Space News Archive
22 April 2015, 09:29 AM ET
The fourth annual NASA Space Apps Challenge took place April 10 to 12, connecting participants from all over the globe in a three-day hackathon aimed at tackling global problems in creative ways.
22 April 2015, 09:20 AM ET
NOVA's "Invisible Universe Revealed," which premieres on PBS Wednesday (April 22) at 9 p.m. EDT/8 p.m. CDT, takes viewers on a journey through the Hubble Space Telescope's eventful life.
22 April 2015, 07:37 AM ET
On the 25-year anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope, Space.com talked with science writer Robert Zimmerman, author of "The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built it."
22 April 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The new documentary 'PLANETARY' includes interviews with former NASA astronauts, and urges viewers to reduce the fast pace of their technologically driven lives and embrace the slower rhythms of nature.
22 April 2015, 07:13 AM ET
As Earth Day (April 22) reaches its 45th anniversary, NASA has a series of activities planned to celebrate the beauty of our home planet.
22 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, located ~50 light years away in Pegasus, was suspected in 1995 from the motion of its star. Now the HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory has detected the spectrum of that star's visible light reflected off the planet.
22 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
In the documentary, 'PLANETARY,' former NASA astronaut Ron Garan gives an eloquent look at the fragility of the planet humanity calls home, and we have an exclusive clip of the film that captures his view.
22 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists measured the spectrum of visible light reflected off the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b, which lies about 50 light-years from Earth. Back in 1995, 51 Pegasi b became the first alien world ever found around a sunlike star.
22 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An excerpt from the book "The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built it," demonstrates how the Hubble telescope transformed humanity's view of the universe.
21 April 2015, 05:34 PM ET
ABC's 'The Astronaut Wives Club' now has its launch date. The new docudrama about the spouses of the first U.S. spacemen will premiere Thursday night, June 18, 2015 at 8 p.m. EDT, the TV network has announced.
21 April 2015, 05:07 PM ET
A historic U.S. spacecraft that launched the second American astronaut into space has landed back in Kansas after spending eight months overseas. Liberty Bell 7 returned to the Kansas Cosmosphere following its loan to an art exhibition in Germany.
21 April 2015, 12:04 PM ET
When HST can no longer do science, should we deorbit and destroy it, extend its life with another servicing mission, or boost it into a safe "museum piece" orbit? NASA's John Grunsfeld explains.
21 April 2015, 11:55 AM ET
This evening will be another one of those special occasions when the two brightest objects in the night sky — the moon and a Venus — will get together and, weather permitting, will attract a lot of attention.
21 April 2015, 11:22 AM ET
European astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tweeted a photo of herself aboard the International Space Station, wearing a uniform from the "Star Trek: Voyager" TV series.
21 April 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Planetary scientist Paul Spudis has long been calling for humanity to return to the moon. He tells Space.com why manned exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor is so important.
21 April 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The science gleaned by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope over the last 25 years goes far beyond a handful of beautiful images.
21 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Astrophysicist Kip Thorne's book on black holes was a revelation for me in college, both for its science content and Thorne's willingness to engage the public.
20 April 2015, 04:23 PM ET
A 50-foot space rock (2015 HD1), similar in size to the one that slammed into the atmosphere two years ago, will skim Earth at a distance of about 36,700 miles (59,063 kilometers) or 0.2 Lunar Distance (LD) on April 21st, 2015.
20 April 2015, 02:58 PM ET
Today NASA launched a redesigned version of the website www.nasa.gov, which now puts heavy emphasis on images and social media.
20 April 2015, 02:25 PM ET
Dawn, which arrived at Ceres on March 6, imaged the mysterious bright spots on April 14 and 15 during a photography campaign designed to help guide the spacecraft to its first Ceres science orbit by April 23.
20 April 2015, 01:49 PM ET
Orbiting into the daylight side of the dwarf planet, NASA's Dawn probe acquired new images of the bright spots that have grabbed scientists’ attention.
20 April 2015, 01:41 PM ET
Two fabric straps that held in place the life support backpacks worn by astronauts while they walked on the moon are up for auction, along with hundreds of other space artifacts at a pair of space history-themed sales.
20 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
NASA researchers have come up with a plan to send piloted, helium-filled airships cruising through Venusian skies. The idea, called the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), could eventually lead to cloud cities on the planet.
20 April 2015, 12:03 PM ET
Rosetta’s OSIRIS imager captured the birth of a dust stream through successive images 2 minutes apart. Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is 'waking up' as it approaches the Sun. The puff from a shadowed region of the comet surprised scientists.
20 April 2015, 11:08 AM ET
An iconic symbol of NASA's origins as a powerhouse for aviation innovation has found a new home at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
20 April 2015, 10:15 AM ET
Hubble has faced challenges over its quarter-century lifetime, but none have been more well-known than the problem that almost made it a few billion dollars worth of space junk.
20 April 2015, 09:53 AM ET
"StarTalk," a science-themed late-night talk show hosted by superstar scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson, premieres tonight at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT on the National Geographic Channel. Viewers can expect a fantastically space-centric viewing experience.
20 April 2015, 07:15 AM ET
For the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope in April 2015, 25 images were selected for a special gallery, one for each year of Hubble's lifespan.
19 April 2015, 06:26 PM ET
'The goal is to bring science to people who know that they don't like science,' Tyson tells Space.com, 'My guests are hardly ever scientists; they're people hewn from pop culture. And I – the interviewer – am the scientist, not the journalist.'
19 April 2015, 09:20 AM ET
SpaceX nearly pulled off an unprecedented rocket landing during a cargo launch to the International Space Station and NASA's New Horizons probe returned its first color image of Pluto. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
19 April 2015, 08:12 AM ET
Orbital debris is a menace – that's a fact. How to de-clutter space from human made junk is an on-going concern by numbers of countries. Space nets, laser blasts, garbage scows, giant foam balls - these and other techniques have been proposed.
19 April 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Space.com contributor Leonard David visited the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft under construction in Denver, Colorado.