Space News Archive
02 October 2015, 02:52 PM ET
A NASA spacecraft makes more than just a cameo appearance in "The Martian," Ridley Scott's new movie about an astronaut alone and stranded on Mars. Mission leaders help fact check the movie's replica of the historic Mars lander.
02 October 2015, 07:55 AM ET
NASA has been helping promote the new film "The Martian," which hits theaters across the United States today (Oct. 1), as a way to publicize its own plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s.
02 October 2015, 07:50 AM ET
A planet with liquid water on the surface and titanium oxide deposited by meteors could produce oxygen in the atmosphere without the need for life.
02 October 2015, 07:50 AM ET
In honor of Oktoberfest, we taste-tested beer made from moon dust and space yeast. Plus, we made suggestions for space-themed beers.
02 October 2015, 07:43 AM ET
Movies adapted from successful books don't always capture the magic of the original text but the upcoming film does a surprisingly good job conjuring the book's spirit.
01 October 2015, 06:55 PM ET
Russia's uncrewed Progress 61 freighter docked with the space station at 6:52 p.m. EDT today (Oct. 1), 6 hours after blasting off. The cargo vessel is stocked with more than 3 tons of food and supplies for the astronauts aboard the orbiting lab.
01 October 2015, 06:10 PM ET
As Hurricane Joaquin barrels across the Atlantic Ocean, NASA satellites are tracking the storm to determine how it will affect residents along the East Coast of the United States.
01 October 2015, 05:59 PM ET
From the Moon, to Auroras, to the Zodiacal Light and more, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory counts down their favorites for October in their 100th 'What's Up' episode.
01 October 2015, 05:36 PM ET
The storm, which was upgraded to Category 4 on Oct. 1st, 2015, was captured by the NOAA Goes-East satellite. Images from September 29th to October 1st have been compiled and looped.
01 October 2015, 04:33 PM ET
The satellites — the first of two Sky Muster Ka-band broadband satellites for Australia’s NBN Co. and the Arsat-2 Ku- and C-band telecommunications satellite for Arsat of Argentina — were both reported by their owners to be healthy in orbit and sending si
01 October 2015, 04:29 PM ET
The new photos were captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic flyby of Pluto on July 14. Mission team members combined some of the images into a new video that lets viewers fly over Charon's tortured surface.
01 October 2015, 02:01 PM ET
California-based company Moon Express, which aims to fly commercial missions to the moon and help unlock its resources, has signed a five-launch deal with Rocket Lab, with the first two robotic liftoffs scheduled to take place in 2017.
01 October 2015, 01:28 PM ET
Russia launched an unmanned cargo ship Thursday (Oct. 1) on a speedy trip to deliver tons of fresh supplies to a waiting crew on the International Space Station.
01 October 2015, 01:01 PM ET
A Soyuz rocket launched the cargo ship towards the International Space Station on Oct. 1st, 2015. It blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan carrying supplies and experiments for the ISS. It is scheduled to arrive about 6 hours later.
01 October 2015, 11:07 AM ET
It may seem strange at first, but by the time you get done seeing "The Martian," the new movie from director Ridley Scott, you will understand why 20th Century Fox wants to mail you a Mark Watney-stamped potato.
01 October 2015, 09:56 AM ET
Hubble Space Telescope observations of the Neptune-sized planet GJ 436b show that its extremely close host star is boiling the planet’s atmosphere away, leaving an Earth-sized rocky core, much like ‘our’ Neptune.
01 October 2015, 09:32 AM ET
A small team of rocket engineers pledge to construct a 3-stage, 22 ton vehicle to carry ‘your’ images, video and other digital media to the moon. Funders will have open access insight onto every phase of the project’s development.
01 October 2015, 09:09 AM ET
The Moonspike Kickstarter campaign launched today (Oct. 1) to raise $1 million to send a titanium payload crashing into the lunar surface to kick up a plume observable from orbit, its backers say.
01 October 2015, 07:25 AM ET
Director Ridley Scott's epic space movie "The Martian" is spectacular portrayal of an astronaut stranded on Mars with only his wits to survive.'s Dave Brody discusses the film with Scott in our exclusive interview.
01 October 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Scientists are testing a new microphone technology called the remote acoustic sensor (RAS), which is capable of capturing sounds within extreme and often inaccessible aerospace environments.
01 October 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has chosen five finalists for the next launch opportunity in its Discovery Program, which funds low-cost missions to destinations throughout the solar system. Two of the proposals are focused on Venus, while the other three center on asteroids.
30 September 2015, 06:01 PM ET
See photos and images of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the solar system yet known. Ceres is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will explore Ceres in 2015.
30 September 2015, 05:46 PM ET
In the film "The Martian" (2015), an astronaut played by Matt Damon has to improvise when his crew leaves him behind by accident. Here's a look at what Watney would need to stay alive on Mars.
30 September 2015, 05:20 PM ET
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and other actors in "The Martian" — as well as director Ridley Scott — recently got a chance to ask a few questions of real astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren. Watch the discussion in this new video.
30 September 2015, 05:04 PM ET
Forty-four years ago, the watch David Scott was wearing broke as he was out for a walk. Somehow, the crystal protecting the watch's face popped off. Fortunately, he had another watch to wear. That wouldn't be newsworthy had Scott not been on the moon at t
30 September 2015, 04:11 PM ET
The new maps from NASA's Dawn mission highlight the compositional and topographic differences across Ceres, the largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
30 September 2015, 04:04 PM ET writers Calla Cofield and Sarah Lewin investigate an imperial stout made with yeast flown in space, and preview a few other cosmic-themed brews. Note: employees do not drink on the job, unless it’s for the job.
30 September 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Are you ready for Mars? NASA is working to get the agency ready for a human mission to the Red Planet in a few decades, and is showcasing its personnel and projects online.
30 September 2015, 01:55 PM ET
A new photo book provides a "wide look" at the lunar surface vistas that the Apollo astronauts captured on film 45 years ago. "Apollo: The Panoramas" is now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
30 September 2015, 01:20 PM ET
Ariane Space, operators of the Ariane 5 rocket, were part of this year's annual Best of France event in New York City.
30 September 2015, 01:18 PM ET
The next two weeks provide an excellent opportunity to spot the brightest asteroid visible from Earth, Vesta — one of the best-known objects in the solar system.
30 September 2015, 11:56 AM ET
The dusty-red sphere now called Mars has fascinated stargazers since the dawn of humanity, but Earthlings' view of the planet has changed drastically over the years.