Space News Archive
22 July 2015, 01:27 PM ET
What is blue, gold, and silver and links the final manned mission to launch to the moon with the next crew flying to the International Space Station? The Soyuz TMA-17M crew's mission patch.
22 July 2015, 11:26 AM ET
The guitar player and astrophysicist was at the New Horizons' mission control when the "first 2 by 2 mosaic full-planet picture was downloaded from the probe." He assembled the two images for viewing in a stereoscopic viewer.
22 July 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Prior to the June 28 Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX had enjoyed 20 straight successful launches over a seven-year stretch. That track record perhaps made the company a bit complacent, Musk told reporters Monday (July 20).
22 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan's Kimiya Yui are scheduled to blast off aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT). Watch the launch here on Space.com.
22 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The mysterious smudges central to this new image are an ancient galaxy in the throes of formation — and for the first time we can glimpse its off-kilter structure. See how the galaxy BDF 3299 is revealing clues of the early universe.
22 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Curiosity rover on Mars has turned its cameras skyward and found sunspots brewing on the far side of the sun, a view that's impossible to get from Earth.
21 July 2015, 05:48 PM ET
New Horizons has spotted a second mountain range inside Tombaugh Regio, the 1,200-mile-wide (2,000 kilometers) heart-shaped feature that mission team members named after Pluto's discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh.
21 July 2015, 03:10 PM ET
Claudia Alexander, a beloved NASA project scientist who spearheaded NASA's side of the comet-exploring Rosetta mission and Galileo mission investigating Jupiter, has died at age 56.
21 July 2015, 02:44 PM ET
The Medigus Ltd's micro ScoutCam™ 1.2 is the borescope camera on NASA’s Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) tool.
21 July 2015, 02:24 PM ET
New photos captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic Pluto flyby last week reveal intriguing new details about Nix and Hydra, two of the dwarf planet's five satellites.
21 July 2015, 01:43 PM ET
Hydra and Nix were snapped from a distance of ~600,000 kilometers on July 13th and again on July 14th at a distance of 231,000 kilometers (Hydra) and 165,000 kilometers (Nix).
21 July 2015, 10:23 AM ET
The NASA New Horizons' long-range imaging camera (LORRI) has sent back the best views of the icy dwarf that humanity has ever seen and there is more to come. It is a panchromatic CCD camera that is 2 feet long with a 8.2-inch aperture
21 July 2015, 08:04 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto just got funky (with awesome results) in this music video, which blends a healthy dose of science with the tune "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson , featuring Bruno Mars.
21 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Searching for life on exoplanets can be a challenge if the planet is covered in clouds — but a new technique could identify cloudy planets before astronomers spend precious telescope time studying them.
21 July 2015, 07:59 AM ET
Marvel's newest movie may have only an ant-size relation to space, but overall, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's space-based plot points are quickly going galactic.n.
21 July 2015, 07:51 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force's DMSP-F13 satellite blew apart on Feb. 3, spawning a new cloud of space junk. Early indications pointed to a problem with the satellite's power system, and those suspicions have now been borne out by the full investigation.
21 July 2015, 02:10 AM ET
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking helped launch a major new search for intelligent alien life, despite having strong fears that such creatures would destroy humanity.
20 July 2015, 04:41 PM ET
The Space Launch System RS-25 engine was test fired at NASA's Stennis Space Center on July 17th, 2015. The engine was tested at several power levels, "including a period of firing at 109 percent of the engine’s rated power," according to NASA.
20 July 2015, 03:53 PM ET
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said today (July 20) that the June 28 failure of its Falcon 9 rocket was likely caused by a faulty steel strut on the upper stage, which broke during ascent, leading to the destruction of the rocket and Dragon capsule.
20 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
NASA released today (July 20) the first image of the sunlit side of Earth taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft from its final science orbit, and the beautiful photo has already made quite an impact.
20 July 2015, 12:13 PM ET
A new $100 million, 10-year search for intelligent life in the universe was announced today (July 20) by famed scientist Stephen Hawking and other prominent researchers.
20 July 2015, 12:12 PM ET
The Smithsonian has launched its first-ever crowdfunding campaign to conserve, digitize and return to display the spacesuit that Neil Armstrong wore on the moon. The institution partnered with Kickstarter to raise $500,000 and "Reboot the Suit."
20 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
New Horizons zoomed within 7,800 miles of Pluto's surface on July 14, capturing the first up-close images of the dwarf planet. Though the probe is now speeding into the depths of the faraway Kuiper Belt, it still has a lot on its plate.
20 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Blasting tiny, waferlike sailing spacecraft with powerful lasers could slash interstellar flight times from thousands of years to mere decades, one researcher says.
19 July 2015, 08:33 AM ET
Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses provide the names of the 19 regions on Comet 67P — in a recent blogpost on the European Space Agency's website, a scientist reminisced about how the names were chosen.
19 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
The battle over Pluto's status as a planet continues, not only in academic circles but also in my home.
19 July 2015, 03:42 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe dominated the news cycle this week, after making a successful close encounter with Pluto, and sending back incredible images and data. Plus, an astronaut mining company launched a tech-testing satellite.
19 July 2015, 03:19 AM ET
Gorgeous views of Pluto and its ice mountains, its largest moon Charon to the release of Plutos USPS stamp, don't miss these amazing space images.
18 July 2015, 09:09 AM ET
The first close-up image of Nix snapped by the New Horizons probe reveal that Pluto's third satellite is only 25 miles (40 kilometers) wide.
18 July 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Rings of X-ray light flare and fade around an active black hole in a stunning new set of observations by NASA's Swift space telescope. The bull's-eye structure results from the reflection of X-ray light by dust, which creates a series of "echoes."
17 July 2015, 09:35 PM ET
Life in a binary system might not be as magic as it seems in the movies.
17 July 2015, 06:14 PM ET
Dawn began spiraling down to its third Ceres science orbit on June 30 but experienced a problem almost immediately and went into a protective "safe mode." The mission team has now determined what happened and cleared Dawn to return to work.