Space News Archive
25 February 2015, 03:40 PM ET
An American astronaut found water inside his spacesuit helmet at the end of an otherwise flawless spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Feb. 25), but he was never in any danger, NASA officials say.
25 February 2015, 12:16 PM ET
A new alien planet-hunting tool found no trace of a failed star more than 100 light-years from Earth, puzzling astronomers.
25 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The far side of the moon undergoes phases of light and dark, just like the side facing Earth. A new video featuring images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter brings those phases to light.
25 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Planets spinning on their sides were long thought to have climates too extreme for life as it is known on Earth, but now scientists find that these "rotisserie" worlds might be more hospitable.
25 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Although these "golden stars" were spotted during a search for an extraterrestrial galactic Internet, the researchers say intelligent aliens have nothing to do with their flickering patterns, as far as they can tell.
25 February 2015, 06:10 AM ET
In the near future, astronauts will be able to take private space taxis to the to the International Space Station. Today, two NASA astronauts will complete the second of three spacewalks to prepare the station for the arrival of those taxis.
25 February 2015, 12:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is beaming home amazing photos of the Red Planet.
24 February 2015, 06:14 PM ET
The photo, which was released today (Feb. 24), is a composite of dozens of images taken in late January by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager. The mosaic provides a great view of the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of the huge Mount Sharp.
24 February 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Low temperatures, gravity and sunlight would define the experience of living on Ceres, the largest asteroid belt object.
24 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A recent action by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is stirring up some moon dust in a legal debate about private companies setting up shop on the moon.
24 February 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Most astronomers rely on flat images to study cosmic objects, but a group of researchers is taking an alternate approach: They're creating 3D-printed models of a star system in order to study its physical characteristics and investigate its mysterious pas
24 February 2015, 12:47 PM ET
NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite shows wind blown Saharan dust nourishes plants with phosphorus, which is in limited supply in the Amazon.
24 February 2015, 09:58 AM ET
"Unofficial orbit solution puts this comet at ~4 solar radii on Feb. 19th (2015). That's insanely close," according to the Naval Research Lab's Karl Battam.
24 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
For more than 50 years, scientists have been scanning the heavens for signals that may have been generated by intelligent alien life. Some researchers are advocating that we beam out signals of our own designed to catch aliens' eyes as well.
24 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
International Space Station Commander Butch Wilmore took a photo of himself Saturday (Feb. 21) that captured a gloriously blue, cloud-studded ocean in the background. Fellow spacewalker Terry Virts is reflected in Wilmore's visor.
24 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
"Vulcan planets" probably originated from a stream of pebbles and small rocks that spiraled inward from more distant parts of their solar systems, a new study suggests.
23 February 2015, 10:55 PM ET
Famed British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking took to Facebook last night to congratulate actor Eddie Redmayne for winning the "Best Actor" Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for "The Theory of Everything," a biopic about Hawking's life and his debilitating
23 February 2015, 05:22 PM ET
The first celestial object that attracts the attention of many people at a young age is the moon. The lunar surface appears to go through phases through the course of a month, but what causes the moon to shine differently from week to week?
23 February 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Researchers used the ALMA telescope array in Chile to pull apart the layers of star-forming regions in a nearby galaxy, revealing the differences that can cause starburst galaxies to create stars up to 1,000 times more rapidly than the Milky Way.
23 February 2015, 04:35 PM ET
Boeing and the United Launch Alliance are building a new astronaut access tower for Atlas rocket launches of future space taxis for NASA. See how it works.
23 February 2015, 01:26 PM ET
Ceres, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, has almost no gravity, warmth or atmosphere.
23 February 2015, 01:17 PM ET
Three sub-orbital rockets may be visible from parts of the east coast as they head sky-ward in the wee hours of Tuesday (Feb. 24).
23 February 2015, 01:16 PM ET
This is definitely a new kind of space race. Two teams competing in a private moon competition have teamed up to get to the lunar surface by the end of next year, potentially sowing the seeds for a lunar NASCAR race.
23 February 2015, 12:00 PM ET
A beginner's guide to amateur astronomy including basic tools as well as optional and aspirational equipment for more experienced stargazers.
23 February 2015, 11:26 AM ET
On Feb. 21st, 2015, Space Station crew Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts set up cabling and other equipment in the first of 3 spacewalks to install a docking port adaptor for U.S. commercial crew vehicles.
23 February 2015, 10:55 AM ET
An art exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City bring together tools from throughout human history: from ancient artifacts to cutting edge instruments for space exploration.
23 February 2015, 10:48 AM ET
NASA researchers think they understand why comets have a hard, crispy outside and a cold but soft inside — just like fried ice cream.
23 February 2015, 07:30 AM ET
With one reportedly flawless test flight already under its belt, officials are already planning a European space plane for its next test.
23 February 2015, 07:16 AM ET
An exhibit in New York City featuring a massive video display of the sun, artifacts from Skylab, and an early prototype of an astronaut spacesuit, draws together tools from throughout human history.
21 February 2015, 04:46 PM ET
Europe's last cargo spacecraft came down to Earth in a fiery blaze and scientists reported seeing mysterious plumes emanating from Mars. Here are Space.com's picks for the best space stories of the week.
21 February 2015, 12:42 PM ET
From mysterious plumes on Mars to a space station made of matchsticks, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 22, 2015.
21 February 2015, 11:29 AM ET
A company that aims to send tourists to the edge of space in a balloon broke a record today, flying a parafoil higher than anyone has before.