Space News Archive
25 June 2015, 12:31 PM ET
The Terrier-Improved Orion rocket carrying student experiments launched from the Wallops Flight Facility to an altitude of 71.4 miles on June 25th, 2015. The payload parachuted into the Atlantic Ocean.
25 June 2015, 09:56 AM ET
Sunspot AR12371 has been very busy, erupting with M-class flares that blasted coronal mass ejections (CME) toward Earth. Auroras have been seen as far south as Arizona.
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The extreme environments of Earth could serve as a time machine to Mars' past, showing us how microbial life could have coped with the changes on the red planet.
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
You can see the moon's famous Copernicus crater tonight (June 25) along the lunar terminator — the line that separates shadow from light.
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
More than 100 artifacts from the estate of one of the first "significant space collectors" are being auctioned in Boston. The auction, hosted by RR Auction, features many of the stand-out pieces curated by Leon Ford, who died in August 2014.
24 June 2015, 06:00 PM ET
In anticipation of the New Horizons probe making a close flyby of Pluto on July 14, this sky chart can help you spot the dwarf planet in the night sky (with the assistance of a high-power telescope).
24 June 2015, 05:12 PM ET
Singer-songwriter Craig Werth has written a song called "Oh Pluto" to highlight and celebrate NASA's New Horizons mission, which will give the world its first up-close looks at the dwarf planet during a highly anticipated flyby on July 14.
24 June 2015, 05:00 PM ET
On the surface of Mars, researchers have identified deposits of impact glass created in meteorite collisions, which could potentially hold signatures of life.
24 June 2015, 04:13 PM ET
The newly observed "X-ray echo" — the largest and brightest of its type ever caught on camera — has allowed researchers to pin down the location of the neutron star Circinus X-1, which lies 30,700 light-years from Earth.
24 June 2015, 02:54 PM ET
Astrophotographer John Chumack (galacticimages.com) captured about 1.5 hours of aurora images on March 31st, 2015, and time-lapsed them. He used a Canon 6D DSLR with a Star Adventurer panning device.
24 June 2015, 02:23 PM ET
Astronomers have detected carbon smog permeating the interstellar atmospheres of early galaxies, confirming that these ancient galaxies were mostly dust free. The discovery should shed light on how galaxies grew in the universe's early days.
24 June 2015, 01:29 PM ET
A Neptune-size planet with a giant plume of gas streaming behind it like a comet's tail has been discovered by astronomers, and is the first such planet ever discovered.
24 June 2015, 01:05 PM ET
ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle flew an autonomous sub-orbital mission on 11 February 2015. Simple as a capsule, but with aerodynamics of a winged craft, the IXV could bring back astronauts or do other important missions.
24 June 2015, 11:40 AM ET
The Rosetta probe, which is currently orbiting a comet as it hurtles around the sun, has been given an extended lifetime that will likely end with the spacecraft falling down onto the surface of the comet, officials announced yesterday.
24 June 2015, 09:44 AM ET
As matter is pulled toward a rotating black hole, it reaches an area where all must spin in roughly the same direction.
24 June 2015, 08:54 AM ET
X-rays bouncing off of dust clouds surrounding the erupting neutron star Circinus X-1 let astrophysicists work out the star’s position. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton had been tasked to examine the X-ray source.
24 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Venus' volcanoes are likely still spewing out lava, a new study suggests.The European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft observed temperatures spiking by several hundred degrees Fahrenheit in some spots on the planet's surface.
24 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Alien worlds with helium skies might be fairly common throughout the universe, researchers say. Indeed, one such helium-rich exoplanet might have already been discovered just 33 light-years from Earth.
24 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
While previous research had confirmed the presence of beautiful "southern lights" on Mars, the new study predicts for the first time that the auroras of the Red Planet may be visible to the human eye.
23 June 2015, 05:31 PM ET
Mercury is a difficult object to spot, because it's always clinging closely to the sun’s apron strings. So you might be excused for missing its brief appearance this week in the dawn skies.
23 June 2015, 05:05 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has spotted a strange dark patch at the pole of Pluto's big moon Charon, further whetting researchers' appetites ahead of the probe's epic flyby of the dwarf planet system next month.
23 June 2015, 03:44 PM ET
Composer James Horner, who wrote the scores for "Aliens," "Apollo 13," "Avatar," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and many other high-profile films, died Monday (June 22) in a plane crash, according to media reports.
23 June 2015, 02:14 PM ET
Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov will fly to the International Space Station in the fall, filling the seat earlier reserved for British soprano Sarah Brightman. Brightman's backup Satoshi Takamatsu will wait for a later flight.
23 June 2015, 11:34 AM ET
Auroras reached as far south as Philadelphia yesterday (June 22) after a massive burst of particles was ejected from the sun and pummeled Earth's atmosphere. This strong solar storm continues to rage, and auroras are expected be visible again tonight.
23 June 2015, 09:06 AM ET
Images captured between May 29th and June 18th, 2015 resolve patches on the icy dwarf's surface and suggest that one of Charon’s poles might be significantly less bright than the bulk of the moon.
23 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Jupiter may have traveled throughout the early solar system, transporting material that eventually formed the terrestrial planets, including Earth, a new study suggests.
23 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
During its 13.5 years in orbit, Mars Odyssey has spotted the first evidence of water ice on Mars, mapped the entire Red Planet surface in vivid detail, and coordinated the Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers' communications with Earth.
23 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA hopes to send robotic submarines into Europa's subsurface ocean someday, and researchers are currently testing out some prototypes in Antarctica.
22 June 2015, 06:15 PM ET
A video released last week by the private spaceflight company Blue Origin featuring a former NASA astronaut offers a tantalizing look at the private space trips the company plans to offer.
22 June 2015, 05:57 PM ET
Construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano, which was halted in April after a series of protests, will resume on Wednesday (June 24), project representatives said in a statement issued over the weekend.
22 June 2015, 05:30 PM ET
The runway in Florida where space shuttles touched down for nearly 30 years has a new commercial mission. NASA handed over its historic Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to Space Florida to advance a new era of spaceflight.
22 June 2015, 04:47 PM ET
A monster black hole in the heart of a barred spiral galaxy called NGC 1097 has the mass of 140 million suns, according to new measurements. A vivid video by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory describes how researchers "weighed" the black hole.