Space News Archive
12 November 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Scientists and space fans aren't the only ones excited by the unprecedented comet landing performed by the European Space Agency today (Nov. 12). The folks behind Google's whimsical doodles are joining the celebration, too.
12 November 2014, 02:44 PM ET
Investigators have talked to the pilot who survived the tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last month, and say that he didn't know that his copilot unlocked the space plane's re-entry system early.
12 November 2014, 01:25 PM ET
NASA's first space-bound Orion capsule has arrived at the launch pad, where it will lift off on an uncrewed test flight in support of the space agency's plans for future astronaut missions beyond Earth orbit.
12 November 2014, 12:32 PM ET
The mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe may behave more like wavy fluids than solid particles, helping to explain the shapes of galaxies, a new study suggests.
12 November 2014, 11:46 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission's lander successfully landed on the surface of comet 67P/C-G on Nov. 11, 2014. ESA's mission control erupts in celebration on landing confirmation.
12 November 2014, 11:13 AM ET
For the first time in history, a spacecraft built on Earth has softly landed on the face of a comet speeding through deep space.
12 November 2014, 10:29 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission released the Philae lander on Nov. 12th, 2014. It was due to land on Comet 67P/C-G seven hours later.
12 November 2014, 09:40 AM ET
A European spacecraft is attempting to make history by landing on a comet in deep space, and amazing new photos show the daring endeavor in action.
12 November 2014, 09:19 AM ET
The space agency is a "junior partner" int he European Space Agency's Rosetta mission and has contributed 3 instruments to the 'mothership'. They have also delivered telemetry on the probe.
12 November 2014, 07:10 AM ET
After a nail-biting silence, European scientists are back in touch with a probe currently descending to the face of a comet speeding through deep space.
12 November 2014, 04:03 AM ET
If all went according to plan, the European Space Agency's Philae lander separated from its Rosetta mothership at 3:35 a.m. EST Wednesday, beginning a long, slow journey down to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
11 November 2014, 10:28 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows how the effect of gravitational lensing around a normal galaxy focuses the light coming from a very distant star-forming galaxy merger to created a distorted, but brighter view.
11 November 2014, 07:05 PM ET
Planetary Ventures LLC will lease Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA), which is currently managed by NASA's Ames Research Center, and restore the facility's historic Hangar One, a huge building that has been a Silicon Valley landmark since the 1930s.
11 November 2014, 06:56 PM ET
Scientists have picked up on the mysterious "song" of a comet speeding through deep space.
11 November 2014, 02:16 PM ET
Scientists on Earth are hoping to land a probe on the face of a comet for the first time Wednesday (Nov. 12), and they are now one step closer to accomplishing that goal.
11 November 2014, 01:14 PM ET
The Rosetta probe's Philae Lander will attempt a soft-landing on comet 67P/C-G on Nov. 11th, 2014. It will take the lander a few hours to reach the surface after it is deployed.
11 November 2014, 12:19 PM ET
A humongous sunspot — the biggest one seen since 1990 — has so far produced no aurora-causing events, despite sending off 10 huge solar flares in less than two weeks.
11 November 2014, 11:46 AM ET
Comet 67P/C-G is humming. ESA’s Rosetta probe detected cyclical changes in the comet’s magnetic field environment. To make the comet’s magnetic ‘song’ audible to people, researchers sped up the data 10,000 times its actual rate.
11 November 2014, 10:34 AM ET
Supernova 1987A remnant’s appearance has baffled astronomers for decades. One side is brighter than the other.
11 November 2014, 07:46 AM ET
Get up early or stay out late to see some of the brightest planets in the night sky this month. The elusive planet Mercury begins November with its best morning apparition for 2014.
11 November 2014, 07:21 AM ET
A European probe is expected to make an audacious landing on the face of a comet tomorrow (Nov. 12), and you can follow it live online starting today (Nov. 11).
11 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Radar measurements made by NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini probe along a 25-mile-long (40 kilometers) stretch of Kraken Mare's eastern shore reveal depths ranging from 66 to 115 feet (20 to 35 m), researchers said.
10 November 2014, 11:19 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows Beta Pictoris, located about 60 light-years away towards the constellation of Pictor (the Painter's Easel) and is one of the best-known examples of a star surrounded by a dusty debris disc.
10 November 2014, 07:45 PM ET
The Orion capsule will roll out to the launch pad Tuesday night (Nov. 11), moving from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida to the next-door Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of its Dec. 4 launch.
10 November 2014, 06:03 PM ET
Sgt. Russ Marek lost an arm, leg and suffered a brain injury in Iraq in 2005. Fmr. Kennedy Space Center director Jim Kennedy talks about meeting him and the NASA technology that Marek uses to control his prosthetic arm.
10 November 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The low birth rate for stars in distant galaxy clusters is one of astronomy's long-standing mysteries. But scientists now have a new culprit in the case: cosmic turbulence from black holes.
10 November 2014, 03:30 PM ET
On screen, director Christopher Nolan's film 'Interstellar' takes audiences on a futuristic journey across space and time. Behind the scenes, it was real space history rather than science-based fiction that inspired Nolan to make the film.
10 November 2014, 02:03 PM ET
The Space Shuttle Endeavour pilot (STS-130 mission) talks about the differences between shuttle and space station missions with Space.com's @MiriKramer. Virts is part of the Expedition 42/43 crew launching to the Station in Nov. 2014.
10 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Landing a probe on a comet whizzing through deep space isn't easy, but this week, the European Space Agency (ESA) will attempt to do just that. If successful, it will be the first time anyone has landed a probe on the surface of a comet.
10 November 2014, 12:14 PM ET
Interruptions in the regular tick-tock of nature's clocks could be a sign that gravitational waves are passing through.
10 November 2014, 11:00 AM ET
To understand how deep fractures on the giant asteroid Vesta formed, scientists recreated violent cosmic impacts in a lab with a high-speed cannon.
10 November 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Should we ever find ourselves facing a real-life "Interstellar" dilemma, NASA might be able to help. The space agency has several ongoing and planned missions to scan the cosmos for Earth-like worlds outside the solar system.