Space News Archive
31 July 2015, 03:25 PM ET
Asteroid 1999 JD6's nearest approach to Earth was ~4.5 millions miles away but it was close enough for radar images to be captured. The object is a "contact binary consisting of two lobes," according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
31 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Find out what's up in your night sky during August 2015 and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
31 July 2015, 02:17 PM ET
NASA has a new launch pad for small rockets, and it's open for business to companies hoping to send light satellites into the final frontier.
31 July 2015, 12:30 PM ET
In a coincidence of cosmic proportions, the second full moon of July rises tonight, making it a so-called "Blue Moon" — and Blue Moon Brewing Co. will celebrate its 20th anniversary by painting the town red.
31 July 2015, 09:34 AM ET
Planet HD 219134b was detected using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It resides 21 light-years away in the Cassiopeia constellation and its star is visible from Earth. The planet orbits too close to its star to support life.
31 July 2015, 08:51 AM ET
Russia has formally notified its International Space Station partners that it will continue in the partnership at least to 2024, ending several months of doubts that were fueled by the current poor state of Russia’s relations with the West.
31 July 2015, 08:45 AM ET
XCOR Aerospace, a company developing a two-seat suborbital spaceplane for tourism and research applications, plans to raise its ticket prices by 50 percent next year, the company announced July 16.
31 July 2015, 08:40 AM ET
For the next six months, NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft will get its final look at two icy moons -- one famous and one not so well-known -- before preparing for mission's end in 2017.
31 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Observatory in Hawaii have helped researchers characterize a Uranus-mass exoplanet that had remained mysterious since its discovery a decade ago.
31 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
There's a "Blue Moon" in the sky today, but it won't look different than other full moons. The term blue moon has come to refer to the second full moon in a given month.
31 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Time magazine's "Year in Space" documentary offers an inside look into the 12-month stint Scott Kelly is spending aboard the International Space Station and also delves into his life as an astronaut.
31 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Scientists with the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute have already begun targeting Earth's older cousin, Kepler 452b, the first near-Earth sized world found in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.
30 July 2015, 08:04 PM ET
Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are developing the Extreme Access Flyer system, an airborne robotic vehicle similar to quad-copters. It’s mission would be to retrieve samples that might otherwise be inaccessible and to map terrain.
30 July 2015, 06:15 PM ET
The alien planet, called HD 219134b, is about 4.5 times more massive than Earth, making it a so-called "super Earth." HD 219134b lies extremely close to its host star, completing one orbit every three days, so its surface is too hot to harbor life.
30 July 2015, 05:25 PM ET
A wisp of a galaxy is rich with new, blue-white young stars and primordial gas in this new cosmic photo from the Hubble Space Telescope. The irregular dwarf galaxy is creating stars the size of our sun at a prodigious rate of about once a year.
30 July 2015, 05:24 PM ET
This month the European Space Agency took a major step closer to an ambitious exploration of Jupiter and its icy moons.
30 July 2015, 04:06 PM ET
This gorgeous satellite view of the busy Big Apple as seen from orbit offers a glimpse into the new 'My Planet From Space' exhibit currently underway at the United Nations.
30 July 2015, 03:35 PM ET
Despite its tranquil-sounding name, new imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals a dusty nebula shaped by "intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation.” It is located in the Sagittarius constellation.
30 July 2015, 02:01 PM ET
The structure, composition and evolutionary history of comets are starting to come into focus, thanks to observations beamed home by the European Space Agency's Philae lander, the first probe ever to touch down on one of these icy objects.
30 July 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Philae has been incommunicado on the surface of Comet 67P for three weeks. The lander team would love to get Philae up and running again soon, so they can get an up-close look at how the comet is affected by its Aug. 13 closest solar approach.
30 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Scientists have released new information about comet 67p and what the Philae lander discovered there.
30 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
ESA’s Rosetta probe, orbiting 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, deployed its Philae lander on Nov. 12th, 2014, but it bounced across the comet’s face.
30 July 2015, 11:30 AM ET
A NASA satellite that stares nonstop at the sunlit side of Earth has captured this captivating, crystal-clear view of Africa as the continent appears from space.
30 July 2015, 09:01 AM ET
When a heated asteroid surface rotates into darkness, thermal radiation can act as a "sort of mini-thruster," changing the space rock’s trajectory. This phenomena is called the Yarkovsky effect is nicely explained here.
30 July 2015, 07:09 AM ET
Life may have thrived in the oceans and lakes that once covered Mars — but some organisms may have survived long after the water dried up. Could scientists still find evidence of these last life-forms on Mars?
30 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Members of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) science team are asking the public to help them categorize strange features near the Red Planet's south pole for further study and analysis.
30 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft and India's Mangalyaan probe both began circling the Red Planet last September, bringing the total number of operational Mars orbiters to five — the most ever.
29 July 2015, 04:17 PM ET
As a small galaxy crosses paths with a gigantic galaxy, its "fluffy outer parts" are stripped according to the the simulation creators M. Sandoval and A. Romanowsky. The dense core is what remains.
29 July 2015, 01:34 PM ET
The desert regions of Saturn's moon Titan may have once hosted water that left behind traces of dry material on the surface, like rings on a bathtub, new research suggests.
29 July 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Astronomers have discovered the first aurora ever seen outside the solar system, an alien light show more powerful than any other aurora ever witnessed, perhaps 1 million times brighter Earth's northern lights.
29 July 2015, 11:58 AM ET
The dark red pole on Pluto's largest moon Charon may be some of the dwarf planet's own siphoned-off atmosphere.
29 July 2015, 09:42 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station had a little bit of fun with a Red Camera, antacid tablet and a water bubble