Space News Archive
02 August 2014, 09:01 AM ET
Stargazers looking to the sky in August will have a planetary smorgasbord at their disposal. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus all get their time to shine this month.
02 August 2014, 08:52 AM ET
The United States Air Force launched a new, advanced GPS satellite into orbit today (Aug. 1) from Florida.
01 August 2014, 09:42 PM ET
The art of Jon Lomberg spans decades — and light years.
01 August 2014, 03:59 PM ET
Researchers have found that a "quantum vacuum plasma thruster" system, which requires no propellant, does indeed generate a small amount of thrust. If the technology pans out, it could greatly reduce the cost of spaceflight.
01 August 2014, 03:33 PM ET
Skywatching enthusiasts should be able to see many amazing celestial objects under a clear, dark summer sky.
01 August 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Starting over Bangkok and flying over Hanoi, the Hainan Islands, Hong Kong and more, these spectacular nighttime views of the major Asia cities were captured from the ISS. With the exception of Pyongong, most of North Korea is dark.
01 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
NASA's MESSENGER mission flew over Mercury's north pole on June 8th, 2013 on its way around the planet at an altitude of 71-102 miles. The surface that can reach 800°F.
01 August 2014, 02:34 PM ET
The mission of the "Interstellar" spaceship Endurance is clear — space exploration — at least based on its newly-revealed mission patch.
01 August 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The United States Air Force will loft a new, advanced GPS satellite into orbit tonight (Aug. 1), and you can watch the launch live online.
01 August 2014, 12:47 PM ET
Most people know that the moon orbits the Earth once a month, but they typically have no visual confirmation of this motion. Over the next week, skywatchers have the chance to see moon's motion with their own eyes.
01 August 2014, 07:36 AM ET
At an upcoming space memorabilia auction, among the astronaut autographs, spacecraft parts and mission patches, is a 45-year-old press kit from the first lunar landing. It isn't the sale's star lot, but what it teaches about 'Marketing the Moon' may be it
01 August 2014, 07:33 AM ET
NASA's next Mars rover could help humans get a foothold on the Red Planet.
01 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The 2014 Perseid meteor shower — a usually spectacular celestial showcase — might be washed out by the light of a nearly full moon rising at the same time as the shower's peak in August.
01 August 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in July 2014.
31 July 2014, 03:24 PM ET
NASA's Mars 2020 mission will send a car-size rover to the Red Planet to collect samples. See how the Mars 2020 rover will work in this Space.com infographic.
31 July 2014, 03:05 PM ET
In a surprising find, astronomers discovered a faraway galaxy that doubles as a cosmic "magnifying glass." At 9.6 billion light-years away, it could be the most distant such object known to science, NASA announced.
31 July 2014, 02:54 PM ET
The constellation of Cygnus flies high in the night sky with a multitude of targets. The brightest star, Altair, in the Aquila constellation is one of the 3 stars that make the Summer Triangle.
31 July 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Mars and Saturn get together with the crescent moon for a planetary 3-way on August 31st and Venus and Jupiter get together on August 18th. The Perseids Meteor Shower peaks on Aug 11-13.
31 July 2014, 02:41 PM ET
See photos and images of NASA's next Mars rover, a 1-ton robot launching toward the Red Planet in 2020.
31 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, may erupt from star explosions known as novas surprisingly often, but the way these gamma rays remains a mystery, scientists say
31 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Light from a radioactive metal forged inside a supernova blast could prompt a rethink of how some star explosions occur. See the latest discovery from the supernova SN 2014J.
31 July 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA's next big Mars rover launching in 2020 will be packed to the brim with high-tech instruments, including twin lasers, a water-hunting radar and a new drill to collect samples of Mars. See the seven science instruments on NASA's Mars rover 2020.
31 July 2014, 11:51 AM ET
The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope detected a flash-blast emanating from white dwarf star V407 Cyg as the stellar wind of its red giant companion impinges, like spraying lighter fluid at a raging fire.
31 July 2014, 09:07 AM ET
Astrophotographer Jon Secord took this image from Pemaquid Lighthouse in Pemaquid, Maine on June 21.
31 July 2014, 07:35 AM ET
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission (MAVEN) is closing in on the Red Planet. At the same time, an interloper, comet Siding Spring, is also approaching.
30 July 2014, 07:29 PM ET
Space agency officials will reveal the science gear they've chosen for the rover, which will launch toward the Red Planet in 2020, on Thursday at 12 p.m. EDT. You can watch the announcement live here at Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
30 July 2014, 06:08 PM ET
A new trailer for the movie "Interstellar" hit the Internet today, revealing more about the film's largely unknown plot.
30 July 2014, 04:33 PM ET
Images taken by a European probe en route to link up with a comet, have revealed a striking feature of the target comet coming into view.
30 July 2014, 02:56 PM ET
Europe's line of space freighters is going out with a (big) bang. Named “Georges Lemaître” after the Belgian priest and astronomer who proposed what became the Big Bang theory, the European Space Agency's fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle has lau
30 July 2014, 01:54 PM ET
Earth and Moon in the Hadean epoch were pummeled by large impacts letting magma flow out. But, at the same time, some parts of Earth’s surface could have retained liquid water, allowing pre-biotic compounds to form; perhaps even life itself.
30 July 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Cosmic bombardment of the early Earth repeatedly covered the planet's surface with molten rock during its earliest days, but still may have left oases of water that could have supported the evolution of life, scientists say.
30 July 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Some of the oddly skewed orbits of many alien worlds may be due to the twin stars they are often found circling, a new study suggests.