new study reveals. Astronomers have reconstructed the violent history of the Novato meteorite.
19 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Call them the 'rat-stronauts.' NASA is drawing up plans to launch a team of rats with the right stuff to the International Space Station as early as this year. You know, for science.
19 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Packed on Europe's final space freighter to dock with the International Space Station is a small blue box. It's not the most important payload on the Automated Transfer Vehicle, but the box's contents commemorate the fleet's five spacecraft namesakes.
19 August 2014, 01:26 PM ET
Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind the private rocket company SpaceX, has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
19 August 2014, 11:06 AM ET
Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction.
19 August 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Uwingu launched its "Beam Me to Mars" project today (Aug. 19), inviting people to contribute, for a fee, to a "digital shout-out" that will send messages from Earth to the Red Planet on Nov. 28 — the 50th anniversary of Mars exploration.
19 August 2014, 10:45 AM ET
John Nelson took this image of the crescent moon from the Pacific Northwest. See how he did it here.
19 August 2014, 09:38 AM ET
NASA's decommissioned Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite is still bearing fruit with the discovered of the object in the Messier 82 galaxy. The black hole (M82 X-1) weighs in at about 400 solar masses. Full Story: http://goo.gl/z2MBrk
19 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union.
18 August 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin may have walked on the moon, but the folks behind Jockey underwear think they could have helped him conquer the galaxy.
18 August 2014, 05:00 PM ET
SpaceX and Tesla's CEO responded to the challenge put forth by Bill Gates. Find out more about the challenge that has already raised over 10 million dollars for ALS research: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html
18 August 2014, 03:38 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp via Hidden Valley, a sandy swale that's about the length of a football field. But Curiosity turned back shortly after entering the valley, finding the sand surprisingly slippery.
18 August 2014, 03:03 PM ET
An astronaut and cosmonaut on the International Space Station captured some spectacular views of a private spaceship meeting it fiery end above Earth's surface Sunday (Aug. 17).
18 August 2014, 02:47 PM ET
'Super-Earth' Kepler 93 b is a rocky world about 3.8 times Earth’s mass, Sarah Ballard’s team determined, by integrating the parent star’s light curve with its 'asteroseismic' signature. Full Story: http://goo.gl/Y9ue2f
18 August 2014, 12:37 PM ET
A Russian cosmonaut threw a tiny satellite into the vacuum of space during a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station today (Aug. 18).
18 August 2014, 12:35 PM ET
The singer-songwriter tweeted with astronaut Reid Wiseman during a visit to the Space Center in Florida. He was there to promote his new song, "American Flag on the Moon".
18 August 2014, 11:57 AM ET
See photos of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev throwing the Peru-built Chasqui 1 satellite from the International Space Station on Aug. 18, 2014.
18 August 2014, 10:43 AM ET
Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev was the envy of Major League Baseball on August 18th, 2014, throwing a fastball that will literally go around the world. He deployed a 4"X 4" X 4" Peruvian nanosatellite, massing 2lb, which will photograph Earth.
18 August 2014, 09:32 AM ET
Russia's new Angara rocket family is the country's first post-Soviet era booster to be developed. See photos of the Angara rocket's development, test flights and future.
18 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The existence of medium-size black holes has been a matter of debate. But researchers say they have now confirmed such an object in the nearby galaxy M82 — a black hole about as massive as 400 suns.
18 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which is intended to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.
18 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
It's a dream older than the Space Age itself: a fully reusable rocket that can fly into space, deploy its cargo, return to Earth and then do it again rapidly, cheaply and with minimal maintenance.
17 August 2014, 09:56 AM ET
The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will appear super-close together before sunrise on Monday morning (Aug. 18), and it's just the kickoff for a week of early-bird observing by stargazers.
16 August 2014, 05:08 PM ET
Country music star Brad Paisley traveled to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to launch his new song, 'American Flag on the Moon.' 'I'm at NASA's Apollo launch pad in FL, leaking my new song,' Paisley wrote on Twitter.
16 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The crowdfunding campaign for "Star Trek: Axanar" — a fan-funded "Star Trek" film — has raised more than $200,000 donated through the website Kickstarter, blowing well past the original goal of $100,000.
16 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
An amazing new video shows a stage of the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket make a soft splashdown in the ocean after delivering six satellites to space.
15 August 2014, 04:01 PM ET
NASA's next Mars lander, now under construction, will probe the inner workings and early stages of the Red Planet's development billions of years ago.