Space News Archive
02 September 2014, 12:09 PM ET
A fan's idea for a LEGO toy to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 25th anniversary just came into greater focus. The design for a toy brick model of the orbiting observatory got 10,000 votes on LEGO Ideas, qualifying it to be reviewed for possible pro
02 September 2014, 11:19 AM ET
NASA's next spaceship, the Orion capsule, has had a wet summer. For a full week in August, NASA engineers and the U.S. Navy worked side by side to practice retrieving the Orion spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean after a water splashdown.
02 September 2014, 10:53 AM ET
In the evening, Mars and Saturn can be seen in the southwestern sky. Jupiter can be viewed in the eastern sky in the early morning hours. Also, the Moon adds additional light for farmers to harvest their crops.
02 September 2014, 10:33 AM ET
The constellations of Aquarius (God of the Waters) and Capricornus (The Water Goat) hold a bevy of skywatching targets. The M2 star cluster in Aquarius harbors about 150,000 stars.
02 September 2014, 10:08 AM ET
The reflection of sunlight off of cosmic dust particle creates the effect known as "zodiacal light", sometimes called the "false dawn." (Best seen from mid-September to early October).
02 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The parent company of a group that provides free telescope views over the Internet has received a Connecticut government grant of $30,000 to buy a new telescope.
02 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Alien organisms may betray their presence by pumping stinky chemicals into their home planets' skies, researchers say.
01 September 2014, 08:01 AM ET
While many Americans will spend Labor Day (Sept. 1) barbecuing, relaxing and soaking up the end of summer, U.S. astronauts in space will spend the holiday in their own way: floating in weightlessness.
31 August 2014, 01:06 AM ET
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30 August 2014, 12:22 PM ET
From donning a new space suit to a beautiful star explosion, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 30, 2014.
30 August 2014, 09:03 AM ET
Look up this Labor Day weekend to see a lovely celestial tableau in the southwestern part of the evening sky.
29 August 2014, 03:52 PM ET
A new NASA mission launched in the Arctic this week could help scientists learn more about Earth's changing climate.
29 August 2014, 03:37 PM ET
When you think of the U.S. Air Force, the Federal Aviation Authority and the FBI, a team of starry-eyed film students may not necessarily come to mind as a potential partner for science.
29 August 2014, 02:58 PM ET
NASA's retired space shuttle Discovery will mark the 30th anniversary of its first launch being admired by fans of all ages, according to the Smithsonian's curator charged with its care.
29 August 2014, 01:28 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's mysterious unmanned space plane has winged beyond 600 days in orbit on a classified military mission that seems to have no end.
29 August 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Space fans can get a taste of life in space without ever leaving Earth thanks to new venture from a private spacesuit manufacturer.
29 August 2014, 07:30 AM ET
The action starts at 8 p.m. EDT, when the Slooh Community Observatory will air a four-hour show to mark an alignment of Neptune, Earth and the sun. Then Slooh will cover the flyby of near-Earth asteroid 2002 CU11. You can watch live at Space.com.
29 August 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Spacesuit makers Final Frontiers Design gave Space.com's @MiriKramer their latest generation suit to try on. The company, that was founded by Ted Southern and Nikolay Moiseev, is offering a "Space Suit Experience" to customers.
29 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
NASA's GOES-West satellite snapped a photo of Marie at 11:00 a.m. EDT Thursday (Aug. 28), the same day it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. Marie was about 865 miles west of Punta Eugenia, Mexico at the time.
28 August 2014, 04:01 PM ET
In 2009, two previously competing designers teamed up to build a spacesuit glove as part of a NASA competition. After taking home second prize and winning $100,000 for their high-tech creation, Ted Southern and Nikolay Moiseev decided to go into business
28 August 2014, 03:12 PM ET
Neptune will appear directly opposite the sun in the sky tomorrow (Aug. 29), but despite the clear view of the planet from Earth, the truth about the person who first discovered the distant planet remains cloudy.
28 August 2014, 02:56 PM ET
A new measurement, which used quasars as bright and consistent relative-distance markers, charted the famous "Seven Sisters" star cluster at 136.2 parsecs, or 444 light-years, away from Earth.
28 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The researchers detected a huge disk of dusty debris around a sunlike star called NGC-2547 ID8. The cloud was likely spawned when two planetary building blocks slammed into each other just two years ago or so, scientists said.
28 August 2014, 11:56 AM ET
Skywatcher Kevin Fetter of Brockville, Ontario in Canada captured imagery of the US Air Force's X-37B passing above the moon and over bright star Rigel in March 2014. He also captured an overhead pass in August 2014.
28 August 2014, 07:19 AM ET
NASA's first test launch of its new mega-rocket, the Space Launch System, will blast off by November 2018, a year later than planned. See how the SLS rocket is making progress here.
28 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
XCOR Aerospace — the builder of the Lynx space plane — is renovating the main hangar for the spaceship designed to bring paying tourists into suborbital space. Lynx could launch on its first test flights later this year.
28 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Holometer project, which is based at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, is now operating at full power, probing the very nature of space-time itself.
28 August 2014, 06:57 AM ET
A massive retired military rocket is about to begin undergoing a museum restoration and its curators are seeking help to ensure it is exhibited correctly. The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force announced plans to begin restoring its Titan 4B rocket.
27 August 2014, 03:44 PM ET
Effective Space Solutions' microsatellite, called "The DeOrbiter", will be able to grapple satellites and tow them to their correct orbits. Useful for satellites that are launched into incorrect orbits or for towing to 'graveyard' orbits.
27 August 2014, 03:29 PM ET
Power winds emanating from the binary system's stars interact and are being studied with the help of Chandra X-ray Observatory imagery. The system harbors one of the largest and brightest stars in the Milky Way.
27 August 2014, 02:17 PM ET
Galaxy GOODS-N-774 has been observed by NASA and ESA space telescopes and the W.M. Keck Observatory. The view is how it appeared 11 billion years ago.
27 August 2014, 01:11 PM ET
NASA cryospheric program manager Dr. Tom Wagner talks to Space.com's @MiriKramer about how the space agency is trying determine the causes of the ice loss and how it affects Earth.