Space News Archive
30 March 2015, 02:52 PM ET
Here's your chance to name a rocket. United Launch Alliance — the rocket company that launched NASA's New Horizons probe to Pluto — is asking people around the world to help name a new kind of booster.
30 March 2015, 02:40 PM ET
On April 4th, Earth’s shadow on Luna will visible from parts of 3 continents. After midnight on April 22nd, 10 to 20 meteors per hour will rain.
30 March 2015, 02:30 PM ET
Spaceport, LEGO’s latest space shuttle model, launches in August 2015 and includes an awesome Crawler-Carrier for the shuttle, as well as detailed solid rocket boosters and an external tank.
30 March 2015, 12:13 PM ET
In anticipation of the Blu-ray and DVD release of the movie "Interstellar" this week, fans can also enjoy an online text-based game, a website about the scienc of the movie, and a special screening on April 7.
30 March 2015, 07:06 AM ET
You would think the battered moon doesn't need one more crater. But thanks to data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, a massive crater has been found, provisionally named the crater Earhart.
30 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
New Horizons becomes the first probe to explore Pluto in mid-2015.
30 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists are considering further targets for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to visit following its Pluto encounter this summer, should funding be provided.
30 March 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Here's a quick look at the evolution of NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which originally envisioned bagging up an entire space rock but will now pluck a boulder from a large asteroid.
30 March 2015, 06:40 AM ET
If an alien planet in a distant solar system were home to microscopic life-forms, how might scientists see them and even decipher their identity? A new catalog of Earth-based life forms may provide a first step.
29 March 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Last week, NASA's Messenger spacecraft executed the first of a series of engine burns designed to lift the probe's orbit slightly and delay its inevitable impact into Mercury's surface by up to a month.
29 March 2015, 10:00 AM ET
A Q&A about the first flight test of NASA's Orion capsule with two of the people responsible for the deep-space vehicle's development.
29 March 2015, 09:51 AM ET
Two spaceflyers blasted off on the first-ever yearlong mission to the International Space Station and NASA announced its plan to haul a boulder from a near-Earth asteroid to lunar orbit. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
28 March 2015, 01:34 PM ET
From the first (contraband) corned beef sandwich in space to astronomy's oldest known 'Nova,' don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 29, 2015.
28 March 2015, 12:23 AM ET
Three new crewmembers just arrived at the International Space Station, and two of them won't be leaving for about one year.
27 March 2015, 05:00 PM ET
With spring underway, the evening sky is in transition. What new stars and constellations will adorn the night sky for the next few months?
27 March 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Astronomers have spotted a fourth star in a planetary system called 30 Ari, bringing the number of such known quadruple-sun systems to two. Numerous two- and three-star planets have been identified.
27 March 2015, 04:20 PM ET
New experiments show that the asteroids that slammed into Earth and the moon more than 4 billion years ago were vaporised into a mist of iron but stayed gravitationally stuck on more massive Earth.
27 March 2015, 03:47 PM ET
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut launched into space Friday to attempt something their two countries have never done together before: a one-year mission on the International Space Station that could help one day send humans to Mars.
27 March 2015, 01:44 PM ET
NASA's Kelly astronaut twins met up for a photo Thursday (March 26), just a day before one of them was scheduled to launch toward the International Space Station on an epic and unprecedented yearlong mission.
27 March 2015, 01:43 PM ET
Preparing to go to space for a year is no walk in the park. But with two years of training behind them, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko did, in fact, visit a park.
27 March 2015, 12:13 PM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko are scheduled to begin their unprecedented one-year mission to the International Space Station on Friday (March 27).
27 March 2015, 10:37 AM ET
NASA Chief Charles Bolden the 1-year mission of astronaut Scott Kelly advances the US's space goals.
27 March 2015, 08:01 AM ET
An astronaut "smart shirt" -- one that could someday beam biometric information back to ground controllers to keep an eye on the spacefarer's health – is now on a space mission of sorts.
27 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Despite a forward-looking and overall healthy NASA planetary science program budget, two on-duty spacecraft are now on the chopping block.
27 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
NASA's newest Mars probe recently made a risky dive into the Red Planet's upper atmosphere to learn more about how the planet's climate changed over time.
27 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
A three-person crew will blast off to the International Space Station today (March 27), and two of them won't be coming back to Earth for a full year. You can watch live online as the yearlong mission begins.
27 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts today typically spend 6 months in orbit, and a yearlong mission is underway, but Mars missions would take years.
27 March 2015, 03:14 AM ET
How super is a supermoon? Here's a minimoon for context.
26 March 2015, 06:00 PM ET
The first spacecraft to make a soft-landing on a comet is still quiet on the dusty cosmic body, despite being hailed by another probe orbiting the lander.
26 March 2015, 05:54 PM ET
An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut are set to make history as the first crewmembers to spend a year onboard the International Space Station, but the two are not the first to log 12 months off the planet.
26 March 2015, 04:17 PM ET
NASA and Russia are launching a joint one year mission to the International Space Station. NASA's Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will blast off to the orbiting outpost on March 27, 2015 EDT.
26 March 2015, 02:36 PM ET
Roscosmos' Mikhail Kornienko will spend a year aboard the International Space Station. He talks about his father, a Russian military helicopter pilot that was part of search and rescue teams for the country's first cosmonauts.