Space News Archive
11 February 2015, 06:30 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) beamed back its first data in June 2010, nearly 5 years later its still going strong with over 2 million images. This time-lapse shows multiple wavelength images captured by the probe.
11 February 2015, 06:16 PM ET
The rocket blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Feb. 11th, 2014. The Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission will study solar wind in real-time and will provide Earth an early solar storm warning system.
11 February 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Opportunity has now covered 26.094 miles (41.994 kilometers) since touching down on Mars in January 2004, leaving the rover just 660 feet (200 meters) shy of the marathon milestone, NASA officials said today (Feb. 10).
11 February 2015, 02:48 PM ET
Rough seas have scuttled SpaceX's plan to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a robotic drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after today's launch of the DSCOVR space-weather satellite.
11 February 2015, 01:08 PM ET
On March 18th, 1965, Alexey Leonov stepped out of his Voskhod 2 spacecraft to become the first man to complete an extra vehicular activity (EVA) in space.
11 February 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Four infant star siblings are gestating in the belly of a gas cloud, adding support to the theory that most stars are born with multiple siblings.
11 February 2015, 11:26 AM ET
A pair of newly discovered white dwarf stars that are rapidly orbiting each other are on their way to a catastrophic collision and a supernova explosion, astronomers say.
11 February 2015, 11:26 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory acquired 200 million+ images in its past 1,826 days looking at the Sun. Goddard Space Flight Center pulled together these highlights for pure visual enjoyment in addition to cool science.
11 February 2015, 11:11 AM ET
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., has launched a new exhibit to chronicle the history of spacewalking. See photos here from the Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity exhibit at the Smithsonian.
11 February 2015, 10:30 AM ET
The European Space Agency's car-size Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) blasted off from French Guiana at 8:40 a.m. EST Wednesday. The craft came screaming back to Earth 100 minutes later.
11 February 2015, 09:39 AM ET
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) space plane launched from French Guiana aboard the Arianspace rocket on Feb. 11th, 2014. It is conducting a 100 minute test flight.
11 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
As though it’s about to devour distant stars and even space itself, the cometary globule CG4 glows threateningly in the above image. It can easily be seen why CG4 is sometimes referred to as God’s Hand.
11 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The search for life on Mars presents us with many challenges – not the least of which is microbial contamination. How do we ensure that microbes from Earth don't hitchhike all the way to the Red Planet and spread there?
11 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists are discovering ways in which single cells might have evolved traits that entrenched them into group behavior, paving the way for multicellular life.
10 February 2015, 07:50 PM ET
The Dragon spacecraft splashed down Tuesday (Feb. 10) at 7:44 p.m. EST in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California. The unmanned capsule had departed from the space station about 5 1/2 hours earlier, at 2:10 p.m. EST.
10 February 2015, 06:20 PM ET
The universe is smiling today — at least, that's what it looks like in a new space photo that appears to feature a smiling face emerging from the light of the universe.
10 February 2015, 06:20 PM ET
High upper-level winds scrubbed SpaceX's planned launch of the DSCOVR space-weather satellite today, which will also feature a bold attempt to land the first stage of the company's Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.
10 February 2015, 03:03 PM ET
SpaceX plans to convert a launch pad into a landing pad for the reusable rocket boosters it is developing to power its Falcon family of rockets.
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Life on the moon would be very different for explorers than life on Earth. See how in this Space.com infographic.
10 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
With its very low gravity, interesting topographical features and great view of Earth, the moon could be an exciting place to live.
10 February 2015, 02:35 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon capsule is on its way back to Earth after spending one month attached to the International Space Station, marking the start of a big day for the private spaceflight company.
10 February 2015, 02:34 PM ET
Seeming to form a question mark then a curlicue, a stream of superheated plasma erupted over a three hour period on Feb. 4, 2015. The fireworks were captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
10 February 2015, 02:15 PM ET
The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Feb. 10 on a NASA authorization bill virtually identical to one the chamber overwhelmingly passed last year.
10 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
In this dreamy observation, staring down on Mars' south polar icecap, a European spacecraft has captured stunning ruddy swirls frozen in Martian ice, like cinnamon sprinkles and coffee mixing with the frothy milk atop a rich cappuccino.
10 February 2015, 11:14 AM ET
Orbital ATK formed from the merger of Orbital Sciences Corp. and the Aerospace and Defense groups of Alliant Techsystems Inc. The merger was finalized Monday (Feb. 9), and Orbital ATK marks its first full day of operations today (Feb. 10).
10 February 2015, 07:05 AM ET
The new movie "Jupiter Ascending" takes viewers on a wild ride through the solar system and beyond.
10 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
DARPA aims to begin the flight-test phase of its Airborne Launch Assist Space Access program, or ALASA, with a demonstration run in late 2015. If all goes according to plan, a series of 12 orbital flights would then commence in early 2016.
10 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch the DSCOVR space weather satellite, land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket in a reusability test and bring its Dragon cargo capsule safely down to Earth, all in the span of a few hours.
09 February 2015, 07:40 PM ET
The International Space Station's crew captured imagery of the aurora borealis stretching into the light of the sunrise above the east coast on the United States and Canada.
09 February 2015, 03:51 PM ET
The unmanned space plane, called the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV), is slated to blast off Wednesday at 8 a.m. EST from French Guiana. Its 100-minute suborbital flight is designed to test out re-entry technologies.
09 February 2015, 02:55 PM ET
A stunning video shows the destruction of a robotic cargo ship re-entering Earth's atmosphere in November after delivering supplies to the International Space Station.
09 February 2015, 12:19 PM ET
Doctor Who wins fan-voting contest for LEGO set.