Space News Archive
26 February 2015, 04:18 PM ET
Tyson will receive the Academy's most prestigious award, the Public Welfare Medal, in recognition of his extensive efforts to get the public excited about science.
26 February 2015, 02:25 PM ET
The Aragoscope would consist of an orbiting space telescope sitting behind an opaque disc up to 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) wide. This disc would be made of a black plastic material, similar to a garbage bag.
26 February 2015, 01:50 PM ET
An interview with Frank Drake, who conducted the first search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) experiment in 1960 and came up with a famous equation that estimates the possible number of alien civilizations.
26 February 2015, 01:38 PM ET
Going to Mars without setting up a colony — round-trip manned missions, in other words — would not be enough for the U.S. to reclaim its leadership in space, nor would setting up human outposts on the moon, Aldrin said.
26 February 2015, 09:40 AM ET
The Gemini Twins and a dimmer Cancer constellation make their way into the night sky in March.
26 February 2015, 08:08 AM ET
With an eye towards the future, NASA has marked the first 50 years of its two rocket-moving crawler-transporters by taking one of the newly-upgraded massive machines out for a test drive to the launch pad.
26 February 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Soviet-era cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, who trained to fly to the moon but instead led the first multi-national space station crew, died on Feb. 21. He was 83. Gubarev logged 37 days in orbit during the Soyuz 17 and Soyuz 28 missions.
26 February 2015, 06:01 AM ET
Astronomers have just released a brand-new, best-ever 3D view of the deep universe, and it's a doozy.
25 February 2015, 05:40 PM ET
New photos captured by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which is scheduled to arrive in orbit around Ceres on the night of March 5, reveal that a puzzling bright spot within a large crater on the dwarf planet's surface has a buddy of sorts.
25 February 2015, 05:29 PM ET
Astronomers have discovered the largest and brightest black hole ever seen — an ancient monster with a mass about 12 billion times that of the sun — that dates back to when the universe was less than 1 billion years old.
25 February 2015, 05:20 PM ET
What would the first woman on the moon do if she saw a bunch of astronauts coming down to steal her glory? She'd attempt to shoot them down with her space guns, of course.
25 February 2015, 03:40 PM ET
An American astronaut found water inside his spacesuit helmet at the end of an otherwise flawless spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Feb. 25), but he was never in any danger, NASA officials say.
25 February 2015, 12:16 PM ET
A new alien planet-hunting tool found no trace of a failed star more than 100 light-years from Earth, puzzling astronomers.
25 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The far side of the moon undergoes phases of light and dark, just like the side facing Earth. A new video featuring images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter brings those phases to light.
25 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Planets spinning on their sides were long thought to have climates too extreme for life as it is known on Earth, but now scientists find that these "rotisserie" worlds might be more hospitable.
25 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Although these "golden stars" were spotted during a search for an extraterrestrial galactic Internet, the researchers say intelligent aliens have nothing to do with their flickering patterns, as far as they can tell.
25 February 2015, 06:10 AM ET
In the near future, astronauts will be able to take private space taxis to the to the International Space Station. Today, two NASA astronauts will complete the second of three spacewalks to prepare the station for the arrival of those taxis.
25 February 2015, 12:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is beaming home amazing photos of the Red Planet.
24 February 2015, 06:14 PM ET
The photo, which was released today (Feb. 24), is a composite of dozens of images taken in late January by Curiosity's Mars Hand Lens Imager. The mosaic provides a great view of the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop at the base of the huge Mount Sharp.
24 February 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Low temperatures, gravity and sunlight would define the experience of living on Ceres, the largest asteroid belt object.
24 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A recent action by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is stirring up some moon dust in a legal debate about private companies setting up shop on the moon.
24 February 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Most astronomers rely on flat images to study cosmic objects, but a group of researchers is taking an alternate approach: They're creating 3D-printed models of a star system in order to study its physical characteristics and investigate its mysterious pas
24 February 2015, 12:47 PM ET
NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation (CALIPSO) satellite shows wind blown Saharan dust nourishes plants with phosphorus, which is in limited supply in the Amazon.
24 February 2015, 09:58 AM ET
"Unofficial orbit solution puts this comet at ~4 solar radii on Feb. 19th (2015). That's insanely close," according to the Naval Research Lab's Karl Battam.
24 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
For more than 50 years, scientists have been scanning the heavens for signals that may have been generated by intelligent alien life. Some researchers are advocating that we beam out signals of our own designed to catch aliens' eyes as well.
24 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
International Space Station Commander Butch Wilmore took a photo of himself Saturday (Feb. 21) that captured a gloriously blue, cloud-studded ocean in the background. Fellow spacewalker Terry Virts is reflected in Wilmore's visor.
24 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
"Vulcan planets" probably originated from a stream of pebbles and small rocks that spiraled inward from more distant parts of their solar systems, a new study suggests.
23 February 2015, 10:55 PM ET
Famed British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking took to Facebook last night to congratulate actor Eddie Redmayne for winning the "Best Actor" Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards for "The Theory of Everything," a biopic about Hawking's life and his debilitating
23 February 2015, 05:22 PM ET
The first celestial object that attracts the attention of many people at a young age is the moon. The lunar surface appears to go through phases through the course of a month, but what causes the moon to shine differently from week to week?
23 February 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Researchers used the ALMA telescope array in Chile to pull apart the layers of star-forming regions in a nearby galaxy, revealing the differences that can cause starburst galaxies to create stars up to 1,000 times more rapidly than the Milky Way.
23 February 2015, 04:35 PM ET
Boeing and the United Launch Alliance are building a new astronaut access tower for Atlas rocket launches of future space taxis for NASA. See how it works.
23 February 2015, 01:26 PM ET
Ceres, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, has almost no gravity, warmth or atmosphere.