Space News Archive
31 March 2015, 05:45 PM ET
Only the speediest of skywatchers will have a chance to see the total lunar eclipse rising Saturday (April 4): NASA predicts that the total phase of the lunar eclipse will only last about 5 minutes.
31 March 2015, 03:30 PM ET
It is called NIROSETI for near-infrared optical SETI. This new instrument can record levels of light over time so that patterns can be analyzed and assessed for potential signs of other civilizations.
31 March 2015, 01:20 PM ET
In the early morning hours of April 4th 2015, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from many parts of the world. But why will the moon appear dark red? Science@NASA explains.
31 March 2015, 12:45 PM ET
Much is unknown about Pluto, including what its surface features are like and what kind of weather patterns it has, if any.
31 March 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Space.com's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
31 March 2015, 11:10 AM ET
Pluto was considered a planet until 2006, when it was reclassified as a dwarf planet.
31 March 2015, 11:00 AM ET
See live high-definition views of Earth as seen from the International Space Station.
31 March 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Space.com had the amazing opportunity to sit down with screenwriter Jonathan Nolan and astrophysicist Kip Thorne, to talk about the science of the science fiction epic 'Interstellar,' and reasons for humanity to leave Earth.
31 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
This week the science fiction movie epic 'Interstellar' gets released on Blu-ray, with 3 hours of science-packed bonus material that will have space fans drooling.
31 March 2015, 07:21 AM ET
Countries including the United States, Russia, Japan and India combined to launch eight space missions in a five-day span last week, beginning just a few days after winter relinquished its grip on the land with the spring equinox on March 20.
31 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Many astronomers had thought rocky, potentially habitable worlds could not take shape in the complex environment around binary stars. But mathematical simulations suggest otherwise, a new study reports.
31 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Earlier this month, researchers made two big announcements: Saturn's moon Enceladus likely harbors hot springs, and Jupiter's huge satellite Ganymede apparently possesses a subsurface ocean that may contain more water than all of Earth does.
30 March 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Night sky photographer Connor Hicks submitted these magnificent photos of star trails and a moon halo. See how Hicks created the amazing view.
30 March 2015, 04:32 PM ET
NASA's Scott Kelly — one of two people spending a year on the International Space Station — already feels like the orbiting outpost is home.
30 March 2015, 04:20 PM ET
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has suffered another bout of amnesia, less than a week after engineers installed a software upgrade designed to fix its memory problems. The March 25 event didn't result in the loss of any science data.
30 March 2015, 03:26 PM ET
The world's first private-sector space plane, SpaceShipOne, has landed on the ground at the National Air and Space Museum after 10 years in 'Flight.'
30 March 2015, 02:52 PM ET
Here's your chance to name a rocket. United Launch Alliance — the rocket company that launched NASA's New Horizons probe to Pluto — is asking people around the world to help name a new kind of booster.
30 March 2015, 02:40 PM ET
On April 4th, Earth’s shadow on Luna will visible from parts of 3 continents. After midnight on April 22nd, 10 to 20 meteors per hour will rain.
30 March 2015, 02:30 PM ET
Spaceport, LEGO’s latest space shuttle model, launches in August 2015 and includes an awesome Crawler-Carrier for the shuttle, as well as detailed solid rocket boosters and an external tank.
30 March 2015, 12:13 PM ET
In anticipation of the Blu-ray and DVD release of the movie "Interstellar" this week, fans can also enjoy an online text-based game, a website about the scienc of the movie, and a special screening on April 7.
30 March 2015, 07:06 AM ET
You would think the battered moon doesn't need one more crater. But thanks to data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, a massive crater has been found, provisionally named the crater Earhart.
30 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
New Horizons becomes the first probe to explore Pluto in mid-2015.
30 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists are considering further targets for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to visit following its Pluto encounter this summer, should funding be provided.
30 March 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Here's a quick look at the evolution of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which originally envisioned bagging up an entire space rock but will now pluck a boulder from a large asteroid.
30 March 2015, 06:40 AM ET
If an alien planet in a distant solar system were home to microscopic life-forms, how might scientists see them and even decipher their identity? A new catalog of Earth-based life forms may provide a first step.
29 March 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Last week, NASA's Messenger spacecraft executed the first of a series of engine burns designed to lift the probe's orbit slightly and delay its inevitable impact into Mercury's surface by up to a month.
29 March 2015, 10:00 AM ET
A Q&A about the first flight test of NASA's Orion capsule with two of the people responsible for the deep-space vehicle's development.
29 March 2015, 09:51 AM ET
Two spaceflyers blasted off on the first-ever yearlong mission to the International Space Station and NASA announced its plan to haul a boulder from a near-Earth asteroid to lunar orbit. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
28 March 2015, 01:34 PM ET
From the first (contraband) corned beef sandwich in space to astronomy's oldest known 'Nova,' don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 29, 2015.
28 March 2015, 12:23 AM ET
Three new crewmembers just arrived at the International Space Station, and two of them won't be leaving for about one year.
27 March 2015, 05:00 PM ET
With spring underway, the evening sky is in transition. What new stars and constellations will adorn the night sky for the next few months?
27 March 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Astronomers have spotted a fourth star in a planetary system called 30 Ari, bringing the number of such known quadruple-sun systems to two. Numerous two- and three-star planets have been identified.
27 March 2015, 04:20 PM ET
New experiments show that the asteroids that slammed into Earth and the moon more than 4 billion years ago were vaporised into a mist of iron but stayed gravitationally stuck on more massive Earth.
27 March 2015, 03:47 PM ET
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut launched into space Friday to attempt something their two countries have never done together before: a one-year mission on the International Space Station that could help one day send humans to Mars.
27 March 2015, 01:44 PM ET
NASA's Kelly astronaut twins met up for a photo Thursday (March 26), just a day before one of them was scheduled to launch toward the International Space Station on an epic and unprecedented yearlong mission.
27 March 2015, 01:43 PM ET
Preparing to go to space for a year is no walk in the park. But with two years of training behind them, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko did, in fact, visit a park.