Space News Archive
04 December 2014, 02:01 PM ET
The moon once had a magnetic heart, which helped the moon generate a magnetic field stronger than Earth's is now, researchers say.
04 December 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA’s new Orion crew capsule was built with capabilities to travel further than any humans have ever been. NASA engineer Nujoud Merancy explains explains what it can do.
04 December 2014, 01:17 PM ET
The Orion spacecraft was poised to launch Thursday to test its heat shield, parachutes and other vital spaceship functions. But a series of issues and glitches has pushed the unmanned test flight back by at least one day.
04 December 2014, 11:32 AM ET
The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be able to gather 13X more light than any optical telescope in existence and with its adaptive optics will provide sharper resolution than the NASA/ESA Space Telescope.
04 December 2014, 12:01 AM ET
The Orion spacecraft, a capsule destined to fly NASA astronauts on deep-space missions to asteroids and Mars, is counting down to a planned 7:04 a.m. EST (1104 GMT) liftoff on Thursday. Watch it live here at Space.com.
03 December 2014, 07:38 PM ET
Do Orion and SLS only exist to provide jobs on Earth? Is Orion a capability without a real mission? Could Orion fly atop a SpaceX booster?  NASA Chief Maj. Gen. Charlie Bolden handles these and others with Space.com’s @DavidSkyBrody. 
03 December 2014, 06:22 PM ET
Humanity can dramatically reduce its frightening vulnerability to cataclysmic asteroid strikes with just a little extra funding and a little extra effort, say the organizers of the "Asteroid Day" educational campaign.
03 December 2014, 05:15 PM ET
The countdown has begun for the first test flight of the Orion Spacecraft. Here's our own by-the-numbers countdown for Orion.
03 December 2014, 03:51 PM ET
Intense volcanic activity could have spewed tons of greenhouse gases into the Martian atmosphere, warming the Red Planet enough for water to flow billions of years ago.
03 December 2014, 02:25 PM ET
Space.com's @TariqJMalik and NASA's @Astro_Ricky talk to the furry little sesame street character about the Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
03 December 2014, 01:38 PM ET
With its ability to detect powerful X-rays, NASA’s NuSTAR identified the source of one of the Milky Way’s brightest gamma-ray sources.
03 December 2014, 01:28 PM ET
NASA's newest capsule, designed to take astronauts into deep space, is read to launch to space for the first time tomorrow (Dec. 4).
03 December 2014, 05:17 AM ET
China is ramping up its space activities, with plans for a large space station as well as ambitious missions to the moon and Mars in the coming years.
03 December 2014, 05:00 AM ET
One of the largest social media campaigns in NASA history has helped make the space agency's relationship with the public more interactive than ever before.
03 December 2014, 02:00 AM ET
The upcoming launch of the first Orion spacecraft test flight Thursday (Dec. 4) is a major milestone for the NASA's plans for future space exploration, so it's no surprise that the agency tapped into social media to spark interest and excitement.
03 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
The flight will mark the farthest journey of a human-spaceflight vehicle since 1972, when the last of NASA's Apollo moon missions flew. But the agency envisions Orion eventually getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.
02 December 2014, 11:48 PM ET
Japan's second asteroid-sampling spacecraft, the Hayabusa 2, has launched on a 16-year voyage to collect pieces of a space rock and return them to Earth. See how the mission will work here.
02 December 2014, 11:27 PM ET
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launced the probe on its long journey to asteroid 1999 JU3. It will rendezvous with the asteroid in mid-2018 and collect samples that will be returned to Earth in 2020. It launched aboard a unmanned H2
02 December 2014, 03:32 PM ET
Weather is looking reasonably good fro the planned unmanned test launch of NASA's newest space capsule Thursday. The spacecraft, called Orion, is designed to deliver humans to deep space destinations never visited before.
02 December 2014, 12:40 PM ET
In the afterglow of their successful Rosetta comet mission, ministers of the European Space Agency Council meeting in Luxembourg on Dec. 2nd, 2014 approved funding for a new 3-stage launcher.
02 December 2014, 11:03 AM ET
When NASA rockets its Orion spaceship high above the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, the space-bound aircraft won't be alone.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
January'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.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
With luck, skywatchers can catch sight of the five brightest planets in the sky this month. Mercury, Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter should all be on display.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Mars One has selected 10 finalists from dozens of proposed payloads submitted by university groups around the world. One of these experiments will be chosen to fly on Mars One's robotic lander mission in 2018 — and the public will pick the winner.
02 December 2014, 09:55 AM ET
Star Trek's Kirk, Marvel's Iron Man, Sesame Street's Slimey the Worm, and a T-Rex are set to launch together on the first test flight of NASA's next-generation spacecraft Orion. The eclectic 'crew' are representative of the mementos flying on the EFT-1 mi
02 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Japan is counting down to launch the Hayabusa2 asteroid-chasing spacecraft on a mission to collect samples of a space rock and you can watch it live via webcast tonight (Nov. 30). Here's how.
02 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is planning to launch a test mission for its newest space capsule designed to eventually bring humans deeper into space than ever before Thursday (Dec. 4), but the bold test doesn't come without risks.
01 December 2014, 10:30 PM ET
Dark matter might be made of clouds of energy cracks instead of particles and may be detectable in GPS signals.
01 December 2014, 07:50 PM ET
The two constellations hold a bevy of star clusters ripe for gazing in December. Also, Mars, Jupiter and Venus are the evening planets to look for and Saturn before sunrise. Lastly, the Geminid meteor show peaks on the night of Dec. 13th to 14th.
01 December 2014, 05:03 PM ET
Christmas is a great time to look for a telescope for your budding amateur astronomer. But there are some things to keep in mind when buying a telescope. Here are some tips and features to consider when looking for astronomy telescopes and binoculars.
01 December 2014, 03:48 PM ET
A short science fiction film uses digital recreations of places in the solar system.
01 December 2014, 03:43 PM ET
First the Geminids (12/13-12/15) and then the Ursid (12/22-12/23) meteors will 'rain' in the night sky in December. Also, Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, Mars, Uranus and Neptune are great skywatching targets. Comet PanSTARRS and comet Siding Spring are vi