Space News Archive
07 November 2014, 09:41 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will attempt to land its Philae lander on November 12th, 2014.
07 November 2014, 09:24 AM ET
A sunspot that was larger than Jupiter had a very active run between Oct. 19th-27th, 2014. According to NASA, its was the "largest active region on the sun since 1990."
07 November 2014, 08:14 AM ET
Rosetta has been studying Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for months, but the comet's southern side has always been cloaked in darkness. Now, light-scattering dust particles have allowed a fuzzy first glimpse of 67P's dark side.
07 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A probe is about to attempt an historic landing on a comet speeding through deep space next week. But Friday (Nov. 7), scientists are going to host a webcast discussing the bold work of soft-landing a spacecraft where none have gone before.
06 November 2014, 05:56 PM ET
The European Space Agency's Gaia mission, which launched in December 2013, should find about 21,000 alien planets over the course of its five-year mission and perhaps 70,000 distant worlds if it keeps operating for 10 years, the study found.
06 November 2014, 03:23 PM ET
NASA is getting ready to launch a daring test flight of a capsule that could eventually bring humans to deep-space destinations like Mars or an asteroid.
06 November 2014, 03:00 PM ET
The first samples collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity at the foot of a huge Martian mountain have provided some vital ground-truthing of data gathered from orbit.
06 November 2014, 02:01 PM ET
As many as half of all stars in the universe lie in the vast gulfs of space between galaxies, an unexpected discovery made in a new study using NASA rockets. These stars could help solve mysteries regarding missing light and particles.
06 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Friday's tragic accident will delay Virgin Galactic's progress and may also result in more governmental oversight of the company and others that seek to launch paying customers to space, experts say. But space tourism itself should survive.
06 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
A close-up view of a flickering black hole jet has scientist rethinking how these enormous eruptions form.
06 November 2014, 10:00 AM ET
A NASA spacecraft designed to take humans farther into space than ever before has just been completed ahead of its first test flight next month, and you can learn more about the Orion space capsule during a webcast tomorrow.
06 November 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The spectacular image, taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in northern Chile, shows numerous concentric rings in the disk of dust and gas surrounding HL Tau, a sunlike star found about 450 light-years away from Earth.
06 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)in Chile have delivered stunning imagery of the star HL Tauri and its protoplanetary disc.
06 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Artists from the European Southern Observatory and the National Science Foundation have created impressions of a planet forming disc around a star.
06 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Marsha Ivins discussed their off-Earth experiences with "Interstellar" actors Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain during a Google+ Hangout Wednesday.
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.