Space News Archive
06 August 2014, 04:19 PM ET
The airframe of Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser space plane, which is designed to carry astronauts into space, was revealed on Aug. 1. The structure will be used in Dream Chaser's first orbital test launch, which is scheduled for November 2016.
06 August 2014, 01:22 PM ET
If you're a fan of the "Face on Mars," then you might just have a new best friend. A new photo from Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has captured what appears to be a face on a comet in deep space, even if it's only a fun optical illusion.
06 August 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The most powerful supernovas in the universe may not always kill an exploding star, but instead leave behind a remnant 'zombie star,' astronomers say.
06 August 2014, 12:58 PM ET
The U.K. government is laying the groundwork for its first spaceport in anticipation of a growing space tourism demand and a growing space plane industry by 2030, according to a new timetable.
06 August 2014, 10:03 AM ET
Europe's Rosetta probe has just beamed back some new, incredible photos of its target, the first since it arrived at its comet earlier today (Aug. 6).
06 August 2014, 06:40 AM ET
“Are we there yet?” Excerpted from ESA’s live broadcast during the tense moments leading up to confirmation of a successful rendezvous, here’s a brief history of the Rosetta Mission; a brilliant success 20 years in the making.
06 August 2014, 06:27 AM ET
In August 2014, ESA's Rosetta Spacecraft will rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and deploy the Philae lander. See photos from the Rosetta comet probe.
06 August 2014, 06:19 AM ET
“We’re there!” Excerpted from ESA’s live broadcast, this was the moment on 6 August 2014 when the Rosetta Mission team learned their spacecraft had successfully achieved a meet-up with comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
06 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
After a decade in space and 4 billion miles, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has made history: For the first time ever, a robotic probe from Earth is flying with a comet and will soon enter orbit.
05 August 2014, 06:19 PM ET
Only a handful of these rapid, millisecond-duration events, known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs), had been detected previously, all of them by a single instrument — the Parkes Observatory in Australia.
05 August 2014, 06:00 PM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four settlers on the Red Planet in 2025, has launched a new project called 'Mars Exchange' to help answer questions and spur discussion about the group's ambitious plans.
05 August 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Astrophotographer Terry Hancock took this image of M8 and M20, the Lagoon and Trifid Nebulas, on July 6 from Fremont, Michigan.
05 August 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Four astronauts took to the sea to test technologies that could be used in space. The tests came amid spectacular simulated "spacewalks" during the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations mission.
05 August 2014, 01:40 PM ET
ESA's Rosetta spacecraft will enter comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko's orbit early Wednesday (Aug. 6) and you can watch the historic encounter live.
05 August 2014, 12:28 PM ET
Japan is gearing up to track dangerous space junk orbiting Earth, according to press reports. The nation plans to create a military space force that would be used to track dangerous objects that could do harm to functional satellites and other assets.
05 August 2014, 04:55 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies launched AsiaSat 8 on a Falcon 9 rocket (9 Merlin 1D engines = 1.3Mlbs. thrust) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:00am EDT on 5 August 2014. No test of recoverable-reusable booster was planned.
05 August 2014, 04:10 AM ET
The company's Falcon 9 rocket, which was carrying the AsiaSat 8 spacecraft, lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force station at 4:00 a.m. EDT, tracing an arc of orange flame across the dark southeastern skies.
05 August 2014, 01:01 AM ET
Curiosity, which landed inside Mars' huge Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, is just 1,650 feet from an outcrop that’s part of Mount Sharp, the 3.4-mile-high mountain that’s drawing Curiosity like a big, dusty beacon in the Red Planet sky.
04 August 2014, 06:05 PM ET
The private spaceflight company's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the AsiaSat 8 satellite at 1:25 a.m. EDT (1525 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can watch the liftoff live here at Space.com, courtesy of SpaceX.
04 August 2014, 05:05 PM ET
Astronomers imaged three monster eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io over a two-week span in August 2013 and released the photos Monday (Aug. 4). The frequency of the blasts surprised researchers, who had recorded just 13 huge Io eruptions from 1978 to 2006.
04 August 2014, 03:09 PM ET
ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has captured the closest images yet of its target comet 67P/C-G.
04 August 2014, 03:01 PM ET
In the future, astronomers could detect hints of alien life by scanning the atmospheres of distant worlds, researchers say. Such work would require the development and launch of big, sophisticated new space telescopes.
04 August 2014, 12:58 PM ET
This ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft will overtake comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta, then corkscrew downard from around 100 km to 25-30 km where mapping will determine the target for the mission’s Philae lander.animation is not to scale.
04 August 2014, 07:25 AM ET
The first successful NASA mission to the moon that paved the way for the Apollo landing celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
04 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
After a decade-long, 4-billion-mile (6.4 billion kilometers) trip through the solar system, a European spacecraft named Rosetta is about to do something none of its predecessors have done before: orbit a comet.
04 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity marks two years on Mars Tuesday (Aug. 5). The rover's first two years have been full of big finds, and researchers are eager to see what Curiosity finds when it scales the foothills of the towering Mount Sharp.
03 August 2014, 06:34 PM ET
Saturn and Earth's nearest neighbor will perform a celestial dance on Monday (Aug. 4), when the moon will eclipse the ringed planet for stargazers in Australia, but you don't have to go Down Under to catch the event. You can see it live online.
02 August 2014, 10:43 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
02 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
From meteor showers to other cosmic treats, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
02 August 2014, 09:28 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday (Aug. 6). If all goes according to plan, Rosetta will on that day become the first probe ever to orbit a comet.
02 August 2014, 09:01 AM ET
Stargazers looking to the sky in August will have a planetary smorgasbord at their disposal. Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus all get their time to shine this month.
02 August 2014, 08:52 AM ET
The United States Air Force launched a new, advanced GPS satellite into orbit today (Aug. 1) from Florida.