Space News Archive
16 January 2015, 09:37 AM ET
The U.K.-built Beagle 2 Mars lander went missing in December 2003 when it failed to radio home after a Christmas Day landing attempt.
16 January 2015, 09:30 AM ET
Scientists announced today (Jan. 16) that NASA's sharp-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted Beagle 2, which was part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission.
16 January 2015, 09:10 AM ET
See photos revealing the United Kingdom's Beagle 2 lander on Mars. Officials lost contact with the lander before ever finding out if it made it to the Martian surface safely. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured images of the lost lander.
16 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Asteroids have long been regarded as planetary building blocks. But they may actually be byproducts of planet formation, born when violent collisions smashed protoplanets apart, a new study suggests.
16 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
More than 22,000 pieces of space junk at least 4 inches (10 centimeters) wide are now being tracked in Earth’s orbit. Cleaning up this mess — and preventing it from getting worse — will take a sustained international effort, experts say.
15 January 2015, 07:41 PM ET
The NASA probe launched in January 2005 and will encounter Pluto in the summer of 2015.
15 January 2015, 04:52 PM ET
There are always interesting and unusual things to see in the night sky, even if you don’t own a telescope. Saturn, the moon and several other night sky objects are currently starring in a celestial show before sunrise, but only for those early birds who
15 January 2015, 04:31 PM ET
Early Friday morning, if skies are clear, you have a good chance to catch sight of a lovely waning crescent moon pairing off with the ringed wonder of the solar system: the planet Saturn.
15 January 2015, 04:17 PM ET
NASA and Russia are launching a joint one year mission to the International Space Station. NASA's Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will blast off to the orbiting outpost on March 28, 2015.
15 January 2015, 03:12 PM ET
A federal surplus auction is selling a NASA flown-in-space artifact that may be worth its weight in gold — because it is gold. The six 24 karat gold plates reportedly flew in space for 69 months.
15 January 2015, 02:50 PM ET
Alien planets that orbit close to their parent stars may be at high risk of the ultimate hot-cold scenario, with one side stuck in permanent daylight while the other shrouded in everlasting night.
15 January 2015, 02:40 PM ET
The two big space movies of 2014 — "The Theory of Everything" and "Interstellar" — have both been nominated for five Academy Awards.
15 January 2015, 12:43 PM ET
NASA's SMAP’s (Soil Moisture Active Passive) large antenna will give let the satellite measure wide swaths of land. Obtaining worldwide soil moisture measurements every 2 or 3 days, SMAP may boost crop productivity, protect forests and ameliorate flo
15 January 2015, 07:27 AM ET
While most full moons of the year look similar, they each have unique names. Full moon names date back to Native Americans, living in what is now the northern and eastern United States.
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Sugars may form in the types of ice found in deep space — a finding that could help to explain how comets and meteorites could have seeded the primordial Earth with key ingredients for life.
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe today (Jan. 15) began its six-month approach to Pluto, which will culminate with the first-ever close flyby of the dwarf planet on July 14.
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
What do you want to know about the upcoming one-year mission to the International Space Station? NASA officials will discuss the yearlong station mission in a series of news conferences Thursday (Jan. 15), and you can watch the briefings live online.
15 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover began conducting "mini-drill" tests on a rock dubbed Mojave this week, to assess the stone's suitability for a full-up drilling and sample-collection operation.
14 January 2015, 05:40 PM ET
A large asteroid about a third of a mile wide will buzz safely by Earth on Jan. 26, and mark the planet's closest encounter with a space rock of its size until 2027.
14 January 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Crewmembers on the International Space Station have now been allowed into the U.S. segment of the orbiting outpost, after a false alarm caused astronauts to evacuate that part of the station early Wednesday (Jan. 14).
14 January 2015, 03:38 PM ET
Ten years ago today (Jan. 14), humanity got its first up-close look at Saturn's huge moon Titan, a bizarre, frigid world that may be capable of supporting life as we know it.
14 January 2015, 03:23 PM ET
A NASA space telescope has spotted a colossal black hole chowing down on gas from a distant collision between two doomed galaxies.
14 January 2015, 01:14 PM ET
The sun released its first significant solar flare of 2015 on Monday night, and started off the New Year with a BANG! See the video
14 January 2015, 01:00 PM ET
A possible ammonia leak on the International Space Station triggered an evacuation of astronauts and cosmonauts to the Russian side of the orbiting outpost, but now, NASA flight controllers think it was likely a false alarm.
14 January 2015, 12:46 PM ET
International Space Station program manager Mike Suffredini talks about how the astronauts responded to the ammonia leak alarm in the early morning hours of Jan. 14th, 2015.
14 January 2015, 10:32 AM ET
On Jan. 26th, 2015, Asteroid 2004 BL86 will become the largest known space rock to fly this close to Earth (nearest approach = ~745,000 miles).
14 January 2015, 09:10 AM ET
An alarm suggesting a potentially toxic ammonia leak on the International Space Station early Wednesday (Jan. 14) forced astronauts to evacuate the U.S. side of the orbiting lab, but NASA says there is no proof such a leak actually occurred.
14 January 2015, 07:40 AM ET
The HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) photographed the crater, which lies in the Red Planet's equatorial Elysium Planitia region, on Dec. 2, 2014.
14 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Using NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, scientists have refined their ability to nail down the ages of individual stars by measuring the objects' mass and how quickly they rotate.
14 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On Dec. 29, CIA officials suggested via Twitter that many UFOs reported in the 1950s and '60s were actually high-flying U-2 spy planes.
14 January 2015, 06:00 AM ET
12 telescopes of the Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) at the European Southern Observatory at Paranal, Chile have begun to measure stellar brightness over time to spot of Neptune-sized and smaller planets in orbit around far away stars.
13 January 2015, 05:21 PM ET
New images and a movie show Comet Lovejoy in all its glowing green glory.