Space News Archive
01 March 2014, 09:25 AM ET
The movie "Gravity" transports audiences into outer space, and come this weekend, space fans will see whether it did the same for Oscar voters. "Gravity" might pull in a huge Oscar haul Sunday (March 2) at the Academy Awards, or it could be a bust.
01 March 2014, 12:37 AM ET
With the flick of a digital switch, the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California has been renamed in honor of the late Neil Armstrong, who in July 1969 was first to walk on the moon. The new name is the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.
01 March 2014, 12:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in February 2014.
28 February 2014, 05:00 PM ET
From the ancient Egyptian astronomer Hypatia to modern-day astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, physicists throughout history are getting the artist's treatment in a new set of illustrations honoring the thinkers' contributions to science.
28 February 2014, 03:33 PM ET
On Jan. 21, astronomers spotted the closest supernova in recent decades flash to life in the galaxy M82, some 11.5 million light-years from Earth.
28 February 2014, 02:56 PM ET
The now-famous supernova that erupted in neighboring galaxy M82 last month is a unique opportunity to study an exploding star up-close. However, SN 2014J isn’t any old supernova, it turns out that it’s a little bit weird.
28 February 2014, 02:47 PM ET
New images from space reveal the storms that are bringing much needed rains to California. Though the storms will help, they won't make much of a dent in the historic drought.
28 February 2014, 11:57 AM ET
The nonprofit Mars Society has selected 62 semifinalists from a total of more than 200 applicants for its Mars Arctic 365 (MA365) mission, which aims to help prepare humanity for a real manned Red Planet mission down the road.
28 February 2014, 11:43 AM ET
See images and photos of an audacious private manned Mars mission in 2021 by the nonprofit Inspiration Mars Foundation.
28 February 2014, 11:37 AM ET
An eight-person expedition is testing out Astroskin, a wearable shirt with sensors embedded in it, during a challenging trip to Antarctica. The shirt, developed for the Canadian Space Agency, could be used on future space missions.
28 February 2014, 10:55 AM ET
The vehicle was dropped from a C-17 airplane flying at 35,000 feet. The shape of the vehicle put more stress on the drogue parachutes, to simulate the high speed re-entry of Orion. They also simulated a failure of one of the parachutes.
28 February 2014, 10:48 AM ET
Made out of a cluster of electrons and positive charges called 'holes,' the newly created quasiparticle could help physicists locate the boundaries between the quantum world of the very small and the classical world of the human scale.
28 February 2014, 10:34 AM ET
After seeing incredible sunrise photos of Mount Bromo — an active volcano in Indonesia — I decided that it was time to pay it a visit.
28 February 2014, 10:22 AM ET
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) questions a panel of space and aerospace professionals about the feasibility of the Mars mission at a hearing on Feb. 27th, 2014. Also, why the mission called 'Inspiration Mars' is now looking for public funding.
28 February 2014, 10:13 AM ET
Astrophotographer Justin Ng took a trip to Mount Bromo in Indonesia. See the amazing photographs here.
28 February 2014, 07:26 AM ET
The movie "Gravity" recreates the spacewalk experience, according to one former NASA astronaut. Leroy Chiao, former commander of the ISS, thinks that the fictional space thriller "Gravity," captures what it's like to float through the vacuum of space.
28 February 2014, 07:26 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has taken some dazzling new photos of the Red Planet landscape, showing in sharp detail where it's been and the long road ahead, which leads to the base of a 3.4-mile-high mountain.
28 February 2014, 01:00 AM ET
The discovery of tiny balls and tunnels inside a Martian meteorite has rekindled the debate over whether the Red Planet was teeming with primitive life millions of years ago.
27 February 2014, 05:20 PM ET
The dazzling northern lights dance in a stunning display over Swedish Mountains in these beautiful images and video captured by aurora photographer Chad Blakely of Lights Over Lapland.
27 February 2014, 02:05 PM ET
Black holes can blast their surroundings with much stronger winds than previously thought, scientists say. The discovery will help better model the evolution of black holes over time, and help uncover the huge influence they can have on host galaxies.
27 February 2014, 01:43 PM ET
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a joint effort between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, blasted off aboard an H-2A rocket from Japan's Tanegashima Space Center today at 1:37 p.m. EST.
27 February 2014, 01:41 PM ET
The NASA-JAXA Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory (GPM) was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center, Japan on February 27th, 2014. The satellite will provide near real-time precipitation data.
27 February 2014, 01:37 PM ET
The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission, a joint venture of NASA and JAXA, will produce next-generation global measurements of rainfall and snowfall from space.
27 February 2014, 11:53 AM ET
China's first moon rover and lander have entered a third period of "Selene slumber," a shutdown of operations given two weeks of temperature-dropping lunar night. The Yutu (Jade Rabbit) rover went into programmed sleep mode on Feb. 22.
27 February 2014, 11:16 AM ET
See stunning photos of Earth's dancing northern lights with these amazing aurora photos from Earth and space in 2014. Astronauts on the International Space Station captured the aurora views from orbit.
27 February 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Though a glitch ended Kepler's original operations last May, the mission continues to discover distant worlds, adding a whopping 715 new exoplanets to the tally on Wednesday. Many more will follow, and a new mission could keep Kepler busy for years.
27 February 2014, 07:34 AM ET
NASA and Japan's space agency will launch the new Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite to map Earth's rain and snow today at 1:37 p.m. EST. Watch it live here.
27 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The GPM Core Observatory scans the weather with microwaves and two bands of radar. See how the Global Precipitation Measurement Satellite by NASA and JAXA will map rain and snow like never before.
26 February 2014, 06:56 PM ET
The pulsar jet, called IGR J1104-6103, is traveling between 2.5-5 million MPH, making it one of the fastest moving pulsars ever observed. It began its journey from the center of supernova remnant SNR MSH 11-61A in the Milky Way galaxy, its believed.
26 February 2014, 05:42 PM ET
A potentially deadly spacesuit water leak that nearly drowned an Italian astronaut during a spacewalk last July was one of the scariest close calls in NASA's spacewalk history. In fact, the spacesuit also leaked during an earlier spacewalk.
26 February 2014, 04:06 PM ET
China's first moon rover and lander appear in spectacular detail in this new time-lapse panoramic view by science reporter Ken Kremer and colleagues. See how it was done.
26 February 2014, 03:11 PM ET
A recent image from the International Space Station (ISS) shows in stark detail the utter lack of development in North Korea — widely considered to be a "rogue" state — compared to next-door neighbor South Korea, a rapidly developing industrial power.