Space News Archive
04 September 2015, 04:10 AM ET
A brand new line of "Star Wars" toys was introduced to the world today. We attended a reveal event at 12:01 a.m. local time at the Toys 'R' Us in Times Square.
04 September 2015, 03:45 AM ET
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, the European Space Agency's Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov docked with the space station's Poisk module at 3:39 a.m. EDT (0739 GMT) Friday (Sept. 4).
03 September 2015, 05:53 PM ET
A new spacecraft will test ideas to find gravitational waves in the universe
03 September 2015, 05:00 PM ET
NASA is working to develop laser-based communications systems that will allow far-flung spacecraft to beam data home far faster than previously possible.
03 September 2015, 03:53 PM ET
The radar instrument on NASA's $916 million Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) spacecraft stopped returning data on July 7, a few months after the satellite began its science mission. The SMAP team now views the instrument's recovery as unlikely.
03 September 2015, 03:05 PM ET
To convincingly play an astronaut, you need a technically accurate script. Science-fan Matt Damon tells's @DavidSkyBrody. why he's thrilled to 'inhabit' Mars castaway Mark Watney, central character of author Andy Weir's book.
03 September 2015, 01:44 PM ET
Technology created to remove plant-killing ethylene from International Space Station crop growing experiments has been applied to an air purification system on Earth.
03 September 2015, 10:27 AM ET
See Martian photo illusions like the "Face on Mars," "Bio Base" and others, all created by tricks of light.
03 September 2015, 10:00 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is beaming home amazing photos of the Red Planet.
03 September 2015, 06:45 AM ET
A so-called "floating spoon" on Mars spotted by NASA's Curiosity rover is cooking up a storm on the Internet, but it's actually a cool rock formation sculpted over time by the Martian winds, officials with the space agency say.
03 September 2015, 06:20 AM ET
The return to flight of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, in a couple of months, will also be the first launch of an upgraded version of the vehicle.
03 September 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Scientists found that the median particle size in a set of 20 different Apollo soil samples held in laboratories for research use has decreased by more than half since the samples were first measured 40 years ago.
03 September 2015, 06:00 AM ET
The proposed Comet Hitchhiker spacecraft would sling itself from one comet or asteroid to another using a harpoon and a superlong tether. This strategy could allow relatively fast and low-cost exploration of distant targets, its developers say.
02 September 2015, 06:40 PM ET
The space-based action shows "Killjoys" and "Dark Matter" will both be getting second seasons in 2016, the Syfy network announced this week.
02 September 2015, 06:25 PM ET
A series of gorgeous photos capture two different rocket launches that took place within 6 hours of each other, but thousands of miles apart, early this morning.
02 September 2015, 04:58 PM ET
Astronomers have long struggled with how young planets form around pairs of stars without destroying themselves, but new research suggests it can be done with the perfect setup: a massive, slightly elongated disk of debris from the star.
02 September 2015, 04:19 PM ET
A pressure chamber used to simulate harsh environments, such as what exists on Venus, Saturn's moon Titan and the giant planets, is open for business at NASA's Glenn Research Center.
02 September 2015, 02:42 PM ET
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission is exploring the upper atmosphere and using the light of stars to determine its composition. The mission hopes to better understand where the water went on the Red Planet.
02 September 2015, 11:13 AM ET
The Earth and Space Station can be seen from the Soyuz TMA-16M's point of view. The 'parking spot' move was necessary to make way for a new crew arriving the following week.
02 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A new view of the Prawn Nebula shows "cosmic recycling" at work: Glowing clusters of newborn stars illuminate surrounding gas, expelled from an earlier stellar generation, which will eventually form into even newer stars.
02 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Light glinting off the ocean of a faraway alien world could help scientists identify potentially habitable exoplanets.
02 September 2015, 06:54 AM ET
A military communications satellite successfully launched into orbit at 6:18 a.m. EDT (1018GMT) today (Sept. 2), building on a cutting edge communications network already in operation.
02 September 2015, 06:00 AM ET
The MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile was used to deliver a new stunning view of the nebula (also known as Gum 56). 
02 September 2015, 01:10 AM ET
Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov blasted off atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:37 a.m. EDT (0437 GMT) today (Sept. 2).
01 September 2015, 11:41 PM ET
Sergey Volkov (Roscosmos), Andreas Mogensen (ESA) and Aidyn Aimbetov (Kazakh Space Agency) will join 6 others on the International Space Station (ISS) in two days after their launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sept. 2nd, 2015.
01 September 2015, 02:51 PM ET
An icy moon of Saturn hangs against the face of its giant parent planet in a breathtaking new image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
01 September 2015, 02:19 PM ET
A new crew of space travelers will blast off toward the International Space Station just after midnight ET on Wednesday (Sept. 2). You can watch the event live here on
01 September 2015, 12:54 PM ET
A 40-year-old book that gave rise to one of NASA's most iconic logos is being launched back into print using Kickstarter. The NASA Graphics Standards Manual, first published in 1976, defined a new identity for the space agency, as led by the NASA "worm."
01 September 2015, 12:17 PM ET
An illustrated Web comic by the cartoonist Boulet explains his passion for stargazing, and takes readers on an awe-inspiring tour of the cosmic landscapes made visible by science.
01 September 2015, 07:57 AM ET
The Pluto flyby video gives a probe's-eye view of the historic July 14 encounter, during which the New Horizons spacecraft zoomed within just 7,800 miles (12,550 kilometers) of the dwarf planet's frigid surface.
01 September 2015, 07:54 AM ET
The supermoon eclipse, which will grace Earth's skies on Sept. 27, features a full moon that looks considerably larger and brighter than usual. It will be the first such lunar eclipse since 1982, and the last until 2033.
01 September 2015, 07:53 AM ET
Researchers are testing designs for a starshade, which whould block the light from a star while allowing emissions from much dimmer orbiting planets to be spotted by a future space-based telescope.