Space News Archive
14 November 2014, 03:27 PM ET
The first Hasselblad camera to be flown into space has sold at auction for $275,000 to a UK collector who says in some respects the artifact was a bargain. The historic camera's new owner spoke with collectSPACE.com in an exclusive interview.
14 November 2014, 12:32 PM ET
Europe's Philae lander is expected to drill into the surface of its comet for the first time today (Nov. 14), in spite of the fact that the probe could be running out of battery life,,European Space Agency officials said today (Nov. 14).
14 November 2014, 11:16 AM ET
Three hours after the Chandra X-Ray Telescope detected one of the largest flares ever observed originating from the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antartica detected a high-energy neutrino.
14 November 2014, 07:30 AM ET
When the Philae attempted touchdown on comet 67P, it bounced off with nearly enough force to drift away into space.
14 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Europe's Rosetta mission pulled off the first-ever soft landing on a comet Wednesday thanks to a lot of great engineering and hard work — along with a healthy dose of luck, team members said.
14 November 2014, 06:56 AM ET
Researchers have been testing out "starshade" technology, which could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds by blocking the overpowering light of their parent stars.
13 November 2014, 08:39 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows extensive dust and small clumps of star formation in part of the Taurus star formation region.
13 November 2014, 08:04 PM ET
Uranus is finally having some summer storms, seven years after the planet reached its closest approach to the sun, leaving scientists wondering why the massive storms are so late.
13 November 2014, 05:29 PM ET
To the casual observer, the moon may be only an occasional highlight in the night sky. But if you track the moon through its monthly phases, you might be surprised by what you see.
13 November 2014, 04:03 PM ET
: Late autumn is an excellent time to observe four of the most variable stars in the sky: Mira, Algol, and Delta Cephei. As their name suggests, variable stars are ones that, for one reason or another, varies in brightness over time.
13 November 2014, 11:41 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Philae lander bounced not once but twice before completing its historic comet landing on Nov. 12, 2014. See the first photos from Comet 67P's surface and a status update on the Rosetta mission.
13 November 2014, 11:10 AM ET
A soft landing on the surface of comet 67P/C-G was successfully completed on Nov. 12th, 2014. The Philae lander and its mothership Rosetta probe both snapped imagery of the descent.
13 November 2014, 09:00 AM ET
The origins of organic matter found by Mars lander missions have long been debated, but a new study suggests a way to find out whether these chemicals of life came from the Red Planet or elsewhere.
13 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Europe's Philae lander is already gathering a wealth of data about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after touching down on the icy object Wednesday morning (Nov. 12).
12 November 2014, 04:27 PM ET
Europe's Philae lander made history Wednesday, touching down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But the probe's anchoring harpoons didn't fire as planned, and Philae may have bounced off the surface before settling back again.
12 November 2014, 04:20 PM ET
During a nail-biting drop onto the surface of a comet, the European Space Agency's Philae spacecraft snapped a stunning photo of its icy target. See the close up view of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
12 November 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Scientists and space fans aren't the only ones excited by the unprecedented comet landing performed by the European Space Agency today (Nov. 12). The folks behind Google's whimsical doodles are joining the celebration, too.
12 November 2014, 02:44 PM ET
Investigators have talked to the pilot who survived the tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last month, and say that he didn't know that his copilot unlocked the space plane's re-entry system early.
12 November 2014, 01:25 PM ET
NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule has arrived at the launch pad, where it will lift off on an uncrewed test flight in support of the space agency's plans for future astronaut missions beyond Earth orbit.
12 November 2014, 12:32 PM ET
The mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe may behave more like wavy fluids than solid particles, helping to explain the shapes of galaxies, a new study suggests.
12 November 2014, 11:46 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission's lander successfully landed on the surface of comet 67P/C-G on Nov. 11, 2014. ESA's mission control erupts in celebration on landing confirmation.
12 November 2014, 11:13 AM ET
For the first time in history, a spacecraft built on Earth has softly landed on the face of a comet speeding through deep space.
12 November 2014, 10:29 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission released the Philae lander on Nov. 12th, 2014. It was due to land on Comet 67P/C-G seven hours later.
12 November 2014, 09:40 AM ET
A European spacecraft is attempting to make history by landing on a comet in deep space, and amazing new photos show the daring endeavor in action.
12 November 2014, 09:19 AM ET
The space agency is a "junior partner" int he European Space Agency's Rosetta mission and has contributed 3 instruments to the 'mothership'. They have also delivered telemetry on the probe.
12 November 2014, 07:10 AM ET
After a nail-biting silence, European scientists are back in touch with a probe currently descending to the face of a comet speeding through deep space.
12 November 2014, 04:03 AM ET
If all went according to plan, the European Space Agency's Philae lander separated from its Rosetta mothership at 3:35 a.m. EST Wednesday, beginning a long, slow journey down to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
11 November 2014, 10:28 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows how the effect of gravitational lensing around a normal galaxy focuses the light coming from a very distant star-forming galaxy merger to created a distorted, but brighter view.
11 November 2014, 07:05 PM ET
Planetary Ventures LLC will lease Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA), which is currently managed by NASA's Ames Research Center, and restore the facility's historic Hangar One, a huge building that has been a Silicon Valley landmark since the 1930s.
11 November 2014, 06:56 PM ET
Scientists have picked up on the mysterious "song" of a comet speeding through deep space.
11 November 2014, 02:16 PM ET
Scientists on Earth are hoping to land a probe on the face of a comet for the first time Wednesday (Nov. 12), and they are now one step closer to accomplishing that goal.
11 November 2014, 01:14 PM ET
The Rosetta probe's Philae Lander will attempt a soft-landing on comet 67P/C-G on Nov. 11th, 2014. It will take the lander a few hours to reach the surface after it is deployed.