Space News Archive
18 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A bright green aurora reflects off a glacial lake against the backdrop of a snow-covered mountain range in an incredible photo that took home first prize in an astrophotography competition.
18 September 2014, 03:29 PM ET
SpaceX is due to bring some strange things to the space station this weekend: the first 3D printer to leave the plant, a batch of mutant fruit flies, a wind-watching radar, 20 mice and a mouse X-ray machine.
18 September 2014, 02:46 PM ET
"The Interstellar Experience" lets players create their own solar systems, explore systems created by other users, travel through wormholes and fly past black holes in the Endurance, the spaceship featured in the upcoming film.
18 September 2014, 01:39 PM ET
The gas giant WASP-18b, 10X larger that Jupiter, orbits its relatively young parent star in just 23 hours. With the planet that close, the star’s magnetic field may be damped so much it is emitting x-rays at old age star rates.
18 September 2014, 01:16 PM ET
The secretive private spaceflight company Blue Origin and the launch provider United Launch Alliance announced Wednesday (Sept. 17) that they're teaming up on a new rocket engine venture. Today, you can watch the joint news conference.
18 September 2014, 10:42 AM ET
Volcanic eruptions can dramatically deepen the hue of lunar eclipses. But even with recent activity around the Pacific, the Oct 8th, 2014 passing of Earth's shadow is expected to be a normal coppery red.
18 September 2014, 08:40 AM ET
NASA will hold a series of briefings today to discuss the upcoming SpaceX cargo launch to the International Space Station on Saturday (Sept. 20), as well a new station crew. You can watch the briefings live here.
18 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
NASA's MAVEN probe is slated to arrive at the Red Planet around 9:50 p.m. EDT Sunday. The spacecraft's handlers are reporting no problems during the home stretch of its 10-month space journey.
18 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
For the second time this year, a NASA jet used to ferry the space shuttles across the country has been put on public display. The youngest modified-Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was towed to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in California.
18 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
As the liquid on Titan interacts with the crust of the moon, changes in their composition could reveal processes from deep underground.
18 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Experts will debate different definitions of the term "planet" during a live webcast tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Watch it live here on Space.com.
18 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is hosting a debate tonight (Sept. 18) at 7:30 p.m. EDT about the definition of the term "planet." Here's how to watch live.
17 September 2014, 05:44 PM ET
Rocketing through gloomy skies with a payload clouded in a veil of secrecy, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket fired away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday to deploy a satellite thousands of miles above Earth.
17 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
NASA astronauts should be able to hitch a ride to space aboard space taxis built by private two companies in the next three years, and reactions are strong.
17 September 2014, 03:50 PM ET
The history of the Milky Way has a new wrinkle. Scientists used radio telescopes like the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array — a vast array of receivers in Chile — used to probe galaxies within 40 million to 600 million light-years from Earth.
17 September 2014, 03:44 PM ET
United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the private spaceflight company Blue Origin are going to fund the development of Blue Origin's new BE-4 liquid rocket engine, representatives with both companies revealed today (Sept. 17).
17 September 2014, 02:29 PM ET
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission will study how the Mars’ atmosphere has changed over time, from a highly elliptical orbit peaking at more than 3800 miles from the surface.
17 September 2014, 01:18 PM ET
Astronomers have found that a small, nearby galaxy may harbor a giant secret — a supermassive black hole at its heart equal in mass to about 21 million suns.
17 September 2014, 01:00 PM ET
M60-UCD1 is five hundred times smaller than our Milky Way Galaxy, yet its core contains a singularity 5 times larger. This black hole comprises 15% of the little galaxy’s total mass of about 140 million Suns.
17 September 2014, 10:50 AM ET
Spotting the Milky Way on dark, cloudless nights can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to see it through the haze of light pollution in a crowded city is nearly impossible.
17 September 2014, 10:48 AM ET
The journey to produce believable never-before-seen Milky Way images in light-polluted skies can be arduous but rewarding at the same time.
17 September 2014, 10:45 AM ET
Joe Satriani's journey to the realm of the 'guitar gods' was one of training, dedication and as he put it, "luck". He sits down with Space.com's @DaveSkyBrody to talk about how he achieved greatness at his craft and developed his sound.
17 September 2014, 09:31 AM ET
The CST-100 spacecraft will be put through test flights and eventually fly crewed operational missions to the International Space Station. Boeing's contract with NASA is in its final phase of certification.
17 September 2014, 07:47 AM ET
Tapping SpaceX and Boeing to fly American astronauts to and from the International Space Station should free NASA up to work on sending people to Mars, agency officials say.
17 September 2014, 12:05 AM ET
The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this space wallpaper of dark cloud Lupus 4 blotting out background stars.
16 September 2014, 09:00 PM ET
Gravitational forces interact during the the merger to form a disc. Red = Gas moving away from Earth, Blue = Gas approaching Earth.
16 September 2014, 05:30 PM ET
The space agency has been working with industry partners to develop a crew transport systems since 2010. The work from the past 4 years are highlighted.
16 September 2014, 05:04 PM ET
The SpaceX Dragon Version 2 will be put through test flights and eventually fly crewed operational missions to the International Space Station. SpaceX's contract with NASA is in its final phase of certification. Full Story: http://goo.gl/5EQVlY
16 September 2014, 04:09 PM ET
NASA has tapped the private spaceflight companies SpaceX and Boeing to build and test commercial spacecraft for ferrying American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
16 September 2014, 02:20 PM ET
Who will be responsible for flying Americans to the International Space Station by 2017? Today, NASA could announce which private spaceflight company (or companies) officials have selected to move ahead toward developing an astronaut taxi service.
16 September 2014, 10:47 AM ET
NASA's new 'Flight Operations' emblem has a long history dating back decades. As now displayed in Mission Control, NASA's 'Flight Operations' logo succeeds the prior 'Mission Operation' insignia.
16 September 2014, 10:28 AM ET
NASA is expected to make a huge human spaceflight announcement today during a news briefing, and you can watch it live online.
16 September 2014, 07:04 AM ET
Look out, astronauts – your companion robot on the International Space Station is mobile! NASA's Robonaut 2 has received a new set of legs to allow it to do repairs both inside and outside the station, eventually.
16 September 2014, 07:03 AM ET
Astronomical clues could pinpoint the day Claude Monet painted "Impression, Soleil Levant (Impression, Sunrise)," the piece that lent its name to the Impressionist art movement.
16 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The crew of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 19 lived in the Aquarius lab, which is located 62 feet (18 meters) beneath the waves just off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. Their week-long mission wrapped up Sunday (Sept. 14).
15 September 2014, 10:34 PM ET
This space wallpaper reveals the celestial fireworks deep inside the core of a developing galaxy in the young Universe, as seen from a hypothetical planetary system.