Space News Archive
19 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Packed on Europe's final space freighter to dock with the International Space Station is a small blue box. It's not the most important payload on the Automated Transfer Vehicle, but the box's contents commemorate the fleet's five spacecraft namesakes.
19 August 2014, 01:26 PM ET
Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind the private rocket company SpaceX, has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
19 August 2014, 11:06 AM ET
Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction.
19 August 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Uwingu launched its "Beam Me to Mars" project today (Aug. 19), inviting people to contribute, for a fee, to a "digital shout-out" that will send messages from Earth to the Red Planet on Nov. 28 — the 50th anniversary of Mars exploration.
19 August 2014, 10:45 AM ET
John Nelson took this image of the crescent moon from the Pacific Northwest. See how he did it here.
19 August 2014, 09:38 AM ET
NASA's decommissioned Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite is still bearing fruit with the discovered of the object in the Messier 82 galaxy. The black hole (M82 X-1) weighs in at about 400 solar masses. Full Story: http://goo.gl/z2MBrk
19 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union.
18 August 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin may have walked on the moon, but the folks behind Jockey underwear think they could have helped him conquer the galaxy.
18 August 2014, 05:00 PM ET
SpaceX and Tesla's CEO responded to the challenge put forth by Bill Gates. Find out more about the challenge that has already raised over 10 million dollars for ALS research: http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html
18 August 2014, 03:38 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp via Hidden Valley, a sandy swale that's about the length of a football field. But Curiosity turned back shortly after entering the valley, finding the sand surprisingly slippery.
18 August 2014, 03:03 PM ET
An astronaut and cosmonaut on the International Space Station captured some spectacular views of a private spaceship meeting it fiery end above Earth's surface Sunday (Aug. 17).
18 August 2014, 02:47 PM ET
'Super-Earth' Kepler 93 b is a rocky world about 3.8 times Earth’s mass, Sarah Ballard’s team determined, by integrating the parent star’s light curve with its 'asteroseismic' signature. Full Story: http://goo.gl/Y9ue2f
18 August 2014, 12:37 PM ET
A Russian cosmonaut threw a tiny satellite into the vacuum of space during a spacewalk outside of the International Space Station today (Aug. 18).
18 August 2014, 12:35 PM ET
The singer-songwriter tweeted with astronaut Reid Wiseman during a visit to the Space Center in Florida. He was there to promote his new song, "American Flag on the Moon".
18 August 2014, 11:57 AM ET
See photos of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev throwing the Peru-built Chasqui 1 satellite from the International Space Station on Aug. 18, 2014.
18 August 2014, 10:43 AM ET
Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev was the envy of Major League Baseball on August 18th, 2014, throwing a fastball that will literally go around the world. He deployed a 4"X 4" X 4" Peruvian nanosatellite, massing 2lb, which will photograph Earth.
18 August 2014, 09:32 AM ET
Russia's new Angara rocket family is the country's first post-Soviet era booster to be developed. See photos of the Angara rocket's development, test flights and future.
18 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The existence of medium-size black holes has been a matter of debate. But researchers say they have now confirmed such an object in the nearby galaxy M82 — a black hole about as massive as 400 suns.
18 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory is studying hypersonic vehicles that would use the Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which is intended to power the Skylon space plane, AFRL officials said.
18 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
It's a dream older than the Space Age itself: a fully reusable rocket that can fly into space, deploy its cargo, return to Earth and then do it again rapidly, cheaply and with minimal maintenance.
17 August 2014, 09:56 AM ET
The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, will appear super-close together before sunrise on Monday morning (Aug. 18), and it's just the kickoff for a week of early-bird observing by stargazers.
16 August 2014, 05:08 PM ET
Country music star Brad Paisley traveled to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to launch his new song, 'American Flag on the Moon.' 'I'm at NASA's Apollo launch pad in FL, leaking my new song,' Paisley wrote on Twitter.
16 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The crowdfunding campaign for "Star Trek: Axanar" — a fan-funded "Star Trek" film — has raised more than $200,000 donated through the website Kickstarter, blowing well past the original goal of $100,000.
16 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
An amazing new video shows a stage of the private spaceflight company SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket make a soft splashdown in the ocean after delivering six satellites to space.
15 August 2014, 04:01 PM ET
NASA's next Mars lander, now under construction, will probe the inner workings and early stages of the Red Planet's development billions of years ago.
15 August 2014, 03:46 PM ET
Get up early any morning this week to see a spectacular cosmic treat: two morning "stars" dancing at dawn.
15 August 2014, 03:44 PM ET
A double-lobed star explosion seen by the Hubble Space Telescope has a more complicated backstory than astronomers ever imagined, according to a 3D model of the ill-fated star's eruption.
15 August 2014, 02:39 PM ET
The morning star and the gas giant start their convergence on Aug 15th and it culminates in a 'cosmic triangle' when a slender crescent moon joins the party on August 23rd.
15 August 2014, 01:33 PM ET
SN 2014J in the Messier 82 galaxy, one of the nearest Type 1a supernovas in modern times, was watched by telescopes around the world. Chandra X-Ray observations suggest it’s unlikely the burst was caused by matter transfer from a companion star.
15 August 2014, 11:52 AM ET
Disney's Buzz Lightyear isn't the only toy to actually fly in space.
15 August 2014, 11:31 AM ET
Hello Kitty, Japan's lovable feline toy, is now a cat-stronaut. Not only is the intrepid kitty orbiting the Earth in a small satellite, but she's ready to beam messages from space for fans.
15 August 2014, 10:55 AM ET
A private cargo ship loaded down with trash left the International Space Station Friday morning (Aug. 15). Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft is due to plunge into Earth's atmosphere, burning up above the Pacific Ocean on Sunday (Aug. 17).