Space News Archive
10 September 2015, 09:01 AM ET
A giant slab of ice as big as California and Texas put together lurks just beneath the surface of Mars between its equator and north pole, researchers say. This ice may be the result of snowfall tens of millions of years ago on the Red Planet.
10 September 2015, 09:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe found that Pluto's surface is reddish-brown, as is the north polar region of Charon, the dwarf planet's biggest moon. That's no coincidence: The red on both bodies is likely caused by complex compounds called tholins.
10 September 2015, 09:00 AM ET
The "Red Dragon" sample-return mission would grab samples collected by NASA's 2020 Mars rover and send them rocketing back toward Earth, where researchers could scrutinize the material for possible signs of past Red Planet life.
09 September 2015, 04:23 PM ET
A so-called "cosmic tsunami" is rousing a galaxy cluster affectionately nicknamed 'the Sausage,' suggesting that stagnant galaxies can see new life when galactic clusters collide, scientists say.
09 September 2015, 02:35 PM ET
NASA's sun-studying Solar Dynamics Observatory captured dramatic time-lapse video of a solar tornado that raged from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. The temperature of spinning plasma reached 5 million degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 million degrees Celsius).
09 September 2015, 12:11 PM ET
Ice? Diamonds? Salt-lick for giant nocturnal astro-worms that follow the terminator around the dwarf planet so they're always in darkness (never photographed by NASA’s Dawn probe). NASA wants your guess...
09 September 2015, 11:00 AM ET
If you want to see an eye-catching celestial display involving a slender crescent moon and two bright planets, then be sure to set your alarm clock to wake you up an hour before sunrise on Thursday morning (Sept. 10).
09 September 2015, 10:12 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) watched the Sun’s magnetic forces twist and turn enormous plumes of superheated plasma from Sept. 1-3, 2015. The particles observed by SDO – mostly iron – were measured at a blazing 5 million degrees.
09 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The penguins are in luck, as are many southern skywatchers: A solar eclipse will be visible from Antarctica, southern Africa and the Indian Ocean on Sunday (Sept. 13).
09 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has begun beaming home tens of gigabits of data gathered during its historic July 14 flyby of Pluto. The entire flyby data set should be on the ground in about 12 months.
09 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force hopes to build an experimental satellite to detect nuclear explosions and monitor the space environment from geosynchronous orbit.
09 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Responding to Congressional criticism that it was giving SpaceX special treatment, NASA said it is doing an independent review of SpaceX’s launch failure.
08 September 2015, 06:00 PM ET
A stunning video shows a breathtaking aurora light display captured from the International Space Station by astronaut Scott Kelly, who said it was like no other aurora he'd ever seen.
08 September 2015, 05:24 PM ET
If Scott Kelly were aboard a spaceship on its way to Mars, rather than on the International Space Station where has been for the last six months, he would be arriving at the Red Planet just about now.
08 September 2015, 04:03 PM ET
On Sept. 7th, 2015, European astronaut Andreas Mogensen – orbiting 240+ miles up and flying at 17,000+ mph – placed a peg in a hole on Earth; a demonstration of teleoperation using a force-feedback controlled machine system built by ESA.
08 September 2015, 03:40 PM ET
Researchers tested two "hedgehog" robot prototypes this summer to get an idea of the machines' potential to explore space locations inaccessible to conventional rovers.
08 September 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Arizona-based World View Enterprises announced today that it's introducing a cost-sharing system that will let researchers loft their experiments to near space, about 130,000 feet (39,600 meters) above Earth, via a balloon for as little as $20,000.
08 September 2015, 02:27 PM ET
If you see a bright light just above the horizon at sunrise, don't panic! It's not a UFO — it's probably just Venus.
08 September 2015, 02:03 PM ET
The picture, a composite of five images taken Sunday (Sept. 6) from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls, captures a "transit" of the International Space Station (ISS) across the solar disk.
08 September 2015, 12:46 PM ET
Small bodies have low gravity, presenting a challenge for exploration. Rovers can’t roll without traction. Stanford University and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing two robotic ‘cubes with spikes’ that can operate in any position.
08 September 2015, 12:37 PM ET
Scott Kelly, ISS CDR., captured these geomagnetic storm signatures on September 7th, 2015, tweeting: "My gift to you on #LaborDay, #USA. Enjoy! #YearInSpace." The Orion constellation and the Pleiades star cluster can be see 'rising.'
08 September 2015, 11:02 AM ET
The moon will pass into Earth’s shadow producing a total lunar eclipse during the "Supermoon" – a time when the full moon occurs "at or near its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit," according to NASA.
08 September 2015, 10:45 AM ET
Boeing’s CST-100 commercial crew transportation vehicle, now known as ‘Starliner’ will occupy NASA's new Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
08 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers probing the heart of a massive-star-forming region found an intricate surprise: an unusual hourglass structure shaped by multiple jets of gas. Those jets suggest the structure hides two bulky newborn stars at its heart.
08 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
While the main thrust of the Europa mission, which NASA aims to launch by the mid-2020s, involves characterizing the icy satellite from afar during dozens of flybys, the space agency is considering sending a small probe down to the surface as well.
08 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An epic moon hangs over the medieval village of Monsaraz, in Portugal, in a new twilight photograph.
07 September 2015, 02:30 AM ET
There will be no barbecuing on the International Space Station this Labor Day. But the orbiting lab's American crew will get a free day to relax and exercise after the excitement of welcoming three new teammates on Friday.
05 September 2015, 06:46 PM ET
The Star Wars toys awaken, a looming 'supermoon' eclipse overshadows a solar eclipse, and hoverboard technology aims for the stars in's best stories for this week.
05 September 2015, 11:32 AM ET
From stunning shots from a rocket launch to Lego toy 'Star Wars', don't miss these amazing space images.
05 September 2015, 12:11 AM ET
Boeing opened the doors to its commercial spacecraft processing facility, signaling the grand opening of the repurposed shuttle-era building and revealing Starliner as the name of the CST-100 crewed capsules that will be assembled for launch inside.
04 September 2015, 03:42 PM ET
The new line of "Star Wars" toys was revealed today (Sept. 4), aka Force Friday, and we're already picking out our favorites. Here are five of the new toys we love.
04 September 2015, 01:18 PM ET
In the history of Hollywood envisioning the future of space exploration, few, if any films have come as close to NASA's own goals at the time of the movie's release as Ridley Scott's "The Martian." The 20th Century Fox film stars Matt Damon as an astronau