Space News Archive
09 April 2015, 04:58 PM ET
We usually think of the equinox on or around March 21 as the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. But these week you can see the last vestiges of the bright stars of winter arrayed just above the horizon.
09 April 2015, 04:41 PM ET
Traveling through space at 30,000 miles per hour poses some risks, which is why NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons probe is wearing a bulletproof vest.
09 April 2015, 02:39 PM ET
NASA's Mars-studying MAVEN spacecraft notched a spaceflight milestone this week — its 1,000th orbit of the Red Planet. MAVEN arrived at Mars in September 2014 and began its yearlong prime science mission on Nov. 16.
09 April 2015, 01:47 PM ET
Now 25 years on-orbit, the Hubble Space Telescope has been used to make amazing astronomical discoveries. But the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will peer into the infrared universe to unravel some of humanity's greatest questions.
09 April 2015, 01:05 PM ET
A cracking fireball that exploded over Russia last year appears to share an orbit with a huge asteroid discovered in October 2014.
09 April 2015, 10:40 AM ET
Researchers at NASA's Ames Research Center in California generated three key components of RNA and DNA in the lab, by exposing commonly occurring ring-shaped molecules of carbon and nitrogen to radiation under spacelike conditions.
09 April 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Massive galaxies don't form nearly as many stars as possible due to a phenomenon known as cosmic precipitation, a new study finds.
09 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers using the Keck Observatory spotted four fragments of an asteroid called P/2012 F5, and also determined that it completes one rotation every 3.24 hours. The space rock is thus spinning fast enough to spontaneously break apart.
08 April 2015, 05:35 PM ET
On Monday (April 6), NASA engineers took their first looks at the parts cranked out by the International Space Station's 3D printer.
08 April 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Flying twice the speed of a Space Shuttle, a collision with cosmic debris could be catastrophic. Flying twice the speed of a Space Shuttle, a collision with cosmic debris could be catastrophic.
08 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The protoplanetary disc around a constellation of Taurus star, named MWC 480, harbors enough methyl cyanide (CH3CN) to "fill all of Earth’s oceans," according to the European Southern Observatory.
08 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The formation of the moon has long remained a mystery, but new studies support the theory that the moon was formed from debris left from a collision between the newborn Earth and a Mars-size rock, with a veneer of meteorites coating both afterward.
08 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The discovery of complex organic molecules around a young star suggests that the chemical ingredients required for life exist beyond the solar system.
08 April 2015, 09:30 AM ET
Despite the harsh environment created by the supermassive black hole lurking in the center of the Milky Way galaxy, new observations show that stars - and, potentially, planets - are forming just two light-years away.
08 April 2015, 09:03 AM ET
A new photograph of a distant galaxy looks like it was the inspiration for the 'one ring' in 'The Hobbit,' but it's actually a cosmic phenomenon in which the light from one galaxy is bent into a circle by the gravity of another galaxy.
08 April 2015, 09:00 AM ET
NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which entered orbit around Ceres on March 6, will begin its science campaign at the dwarf planet on April 23.
07 April 2015, 06:26 PM ET
Blue Origin, the secretive private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will begin flight tests this year of an innovative new spaceship — a milestone made possible by the firm's rocket engine success.
07 April 2015, 06:01 PM ET
A science fiction project called "Leviathan" by director Ruairi Robinson has been green lit to become a motion picture. Robinson's proof of concept trailer for the project is a jaw-dropping work of sci-fi awesomeness.
07 April 2015, 04:50 PM ET
Solid signs of alien life will be spotted within 10 years, and definitive evidence will roll in within 20 to 30 years, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7).
07 April 2015, 04:03 PM ET
Saturn will shine near the moon late Tuesday and early Wednesday (April 7-8), making the ringed planet a great target for amateur astronomers. Here's how to see it.
07 April 2015, 03:53 PM ET
Zodiacal lights shine across the horizon in this stargarzer image. Photographer Jeffrey Berkes took the image over the Florida Keys in 2012.
07 April 2015, 03:45 PM ET
A telescope will soon allow astronomers to probe the atmosphere of Earthlike exoplanets for signs of life. To prepare, astronomer Lisa Kaltenegger and her team are modeling the atmospheric fingerprints for hundreds of potential alien worlds.
07 April 2015, 03:15 PM ET
Astronomers working with the ALMA telescope in Chile, took high resolution images of the ring-shaped image of light from a galaxy almost 12 billion light-years away. Such circlets form when a massive cluster of galaxies lies along our line of sight.
07 April 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Living on comets requires great care — the gravity is so weak that you could easily jump off the frozen bodies and into space.
07 April 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Halley's Comet, a dusty ball of ice and frozen gases, spends most of its time in the chilly outland of the solar system. See what it would be like to live on a comet in this infographic.
07 April 2015, 01:02 PM ET
New progress has been reported on the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System, or ATLAS, an asteroid impact early warning system.
07 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
A new satellite map shows where lightning flashes most often on Earth.
07 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
As the European Rosetta spacecraft continues to explore Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as it gradually gets closer to the sun, it's having to deal with some very inclement orbital weather.
07 April 2015, 08:01 AM ET
When it comes to the search for life beyond Earth, the mantra is always 'follow the water.' But could an environment without H2O give rise to life in a different form? Scientists now say it's theoretically possible.
07 April 2015, 08:00 AM ET
For the first time, scientists have broken through the icy crust of a glacier and extracted an uncontaminated sample of water that has been trapped beneath the ice for millions of years.
07 April 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astrophotographer A. Garrett Evans took the image Loon Island Lighthouse on Lake Sunapee in Sunapee, New Hampshire on Feb. 28, 2015.
07 April 2015, 07:01 AM ET
A new study sheds light on how exoplanets in tightly-packed solar systems interact with each other gravitationally by affecting one another's climates and their abilities to support alien life.