Space News Archive
19 July 2015, 08:00 AM ET
The battle over Pluto's status as a planet continues, not only in academic circles but also in my home.
19 July 2015, 03:42 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe dominated the news cycle this week, after making a successful close encounter with Pluto, and sending back incredible images and data. Plus, an astronaut mining company launched a tech-testing satellite.
19 July 2015, 03:19 AM ET
Gorgeous views of Pluto and its ice mountains, its largest moon Charon to the release of Plutos USPS stamp, don't miss these amazing space images.
18 July 2015, 09:09 AM ET
The first close-up image of Nix snapped by the New Horizons probe reveal that Pluto's third satellite is only 25 miles (40 kilometers) wide.
18 July 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Rings of X-ray light flare and fade around an active black hole in a stunning new set of observations by NASA's Swift space telescope. The bull's-eye structure results from the reflection of X-ray light by dust, which creates a series of "echoes."
17 July 2015, 09:35 PM ET
Life in a binary system might not be as magic as it seems in the movies.
17 July 2015, 06:14 PM ET
Dawn began spiraling down to its third Ceres science orbit on June 30 but experienced a problem almost immediately and went into a protective "safe mode." The mission team has now determined what happened and cleared Dawn to return to work.
17 July 2015, 03:43 PM ET
The engimatic flat region, which researchers have dubbed "Sputnik Planum," is broken into cell-like blocks and harbors mysterious pitted terrain and dark streaks of material that may have been deposited by Plutonian wind.
17 July 2015, 02:39 PM ET
"Buckyball" molecules appear to be commonplace across the universe, and may even be sources of organic molecules that are key to the origin and evolution of life, a new study suggests.
17 July 2015, 12:30 PM ET
Planetary Resources has launched its first spacebound test of asteroid mining technology on July 16, beginning a 90-day mission to test vital technologies.
17 July 2015, 11:00 AM ET
When cosmic bullies collide with galactic dwarfs, the big guy comes out on top. A new study shows that star formation is halted in smaller galaxies that collide with large ones.
17 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Hardware developed for the race to the moon was used to foster collaboration between the two countries.
17 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The new images, which New Horizons captured during its historic flyby of Pluto on Tuesday (July 14), will be released in concert with a news conference that starts today at 1 p.m. EDT. You can follow it live here on Space.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
17 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
NASA's Juno probe is now less than one year away from its rendezvous with Jupiter. Juno, which launched in August 2011, is scheduled to slip into orbit around the gas giant on July 4, 2016.
17 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
On July 17, 1975, NASA astronauts aboard an Apollo spacecraft linked up with cosmonauts in their Soyuz capsule. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project meetup showed that two different space vehicles could dock in orbit, but it had diplomatic consequences as well.
16 July 2015, 05:41 PM ET
Venus and the moon are currently shining as crescents in the night sky, and you can see the view with binoculars, if you have good weather and the right gear. Here's how.
16 July 2015, 05:05 PM ET
As NASA's New Horizons flew past Pluto on July 14, it had aboard some of the ashes of the astronomer who discovered the planet in 1930. Now, the mission team has further honored the late Clyde Tombaugh by giving Pluto's heart-shaped region his name.
16 July 2015, 02:39 PM ET
A newly released Charon photo, which was taken by NASA's New Horizons probe during its epic Pluto flyby Tuesday (July 14), reveals a mountain rising out of a big hole on the 750-mile-wide (1,200 kilometers) moon's surface.
16 July 2015, 01:10 PM ET
After more than two weeks of silence, the European Philae lander on the surface of a comet phoned home once again this month in a long-distance call routed through its Rosetta mothership.
16 July 2015, 08:38 AM ET
New Late Night host Stephen Colbert tested just how far Neil deGrasse Tyson would go to deny Pluto's status as a planet in an online interview.
16 July 2015, 08:35 AM ET
A planet remarkably like Jupiter, orbiting a star remarkably like our sun, may have been found by scientists, who say the system could have more planets like our own.
16 July 2015, 08:26 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the 10th satellite in its current-generation series of positioning, navigation and timing satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket July 15.
16 July 2015, 08:26 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has detected Red Planet rocks similar to Earth's oldest continental crust. The discovery suggests that ancient Mars may have been more similar to ancient Earth than previously thought, researchers said.
16 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
New photos by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show that both the dwarf planet and its biggest moon, Charon, have been geologically active in the recent past. Scientists aren't sure what processes have powered this surprising activity.
15 July 2015, 09:44 PM ET
President Barack Obama fired off a congratulatory tweet Tuesday (July 14) celebrating the first-ever flyby of Pluto, which NASA's New Horizons spacecraft performed earlier that day.
15 July 2015, 08:03 PM ET
The newest images of Pluto and its moons, taken by NASA's New Horizons probe, revealed mountains that compete with the Rockies, chasms that dwarf the Grand Canyon and swarms of other mysteries to investigate.
15 July 2015, 06:00 PM ET
NASA has just funded seven far-out space-exploration concepts, including a submarine that would explore the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's huge moon Titan, an origami energy reflector and rapid space transit with an electric sail.
15 July 2015, 05:51 PM ET
Starting with Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 and ending with New Horizons most recently released photo, its been an incredible journey to the far reaching icy dwarf. A complete list of sources for each image can be found on NASA.gov.
15 July 2015, 05:37 PM ET
The first close-up photo of Pluto revealed a mountain range rising 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) into Pluto's sky, along with a surface just 100 million years old at the most. A view of the dwarf planet's big moon Charon didn't disappoint, either.
15 July 2015, 04:07 PM ET
Some of the best images of Pluto and Charon were captured between July 11-July 14th, 2015 and have been revealed to the world. The closest approach images of July 14 show stunningly diverse worlds.
15 July 2015, 03:35 PM ET
NASA unveiled the first image from New Horizons' closest approach to the icy dwarf and Charon at a press conference on July 15th, 2015.