Space News Archive
07 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
A new satellite map shows where lightning flashes most often on Earth.
07 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
As the European Rosetta spacecraft continues to explore Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it gradually gets closer to the sun, it's having to deal with some very inclement orbital weather.
07 April 2015, 08:01 AM ET
When it comes to the search for life beyond Earth, the mantra is always 'follow the water.' But could an environment without H2O give rise to life in a different form? Scientists now say it's theoretically possible.
07 April 2015, 08:00 AM ET
For the first time, scientists have broken through the icy crust of a glacier and extracted an uncontaminated sample of water that has been trapped beneath the ice for millions of years.
07 April 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took the image Loon Island Lighthouse on Lake Sunapee in Sunapee, New Hampshire on Feb. 28, 2015.
07 April 2015, 07:01 AM ET
A new study sheds light on how exoplanets in tightly-packed solar systems interact with each other gravitationally by affecting one another's climates and their abilities to support alien life.
07 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The deadline for the "Our Pluto" naming campaign — a collaboration involving NASA, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute — has been extended to April 24.
06 April 2015, 03:57 PM ET
NASA's iconic Apollo moon landing mission patches come to life in a new video created by a professional animator. Cincinnati-based artist Neil Smith revealed his versions of the historic emblems in an animated clip posted to YouTube and Vimeo
06 April 2015, 03:14 PM ET
A fan's yearlong mission to gain support for his LEGO version of the International Space Station is complete. Christoph Ruge's model of the orbiting outpost recorded its 10,000th vote after being posted to the LEGO Ideas website more than a year ago.
06 April 2015, 02:30 PM ET
Crewmembers aboard the International Space Station have assisted in picking spots on Mars for investigation by the Opportunity robot now wheeling about on that distant world.
06 April 2015, 02:22 PM ET
Thanks to instruments on board NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft, which will fly by Pluto this summer, scientists are able to get an unprecedented look at the space weather near the dwarf planet.
06 April 2015, 10:16 AM ET
On April 4th, 2015, some skywatchers were treated to to a total lunar eclipse, which was the shortest 'Blood Moon' this century. The Griffith Observatory in California captured the event.
06 April 2015, 10:00 AM ET
An array of celestial flowers is blooming in this amazing panorama by sky photographer Terry Hancock.
06 April 2015, 08:00 AM ET
A company called Tethers Unlimited is developing an in-space manufacturing system called "SpiderFab," which would use arachnidlike robots to put together large objects in orbit or beyond.
06 April 2015, 07:35 AM ET
A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York highlights extreme examples of life on Earth, and what they may tell us about life elsewhere in the universe.
06 April 2015, 07:01 AM ET
A Japanese spacecraft will get a second chance to orbit Venus this December, five years after zooming past the planet on its first attempt. The Akatsuki probe will try again on Dec. 7.
05 April 2015, 10:15 AM ET
What were our favorite stories of the week? This week had something for every kind of space fan. Find out our favorite stories of the past seven days below:
04 April 2015, 06:25 PM ET
From strange 'Hollows' on Mercury to eerie green space clouds, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 4, 2015.
04 April 2015, 11:10 AM ET
A total lunar eclipse on April 4, 2015 created a stunning 'blood moon' effect, turning the moon red during the shortest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. See the photos here.
04 April 2015, 11:01 AM ET
A new image-processing technique is bringing Saturn's largest moon, Titan, into clearer view than ever before.
04 April 2015, 11:00 AM ET
On April 4, 2015, the moon will pass through Earth's shadow in a total lunar eclipse. Learn how to watch the total lunar eclipse with the skywatching guide images in this gallery.
03 April 2015, 04:20 PM ET
Don't forget to look skyward in the early hours of the morning tomorrow (April 4), to catch a glimpse of the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century, and the third of a four-eclipse "tetrad" visible from the United States.
03 April 2015, 02:58 PM ET
Actor John Travolta will lead a celebration of the first manned moon landing this summer, joining with astronaut Buzz Aldrin to launch a new education initiative. Travolta will host the gala for Aldrin's ShareSpace Foundation at the Kennedy Space Center i
03 April 2015, 01:31 PM ET
A massive protostar connects young stars that have spherical winds to those that push through extended columns.
03 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Find out what's up in your night sky during May 2015 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
03 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The fourth-annual International Space Apps Challenge takes place worldwide April 10 to 12, and calls on citizen scientists to come up with creative ways to use data to solve global problems.
03 April 2015, 09:33 AM ET
NASA Space Launch System first flight, names Exploration Mission-1, will not carry humans but will carry the Orion Spacecraft on a swing around the Moon.
03 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers shipped eight colonies of ants to the International Space Station to study their search behavior in microgravity.
03 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed a number of gas clouds that glow a ghostly green, thanks to radiation blasted out by superpowerful quasars. See the photos in this Hubble photo gallery.
03 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The eight objects betray the past presence of quasars, the most luminous objects in the universe, whose powerful beams of radiation lend the clouds their ethereal glow, researchers said.
03 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists are still trying to understand what causes Mars' myriad dark streaks, and what these features might mean for the possible existence of Red Planet life.
03 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Here's how to see the total lunar eclipse early Saturday morning. The farther west one goes in North America, the better the view, because "moonset" will be approaching as the eclipse begins.