Space News Archive
28 January 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
28 January 2015, 12:40 PM ET
Conditions on the planet Mercury would make living there a challenge. See what the days and nights might be like on the closest planet to the sun in our infographic.
28 January 2015, 12:40 PM ET
Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, has been studied by multiple spacecraft throughout the years.
28 January 2015, 12:40 PM ET
NASA is gearing up to test an innovative new robot built to explore some of Earth's most inhospitable places: the fiery heart of volcanoes. And the hardy robot may one day help scientists explore volcanoes on other worlds.
28 January 2015, 07:20 AM ET
A greenhouse fire on Dec. 29 halted a simulated Red Planet mission at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
28 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA officials are conducting ceremonies at several different sites around the country to pay tribute to the astronauts killed in 1967's Apollo 1 fire and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle accidents.
27 January 2015, 06:17 PM ET
Known by some as 'God's Hand,' the faint CG4 object is nothing like a comet. Discovered in 1976, CG4 might be an ordinary spherical star remnant distorted by nearby supernovas or fierce stellar winds from hot massive short-lived stars. 
27 January 2015, 05:47 PM ET
NASA's next Earth-observing satellite is ready to launch Thursday (Jan. 29), and it could vastly improve the way scientists monitor droughts around the world.
27 January 2015, 04:40 PM ET
The newfound exoplanets circle a star that's 11.2 billion years old and are all Venus-size or smaller. They are, therefore, all rocky, though scientists know nothing else about their composition.
27 January 2015, 03:21 PM ET
Skilled mathematician and passionate painter Ed Belbruno – whose worldview and life experiences differ from what is typically expected of a scientist – is profiled in the new documentary, "Painting the Way to the Moon."
27 January 2015, 02:26 PM ET
Slated to be the world’s most powerful rocket when it flies, Falcon Heavy will attempt to return it’s core stage and boosters for rapid refurbishment and reuse. SpaceX is confident its accuracy will be sufficient to park the booster elements on land
27 January 2015, 01:36 PM ET
Tantalizing new images of the nearest dwarf planet to Earth are revealing never-before-seen surface features of the mysterious space rock.
27 January 2015, 12:06 PM ET
NASA cannot put astronauts on Mars in the 2030s under current funding, experts interviewed for an unreleased movie say.
27 January 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Vesta was once thought to be dry, but gullies on the walls of impact craters suggest that water flowed briefly on the protoplanet's surface in the relatively recent past.
27 January 2015, 09:56 AM ET
As NASA's Dawn mission approaches Ceres, it will continue to deliver imagery with better resolution than the last. This current set of images were snapped from 147,000 miles away on Jan. 25th, 2015.
27 January 2015, 07:35 AM ET
The Planetary Society's first LightSail spacecraft will blast off in May from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, to test out critical systems and technologies ahead of a more involved orbital trial in 2016.
27 January 2015, 07:26 AM ET
In the newest episode of the long-running cartoon TV show, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is "quietly" traveling the United States in his crewed Dragon spacecraft searching for something to inspire him.
27 January 2015, 07:20 AM ET
Asteroid 2004 BL86 cruised within 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of Earth Monday morning — about 3 times the distance between our planet and the moon. And the space rock wasn't alone.
26 January 2015, 11:00 PM ET
The online Slooh observatory offered a free webcast Thursday (Jan. 29) at 5:30 p.m. EST (2230 GMT) to track Comet Lovejoy as it makes its closest approach to the sun.
26 January 2015, 06:35 PM ET
A monster storm's claws are definitely out in the satellite photos, which were captured from Saturday through Monday (Jan. 24 to Jan. 26) and combined into a new movie that shows the storm's development and movement.
26 January 2015, 06:35 PM ET
NASA Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California obtained radar imagery of asteroid 2004 BL86, that flew by Earth at ~3.1 times the distance of the Moon on Jan. 26th, 2015.
26 January 2015, 05:07 PM ET
The private spaceflight companies Boeing and SpaceX are on track to start launching NASA astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, representatives of both firms say.
26 January 2015, 04:06 PM ET
A mountain-size asteroid buzzed Earth Monday morning (Jan. 26) in a close encounter that's already revealing new information about the space rock, including an improved measurement of its size and confirmation of at least one moon.
26 January 2015, 03:03 PM ET
The interplanetary dust particles that fall to Earth from outer space apparently come from comets, according to the latest findings from Europe's Rosetta spacecraft. This discovery could shed light on the origins of Earth and the rest of the solar system.
26 January 2015, 12:56 PM ET
Space.com, the premier destination for innovation, technology, entertainment, astronomy and space news, is now accepting submissions for the Space.com Space Age Awards at Toy Fair 2015 in February.
26 January 2015, 12:16 PM ET
The NOAA GOES-13 satellite captured the massive winter storm bearing down on the east coast of the United States on Jan. 26th, 2015. GOES ‘sees’ infrared radiant energy and reflected visible light.
26 January 2015, 11:12 AM ET
ESA is developing its vision for lunar exploration. This film details all moon missions date and projects future robotic and extended human missions on the surface.
26 January 2015, 09:12 AM ET
A huge asteroid will become the largest space rock of its kind to pass closest to Earth until 2027 today (Jan. 26) when it zooms safely by Earth beyond the orbit of the moon. You can see the space rock's flyby live online.
26 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
NASA, SpaceX and Boeing will host a news conference Monday (Jan. 26) to update the public on the progress of the space agency's commercial crew program. You can watch the press event live on Space.com.
26 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Alan Stern, principal investigator of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto, talks to Space.com about the probe's July 14 flyby of the dwarf planet.
25 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A new investigative organization has just kick-started the creation of a worldwide UFO database, which will allow people around the globe to report their supposed extraterrestrial encounters.
25 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A "faster-than-light" experiment could be a real-world tool for studying the cosmos, according to research presented this month at the 225th American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle.