Space News Archive
17 July 2014, 05:36 PM ET
Stargazers looking for the moon at nightfall may be wondering where Earth's nearest neighbor is in the night sky. Here's a handy guide to observing the moon in binoculars and telescopes in the late-night July sky.
17 July 2014, 04:00 PM ET
From July 16 to 22, 1994, more than 20 fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 pelted Jupiter's atmosphere. It marked the first time humans had witnessed a collision between two bodies in the solar system.
17 July 2014, 03:48 PM ET
Imaged on 14 July 2014 by OSIRIS, Rosetta’s scientific imaging system, this movie compiles 36 interpolated images each separated by 20 minutes, providing a 360° preview of the complex shape of the comet.
17 July 2014, 10:12 AM ET
General Electric is taking a 'small step' into sneaker design to commemorate the role — or rather, sole — it had in making mankind's first 'giant leap' on the moon. The company will offer its moon boot-inspired sneakers 45 years to the day after the firs
17 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
The first moon landing, 45 years ago on Sunday (July 20), didn't just define a decade, it set a new chapter in human history. That Apollo 11 moon landing, and the U.S.-Soviet Union Space Race that led up to it, star in CNN's 'The Sixties' tonight July 17.
17 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
17 July 2014, 06:50 AM ET
On July 12, for the first time ever, Curiosity photographed sparks flying from a rock blasted by the 1-ton robot's laser-sampling instrument, known as ChemCam. You can watch a video of the laser flashes here.
16 July 2014, 05:26 PM ET
“Dr. Rendezvous” talks with Space.com about moonwalking, seeing Earth from Tranquility Base (and how the spacesuit restrained him from doing so) and the inside story of landing on Moon. -- Excerpt from Space.com Google+ Hangout: http://goo.gl/xJktMk
16 July 2014, 05:24 PM ET
The 2014 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition has announced its shortlist of finalists.
16 July 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory's ChemCam instrument fires its laser at rocks to analyze its composition and clear away dust. A recent firing produced sparks when hitting a rock.
16 July 2014, 04:07 PM ET
The European spacecraft has completed a risky aerobreaking maneuver in Venus' atmosphere, allowing critical data of the planet's atmosphere to be taken.
16 July 2014, 01:53 PM ET
Commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Mike Collins and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin blasted into space 45 years ago today (July 16) on Apollo 11's history-making mission to the moon.
16 July 2014, 01:53 PM ET
NASA's historic launch of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission 45 years ago today changed the face of humanity, and nowhere does that resonate more than with astronauts living on the International Space Station.
16 July 2014, 01:38 PM ET
Researchers have studied imagery from ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft and concluded that the comet stopped producing gas and dust shortly before it past the Sun. In other words, ISON was DOA.
16 July 2014, 01:30 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, a simple pen played a critical, if unexpected role in the safe return to Earth of the first astronauts to land on the moon. Now there are new pens to mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
16 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
NASA has issued an open call for designs of scientific instruments to send on a future mission to explore Jupiter's moon Europa.
16 July 2014, 11:30 AM ET
A commercial Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corporation arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, July 16, to deliver 1.5 tons of supplies for astronauts aboard.
16 July 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Seasonal changes in the gullies of Mars reveals that dry ice rather than flowing water is responsible for their creation.
16 July 2014, 11:00 AM ET
A private group has a backup plan for a vintage NASA spacecraft after reconsidering initial suspicions that it was out of gas. See how the ISEE-3 Reboot Project is tapping the minds of the crowdsourcing 'Borg' to find alternative.
16 July 2014, 10:58 AM ET
ISS astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman praise the Apollo program for leading the way to today's and future space programs.
16 July 2014, 06:00 AM ET
July 20, 2014 will mark the 45th anniversary of the first moonwalk. NASA has planned a slew of events to reflect on the historic landing and look ahead to the future of space exploration.
15 July 2014, 09:19 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows a richly detailed new view from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the star formation region Gum 15.
15 July 2014, 07:34 PM ET
A commercial delivery ship packed with astronaut food and supplies is expected to arrive at the International Space Station tomorrow morning (July 16). You can watch the docking live on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
15 July 2014, 07:09 PM ET
Talk about a speed bump. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has discovered its first meteorite on the Red Planet, and it's no puny space rock. See the Martian meteorite photos here.
15 July 2014, 06:20 PM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is beaming home amazing photos of the Red Planet.
15 July 2014, 06:16 PM ET
On June 18, Arizona-based World View launched a scaled-down version of its balloon system to an altitude of nearly 23 miles. The unmanned flight featured spectacular views of Earth from the stratosphere, as the new World View video reveals.
15 July 2014, 04:12 PM ET
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts for its Experimental Spaceplane project, known as XS-1, to three different companies: Boeing, Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman.
15 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
For a German astronaut living in space, his home country's epic World Cup victory this week was quite literally out-of-this-world.
15 July 2014, 03:16 PM ET
World View Enterprises is developing capsules transported by high-altitude balloons and parafoil to 100,000 feet. A scaled version of the capsule broke the record for highest parafoil flight at 120,000 feet (and the view was spectacular).
15 July 2014, 03:07 PM ET
The U.S. military is developing the XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane to launch space missions faster and cheaper than ever before. See photos and images of the DARPA-led XS-1 space plane project in this Space.com gallery.
15 July 2014, 02:43 PM ET
The Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) is a re-usable unmanned vehicle with the ability to deploy small satellites using expendable upper stages.
15 July 2014, 09:30 AM ET
SpaceX managed to fly part of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth today (July 14) in a reusability test that did not go entirely as planned. The rocket's first stage performed its re-entry burn and other tasks well but ended up hitting the water hard.