Space News Archive
15 September 2014, 09:31 AM ET
As demanded by the US Congress, NASA’s 70-metric-ton payload LEO-launcher, based on legacy designs and contractors, could look like this in its first test flight tentatively scheduled for 2017.
15 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A concept mission that would fire scientific missiles at Mars to search for signs of subsurface life is making technical strides, team members say, but it still needs quite a bit of financial help to get off the ground.
15 September 2014, 06:56 AM ET
The European Space Agency on Monday (Sept. 15) unveiled the target comet landing site for its historic Rosetta mission, which will drop the Philae lander on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November.
15 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
SpaceX continues to make strides with its entry in NASA's commercial crew competition, a seven-passenger capsule called Dragon. The company is planning two big tests of Dragon's launch-abort system, one in November and the other in January.
15 September 2014, 12:00 AM ET
Binoculars are great for all kinds of stargazing, for beginners and seasoned veterans alike. Here are some of the best binoculars for astronomy.
14 September 2014, 10:41 AM ET
Less than a month after saying he'd be "bitterly disappointed" if Virgin Galactic flights don't start by the end of the year, Richard Branson admits that we'll need to wait a little longer.
14 September 2014, 10:38 AM ET
On these late-summer evenings after the sun has set, look low in the south for the classical Archer: the constellation Sagittarius.
14 September 2014, 12:06 AM ET
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13 September 2014, 11:49 AM ET
In preparation of its test flight, the next-generation NASA capsule has been transferred from the Kennedy Space Center's Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility.
13 September 2014, 11:19 AM ET
Chad Blakley (http://lightsoverlapland.com) captured a vibrant display of Northern Lights over Abisko National Park in Sweden on Sept. 12, 2014. They were generated by a KP-7 geomagnetic storm that hit Earth as a result of two coronal mass ejections.
13 September 2014, 10:51 AM ET
From a colorful map of Rosetta Probe's comet target to a video of a trash-filled spaceship's fiery demise, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Sept. 13, 2014.
13 September 2014, 09:48 AM ET
From a brilliant Harvest Moon, to spectacular auroras, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
13 September 2014, 09:30 AM ET
NASA's first Orion space capsule, designed to carry astronauts to deep-space destinations, is ready for fueling ahead of its debut test flight in December.
13 September 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Measat 3b and Optus 10 satellites launched from Kourou, French Guiana, on an Ariane 5 rocket, Sept. 11, 2014.
12 September 2014, 05:48 PM ET
NASA is staunchly defending the science plans for its flagship Mars rover Curiosity in the wake of a recent senior-level review that at times harshly criticized the mission's science operations.
12 September 2014, 01:03 PM ET
Skywatchers on the ground are already catching sight of some amazing looking auroras produced by solar material blown out from the sun during two major eruptions this week.
12 September 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The United States military's high-technology branch is hoping to test out on-orbit satellite servicing in orbit in the next five years.
12 September 2014, 09:41 AM ET
ESA’s Rosetta mission will attempt to to land its Philae lander on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November 2014. ESA recently released their 5 top choices and on September 15th, 2014 they will announce the landing site (and its backup).
12 September 2014, 08:33 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory has driven nearly 5 miles on the surface of the Red Planet and is ready to start the next phase of its mission. Curiosity mission scientist Katie Stack reports.
12 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Talk about "off-Earth roading." The car company Land Rover is partnering with the private spaceflight company Virgin Galactic to send the most adventurous people it can find into space.
12 September 2014, 06:32 AM ET
Two waves of solar material blown out by powerful sun eruptions n this week are hitting the Earth now, and could amplify the aurora displays for observers in northern regions.
12 September 2014, 12:32 AM ET
ALMA and many other telescopes on the ground and in space have been used to obtain the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age, as seen in this spectacular space wallpaper.
11 September 2014, 06:52 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) captured September 10th, 2014's X1.6-class flare and ensuing coronal mass ejection (CME).
11 September 2014, 04:36 PM ET
Powerful solar flares from the sun this week may amplify the northern lights displays over parts of the northern United States through the weekend, space weather scientists say.
11 September 2014, 04:17 PM ET
On Sept. 10, 2014, the sun unleashed a massive X1.6-class solar flare aimed directly at Earth. Take a look at amazing photos of the solar storm and its effects on Earth in this Space.com gallery.
11 September 2014, 03:57 PM ET
After two years of driving and drilling on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has reached its 'far frontier': the base of a giant Martian mountain.
11 September 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Scientists may have solved the mystery behind why giant hot Jupiter planets have such weird orbits. As these giant worlds drew close to their stars, they may force the stars into a chaotic wobble.
11 September 2014, 01:09 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity is heading to the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop (seen above the scale bar). The rover's Mast Camera (Mastcam) imaged the 'Amargosa Valley' as it would appear to humans if placed on Earth.
11 September 2014, 12:54 PM ET
Two communications satellites for operators in Malaysia and Australia are awaiting liftoff Thursday (Sept. 11) aboard an Ariane 5 rocket.
11 September 2014, 12:31 PM ET
Venus does not have a magnetic field and is pounded by solar wind. NASA researchers have found clues that the Sun's magnetic field lines are behind the hole formations.
11 September 2014, 12:12 PM ET
Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency's comet-chasing Rosetta probe's Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
11 September 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Former NASA astronaut Frank Culbertson, who was in space on Sept. 11, 2001, reflects on witnessing the attacks from orbit 13 years later.