Space News Archive
05 June 2015, 11:20 AM ET
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama mentioned something curious in a tweet — it was a message about the cosmos.
05 June 2015, 11:20 AM ET
Engineers are looking to automate some of the simple decision-making steps undertaken by Mars rovers and orbiters, which could dramatically improve the science they are able to perform in the search for habitable environments.
05 June 2015, 10:18 AM ET
Space.com reader Jatin Thakkar sent in a photo of the Milky Way over the A. M. Foster Covered Bridge in Marshfield, Vermont.
05 June 2015, 07:50 AM ET
A rundown of some of the most common misconceptions about the dwarf planet, which will be imaged in detail for the first time during the July 14 flyby of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
05 June 2015, 07:50 AM ET
From June 7 through June 21, Mars will be behind the sun from Earth's perspective. This geometry makes radio communications between the two planets difficult, so engineers won't send commands to NASA's Mars spacecraft during this stretch.
05 June 2015, 07:45 AM ET
Spaceships and alien planets abound this summer on the SyFy channel, which is debuting two original space-based science-fiction shows: "Killjoys" and "Dark Matter."
05 June 2015, 07:45 AM ET
The son of Leonard Nimoy is planning a new documentary film that would chronicle the evolution of Spock, the "Star Trek" character his late father made famous. Adam Nimoy has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project.
04 June 2015, 04:54 PM ET
NASA's Historic Mission Control in Houston is soon to be even more historic. The space agency's control room, which went active 50 years ago, is being restored to its Apollo-era state to ensure the room is around for many generations to come.
04 June 2015, 03:58 PM ET
Actress Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed the communications officer Uhura on the iconic science fiction TV series 'Star Trek' has suffered a stroke.
04 June 2015, 01:40 PM ET
Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Pallas, discovered in 1801 and 1802, are visible in the night sky in June. Ceres was originally classified as a planet, then an asteroid, and finally a dwarf planet after further observation.
04 June 2015, 07:03 AM ET
A hilariously inept crew of space explorers must join together to survive in an unknown region of the universe in the new TV comedy series "Other Space," which is now streaming free on Yahoo.
04 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA could land astronauts on the Red Planet by 2039 without breaking the bank, provided the space agency takes a stepwise approach that includes a manned 2033 trip to the Mars moon Phobos, according to the research.
04 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The path to Pluto this summer for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft should be relatively smooth and safe, a new and improved portrait of the dwarf planet's moons suggests.
04 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A campaign called "Dear Pluto" aims to get kids around the country excited ahead of the New Horizons spacecraft's historic flyby of the dwarf planet this summer.
03 June 2015, 01:49 PM ET
The potato-shaped Plutonian moon Nix has been found to have an irregular spin. Its odd shape plays a part in its motion according to NASA. It's not a loner though, one of Pluto's other moons, Hydra, also shares the same characteristics.
03 June 2015, 01:08 PM ET
What will we find when we get to Pluto? NASA's New Horizons' team tells Space.com about the discoveries on the horizon and its far reaching implications.
03 June 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Pluto's moons are even stranger and more intriguing than scientists had imagined, observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal.
03 June 2015, 10:22 AM ET
50 years ago, astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space. There's more to White's spacewalk than the floating feat alone.
03 June 2015, 07:38 AM ET
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle is scheduled to launch from the Hawaiian island of Kauai no earlier than 1:30 p.m. EDT on Monday (June 8), borne aloft by a giant balloon. You can watch the test live here at Space.com.
03 June 2015, 06:09 AM ET
A new study looking at microbes that can survive in the vacuum of space demonstrates the need to consider how such microbes might contaminate environments beyond Earth.
03 June 2015, 06:06 AM ET
Hardy life-forms known as cyanobacteria convert sunlight to energy despite the fact that they often live in shadow. What can the adaptability of these microbes tell scientists about the possibility of life on Mars?
03 June 2015, 06:00 AM ET
The United States first stepped out into the void of space 50 years ago today (June 3). NASA astronaut Ed White left the safety of the Gemini 4 spacecraft equipped with nothing but a spacesuit, a tether and a small gas gun for maneuvering.
02 June 2015, 05:32 PM ET
NASA astronaut Michael Foreman is a spacewalk veteran who knows what it's like to suit up in a one-man spaceship to build space stations. See his view on how spacewalking has evolved since the first outings in 1965.
02 June 2015, 03:35 PM ET
The UAE space agency is developing an orbiter to study the atmosphere of Mars. Project managers explain the mission, which is slated for a 2021 launch.
02 June 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The May 29 statement by Roscosmos on the May 16 Proton rocket failure confirmed initial suspicions of a third-stage engine issue but otherwise left many questions unanswered about the failure's origin.
02 June 2015, 12:45 PM ET
While NASA does not yet have specific plans for human missions beyond 2021, the agency is in the early stages of developing a sequence of missions in cislunar space in the 2020s to prepare for later missions to Mars.
02 June 2015, 12:30 PM ET
On Sunday, May 31, 2015, NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully made its latest and final flyby of Hyperion, Saturn's spongy moon. And the view was amazing.
02 June 2015, 12:26 PM ET
When Alexei Leonov stepped out of his Voskhod 2 capsule on March 18, 1965, he became the first spacewalker ever.
02 June 2015, 11:34 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.
02 June 2015, 11:07 AM ET
NASA is celebrating the first U.S. spacewalk 50 years ago with a new documentary on the history of humans working in their own private human-shaped spacecraft. 'Suit Up' is narrated by actor Jon Cryer and recounts five decades of spacesuit technology.
02 June 2015, 11:00 AM ET
A deluge of new photos by the Rosetta spacecraft shows the haunting alien landscape on the surface of a comet. The images were captured during Rosetta's closest flyby of the space rock.
02 June 2015, 06:14 AM ET
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project will test new technologies for landing future robotic and human Mars missions, and returning large payloads to Earth.