Space News Archive
02 July 2015, 12:20 PM ET
The Houston airport where astronauts have departed on training flights for more than 50 years is now host to the United States' 10th commercial spaceport. Ellington Airport was granted a launch site license by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
02 July 2015, 10:54 AM ET
The latest New Horizons' data pouring into NASA servers on Earth has returned color and black & white images of Pluto and Charon and more. The strange dark spots, seen in the approximate true color view, are oddly very similar.
02 July 2015, 09:50 AM ET
Looking at the night sky can be an inspiring moment for kids, and the right telescope can drive an interest in astronomy for a lifetime.
02 July 2015, 07:30 AM ET
An undergraduate astrobiology professor uses art to strengthen her student's critical thinking skills. A new paper details her unique teaching approach.
02 July 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The New Horizons probe has spotted no signs of rings or additional moons in the Pluto system, so the spacecraft will remain on its original trajectory when it zooms past the dwarf planet on July 14, NASA officials announced Wednesday (July 2).
02 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
With less than two weeks until its close encounter with Pluto, NASA's New Horizon's probe has detected methane ice on the surface of the dwarf planet. Methane was first discovered on Pluto in 1976.
02 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
After "sleeping" for 26 years, a black hole's activity lit up astronomical observatories on June 15,and it's still going on today.
01 July 2015, 04:44 PM ET
On June 15th 2015, a black hole 8,000 light years away sprung alive for the first time since 1989, blasting X-rays and gamma rays across the universe. Such objects are called X-Ray novas and act as their own alarm clocks.
01 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
In anticipation of the New Horizons flyby of Pluto on July 14, this sky chart can help you find Pluto in the night sky (with the assistance of a high-power telescope).
01 July 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Russia's Progress 60 freighter is scheduled to blast off atop a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the central Asian nation of Kazakhstan at 12:55 a.m. EDT Friday (0455 GMT; 10:55 a.m. local time in Kazakhstan).
01 July 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Space.com's editors present a reading list for space and sci-fi lovers, as well as children who are interested in astronomy and spaceflight.
01 July 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Strange pits and divots observed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may be sinkholes, not unlike those that appear on Earth, a new analysis suggests.
01 July 2015, 12:14 PM ET
NASA researchers are developing a glider, called Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Land on Mars (Prandtl-m), for possible inclusion on a Mars rover mission in the 2022-2024 time frame.
01 July 2015, 11:15 AM ET
Imagery taken between 28 May and 25 June 2015 from NASA New Horizons' LORRI instrument reveals the best look yet of the icy double dwarf planet Pluto-Charon.
01 July 2015, 11:05 AM ET
While NASA has stated it will rebound from the loss of ISS cargo, space analysts contacted by Space.com have flagged a number of wait-and-see ripple effects stemming from the accident.
01 July 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A group of university engineering students have created — and successfully test-fired — a 3D-printed rocket engine. The students aim to eventually launch tiny satellites to space.
01 July 2015, 07:01 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe will cruise within 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) of Pluto's surface on July 14, capturing the first-ever good looks at the frigid, faraway and mysterious world.
01 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
If you've been watching the western sky just after sunset lately, you will have noticed two bright objects, gradually drawing closer. These are the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, and they're putting on a show this month.
30 June 2015, 05:07 PM ET
Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, posed for a solemn portrait taken by NASA's New Horizon's probe, which is only two weeks away from its close encounter with the dwarf planet.
30 June 2015, 03:14 PM ET
Over about 4 hours on June 18th 2015, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a developing flare and coronal mass ejection.
30 June 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover will drill up to 2 meters (6 ft. 7 in.) into the surface; previous missions have only penetrated 5 centimeters (2 in.).
30 June 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Why do so many comets have a two-lobed, "rubber ducky" shape? It's the result of gentle collisions and mergers, new simulations reveal.
30 June 2015, 11:20 AM ET
It's a record! As of June 29, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has spent a total of 804 days in space — more than any other human in history.
30 June 2015, 11:17 AM ET
The mysterious, multicolored sky light blazed up at 1:29 a.m. EDT Monday and was witnessed by skywatchers from Alabama to North Carolina — and by six NASA meteor-observing cameras. But this was no meteor.
30 June 2015, 10:12 AM ET
A bright object lit up the skies at 1:29 EST on June 29th, 2015 across multiple southeastern states.
30 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Time will stand still for one second this evening (June 30) as a "leap second" is added to atomic clocks around the world. The extra second is needed to deal with Earth's irregular but gradually slowing rotation.
30 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The two brightest planets in our sky — Venus and Jupiter — have been getting progressively closer to each other throughout June. Tonight (June 30), they will be a scant 20 arc minutes (0.33 degrees) apart.
30 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Observations by NASA's MAVEN Mars orbiter suggest that shooting stars lit up the Red Planet's skies after the close flyby of Comet Siding Spring this past October.
30 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The first living being sent to Mars by humans may not be some lucky astronaut, or even a monkey, but a microorganism like cyanobacteria, sent there to create oxygen for human explorers.
29 June 2015, 05:09 PM ET
Seven middle school and high school students from Russellville City Schools in Alabama took home first place in the International Rocketry Challenge at the 2015 Paris Air Show this month, beating out the top teams from Great Britain and France.
29 June 2015, 04:23 PM ET
The June 28 failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is almost certain to deal a blow to the revenue projections of numerous SpaceX commercial customers that had been basing their results on being in orbit this year or early in 2016.
29 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
If Sunday's rocket mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the manned "Dragon V2" capsule, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said.