Space News Archive
23 July 2015, 12:00 PM ET
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has spotted more than 500 new potential alien planets, including an Earth-like planet amid a dozen that may be capable of supporting life.
23 July 2015, 09:46 AM ET
A simulation has been developed to show how the gravitational field of a black hole disrupts a star. As the star is ingested, an accretion disk of stellar material is formed.
23 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
There's nothing worse than missing a fantastic night-sky viewing event because of bad weather. Here are some websites that can help you figure out when your local skies will be prime for skywatching.
23 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
In a new teleconference at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) Thursday (July 23), NASA will unveil a potentially exciting discovery regarding the search for alien planets by the Kepler Space Telescope.
23 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Each summer, amateurs all over the world look forward to observing August's famous Perseid meteors, but they often overlook no fewer than six showers that begin in July, with three reaching their maximum this month.
23 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
A new guide breaks down how to choose a career in the space industry — and how to land a truly out-of-this-world job.
22 July 2015, 05:42 PM ET
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Kimiya Yui launched aboard from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 22nd, 2015.
22 July 2015, 05:20 PM ET
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of Japan blasted off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today at 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT). The trio arrived at the space station at 10:45 p.m. EDT.
22 July 2015, 04:06 PM ET
Space fans of New York City rejoice: This weekend, the U.S.S. Intrepid is hosting a festival celebrating space and science that will offer displays, exhibits, activities and guest appearances, including from Alan Stern and Pamela Melroy.
22 July 2015, 02:29 PM ET
If you're weary of the rat race, some ideas from Captain Kirk and Captain Picard could help you get out of it earlier.
22 July 2015, 02:04 PM ET
Not only has NASA’s New Horizons mission confirmed that Pluto has an extended atmosphere, after its historic flyby on July 14, the spacecraft observed a “cavity” in the solar wind, revealing a long plasma tail reminiscent of a comet’s ion tail.
22 July 2015, 01:27 PM ET
What is blue, gold, and silver and links the final manned mission to launch to the moon with the next crew flying to the International Space Station? The Soyuz TMA-17M crew's mission patch.
22 July 2015, 11:26 AM ET
The guitar player and astrophysicist was at the New Horizons' mission control when the "first 2 by 2 mosaic full-planet picture was downloaded from the probe." He assembled the two images for viewing in a stereoscopic viewer.
22 July 2015, 07:07 AM ET
Prior to the June 28 Falcon 9 rocket explosion, SpaceX had enjoyed 20 straight successful launches over a seven-year stretch. That track record perhaps made the company a bit complacent, Musk told reporters Monday (July 20).
22 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Japan's Kimiya Yui are scheduled to blast off aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT). Watch the launch here on Space.com.
22 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The mysterious smudges central to this new image are an ancient galaxy in the throes of formation — and for the first time we can glimpse its off-kilter structure. See how the galaxy BDF 3299 is revealing clues of the early universe.
22 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Curiosity rover on Mars has turned its cameras skyward and found sunspots brewing on the far side of the sun, a view that's impossible to get from Earth.
21 July 2015, 05:48 PM ET
New Horizons has spotted a second mountain range inside Tombaugh Regio, the 1,200-mile-wide (2,000 kilometers) heart-shaped feature that mission team members named after Pluto's discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh.
21 July 2015, 03:10 PM ET
Claudia Alexander, a beloved NASA project scientist who spearheaded NASA's side of the comet-exploring Rosetta mission and Galileo mission investigating Jupiter, has died at age 56.
21 July 2015, 02:44 PM ET
The Medigus Ltd's micro ScoutCam™ 1.2 is the borescope camera on NASA’s Visual Inspection Poseable Invertebrate Robot (VIPIR) tool.
21 July 2015, 02:24 PM ET
New photos captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic Pluto flyby last week reveal intriguing new details about Nix and Hydra, two of the dwarf planet's five satellites.
21 July 2015, 01:43 PM ET
Hydra and Nix were snapped from a distance of ~600,000 kilometers on July 13th and again on July 14th at a distance of 231,000 kilometers (Hydra) and 165,000 kilometers (Nix).
21 July 2015, 10:23 AM ET
The NASA New Horizons' long-range imaging camera (LORRI) has sent back the best views of the icy dwarf that humanity has ever seen and there is more to come. It is a panchromatic CCD camera that is 2 feet long with a 8.2-inch aperture
21 July 2015, 08:04 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto just got funky (with awesome results) in this music video, which blends a healthy dose of science with the tune "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson , featuring Bruno Mars.
21 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Searching for life on exoplanets can be a challenge if the planet is covered in clouds — but a new technique could identify cloudy planets before astronomers spend precious telescope time studying them.
21 July 2015, 07:59 AM ET
Marvel's newest movie may have only an ant-size relation to space, but overall, the Marvel Cinematic Universe's space-based plot points are quickly going galactic.n.
21 July 2015, 07:51 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force's DMSP-F13 satellite blew apart on Feb. 3, spawning a new cloud of space junk. Early indications pointed to a problem with the satellite's power system, and those suspicions have now been borne out by the full investigation.
21 July 2015, 02:10 AM ET
Famed physicist Stephen Hawking helped launch a major new search for intelligent alien life, despite having strong fears that such creatures would destroy humanity.
20 July 2015, 04:41 PM ET
The Space Launch System RS-25 engine was test fired at NASA's Stennis Space Center on July 17th, 2015. The engine was tested at several power levels, "including a period of firing at 109 percent of the engine’s rated power," according to NASA.
20 July 2015, 03:53 PM ET
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said today (July 20) that the June 28 failure of its Falcon 9 rocket was likely caused by a faulty steel strut on the upper stage, which broke during ascent, leading to the destruction of the rocket and Dragon capsule.
20 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
NASA released today (July 20) the first image of the sunlit side of Earth taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) spacecraft from its final science orbit, and the beautiful photo has already made quite an impact.
20 July 2015, 12:13 PM ET
A new $100 million, 10-year search for intelligent life in the universe was announced today (July 20) by famed scientist Stephen Hawking and other prominent researchers.