Space News Archive
28 May 2014, 12:51 PM ET
Our Milky Way galaxy is a 'magnetic dynamo’ generating a generally spiral-shaped field. ESA's Planck spacecraft’s edge on view makes the whorls of magnetic field lines appear a bit like a fingerprint.
28 May 2014, 12:00 PM ET
A Russian-Ukrainian Sea Launch-3SL rocket on May 26 successfully placed the Eutelsat 3B commercial telecommunications satellite into geostationary transfer orbit.
28 May 2014, 11:12 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. has delayed the launch of its second robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station to fully investigate a malfunction that caused the failure of a rocket engine on a launch pad.
28 May 2014, 08:21 AM ET
A new project — called the Moonhouse — asks space fans around the world to contribute money to a crowdfunding effort that could put an art installation on the moon by 2015.
28 May 2014, 08:13 AM ET
The Sweden-based Moonhouse Project send a self-assembling house to the moon as part of a lunar art installation late 2015. See images of the Moonhouse Project in this Space.com gallery.
28 May 2014, 07:21 AM ET
Three new crewmembers are set to launch on a quick trip to the International Space Station, and you can watch them blastoff live online today (May 28).
27 May 2014, 04:07 PM ET
NASA's giant new rocket, the Space Launch System, and its Orion space capsule are making progress toward two key test flights in the upcoming years. See how far along NASA's new rocket and spacecraft are, and what's next for the U.S. space vehicles.
27 May 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Based on the findings of an independent review panel, NASA has taken stock of its fleet of orbiting astrophysics telescopes and decided which to save and which to shutter.
27 May 2014, 03:36 PM ET
The official trailer for the movie, hitting theaters in June 2014, kicks off with an interrogation of man, who has heard the mysterious 'Signal'.
27 May 2014, 12:25 PM ET
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, may becoming more mainstream, as evidenced by this week’s House Science and Technology Committee hearing.
27 May 2014, 11:17 AM ET
This amazing composite view of the total lunar eclipse of April 15 shows the stages of the moon sight as viewed over the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. Skywatcher Mark Ezell created this composite view. See how he did it here.
27 May 2014, 10:57 AM ET
The "torus model" may be woefully inadequate when explaining what is actually going on.
27 May 2014, 10:52 AM ET
The bright, green glow of a springtime comet shines in this amazing photo captured by an stargazer using the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter in Arizona. See how amateur astronomer Adam Block did it here.
27 May 2014, 10:15 AM ET
To compensate for microgravity aboard the Space Station, printer maker "Made In Space" must alter mechanical configuration liquid handling. The company has taken its prototype on Zero-g flights for testing.
27 May 2014, 06:50 AM ET
The future of manned space exporation is bright, according to a former astronaut and a NASA engineer. Humans may one day tread across some of the alien worlds that today can be studied only at a distance.
27 May 2014, 06:46 AM ET
Several upcoming missions will harness the subtle push of sunlight, using gossamer 'solar sails' to cruise through the heavens like boats through the sea. Such propellant-free propulsion could help humanity explore the solar system and beyond.
26 May 2014, 10:54 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
26 May 2014, 10:30 AM ET
From a huge new Mars crater to a new supernova, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 25, 2014.
26 May 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Humanity will have the tools to detect alien life in the next two decades, but whether scientists can actually find life in another solar system depends a lot on luck, a panel of experts said Wednesday (May 21).
24 May 2014, 10:43 AM ET
The new Camelopardalid meteor shower caused by Comet 209P/LINEAR gave stargazers a treat overnight on May 23 and 24, 2014. See photos of the rare Camelopardalid meteor shower by stargazers in this Space.com gallery.
24 May 2014, 08:56 AM ET
A new meteor shower sparked some celestial fireworks late Friday and early Saturday (May 23-24), thrilling stargazers across North America even though it did not reach spectacular 'meteor storm' levels. See photos and videos of the Camelopardalid meteors.
24 May 2014, 07:45 AM ET
Over the next two decades, scientists should have results from the three methods of searching for alien life.
23 May 2014, 10:05 PM ET
NASA's Earth Day Global Selfie is a mosaic view of the planet made up of more than 30,000 photos uploaded on social media. The mosaic shows the Earth as it looked on April 22, 2014.
23 May 2014, 03:33 PM ET
North America might be treated to a spectacular new meteor shower tonight. What should you look for in a viewing spot? You really just need three things: clear weather, darkness and broad view of the sky.
23 May 2014, 03:28 PM ET
Looking low toward the east beginning at around 4:30 a.m. local daylight time, you'll see a narrow waning crescent moon, just 12 percent illuminated. Situated about 2 degrees below and to its left will be the brilliant planet Venus.
23 May 2014, 02:34 PM ET
DiCaprio plans to fly aboard Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle in 2015. A seat on the same flight with the actor sold for nearly $1 million Thursday (May 22) at the annual amfAR auction near Cannes, France.
23 May 2014, 01:12 PM ET
In 2011 and 2012, the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center's Peter Jenniskens filmed meteors that flew in a similar orbit as Comet 209P/LINEAR.
23 May 2014, 01:09 PM ET
If you’re hoping to get a view of tonight’s highly anticipated new meteor shower, the weather will be the biggest factor. For skywatchers in the United States, the north-central part of the nation will have the best weather for viewing shooting stars.
23 May 2014, 01:03 PM ET
The joystick used by astronaut David Scott to land the Apollo 15 lunar module 'Falcon' on the moon 43 years ago this July has sold for more than $500,000. The sale is believed to be the highest price ever paid at auction for part of a NASA spacecraft.
23 May 2014, 12:12 PM ET
Water was discovered in the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Dragon spacecraft that recently returned to Earth from a month-long stay at the international space station, but so far as NASA knew May 21, none of the agency’s cargo was damaged.
23 May 2014, 11:31 AM ET
An AJ-26 engine slated to power Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket on a 2015 mission to the International Space Station failed May 22 during a hot-fire test at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
23 May 2014, 08:28 AM ET
A new meteor shower from the Comet 209P/LINEAR could spark a potential meteor storm overnight tonight and Saturday (May 23 and 24), but scientists can only wait to see if it sizzles or fizzles. There are several webcasts of the meteor shower too.