Space News Archive
15 October 2015, 12:13 PM ET
NASA's Kepler space telescope has detected something weird orbiting a nearby star — is it evidence of an alien civilization? Or is it just a clump of comets?
15 October 2015, 07:51 AM ET
"The Martian" captures the humor and culture of real scientists, breaks stereotypes and avoids two of the most common missteps of space-related cinema.
15 October 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Astronomer Geoff Marcy has resigned from the University of California, Berkeley after community outcry over an investigation that found he had violated campus sexual harassment policies.
15 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Astronomers have developed some clever methods of detecting tiny planets orbiting distant stars.
15 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On Oct. 6, 1995, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of Switzerland's Geneva Observatory announced the discovery of 51 Pegasi b, the first alien planet ever found around a sunlike star.
14 October 2015, 04:55 PM ET
Sometimes a whole bunch of different sky events happen over a very short period, giving skywatchers a chance to witness many unusual events in a few days. The next week or two is a case in point, with Uranus, Mercury, Jupiter and Mars are making notable a
14 October 2015, 04:11 PM ET
China is soliciting international participation in its future manned space station in the form of foreign modules that would attach to the three-module core system, visits by foreign crew-transport vehicles for short stays and the involvement of non-Chine
14 October 2015, 03:45 PM ET
It's a virtual certainty that comets have delivered the building blocks of life to Europa's hidden ocean, according to a new study.
14 October 2015, 03:43 PM ET
The enormous, inky smudges of the Coalsack nebula blot out a patch of the brilliant Milky Way in a new image from the European Southern Observatory — but someday, that murky realm will burst into light.
14 October 2015, 03:13 PM ET
The new OPAL program allowed the Hubble Space Telescope to capture breathtaking images of Jupiter, revealing the slowdown in the shrinkage of its Great Red Spot and a rare feature that hasn't been spotted for decades.
14 October 2015, 03:04 PM ET
NASA's Launch Services Program has awarded a total of $17.1 million to three companies to launch bantam spacecraft — which to date have generally had to hitch rides as secondary payloads — to low Earth orbit.
14 October 2015, 01:14 PM ET
Jupiter's Great Red Spot — the most powerful storm in the solar system — is at its smallest observed size yet, and scientists aren't sure why.
14 October 2015, 01:13 PM ET
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spent a decade studying Saturn and its family of moons. With the mission set to end in 2017, the probe has been busy gathering as much data as possible. But starting today (Oct. 14), Cassini begins to wrap up its time at Satu
14 October 2015, 11:48 AM ET
14 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
An exciting new book, to be published this week, encourages students to think creatively when deciding to be astronauts.
14 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The most jaw-dropping photos captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its July Pluto flyby depict the dwarf planet or its largest moon, Charon. But newly released images suggest that Pluto's four tiny moons are plenty interesting, too.
14 October 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A once-bright cloud of electrons is being shocked back to life by a collision between two galaxy clusters.
13 October 2015, 05:54 PM ET
13 October 2015, 04:51 PM ET
The shape of pebbles photographed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity suggests these rocks rolled along in streams for dozens of miles billions of years ago.
13 October 2015, 03:17 PM ET
"Doctor Who" fans know that size doesn't really matter — after all, the time machine used in that show is bigger inside than it is on the outside. It's a perfect fit for a new Doctor Who Lego set, which will be released in December.
13 October 2015, 01:42 PM ET
You don't have to wait for December to get your "Star Wars" fix — Season 2 of Disney XD's "Star Wars Rebels" premieres tomorrow!
13 October 2015, 11:30 AM ET
Geoff Marcy, a leader in the field of exoplanet science, has been found to have violated the University of California, Berkeley's sexual harassment policy, leading to a public discussion about harassment in astronomy and academia.
13 October 2015, 07:45 AM ET
A newly released photo provides a great look at Mars' seldom-seen South Pole. The swirling white dot toward the bottom of the photo, which was taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, is the Red Planet’s south polar ice cap.
13 October 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Researchers have created the first ultrathin, flat lens able to focus light just as well as its curved counterparts. The new tech could allow more-compact and robust cameras and microscopes to be built.
13 October 2015, 07:33 AM ET
Researchers have created a "habitability index" that allows them to rank alien worlds in terms of their life-hosting potential. The metric could help guide the operations of future observatories that will scan exoplanet atmospheres for signs of life.
12 October 2015, 10:11 PM ET
"Doctor Who" fans know how important it is to take bananas to a party, and the value of coincidence. And of course, while you're around weeping angels, don't you dare blink.
12 October 2015, 06:00 PM ET
A three-hour drive provided an amazing shot of a golden meteor shower for astrophotographer Tomas Milan.
12 October 2015, 05:50 PM ET
Astrophotographer Matt Smith captured this image of the Milky Way near Batesville in South Texas on May 25. See how he captured the photo here.
12 October 2015, 04:52 PM ET
Uhura flies again: Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols had the chance last month to ride aboard NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a telescope-bearing Boeing 747 airplane.
12 October 2015, 04:00 PM ET
The company expects to complete its final report on the June 28 failure within a month, but does not yet have a firm timetable for resuming flights.
12 October 2015, 03:43 PM ET
Students participated in a digital learning network at Kennedy Space Center with NASA scientists, astronauts and cast members from the film "The Martian."
12 October 2015, 08:00 AM ET
All stars, from young proto-stars to supermassive black holes flicker. That flickering light can be translated into audio waves. Simone Scaringi created sound files that mimics what star accretion might sound like.