Space News Archive
06 August 2015, 04:11 PM ET
Astronaut Jerry Ross, who shares the world record for the most flights into outer space, has been decorated with military and NASA medals, awarded an honorary doctorate and enshrined into a hall of fame. But Ross' next accolade may be a nod above them all
06 August 2015, 03:06 PM ET
The annual Perseid meteor shower peaks every August and is often the most dazzling meteor display of the year.
06 August 2015, 02:30 PM ET
With or without 3D glasses, a newly released video tour of Ceres offers a new perspective on the dwarf planet's dramatic and diverse surface.
06 August 2015, 01:36 PM ET
Africa looked awash in splotches of dusty pink, vibrant green and a swirl of white clouds in an image snapped Tuesday (Aug. 4) by Europe's newest weather satellite, according to an announcement from the European Space Agency.
06 August 2015, 01:30 PM ET
NASA formally notified Congress Aug. 5 that it is issuing a $490 million extension of an existing contract to purchase Soyuz seats from the Russian space agency, saying that it was forced to do so because of cuts in the agency’s commercial crew program.
06 August 2015, 11:23 AM ET
Scientists remain puzzled as to the composition of bright material on a tall cone-shaped peak, as imaged by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. The mountain is odd in that it is not the central spire of a crater.
06 August 2015, 10:45 AM ET
The U.S. Senate approved a bill Aug. 4 that extends two key provisions of commercial launch law and authorizes operations of the ISS beyond 2020.
06 August 2015, 07:04 AM ET
While it's not quite beaming onto a spacecraft, a "Star Trek" celebrity will take part in a special NASA flight to observe the universe.
06 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Here's a rundown of the six exoplanets NASA regards as the most Earth-like alien worlds discovered to date.
06 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
One year ago today (Aug. 6), Europe's Rosetta spacecraft slipped into orbit around a comet and began making observations that would reshape researchers' ideas about these icy leftovers from the solar system's early days.
06 August 2015, 12:05 AM ET
The Deep Space Climate Observatory spacecraft recently caught the moon crossing Earth's face in a stunning video that shows off the mysterious lunar far side.
05 August 2015, 04:36 PM ET
The newfound galaxy, known as EGSY8p7, lies about 13.2 billion light-years from Earth — meaning astronomers are now seeing the mass of stars as it existed just 600 million years or so after the Big Bang that created the universe.
05 August 2015, 01:40 PM ET
NASA's Swamp Works development team wants to put drones on Mars, distant moons and the airless, sunless landscapes on asteroids.
05 August 2015, 01:01 PM ET
For the first time, astronomers have spotted a protogalactic disk — a giant whirling cloud of gas that gives birth to a galaxy — and the discovery could reveal clues about how galaxies form.
05 August 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Re-entry is ongoing for the crew that spent eight months in Hawaii simulating a Mars mission.
05 August 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Thirty-two exoplanets will get new names that were chosen in an open vote by the general public. The naming announcement will come next week (Aug. 11) at an international meeting of astronomers.
05 August 2015, 10:26 AM ET
Orbiting 1 million miles ‘sunward’ of Earth, a four megapixel CCD camera/telescope captured Luna crossing over the Pacific Ocean from the Deep Space Climate Observer’s point of view on July 16th, 2015.
05 August 2015, 09:53 AM ET
Escape Dynamics of Colorado is developing remotely powered thrust systems for trans-atmospheric spacecraft. Offloading the mass of fuel and large engines could empower “single-stage-to-orbit" reusable vehicles.
05 August 2015, 07:50 AM ET
From the safety of space, NASA observed the most powerful storm of the year.
05 August 2015, 07:34 AM ET
The sun's ultimate destiny will mirror the vivid new photos of this ghostly bubble, the glowing remnant of a slowly dying star.
05 August 2015, 07:09 AM ET
The remains of a dying star, planetary nebula ESO 378-1, have been imaged by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope. These type of nebula are created from a star's death throws, as gas is ejected and expands.
05 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Curiosity landed on the night of Aug. 5, 2012, pulling off a dramatic and unprecedented touchdown with the aid of a rocket-powered "sky crane" that lowered the 1-ton rover gently to the Martian surface via cables.
05 August 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has given the go-ahead to a mission called Lunar IceCube, a public-private partnership that will send a tiny cubesat to do water-ice prospecting from an elliptical orbit around the moon.
04 August 2015, 04:15 PM ET
An icy moon of Saturn has mysterious red arcs of material crisscrossing its surface — and no one knows exactly how they got there.
04 August 2015, 03:59 PM ET
Six people spent two-thirds of a year in the HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) analog pretending to be Martian astronauts. Here's a look inside the science, work and fun they had during their time on "Mars."
04 August 2015, 03:43 PM ET
The new image captures the satellites Dione and Mimas, with Saturn a blurry behemoth looming in the background. Sunlight is hitting the moons at such an angle that they seem to be staring up at the ringed planet.
04 August 2015, 03:16 PM ET
As NASA gears up for the launch of its next great space telescope in 2018, a model-making team is asking for help to create miniature versions of the huge observatory for public outreach.
04 August 2015, 12:19 PM ET
Two and a half years after an expedition led by the CEO of Amazon.com raised them off the seafloor, the historic rocket engine parts that launched NASA astronauts on at least three missions to land on the moon are now preserved for museum display.
04 August 2015, 11:31 AM ET
A 21-foot-long articulate robotic arm has landed at Marshall Space Flight Center to create parts for the Space Launch System rocket.
04 August 2015, 10:39 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory's investigation of Gale Crater and its central peak Mt. Sharp has revealed a geology prominently shaped by liquid flows.
04 August 2015, 09:32 AM ET
Channels "carved into the steep-sided walls" of canyons in Mars’ Atlantis Chaos lowland plains, suggest vast amounts of water once flowed here. The Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera snapped cliffs, impact craters, basins weathered hills..
04 August 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The New Horizons spacecraft's flyby of Pluto on July 14 is revolutionizing researchers' understanding of the faraway dwarf planet. The epic encounter could also help spur future ambitious exploration missions, mission team members say.