Space News Archive
03 March 2015, 01:39 PM ET
As the moon moves around its monthly orbit of the Earth, it passes near or in front of a wide variety of objects. At some points in its orbit, there are almost no stars behind it.
03 March 2015, 01:10 PM ET
A network of amateur astronomers is responsible for identifying a truly mysterious phenomenon on the surface of Mars: a plume reaching so high above the surface of the Red Planet that it was visible from Earth.
03 March 2015, 12:45 PM ET
Jupiter's moon Europa suffers from extreme cold and deadly radiation, but its astronomical and geological sights are unique in the solar system.
03 March 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Scientists believe conditions may be right for life, under Europa's icy crust.
03 March 2015, 11:24 AM ET
Our civilization—and presumably any civilization with a technological capacity at least as advanced as ours—runs on energy and raw materials.
03 March 2015, 10:39 AM ET
Galaxy cluster Abel 1689 is so massive, light bends around it in an effect predicted by Einstein called a gravitational lens, revealing Galaxy A1689-zD1 to be surprisingly mature despite the young age of the universe seen.
03 March 2015, 08:47 AM ET
Scientists have found an early galaxy that produces more stars in a single day than the Milky Way creates in a year.
03 March 2015, 07:45 AM ET
NASA's Dawn will investigate Ceres' bright spots and other mysteries after it enters orbit around the dwarf planet at about 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) on Friday (March 6).
03 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
While investigators continue to study the dramatic Feb. 3 death of the DMSP-F13 satellite, signs currently point to failure of the power system aboard the spacecraft, which launched in 1995.
02 March 2015, 05:19 PM ET
F. Curt Michel, an astrophysicist who was among NASA's first scientist-astronauts but who resigned after it became clear he would not fly to the moon, died Feb. 23, 2015. He was 80.
02 March 2015, 04:01 PM ET
A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
02 March 2015, 04:00 PM ET
NASA's Dawn probe is scheduled to slip into orbit around Ceres — the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — at 7:20 a.m. EST (1220 GMT) Friday, wrapping up a deep-space chase that lasted two-and-a-half years.
02 March 2015, 03:40 PM ET
Inserted into Ceres orbit on March 6th, 2015, the Dawn mission has been sending progressively better imagery to Earth since December 2014. Ceres is by far the largest body in the Main Belt of asteroids.
02 March 2015, 03:00 PM ET
A new animated show from Disney is letting the imaginations of the little space fans of tomorrow run wild through the far reaches of the universe, and it's even trying to teach them a little space science along the way.
02 March 2015, 03:00 PM ET
March's sky includes zodiacal light and the equinox, as well as an eclipse and more. Find out what's up in your night sky and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
02 March 2015, 03:00 PM ET
See what's up in the night sky for March 2015, including stargazing events and the moon's phases, in this SPACE.com gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.
02 March 2015, 02:50 PM ET
In less than two weeks, NASA will launch a new group of satellites to study the sometimes beautiful, sometimes dangerous phenomenon of magnetic reconnection. This energetic event can wreak havoc on satellites and power grids, or create amazing auroras.
02 March 2015, 02:36 PM ET
NASA's Dawn Mission sent back the best imagery yet showing many craters and unusual bright spots. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists believe they reveal how the planet "formed and whether its surface is changing."
02 March 2015, 02:20 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a pair of communications satellites to space yesterday (March 1), and you can see amazing videos and photos of the liftoff.
02 March 2015, 12:58 PM ET
In NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, 4 identical space craft will study 'magnetic reconnection' when magnetic fields lines from the Sun cross paths with Earth releasing bursts of energy toward the ground.
02 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Russia says it will support U.S. plans to keep the International Space Station operating through 2024, but then wants to split off three still-to-be launched modules to form a new orbital outpost.
02 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
As the calendar shifts into March, skywatchers' ship will really come in. The ship in question is the constellation Argo Navis, which can be seen at around 10 or 11 p.m. local time throughout March, low in the night sky near the southern horizon.
02 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera in Chile snapped a spectacular photo of Comet Lovejoy, formally known as C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), on Dec. 27, 2014, while scanning the southern sky as part of the Dark Energy Survey.
02 March 2015, 03:00 AM ET
Space.com attended this year's Toy Fair to find the best space-based toys on the market. Here are some of the most awesome things we saw there.
01 March 2015, 02:46 PM ET
The International Space Station is now three steps, or rather spacewalks, closer to being ready for the arrival of new U.S. commercial crewed spacecraft with the completion of a trio of two-astronaut excursions.
01 March 2015, 12:41 PM ET
Astronomers discovered the most gigantic black hole yet known and Leonard Nimoy — Mr. Spock from the beloved "Star Trek" series — passed away at the age of 83. Here are Space.com's pics for the top space stories of the week.
01 March 2015, 11:25 AM ET
The countdown is on to the launch of Apollo 18 and you're invited to witness it from New York City's Times Square. 'Apollo XVIII' by artist Marco Brambilla weaves footage from NASA missions with computer renderings to form a countdown to a fictional moon
01 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Dawn is scheduled to reach Ceres — the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — Thursday night. The probe has been headed for Ceres since September 2012, when it departed Vesta, the asteroid belt's second-biggest denizen.
28 February 2015, 09:14 PM ET
We all know and love the moon. We’re so assured that we only have one that we don’t even give it a specific name.
28 February 2015, 08:37 PM ET
Indigenous Australians have been developing complex knowledge systems for tens of thousands of years. These knowledge systems - which seek to understand, explain, and predict nature - are passed to successive generations through oral tradition.
28 February 2015, 03:32 PM ET
From a record-setting parafoil flight to a newly-tested space plane, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 1, 2015.
27 February 2015, 09:39 PM ET
NASA astronaut Mike Fincke and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano talk about the inspiration that Star Trek's Mr. Spock delivered to humanity's on-going mission to explore.