Space News Archive
08 June 2015, 04:35 PM ET
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a 38-year-old Italian space station crew member, has set a new record for the most time in space on one mission by a woman. She broke the 194 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes logged by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams in 2007.
08 June 2015, 03:47 PM ET
A new missile interceptor co-developed by the United States and Japan made its maiden flight June 6 in a non-intercept test.
08 June 2015, 01:49 PM ET
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle launched today (June 8) from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT; 7:45 a.m. local time in Hawaii).
08 June 2015, 01:08 PM ET
The first official trailer for Ridley Scott's "The Martian" was released today (June 8), and it's a doozy, packing gorgeous vistas of the Red Planet, intricately rendered spaceships and some laughs into three dramatic minutes.
08 June 2015, 11:29 AM ET
Warning: Graphic Language - NASA astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is stranded on the Red Planet in the upcoming film "The Martian" and has to find a creative ways to survive. It is based on the book by Andy Weir.
08 June 2015, 10:33 AM ET
A GoPro camera on the payload fairing of a recently launched SpaceX Falcon 9 captured stunning views as its spun its way back down to Earth, post-separation.
08 June 2015, 09:37 AM ET
Though Hubble doesn’t typically discover exoplanets, it is sometimes used to determine what lies in their atmospheres. Future telescopes should be powerful enough to ‘see’ markers of life processes in the ‘air’ of Earth-sized alien world.
08 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Spaceflight is going to the masses. Private companies, nonprofit institutions and individual citizens are increasingly looking to bankroll their space-themed projects via crowdfunding campaigns, some of which have raised more than $1 million.
07 June 2015, 07:52 PM ET
The tiny LightSail spacecraft overcame a battery problem — the second glitch it suffered after launching to Earth orbit last month — and deployed its solar sail Sunday (June 7), Planetary Society representatives said.
07 June 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists announced surprising discoveries about Pluto's moons, a spacecraft beamed home amazing images taken from a comet's surface, and the United Arab Emirates outlined its bold Mars plans. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
07 June 2015, 09:31 AM ET
From up-close looks at Saturn's "spongy" moon Hyperion to photos of the first NASA spacewalk, which occurred 50 years ago this week, don't miss these amazing space images.
06 June 2015, 07:54 AM ET
If you've been watching the sky in the early evening lately, you can't have missed seeing the planet Venus in the west and now this planet is putting on brilliant show in the night sky.
05 June 2015, 08:54 PM ET
The light from the faraway HATLAS J090311.6+003906 structure was warped by a massive foreground galaxy to form an ‘Einstein Ring’ as captured by the  ALMA observatory’s Long Baseline Campaign.
05 June 2015, 07:48 PM ET
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) robot has 4 limbs and can become quite handy in disaster situations. The robot's mission (and how it could accomplish it) is the subject of the the latest "Crazy Engineering" episode from NASA JPL.
05 June 2015, 05:27 PM ET
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's RoboSimian – an apelike robot that is able to map its environment in 3D – will participate in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals today and tomorrow (June 6).
05 June 2015, 05:03 PM ET
With the northern summer just a few weeks away, the month of June is bringing a delight of planets in the night sky for stargazers to enjoy, but only if weather permits and you know when and where to look.
05 June 2015, 02:40 PM ET
Here’s a collection of space gifts for the stargazer in your life, whether he or she is an amateur astronomer or full-blown space nerd (like us).
05 June 2015, 01:53 PM ET
The nonprofit Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft has not communicated with Earth since Wednesday afternoon (June 3), shortly after an apparently successful solar-panel deployment, mission team members said.
05 June 2015, 12:45 PM ET
The United Arab Emirates' UAE Space Agency is aiming to launch its first mission to Mars by 2021, and has unveiled a full strategy for space exploration.
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.