Space News Archive
29 July 2014, 02:40 PM ET
Don't miss this amazing collection of images taken by crewmembers aboard the International Space Station showing beautiful auroras in the skies over Earth.
29 July 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Attempts to move a 36-year-old NASA probe closer to Earth have failed, but only because the vintage spacecraft is simply out of gas, according to the team of volunteer engineers now controlling the spacecraft.
29 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A new space plane prototype's launch in November could pave the way toward the creation of a reusable cargo vehicle that would survive the blistering re-entry into Earth's atmosphere, according to the European Space Agency.
29 July 2014, 11:30 AM ET
If a huge solar eruption in 2012 had hit the Earth, the effects would have been so devastating that we'd still be recovering two years later, scientists working on several new studies conclude.
29 July 2014, 10:46 AM ET
The year's brightest ‘Perigee Moon’ (closest point in orbit) and the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower arrive at the same time (August 11-13, 2014).
29 July 2014, 10:21 AM ET
On July 31st, 1964, NASA's Ranger became first U.S. probe to deliver up-close images of the surface of the moon, right up until the moment of impact. It returned 4300 photos during its 3 day mission.
29 July 2014, 07:29 AM ET
A rocket launch from South America Tuesday evening (July 29) will mark the beginning of the end for a venerable line of European cargo spacecraft.
29 July 2014, 07:17 AM ET
The icy Saturn moon Enceladus sports at least 101 geysers, which reach all the way down to the satellite's subsurface ocean, new research suggests.
28 July 2014, 08:00 PM ET
The three spacecraft — two of which are fully operational and one of which is an experimental satellite — blasted off today (July 28) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, riding atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket.
28 July 2014, 05:48 PM ET
The rover landed on the Red Planet in 2004 and has since driven a record 25.01 miles (40.02 km). The record was previously held by the Russian Lunokhod 2 which roved the lunar surface for 24.2 miles (39 km) in 1973. Full Story: http://goo.gl/C59h6r
28 July 2014, 05:19 PM ET
As of Sunday (July 27), Opportunity had traveled a total of 25.01 miles on the Red Planet, NASA officials said. The record had been held by the Soviet Union's remote-controlled Lunokhod 2 rover, which covered 24.2 miles on the moon in 1973.
28 July 2014, 04:31 PM ET
This fall, the New York City home of NASA's space shuttle Enterprise will focus its attention on another big piece of space history: the Hubble Space Telescope.
28 July 2014, 04:01 PM ET
By peering into the haze of Saturn's huge moon Titan, scientists could learn more about how the atmospheres of alien worlds behave.
28 July 2014, 01:54 PM ET
Russian space officials say they've re-established contact with a capsule carrying geckos on a mission to mate in orbit. The spacecraft was feared to be in trouble after it stopped responding to commands from the ground.
28 July 2014, 01:45 PM ET
The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is peaking from tonight (July 28) into Tuesday, and even if you can't catch the cosmic show in person, you can still see live views of the annual shower online tonight.
28 July 2014, 01:29 PM ET
Arizona-based World View, which aims to loft passengers to the stratosphere by late 2016, will start launching research and education payloads on its unmanned test flights later this year, company officials said.
28 July 2014, 10:12 AM ET
The final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) named the George Lemaître Mission, after the 'father of the Big Bang', will carry double the cargo load of its predecessor to the International Space Station. It is scheduled for launch on July 29th, 2014.
28 July 2014, 07:39 AM ET
The supermassive black hole at the center of a far-off galaxy is putting on a fireworks display of cosmic proportions.
28 July 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The founding population of an interstellar colony should consist of 20,000 to 40,000 people, one expert says. Such a large group would possess a great deal of genetic and demographic diversity, giving the settlement the best chance of survival.
27 July 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The environment can produce sudden shocks to the life of our planet through impacting space rocks, erupting volcanoes and other events.
27 July 2014, 09:34 AM ET
Stargazers often overlook six minor meteor showers in the northern summer, but these celestial fireworks displays can be must-see events. Here's Space.com's guide to the minor meteor showers of Summer 2014.
26 July 2014, 01:26 PM ET
A volunteer crew of mock Mars explorers emerged from their Martian habitat Friday (July 25) after four months living inside a dome atop a Hawaiian volcano. See how the HI-SEAS 2 mock Mars mission crew lived and worked on a 'Red Planet.'
26 July 2014, 07:54 AM ET
One of the greatest pleasures for summer stargazers is viewing the splendor of the Milky Way. Despite the fact that we live in this vast island of billions of stars, most inhabitants of Earth have never seen the clouds of our Milky Way.
25 July 2014, 04:43 PM ET
The countdown has begun for the liftoff of a space shuttle from Houston — and you are invited to take a front row seat. On Aug. 14, Space Center Houston's shuttle replica, the "Independence," will be hoisted by crane on top of NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircr
25 July 2014, 04:36 PM ET
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25 July 2014, 04:04 PM ET
From a look again at the first footprints on the moon to the ISS view of Gaza, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 26, 2014.
25 July 2014, 03:37 PM ET
This NASA-produced video combines a greatest hits retrospective of past spaceflight with suggestions of humans-to-asteroid and Mars missions, plus animation of a yet unbuilt heavy lift launch vehicle.
25 July 2014, 03:13 PM ET
A Russian space capsule carrying a package of biological and materials research specimens, including geckos and plant seeds, has stopped responding to commands from Earth, the Russian space agency announced Thursday (July 24).
25 July 2014, 02:31 PM ET
When we were asked to design a new science-fiction entry in the "Sid Meier’s Civilization" series, it was one of those amazing moments when we realized we were going to have the chance to combine a love of game design with a love of science and space.
25 July 2014, 01:27 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope is an amazing example of space engineering that for nearly a quarter century has been a vital research tool and public relations boon for astronomy. As such, it is due time for a LEGO model of the observatory, fan Gabriel Russo
25 July 2014, 12:30 PM ET
German astronaut Alexander Gerst reflected on the grief he felt as he saw signs of the deadly Israel-Gaza conflict from the International Space Station.
25 July 2014, 11:27 AM ET
Curiosity has just crossed out of its landing ellipse, the 12- by 4-mile(19 by 7 kilometers) zone targeted for its August 2012 touchdown and is now moving toward an increasingly challenging landscape called the Zabriskie Plateau.