Space News Archive
16 June 2014, 11:45 AM ET
Earth's gravitational pull is so powerful that it creates a small bulge on the surface of the moon. For the first time, scientists have observed this bump from orbit, using NASA satellites.
16 June 2014, 11:24 AM ET
The International Space Station is getting a critical upgrade: its first coffee machine. The "ISSpresso," a capsule-based espresso machine, will enable astronauts to brew the hot caffeinated beverage as an alternative to instant coffee.
16 June 2014, 07:30 AM ET
The blood flow in the human body changes in microgravity, fluids shift away from legs and up towards the head. This ncreases cranial pressure and causes optic nerve compression, flattening of the back of the eyeball and optic disc swelling.
16 June 2014, 07:26 AM ET
A NASA spacecraft arriving in the Pluto system next year could help scientists figure out if the dwarf planet's largest moon Charon might have once harbored a subsurface ocean of liquid water.
16 June 2014, 07:15 AM ET
Samples scooped from the Martian atmosphere could provide scientists with their first hands-on experience with the red planet.
15 June 2014, 07:48 AM ET
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory captured this new image of the galaxy Messier 51 using X-rays.
14 June 2014, 11:03 AM ET
From "The Beast" asteroid to a "World Cup" in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 14, 2014.
14 June 2014, 10:39 AM ET
From a spooky "Honey" moon to the Milky Way over New Zealand, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
13 June 2014, 05:58 PM ET
It has been one year since the launch of the "The Astronaut Wives Club," and Lily Koppel is back in orbit.
13 June 2014, 05:40 PM ET
Lily Koppel is a best-selling author and journalist. She first hit the bestseller's list with "The Red Leather Diary," and her newest book, "The Astronaut Wives Club" (Grand Central Publishing, 2014 in paperback), is also a hit.
13 June 2014, 03:15 PM ET
It will be a couple of extra weeks before a private group controlling a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft can maneuver it to a better orbit to talk with Earth, its co-leader told Space.com today (June 13).
13 June 2014, 11:59 AM ET
After "Star Trek: The Next Generation" ended 20 years ago, producer Ron Moore got a phone call from Mike Okuda, who worked in the art department on the iconic show. Some props were being thrown out. Did Moore want them?
13 June 2014, 11:31 AM ET
Astronomers using a giant radio telescope to investigate the most violent explosions in the universe, known as gamma-ray bursts, found something surprising in two distant galaxies: more dust and less gas than they expected.
13 June 2014, 09:16 AM ET
NASA researchers bounced radio signals off the huge near-Earth asteroid 2014 HQ124, nicknamed "The Beast" by some, as it whizzed by Earth just weeks after it was discovered.
13 June 2014, 07:20 AM ET
This month's full moon is set to fall on the 13th, a rare occurrence that won't happen again for 35 years.
13 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Virgin Galactic is reporting progress on creating the world's first commercial spaceline. But fitting all the elements together to handle high-velocity suborbital space travel has proved slow-going.
13 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The agency's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite is in final preparations for its July 1 liftoff. The OCO-2 mission is designed to provide a comprehensive global look at atmospheric levels of the heat-trapping greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.
12 June 2014, 05:15 PM ET
Heat shining from the young Earth could help solve the more than 50-year-old mystery of why the far side of the moon, which faces away from Earth, lacks the dark, vast expanses of volcanic rock that define the face of the Man in the Moon as seen from Ea
12 June 2014, 04:51 PM ET
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will collect hundreds of thousands of measurements each day as it flies over Earth. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/tK51Ny
12 June 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The space agency was forced to scrub six launch attempts of the Mars landing technology over the past two weeks as a result of unusually poor wind conditions at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii.
12 June 2014, 03:42 PM ET
A series of trials at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama has verified that the 3D printer developed by California-based startup Made in Space meets all the requirements for use aboard the orbiting lab, officials announced today.
12 June 2014, 03:22 PM ET
Commercial space race frontrunner SpaceX brought its new manned Dragon capsule to the Washington, D.C. this week to showcase the futuristic spaceship.
12 June 2014, 01:50 PM ET
The Dream Chaser space plane will see some more airtime later this year. Representatives of Sierra Nevada Corp., the company developing Dream Chaser, are planning to launch the space shuttle-like vehicle to space in November 2016.
12 June 2014, 12:57 PM ET
World Cup soccer excitement has launched into space. Three astronauts in orbit are getting into the World Cup spirit on the International Space Station.
12 June 2014, 12:34 PM ET
The ~1200 foot-wide space rock (2014 HQ124) was imaged by the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California and two other telescopes. -- What Would Happen If It Hit Earth: http://goo.gl/QGr66D
12 June 2014, 10:00 AM ET
NASA's vintage International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft, ISEE-3, is responding to hails from a private team hoping to revive the probe for new deep-space adventures.
12 June 2014, 07:25 AM ET
Space fans can give their dads a little piece of outer space with two off-world gifts this Father's Day (June 15).
12 June 2014, 07:21 AM ET
Friday the 13th coincides with a full moon, yet not every place will qualify for that particular astronomical oddity. In fact, some stargazers will see the full moon tonight (June 12), and you can too in a free live webcast.
11 June 2014, 05:07 PM ET
In anticipation of the World Cup, which the crew of the ISS will be watching, United States astronauts Reid Wiseman, Steve Swanson and German astronaut Alexander Gerst show off their 'futbol' moves in microgravity. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/cNMpOU
11 June 2014, 04:47 PM ET
The resulting debris from a collision of galaxies is expelled through tidal tails. Tidal dwarf galaxies are born out of the debris. Credit: Observatoire de Paris / GEPI / François Hammer et al.
11 June 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Astrophotographer Terry Hancock took this image as part of his mosaic of the Gamma Cygni region from his backyard observatory in Fremont, Michigan on May 29, 2014.
11 June 2014, 03:47 PM ET
Astrophotographer Brian Drourr took this image on June 8, 2014 from Champlain Valley, Vermont. See how he captured the aurora view here.