Space News Archive
20 January 2015, 04:50 PM ET
Scientists saw repeating pulses from a quasar — a bright galactic core powered by at least one huge black hole — and say the light is likely being generated during the latter stages of a monster black hole collision.
20 January 2015, 03:53 PM ET
When astrobiologists contemplate life on nearby planets or moons, they often suggest such life would be simple. Instead of there being some kind of multicellular organism on, say, Jupiter's moon Europa, scientists instead aim to find something more like a
20 January 2015, 03:37 PM ET
A new study shows that organic compounds carried in icy bodies can survive high-speed impacts and transfer to a target.
20 January 2015, 03:00 PM ET
WorldVu Satellites has secured Qualcomm and Richard Branson’s Virgin Group as investors in the OneWeb satellite Internet constellation.
20 January 2015, 01:51 PM ET
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has captured amazing new images of the dwarf planet Ceres ahead of the probe's March 6 arrival at the giant space rockk. See the images here.
20 January 2015, 01:45 PM ET
SBIRS will be among the first programs subjected to an acquisition reform initiative that will help find favorable trade-offs between cost and capability.
20 January 2015, 11:59 AM 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.
20 January 2015, 11:38 AM ET
Elon Musk says SpaceX has filed paperwork for a global satellite Internet project to eventually include some 4,000 satellites and service within 5 years.
20 January 2015, 09:33 AM ET
A list of the upcoming rocket launches around the world.
20 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Astrophotographer Jaspal Chadha took this image over four nights in December 2014 and January 2015.
20 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Does the Milky Way have a skeleton at its core? Scientists are uncovering cosmic "bones" that could help them uncover the larger structure of the galaxy.
19 January 2015, 03:58 PM ET
NASA's Dawn mission snapped imagery of Ceres at a distance of 238,000 miles (about the same distance between the Earth and the Moon) on Jan. 13th, 2015. The images show 'hint of craters' according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
19 January 2015, 09:50 AM ET
A new alien-planet–hunting telescope has just come online in Chile, and it could help scientists peer into the atmospheres of relatively small planets circling nearby stars.
18 January 2015, 09:31 AM ET
From a false alarm on the International Space Station, to finding a long-lost lander on Mars, this has been a big week for news. Here are Space.com's picks for the biggest space stories of the week.
17 January 2015, 08:16 AM ET
A team of scientists has published the results of an investigative survey into the Sutter's Mill meteorite that landed in California in 2012.
16 January 2015, 04:18 PM ET
Contruction team members talk about the progress being made on rolling out Virgin Galactic's new private spaceship.
16 January 2015, 02:20 PM ET
At least two planets larger than Earth likely lurk in the dark depths of space far beyond Pluto, just waiting to be discovered, a new analysis of the orbits of "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" (ETNOs) suggests.
16 January 2015, 02:20 PM ET
Elon Musk — founder of the private spaceflight company SpaceX — has released a series of amazing images showing the fiery fate of a rocket stage during a reusable rocket test on Jan. 10. SpaceX also released an amazing video of the crash.
16 January 2015, 01:45 PM ET
The first crew to embark on a yearlong International Space Station mission could help NASA get to Mars.
16 January 2015, 11:56 AM ET
Planetary geologist Timothy Parker of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab explains how the HiRise camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was tasked to locate Beagle 2, which landed on Christmas Day, 2003 but never successfully signaled Earth.
16 January 2015, 11:38 AM ET
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.