Space News Archive
21 May 2015, 01:30 PM ET
The Medusa Nebula's most detailed close-up ever shows a dying star's fate, similar to what will befall our sun in a few million years. The colorful display of gas some 1,500 light-years from Earth is happening because a star in the center of the nebula is
21 May 2015, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down today in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California at 12:42 p.m. EDT (1642 GMT), about 5 1/2 hours after departing the orbiting lab.
21 May 2015, 09:19 AM ET
In situations where sunlight is not available, like shadowed craters, its been a challenge to supply power to spacecrafts, landers and rovers. The space agency is looking into nuclear systems as an alternative.
21 May 2015, 07:15 AM ET
Type Ia supernovas have long been used to measure the expansion of the universe. New research suggests that at least some of these explosions occur in systems with a white dwarf and a full-fledged companion star.
21 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On Thursday evening (May 21) as darkness falls, the two brightest objects of the night will be calling attention to themselves. The crescent moon will be accompanied by the brightest planet, the dazzling so-called "evening star": the planet Venus.
20 May 2015, 05:50 PM ET
A group of dedicated "Star Trek" fans want to make a new movie, featuring a character from "The "Original Series" who was captain of the Enterprise before James T. Kirk. And they plan to have experienced "Star Trek" actors taking part.
20 May 2015, 05:45 PM ET
Alien planets likely experience "space weather," just like Earth's solar system. A team of scientists is trying to determine if such weather could make other planets inhospitable to life.
20 May 2015, 05:40 PM ET
The striking arms of the Whirlpool galaxy can be seen in stunning detail in this astrophotographer image by Jaspal Chadha.
20 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration.
20 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration. The banner depicts seven interlocked circles, symbolizing the unity of all people.
20 May 2015, 11:30 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to blast off today (May 20) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station during a four-hour window that opens at 10:45 a.m. EDT. You can watch it live beginning at 10:45 a.m. EDT.
20 May 2015, 11:30 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster also carried the Planetary Society's tiny LightSail to orbit.
20 May 2015, 11:30 AM ET
You can learn all about how scientists have conceptualized, debated and studied black holes over time, during a live webcast that begins this evening (May 21) at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT).
20 May 2015, 11:14 AM ET
The Air Force space plane launched atop an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. AFSPC-5 mission payloads include the Orbital Test Vehicle 4 (OTV-4) and 10 cubesats.
20 May 2015, 10:33 AM ET
Jupiter's rapidly moving moons constantly surprise us with their dance around the giant planet. There will be two spectacular shadow plays this week.
20 May 2015, 09:03 AM ET
The region is "surrounded by diffuse emission and dark nebulae," says astrophotographer Terry Hancock (downunderobservatory.com). It is ~1600 light years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation.
20 May 2015, 06:30 AM ET
A giant alien planet is seemingly too big for its cool dwarf star, raising questions about how it could possibly have formed. Further investigation of this odd exoplanet could help scientists understand how planets form, researchers said.
20 May 2015, 06:20 AM ET
Hubble launched on April 24, 1990 and was deployed a day later. The telescope opened its eyes for the first time after a nearly monthlong checkout process, capturing an image of several stars with its Wide Field/Planetary Camera on May 20, 1990.
19 May 2015, 05:43 PM ET
The Southern Cross has long been a celestial landmark for explorers and travelers to the lands below the equator. You can see the famous constellation now, but you must go farther south than 25 degrees north latitude.
19 May 2015, 05:13 PM ET
Now is a great time to see Saturn, perhaps the most gorgeous planet in the night sky. The ringed planet is visible pretty much all night long.
19 May 2015, 01:03 PM ET
The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope captured the finest view to date of Sharpless 2-274, a ‘retired’ star about 1500 light-yearts from Earth in the Gemini constellation.
19 May 2015, 11:18 AM ET
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The United States Air Force's X-37B robotic space plane is scheduled to launch on its fourth mission this Wednesday (May 20). Just what it will be doing, and for how long, is a mystery.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Planetary Society's LightSail craft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission Wednesday. LightSail aims to advance solar sailing technology.
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is considering allowing a team of researchers, teachers, artists and engineers to upload an interstellar message to the agency's New Horizons spacecraft, which will perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14.
18 May 2015, 05:48 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's AFSPC-5 mission is scheduled to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on May 20th, 2015. It will blast off from Space Launch Complex-41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
18 May 2015, 05:28 PM ET
Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Hous
18 May 2015, 05:16 PM ET
Disney's new live-action feature film showcases a retro future inspired by the area of their amusement parks called, "Tomorrowland."
18 May 2015, 04:24 PM ET
An innovative concept for tiny probes attached to gliders could one day allow small robots to explore intricate locales on Mars that probes never could reach before, scientists say.
18 May 2015, 04:01 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's fourth mystery mission of its X-37B space plane launches on May 20, 2015. How long the mission will last, and its exact purpose, is a mystery. See photos from the mission here.
18 May 2015, 03:03 PM ET
A Proton rocket carrying the Mexsat-1 satellite for the Mexican government crashed shortly after blasting off from Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome on Saturday. An anomaly with the Proton's third-stage engine was detected shortly after liftoff.
18 May 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Three boulders balancing like ballerinas have been spotted on the surface of a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Only a small area on the surface of each rock is touching the ground, similar to "balancing rocks" seen on Earth.
18 May 2015, 09:00 AM ET
Smoke fills the cabin of a Star City Soyuz simulator and ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov are forced to work through their contingency plans.
18 May 2015, 07:40 AM ET
A House appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill May 14 that fully funds the Obama administration's overall request for NASA, but cuts commercial crew and space technology funds, adding it to planetary science and SLS.
18 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA and the European Space Agency are working together on a mission that would test out asteroid-deflection technologies. The Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment aims to slam a robotic probe into a space rock in 2022.
18 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Boeing has begun testing components of the CST-100 crew capsule's 'pusher abort system' at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.