Space News Archive
05 November 2014, 03:16 PM ET
Karen Nyberg was seeing stars. A NASA astronaut, Nyberg wasn't in space or outside looking up at the Houston night sky. In fact, she was at that moment inside a convention center at the International Quilt Festival.
05 November 2014, 01:53 PM ET
The investigation into the explosion of a private rocket last week is eyeing the launch vehicle's first-stage engines, which were made in the Soviet Union at the height of the space race.
05 November 2014, 01:14 PM ET
An amazing new photo taken by a NASA probe shows Saturn and its large moon Titan shining as pretty crescents in deep space.
05 November 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Several influential congresspeople are among those calling for a mission to Europa, which is regarded by many scientists as the best place to search for life beyond Earth.
05 November 2014, 12:02 PM ET
The latest of four fireballs seen on Monday, Nov. 3, was spotted over Japan.
05 November 2014, 11:29 AM ET
A fireball was spotted over the east coast of the United States on Nov. 3rd, 2014. A Benwood, West Virginia Police Department cruiser captured footage of it.
05 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The long wait for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Interstellar" is finally over. "Interstellar," one of the most highly anticipated space-themed movies in years, opens in select IMAX theaters today ahead of its broad nationwide release on Friday.
05 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
In the coming years, China plans to launch another moon lander and rover, as well as an ambitious lunar sample-return mission.
05 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A probe chasing a comet is about to make a daring attempt to land on its deep-space target, and now, the robot's landing site officially has a name.
04 November 2014, 08:00 PM ET
Scientists shot an acrylic sphere with a high-speed cannon to simulate how cosmic collisions might have shaped the asteroid Vesta.
04 November 2014, 06:52 PM ET
Hundreds of witnesses saw three different fireballs streak above different locations in the US, but one of them might not have been a fireball at all.
04 November 2014, 05:10 PM ET
Cameras aboard the International Space Station captured a serene view of Hurricane Vance, which is heading toward Mexico's west coast.
04 November 2014, 03:15 PM ET
The Taurid meteors, sometimes called the "Halloween fireballs," are typically at their best from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12. Unfortunately, a bright moon will dampen the display this year.
04 November 2014, 12:19 PM ET
Syfy is adapting Arthur C. Clarke's much lauded novel, "3001: The Final Odyssey" into a television miniseries, the network announced Monday (Nov. 3).
04 November 2014, 10:37 AM ET
Autumn is the best season of the year for astronomical observing. The bugs of summer are gone, winter’s cold has not set in, and it gets dark at a reasonable hour.
04 November 2014, 10:35 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences has put together an investigation team to do a deep dive into what went wrong when the firm's Antares rocket exploded shortly after launch on Oct. 28.
04 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A new image taken by Cassini shows the sun glinting off the water of both northern polar seas.
04 November 2014, 02:04 AM ET
Investigators have formed a new working group to take a close look at the pilot interface systems on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and released a detailed new timeline of the vehicle's tragic accident.
03 November 2014, 11:14 PM ET
This space wallpaper from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows a cosmic oddity, dwarf galaxy DDO 68.
03 November 2014, 06:14 PM ET
Astronomers using a NASA space telescope are in the midst of a survey designed to figure out how galaxies in the young universe grew so quickly.
03 November 2014, 04:00 PM ET
November's sky includes eclipses of the moon and sun, as well as comets and more. Find out what's up in your night sky and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
03 November 2014, 02:27 PM ET
The friends and co-workers of the co-pilot who died in Virgin Galactic's tragic SpaceShipTwo accident Friday (Oct. 31) have raised more than $55,000 for his family via crowdfunding.
03 November 2014, 01:57 PM ET
Over 500GB of photos, taken from Oct. 26th-30th, 2014, have been compiled by Chad Blakley (lightsoverlapland.com) to deliver a "near real-time" experience to people who were unable to experience it live.
03 November 2014, 01:13 PM ET
Far away from any sunspot, a bright flare erupted on Nov. 1st, 2014, causing a C-class flare when some of its superheated plasma dropped back onto the Sun’s surface.
03 November 2014, 12:08 PM ET
Cameras aboard the International Space Station captured the sprawling, chalk-white body of Hurricane Vance, which is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and heading toward Mexico's west coast.
03 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Rosetta spacecraft has detected some stinky compounds in the cloud of chemicals surrounding Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
03 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The biggest sunspot to grace the face of the sun in more than two decades is rotating out of view, but it was responsible for kicking up some truly amazing solar activity this week.
03 November 2014, 06:00 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo's fatal accident doesn't spell doom for space tourism, though Virgin Galactic will likely have to answer key safety questions in the months and years ahead.
03 November 2014, 01:53 AM ET
On Oct. 31, 2014, the space tourism company Virgin Galactic suffered a serious accident during a SpaceShipTwo test flight, resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. One pilot died in the crash, while another suffered injuries. See our full coverage.
03 November 2014, 01:18 AM ET
See images released after the crash of Virgin Galactic's space plane SpaceShipTwo. The accident, which took place on Oct. 31, 2014, left one pilot dead and the other seriously injured.
03 November 2014, 01:15 AM ET
SpaceShipTwo's twin rudders can be rotated up to increase drag when the vehicle heads back down toward Earth. On Friday's flight, this maneuver should have been performed when the vehicle was traveling at Mach 1.4, but it actually occurred at Mach 1.0.