Space News Archive
04 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's three-core Falcon Heavy rocket is a mega-booster that would be the largest, most powerful launch vehicle since NASA's Saturn V moon rocket. Here's how SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket works.
04 June 2014, 12:46 PM ET
Severe space weather events from common red dwarf stars could doom any chances for life on planets orbiting those stars, scientists say. That may mean that alien life might be rarer than previously thought.
04 June 2014, 11:43 AM ET
Double star systems in the night sky can be spotted in binoculars and telescopes if you know where to look. See how 'starhopping' can help lead the way.
04 June 2014, 06:01 AM ET
While robots have done the lion's share of planetary exploration to date, there are plenty of human stories to share about this ambitious enterprise, a panel of experts stressed during last month's Spacefest VI conference in California.
04 June 2014, 06:01 AM ET
See stunning photos of the night sky and sun as seen by stargazers around the world in this Space.com photo gallery for June 2014 made up of images sent in by Space.com readers.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
A new instrument designed to give scientists a direct look at nearby alien worlds has seen its "first light" in Chile, astronomers announced today (June 4).
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer Mike Taylor took this image on May 27, 2014 from Bootlegger Canyon just outside of Moab, Utah.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
‘First Light’ for the European Southern Observatory's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) is a Centaurus constellation star (HR 4796A). It also took a finely detailed image of Saturn's moon Titan.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
ESO's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) can pick up the faint polarized light from distant exoplanets revealing their atmospheres’ composition, which may contain biomarkers. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/WjY4Yb
03 June 2014, 10:24 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows the dark and shadowed regions of the Moon that fascinate astronomers and Pink Floyd fans alike.
03 June 2014, 07:01 PM ET
The newfound exoplanet candidate Kapteyn b, which lies just 13 light-years away, is about 11.5 billion years old, scientists say. That makes it 2.5 times older than Earth, and just 2 billion years or so younger than the universe itself.
03 June 2014, 05:03 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has created an amazing and colorful deep view of the universe, showing galaxies shining in ultraviolet light during their wild, star-forming "teenage" years.
03 June 2014, 04:33 PM ET
Supermassive black holes at the cores of large galaxies can power bright jets of super-fast gas. Those spitting out the highest amount of energy are called ‘blazars.’ Astronomers believed there were 2 types but new evidence shows close relation.
03 June 2014, 03:00 PM ET
See amazing photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's iconic observatory in space.
03 June 2014, 02:14 PM ET
To celebrate the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's 5th birthday, NASA officials are putting together a collection, called "The Moon as Art," and they want your vote to decide which LRO image will grace the cover.
03 June 2014, 01:58 PM ET
The three aerospace companies competing to build astronaut taxis for NASA have completed the first stage of flight certification under the agency's Commercial Crew Program, officials announced on Friday (May 30).
03 June 2014, 10:44 AM ET
In the new biography, 'Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space,' released June 3 by Simon & Schuster, Lynn Sherr recounts the public, private and secret lives of her friend, the trailblazing astronaut.
03 June 2014, 09:50 AM ET
From Pres. Kennedy’s moon mission choice to how the Shuttle was run, historian Asif Siddiqi reviews political decisions as a background to today’s impediments to spaceflight.
03 June 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer Greg Diesel Walck captured this amazing photo of the rising Full Flower Moon of May. See how he did it here.
03 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A tiny NASA spacecraft with a zoomed-in view of the sun has observed its first coronal mass ejection, or CME, a violent eruption of solar material, the space agency announced.
03 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA hopes to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle Thursday (June 5) from a U.S. Navy facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The balloon-aided liftoff was originally scheduled for June 3, but the weather did not cooperate.
03 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Working evenings and weekends, an all-girl rocketry team spent months building a rocket to protect an egg inside. Their efforts earned them a spot in the White House Science Fair Tuesday (May 27).
02 June 2014, 06:00 PM ET
Scientists suggest life may have existed on Mars in an oasis for microbial life if liquid water was trapped underground and heated by a volcano.
02 June 2014, 02:40 PM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four settlers on the Red Planet in 2025, announced today (June 2) that it has signed a deal with Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) to film its astronaut selection and training process.
02 June 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Google plans to spend more than $1 billion on a fleet of 180 satellites, on its mission of spreading Internet access to unconnected regions of the world, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
02 June 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists have discovered the 'Godzilla of Earths,' a giant alien planet that is a new type of huge and rocky, world located 560 light-years from Earth.
02 June 2014, 01:01 PM ET
In our solar system, planets come in two basic types: rocky and gas giant. Now, scientists have identified a third class of exoplanets called 'gas dwarfs' that serve as the missing link between the two.
02 June 2014, 11:49 AM ET
See what's up in the night sky for June 2014, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this Space.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
02 June 2014, 11:19 AM ET
The constellation Libra, the Scales, has a long history in the night sky. See how Libra became a constellation in ancient times, and how to see the cosmic balance of the constellation.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Saturn's northern lights dance in an amazing new series of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Dark energy makes up nearly three-fourths of the universe, driving its accelerating expansion, but the substance is still mysterious to scientists that study it.
02 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The kinds of alien planets that orbit distant stars may be revealed by taking a close look at the elements that make up those parent stars, researchers say.