Space News Archive
11 December 2014, 02:31 PM ET
What would you send to the moon? A precious family heirloom? A lock of hair? For a price, you could send a small object of your choosing to the lunar surface.
11 December 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The presence of liquid water is just one of many factors that researchers need to take into account when investigating the past or present habitability of Mars or any other cosmic body, researcher Pamela Conrad says.
11 December 2014, 12:47 PM ET
The signal, spotted in the Perseus galaxy cluster and the Andromeda galaxy, corresponds to no known particle or atom and thus may have been produced by dark matter.
11 December 2014, 12:32 PM ET
Odd X-ray photon blasts from the Andromeda Galaxy, the Perseus cluster and our own Milky Way correspond to theoretical predictions of Dark Matter, which may make up 80% of our universe’s mass.
11 December 2014, 12:13 PM ET
Pioneering female astronomer Annie Jump Cannon was immortalized in Google-doodle form today. Cannon came up with the modern system for classifying stars
11 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" cleaned up with four major Golden Globe nominations announced today (Dec. 11). The other big space movie of 2014, "Interstellar," also garnered one nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press.
11 December 2014, 07:50 AM ET
Looking at the latest mission patch destined for the space station, you would never know it was created by actor Seth Green. The six-sided emblem features no references to the celebrity's roles, but it does include a subtle nod to his personal character.
11 December 2014, 07:30 AM ET
The image shows a geological phenomenon known as "cross-bedding" within Whale Rock, part of an outcrop at the base of Mount Sharp, a mountain that rises 3.4 miles into the sky from the center of Mars' huge Gale Crater.
11 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Data gathered by NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes, which launched in August 2012, show that the donut-shaped Van Allen belts present a nearly impenetrable barrier to high-energy electrons, keeping them from hitting Earth.
11 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is beaming home amazing photos of the Red Planet.
10 December 2014, 05:19 PM ET
NASA's new mega rocket will probably not be launching for the first time in 2017, a NASA official said before the U.S. Congress today (Dec. 10).
10 December 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Just in time for the festive period, the Hubble Space Telescope has released a dazzling image of a globular star cluster filled with stellar glitter.
10 December 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Asteroids, not comets, may have delivered most of Earth's water to the planet when the solar system was young, new data from a probe orbiting a comet suggests.
10 December 2014, 10:05 AM ET
NASA officials and space station partners will host a news conference Thursday (Dec. 18) to discuss the planned one-year mission to the International Space Station at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT).
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A meteorite that crashed down in California's gold country is showing off treasures of a different sort: small diamonds that could tell scientists more about the insides of asteroids.
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Technicians unloaded the Orion capsule from the USS Anchorage Monday night (Dec. 8) in San Diego, about 600 miles from the spot where the U.S. Navy ship retrieved Orion after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Friday (Dec. 5).
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The president congratulated Orion's chief engineer and her team for Friday's successful test flight, which marked the farthest a human-spaceflight vehicle has traveled since the end of NASA's Apollo program in 1972.
10 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Assembly, test and launch operations began recently for NASA's InSight lander, which aims to study the interior of Mars to learn more about how the solar system's rocky planets formed 4.5 bilion years ago.
09 December 2014, 10:56 PM ET
This dazzling space wallpaper from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile shows the bright star cluster Messier 7.
09 December 2014, 06:40 PM ET
"Usually what we do isn't rocket science, unless it is", the U.S. president joked as the lead in to a congratulatory message to NASA's Orion chief engineer Julie Kramer. He made the remarks at the conference for senior leaders of the Senior Executive
09 December 2014, 06:01 PM ET
A privately built robotic cargo spaceship has a new ride to the International Space Station. In the wake of October's Antares rocket explosion, Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft will next launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
09 December 2014, 02:50 PM ET
In a section from his book 'Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars,' Lee Billings discusses how the need for energy is tied to the search for intelligent life in the universe.
09 December 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Claims that scientists have discovered a huge asteroid that could threaten Earth aren't correct, according to NASA.
09 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Research by a political science professor shows opinions on space exploration are influenced by a person's religious beliefs.
09 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
During a Dec. 16 launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth in a controlled landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
09 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The countdown is on to the holidays! If you have a space exploration enthusiast in your life, your mission now is to find gifts that are sure to launch some holiday cheer. To help, collectSPACE.com presents five out-of-this-world gift ideas.
08 December 2014, 04:57 PM ET
The towering dunes on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, which are similar to the sandy hills of the Sahara, are not formed continuously over time, but by short, powerful rogue winds, researchers say.
08 December 2014, 03:55 PM ET
One of the treats awaiting owners of a new telescope is their first look at the giant planet Jupiter and its four tiny moons.
08 December 2014, 03:31 PM ET
Curiosity has found evidence that the 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater, which the rover has been studying since August 2012, hosted a large lake long ago. Runoff into this lake eventually built up Mount Sharp, mission scientists say.
08 December 2014, 02:11 PM ET
Data from NASA's Curiosity rover indicates that lake bottom sediment formed the lower layers of Mount Sharp over approximately 1 million years.
08 December 2014, 12:15 PM ET
A gamma-ray burst, the most powerful kind of explosion known in the universe, may have triggered a mass extinction on Earth within the past billion years, researchers say.