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Space News Archive
03 April 2014, 12:00 AM ET
Marooned on a planet far from Earth, what happens when the survivors' succeeding generations lose hope of rescue?
02 April 2014, 08:10 PM ET
NASA is suspending most of its cooperation with Russia as a result of the ongoing situation in Ukraine, agency officials announced Wednesday afternoon (April 2). But it will be business as usual aboard the International Space Station.
02 April 2014, 04:32 PM ET
An observatory in Chile has caught sight of a cosmic killer: a galaxy that has destroyed at least one of its galactic neighbors.
02 April 2014, 04:10 PM ET
China launched an experimental satellite Monday aboard a Long March 2C rocket from the Jiuquan space base in northwest China, according to official media reports.
02 April 2014, 03:36 PM ET
If outer space is indeed a lot of nothing, than the newly named North Korean space agency may be aptly titled, albeit inadvertently
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The moon, Earth's only natural satellite, formed about 95 million years after solids started forming in the solar system. Learn more about how Earth's nearest neighbor evolved.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
After gazing up at the moon for thousands of years, we're still not exactly sure how it came to be. Here's a brief rundown of the most prominent theories scientists have come up with to explain the moon's origin.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
Scientists have pinned down the birth date of the moon to within 100 million years of the birth of the solar system — the best timeline yet for the evolution of our planet's natural satellite.
02 April 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The dusty surface of small asteroids is born by extreme temperature shifts between periods of sunlight and darkness, a cycle of drastic changes that break up space rocks over time, scientists say.
02 April 2014, 10:23 AM ET
Strange stripelike features in Earth's magnetic field are caused by the planet's spin, and not by the constant bombardment of solar particles as previously thought, scientists say.
02 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
China’s huge new rocket is headed toward its maiden flight from the country's soon-to-be-complete launch center on Hainan Island, at the southern tip of China, far from the nation's mainland.
02 April 2014, 06:42 AM ET
Tiny space rocks called "minimoons" already cruise near Earth and would make interesting targets for manned exploration, advocates say.
02 April 2014, 06:00 AM ET
‘Rapacious’ Galaxy NGC 1316 has devoured many other galaxies during its violent history. Fossils of this mayhem can be seen in new imagery from ESO’s La Silla Observatory. In comparison, galaxy NGC 1317's spiral arms are sound.
01 April 2014, 06:00 PM ET
NASA has developed a line of tiny spacecraft based on commercial smartphones, in an attempt to demonstrate how well cheap, off-the-shelf electronics can perform and survive in the space environment.
01 April 2014, 05:32 PM ET
Add the Monastery at Petra to the monuments that humans likely built for astronomical purposes. New research suggests that ancient architects tracked the motion of the sun and constructed the religious center with the winter solstice in mind.
01 April 2014, 04:06 PM ET
A $518 million military weather satellite that has been waiting 15 years to shine will be launched into orbit Thursday atop an Atlas 5 rocket from the western spaceport in California.
01 April 2014, 02:00 PM ET
April features eclipses of the sun and moon, a meteor shower and good opportunities to see Vesta and Ceres, the two biggest bodies in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
01 April 2014, 01:44 PM ET
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins swaps out the International Space Station's Solid Waste Container SWC/KTO.
01 April 2014, 12:43 PM ET
From a billionaire to a respected science journal, everyone is getting in on the ridiculous April Fools' Day fun. A few of the more elaborate jokes flying around the internet today (April 1) involve spaceflight and astrophysics.
01 April 2014, 11:08 AM ET
A historic NASA jumbo jet has been cleared for its final takeoff — not into the air, but on a road trip through the streets of Houston to the site of its future exhibit.
01 April 2014, 10:38 AM ET
A new movie premiering April 15 documents the science and people behind an amazing astronomical tool designed to catch sight of incredible, violent cosmic events trillions of miles from Earth.
01 April 2014, 10:18 AM ET
Calling all space cadets: Earthwatch wants volunteers to help search for life on Mars in what has to be the most entertaining April Fools' joke you'll see this year.
01 April 2014, 07:22 AM ET
Researchers studied the water content in the rocks from the lunar highlands. The analysis suggests that water in ancient lunar rocks and water on Earth may have a common origin.
01 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists analyzed a 13th-century Latin text, applying modern mathematics to it, and found hints that the English medieval philosopher who wrote it in 1225 was already toying with concepts similar to the modern cosmological idea of a multiverse.
31 March 2014, 05:49 PM ET
Weather permitting, some of the best spring stargazing events could be readily visible without the aid of binoculars or a telescope, even from brightly-lit cities. But you'll need to know when and where to look to make the most of the season.
31 March 2014, 05:27 PM ET
NASA's plan to lasso an asteroid, bring it into a stable orbit near the moon and let astronauts visit it might sound ambitious, but the space agency is looking at a couple different ways to make it happen.
31 March 2014, 04:47 PM ET
The fourth episode of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" let viewers encounter those celestial mysteries in a way that takes them beyond their own experience.
31 March 2014, 04:34 PM ET
The engines of NASA's space shuttle will be reborn for the space agency's newest rocket, designed to take humans deeper into space than ever before.
31 March 2014, 03:20 PM ET
The constellations of Ursa Major (the ‘Big Dipper') and Leo hold a bevy of skywatching goodness this month. Find out how to see the 'Leo Tripet’ of galaxies, plus the double star systems of Mizor and Alcor, and more.
31 March 2014, 03:05 PM ET
You could call it one small step for a ship, one giant leap for oceanographic research. The Navy named the first of a new class of research vessels after the first man to walk on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, at a ceremony in Anacortes, Wash.
31 March 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Red Mars' close encounter with Earth, a 'red moon' total lunar eclipse (visible from North America) and the Lyrid meteor shower will highlight the month of April 2014. Also, the mornings and evenings will showcase Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.