Space News Archive
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
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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.
01 August 2014, 09:42 PM ET
The art of Jon Lomberg spans decades — and light years.
01 August 2014, 03:59 PM ET
Researchers have found that a "quantum vacuum plasma thruster" system, which requires no propellant, does indeed generate a small amount of thrust. If the technology pans out, it could greatly reduce the cost of spaceflight.
01 August 2014, 03:33 PM ET
Skywatching enthusiasts should be able to see many amazing celestial objects under a clear, dark summer sky.
01 August 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Starting over Bangkok and flying over Hanoi, the Hainan Islands, Hong Kong and more, these spectacular nighttime views of the major Asia cities were captured from the ISS. With the exception of Pyongong, most of North Korea is dark.
01 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
NASA's MESSENGER mission flew over Mercury's north pole on June 8th, 2013 on its way around the planet at an altitude of 71-102 miles. The surface that can reach 800°F.
01 August 2014, 02:34 PM ET
The mission of the "Interstellar" spaceship Endurance is clear — space exploration — at least based on its newly-revealed mission patch.
01 August 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The United States Air Force will loft a new, advanced GPS satellite into orbit tonight (Aug. 1), and you can watch the launch live online.
01 August 2014, 12:47 PM ET
Most people know that the moon orbits the Earth once a month, but they typically have no visual confirmation of this motion. Over the next week, skywatchers have the chance to see moon's motion with their own eyes.
01 August 2014, 07:36 AM ET
At an upcoming space memorabilia auction, among the astronaut autographs, spacecraft parts and mission patches, is a 45-year-old press kit from the first lunar landing. It isn't the sale's star lot, but what it teaches about 'Marketing the Moon' may be it
01 August 2014, 07:33 AM ET
NASA's next Mars rover could help humans get a foothold on the Red Planet.
01 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The 2014 Perseid meteor shower — a usually spectacular celestial showcase — might be washed out by the light of a nearly full moon rising at the same time as the shower's peak in August.
01 August 2014, 12:00 AM ET
This month's night sky is full of cosmic wonders including planets and other celestial objects galore. Find out what's up in your night sky and how to see it in this Space.com stargazing guide.
01 August 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in July 2014.
31 July 2014, 03:24 PM ET
NASA's Mars 2020 mission will send a car-size rover to the Red Planet to collect samples. See how the Mars 2020 rover will work in this Space.com infographic.
31 July 2014, 03:05 PM ET
In a surprising find, astronomers discovered a faraway galaxy that doubles as a cosmic "magnifying glass." At 9.6 billion light-years away, it could be the most distant such object known to science, NASA announced.
31 July 2014, 02:54 PM ET
The constellation of Cygnus flies high in the night sky with a multitude of targets. The brightest star, Altair, in the Aquila constellation is one of the 3 stars that make the Summer Triangle.
31 July 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Mars and Saturn get together with the crescent moon for a planetary 3-way on August 31st and Venus and Jupiter get together on August 18th. The Perseids Meteor Shower peaks on Aug 11-13.
31 July 2014, 02:41 PM ET
See photos and images of NASA's next Mars rover, a 1-ton robot launching toward the Red Planet in 2020.
31 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, may erupt from star explosions known as novas surprisingly often, but the way these gamma rays remains a mystery, scientists say
31 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Light from a radioactive metal forged inside a supernova blast could prompt a rethink of how some star explosions occur. See the latest discovery from the supernova SN 2014J.
31 July 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA's next big Mars rover launching in 2020 will be packed to the brim with high-tech instruments, including twin lasers, a water-hunting radar and a new drill to collect samples of Mars. See the seven science instruments on NASA's Mars rover 2020.