Space News Archive
01 October 2015, 09:56 AM ET
Hubble Space Telescope observations of the Neptune-sized planet GJ 436b show that its extremely close host star is boiling the planet’s atmosphere away, leaving an Earth-sized rocky core, much like ‘our’ Neptune.
01 October 2015, 09:32 AM ET
A small team of rocket engineers pledge to construct a 3-stage, 22 ton vehicle to carry ‘your’ images, video and other digital media to the moon. Funders will have open access insight onto every phase of the project’s development.
01 October 2015, 09:09 AM ET
The Moonspike Kickstarter campaign launched today (Oct. 1) to raise $1 million to send a titanium payload crashing into the lunar surface to kick up a plume observable from orbit, its backers say.
01 October 2015, 07:25 AM ET
Director Ridley Scott's epic space movie "The Martian" is spectacular portrayal of an astronaut stranded on Mars with only his wits to survive.'s Dave Brody discusses the film with Scott in our exclusive interview.
01 October 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Scientists are testing a new microphone technology called the remote acoustic sensor (RAS), which is capable of capturing sounds within extreme and often inaccessible aerospace environments.
01 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has chosen five finalists for the next launch opportunity in its Discovery Program, which funds low-cost missions to destinations throughout the solar system. Two of the proposals are focused on Venus, while the other three center on asteroids.
30 September 2015, 06:01 PM ET
See photos and images of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the solar system yet known. Ceres is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will explore Ceres in 2015.
30 September 2015, 05:46 PM ET
In the film "The Martian" (2015), an astronaut played by Matt Damon has to improvise when his crew leaves him behind by accident. Here's a look at what Watney would need to stay alive on Mars.
30 September 2015, 05:20 PM ET
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and other actors in "The Martian" — as well as director Ridley Scott — recently got a chance to ask a few questions of real astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren. Watch the discussion in this new video.
30 September 2015, 05:04 PM ET
Forty-four years ago, the watch David Scott was wearing broke as he was out for a walk. Somehow, the crystal protecting the watch's face popped off. Fortunately, he had another watch to wear. That wouldn't be newsworthy had Scott not been on the moon at t
30 September 2015, 04:11 PM ET
The new maps from NASA's Dawn mission highlight the compositional and topographic differences across Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
30 September 2015, 04:04 PM ET writers Calla Cofield and Sarah Lewin investigate an imperial stout made with yeast flown in space, and preview a few other cosmic-themed brews. Note: employees do not drink on the job, unless it’s for the job.
30 September 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Are you ready for Mars? NASA is working to get the agency ready for a human mission to the Red Planet in a few decades, and is showcasing its personnel and projects online.
30 September 2015, 01:55 PM ET
A new photo book provides a "wide look" at the lunar surface vistas that the Apollo astronauts captured on film 45 years ago. "Apollo: The Panoramas" is now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
30 September 2015, 01:20 PM ET
Ariane Space, operators of the Ariane 5 rocket, were part of this year's annual Best of France event in New York City.
30 September 2015, 01:18 PM ET
The next two weeks provide an excellent opportunity to spot the brightest asteroid visible from Earth, Vesta — one of the best-known objects in the solar system.
30 September 2015, 11:56 AM ET
The dusty-red sphere now called Mars has fascinated stargazers since the dawn of humanity, but Earthlings' view of the planet has changed drastically over the years.
30 September 2015, 11:11 AM ET
Matt Damon, Michael Peña, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Chastain and Ridley Scott ask Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren some questions about life in Space.
30 September 2015, 07:52 AM ET
Matt Damon, star of the new movie "The Martian," has appeared in two other major science fiction movies in the last two years. Could the Hollywood A-lister keep up his science fiction streak?
30 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The upcoming sci-fi film "The Martian" features many real-life technologies being developed to help put boots on the Red Planet, but the sleek spacesuits showcased in the upcoming sci-fi film were invented out of whole cloth.
29 September 2015, 06:00 PM ET
A rover prototype designed to search for water ice at the poles of the moon passed a series of tests on Earth as the mission seeks funding and partnerships.
29 September 2015, 05:44 PM ET
A former Ansari X Prize competitor plans to carry out tests of high-altitude drones and suborbital rockets at New Mexico’s Spaceport America.
29 September 2015, 02:31 PM ET
The Google Doodle for today (Sept. 29) features an adorable custom video that celebrates the recent discovery of liquid water on the surface of Mars.
29 September 2015, 02:15 PM ET
Family members of the late Leonard Nimoy — Spock, to millions of "Star Trek" fans — are trying to raise half a million dollars for a documentary about the disease that claimed his life.
29 September 2015, 01:50 PM ET
The twitter account for the upcoming movie "The Martian," due out this Friday (Oct. 2) released a very special video following NASA's announcement of liquid finding water on the surface of Mars.
29 September 2015, 01:30 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons has been squirting its recorded data (to antennas of the Deep Space Network) since the probe’s high speed flyby on 14 July 2015. Features as small as 270 yards (250 meters) across can now be discerned.
29 September 2015, 09:30 AM ET
On the halfway point of his year-long mission in space, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly captured this stunning image of the United States early in the morning.
29 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Without giving away too many spoilers about "The Martian," there's a scene in the book (and upcoming movie) in which a dust storm causes damage and knocks an astronaut over. Could that actually happen on the Red Planet?
29 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Unusual ripples in Saturn's rings are revealing the mysterious inner workings of the great gas giant.
29 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A strong solar flare took out low-frequency radio communications over South America and the Atlantic Ocean earlier today (Sept. 28), and the unstable sunspot is likely to erupt again.
29 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The discovery boosts the chances that life may exist today on or near the Martian surface, researchers said. And it makes the outlook for putting boots on the Red Planet, which NASA hopes to do by the end of the 2030s, a bit rosier as well.
28 September 2015, 04:19 PM ET
Scientists have found liquid water on Mars — does it mean life can exist there, too?