Space News Archive
09 January 2015, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire space entrepreneur Elon Musk of SpaceX says he will unveil his plan for a Mars Colonial Transport, spacesuits and more by the end of 2015. Get a glimpse of what Musk envisions for the Red Planet.
09 January 2015, 10:44 AM ET
NASA's CATS instrument — which is set to launch toward the orbiting lab early Saturday aboard SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule — will track clouds and tiny particles of dust, smoke and pollution in Earth's atmosphere that influence climate.
09 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the company's unmanned Dragon capsule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday; forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of good weather.
09 January 2015, 10:16 AM ET
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09 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Intriguing features photographed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity probably don't have a biological origin, mission team members say.
08 January 2015, 03:43 PM ET
The hard-to-spot planet Mercury can be found near Venus just after sunset this week, offering a great chance to see the closest planet to sun. Here's how to see Mercury and Venus together in January's night sky.
08 January 2015, 02:01 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new viewof the Andromeda Galaxy. The new mosaic image represents the sharpest and largest mosaic image of the Milky Way's galactic neighbor ever taken, Hubble officials said.
08 January 2015, 01:50 PM ET
Travel to distant alien worlds with two suns, red grass and strong gravity in three retro exoplanet posters produced by an artist working with NASA.
08 January 2015, 01:42 PM ET
Stephen Hawking celebrates his 73rd birthday today.
08 January 2015, 01:37 PM ET
The nearby protoplanetary system HD142527 shows shadows from inclined material which may be shepherded by a planet in a highly angled orbit.
08 January 2015, 11:00 AM ET
After pointing the Allen Telescope Array at a newly-found exoplanet discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, SETI reports there is no transmitting alien civilization. But the search continues.
08 January 2015, 07:05 AM ET
Sierra Nevada Corporation, which is building Dream Chaser, recently checked off a propulsion-system milestone laid out in the company's last commercial-crew contract with NASA, which was signed in 2012.
08 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Just a year after opening its eyes, the Gemini Planet Imager has already detected unexpected differences between two sister exoplanets and helped characterize the ring of dust and rocky bodies surrounding a young star.
08 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum invites the public to stroll through half a century of spacewalks. "Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity" presents artifacts that relate the continuing story of EVA.
07 January 2015, 05:11 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule are now scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday. You can watch the launch live here on Space.com, beginning at 3:30 a.m. EST.
07 January 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Newly announced discoveries by NASA's Kepler space telescope suggest that the first true alien Earth may not elude planet hunters for much longer.
07 January 2015, 03:12 PM ET
Skywatchers have a chance to spot the bright planet Jupiter and the moon sparkling brightly in the sky tonight, weather permitting, but only if you know when and where to look.
07 January 2015, 02:50 PM ET
7500 light-years away, Eta Carinae's pair of ‘superstars’ (30 and 90 solar masses) outshine our Sun more than 6 million times over, whipping up a frenzy of stellar winds.
07 January 2015, 02:38 PM ET
The bright green Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2 is shining at its best this week as it passes through the constellation Eridanus, the Heavenly River. Here's how to see it.
07 January 2015, 11:47 AM ET
The GAO rejected a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp. of commercial crew development contracts NASA awarded in September to two other companies.
07 January 2015, 11:23 AM ET
SpaceX has passed NASA's "certification baseline review," which required the California-based company to outline exactly how it plans to ferry crews to and from the orbiting lab using Dragon and its Falcon 9 rocket.
07 January 2015, 11:20 AM ET
The Higgs boson, the so-called 'God particle,' could have destroyed the universe shortly after the Big Bang, but the force of gravity saved the cosmos, scientists say.
07 January 2015, 11:12 AM ET
A careful study of images taken by the NASA rover Curiosity has revealed intriguing similarities between ancient sedimentary rocks on Mars and structures shaped by microbes on Earth. The findings suggest, but do not prove, that life may have existed ear
07 January 2015, 07:13 AM ET
A telescope in Chile has captured a striking 'dark nebula' acting as a cosmic shroud to hide hundreds of baby stars from view about 700 light-years from Earth. See the images and video.
07 January 2015, 07:11 AM ET
The moon harbors lots of potentially valuable raw materials, but it's hard to pinpoint one that will drive an entire extractive industry, experts say.
07 January 2015, 07:10 AM ET
The Lynds Dark Nebula 483 (LDN 483), located 700 light-years away in the constellation Serpens, blocks hundreds of background stars from the view of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile.
06 January 2015, 05:52 PM ET
Ashwin Vasavada, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, has succeeded John Grotzinger as Curiosity project scientist, agency officials announced Monday (Jan. 5).
06 January 2015, 05:09 PM ET
A European lander currently hibernating on a comet, did not successfully sample the icy body using a drill after the probe made its historic comet landing in November.
06 January 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Eight newfound alien planets appear to orbit in their parent stars' habitable zone — that just-right range of distances that may allow liquid water to exist on a world's surface — and all of them are relatively small, researchers said.
06 January 2015, 02:00 PM ET
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope has discovered its 1,000th alien planet, further cementing the mission's status as a space-science legend. Kepler has found more than half of all known exoplanets to date, and the numbers will keep rolling in.
06 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
A tiny, self-contained greenhouse has been selected to fly on the robotic lander that Red Planet colonization effort Mars One intends to launch in 2018, group representatives announced today (Jan. 5).