Space News Archive
20 May 2015, 11:14 AM ET
The Air Force space plane launched atop an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. AFSPC-5 mission payloads include the Orbital Test Vehicle 4 (OTV-4) and 10 cubesats.
20 May 2015, 10:33 AM ET
Jupiter's rapidly moving moons constantly surprise us with their dance around the giant planet. There will be two spectacular shadow plays this week.
20 May 2015, 09:03 AM ET
The region is "surrounded by diffuse emission and dark nebulae," says astrophotographer Terry Hancock (downunderobservatory.com). It is ~1600 light years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation.
20 May 2015, 06:30 AM ET
A giant alien planet is seemingly too big for its cool dwarf star, raising questions about how it could possibly have formed. Further investigation of this odd exoplanet could help scientists understand how planets form, researchers said.
20 May 2015, 06:20 AM ET
Hubble launched on April 24, 1990 and was deployed a day later. The telescope opened its eyes for the first time after a nearly monthlong checkout process, capturing an image of several stars with its Wide Field/Planetary Camera on May 20, 1990.
19 May 2015, 05:43 PM ET
The Southern Cross has long been a celestial landmark for explorers and travelers to the lands below the equator. You can see the famous constellation now, but you must go farther south than 25 degrees north latitude.
19 May 2015, 05:13 PM ET
Now is a great time to see Saturn, perhaps the most gorgeous planet in the night sky. The ringed planet is visible pretty much all night long.
19 May 2015, 01:03 PM ET
The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope captured the finest view to date of Sharpless 2-274, a ‘retired’ star about 1500 light-yearts from Earth in the Gemini constellation.
19 May 2015, 11:18 AM ET
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The United States Air Force's X-37B robotic space plane is scheduled to launch on its fourth mission this Wednesday (May 20). Just what it will be doing, and for how long, is a mystery.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Planetary Society's LightSail craft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission Wednesday. LightSail aims to advance solar sailing technology.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is considering allowing a team of researchers, teachers, artists and engineers to upload an interstellar message to the agency's New Horizons spacecraft, which will perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14.
18 May 2015, 05:48 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's AFSPC-5 mission is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. It will blast off from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
18 May 2015, 05:28 PM ET
Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Hous
18 May 2015, 05:16 PM ET
Disney's new live-action feature film showcases a retro future inspired by the area of their amusement parks called, "Tomorrowland."
18 May 2015, 04:24 PM ET
An innovative concept for tiny probes attached to gliders could one day allow small robots to explore intricate locales on Mars that probes never could reach before, scientists say.
18 May 2015, 03:03 PM ET
A Proton rocket carrying the Mexsat-1 satellite for the Mexican government crashed shortly after blasting off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday. An anomaly with the Proton's third-stage engine was detected shortly after liftoff.
18 May 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Three boulders balancing like ballerinas have been spotted on the surface of a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Only a small area on the surface of each rock is touching the ground, similar to "balancing rocks" seen on Earth.
18 May 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Smoke fills the cabin of a Star City Soyuz simulator and ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov are forced to work through their contingency plans.
18 May 2015, 07:40 AM ET
A House appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill May 14 that fully funds the Obama administration's overall request for NASA, but cuts commercial crew and space technology funds, adding it to planetary science and SLS.
18 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA and the European Space Agency are working together on a mission that would test out asteroid-deflection technologies. The Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment aims to slam a robotic probe into a space rock in 2022.
18 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Boeing has begun testing components of the CST-100 crew capsule's 'pusher abort system' at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.
17 May 2015, 10:33 AM ET
A Russian cargo craft may have failed due to a problem with the rocket that launched it into space, and an astronaut explains how to "go" in space. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
17 May 2015, 09:17 AM ET
From the coast of Japan to a dragon selfie, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2015.
17 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch Wednesday (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, kicking off the vehicle's fourth mission.
15 May 2015, 11:38 PM ET
On May 14th, 2015, exactly two months before the fly-by of Pluto is expected, mission scientists gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC to speak to a crowd of school kids and museum patrons about the historic event.
15 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
If you've been a fan of NASA's website for more than a decade, you can thank an unlikely space geek: actor Tom Cruise.
15 May 2015, 04:15 PM ET
By tracking the phases of six exoplanets, astronomers have tracked their daily weather cycles for the first time.
15 May 2015, 12:45 PM ET
The neutron star SGR 1745-2900 near the Milky Way's supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* is not slowing down its X-ray output as expected. Data from Chandra's X-ray Observatory show a slow decline in X-ray brightness and high temperature surfaces.
15 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Settling Mars could help humanity escape and mitigate the problems our species is facing here on Earth, several science-fiction authors said.
15 May 2015, 10:50 AM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope was used to study 3000 white dwarf stars in Milky Way star cluster 47 Tucanae. The white dwarfs are migrating outward from the center of the cluster, which is home to hundreds of thousands of stars.
15 May 2015, 10:30 AM ET
The House Science Committee approved four bills on commercial space topics during a lengthy markup session May 13 marked by partisan divides on a number of issues.