Space News Archive
30 November 2015, 02:24 PM ET
A new image pairs intricate illustrations with delightfully simple language to explain the "Red World Space Car" (Curiosity Mars rover) and its mission.
30 November 2015, 01:44 PM ET
The sun is supposed to be entering a quiet period, but it's still showing signs of its 11-year peak of activity it reached in early 2014.
30 November 2015, 11:40 AM ET
A crucial piece of NASA's next generation human space vehicle, Orion, is about to begin a series of intense tests in the coming months at the Glenn Research Center in Ohio.
30 November 2015, 09:43 AM ET
Young Max has dreams of working as a reporter someday. What better practice than to quiz Gen. Charles Bolden about the future of space exploration?
30 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A faraway star's mysterous and dramatic dimming was most likely caused by comet fragments, a new study suggests — though it doesn't rule out the much-ballyhooed possibility of an "alien megastructure" in the system.
30 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers are using NASA's sharp-eyed Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in an attempt to locate the final resting place of the Soviet Union's Luna 9 probe, which made the first-ever soft landing on the moon, in 1966.
28 November 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Here's how to see the huge Andromeda galaxy, which is visible with the naked eye in the night sky despite being 2.5 million light-years away.
28 November 2015, 10:00 AM ET
New NASA technology straight out of "Star Trek" could help scientists detect life on other worlds.
27 November 2015, 03:16 AM ET
Here are the best telescopes for the money. Our top picks include recommendations for city dwellers, hobbyists and gift-givers, as well as budget picks. Our editors have selected a few of the best options in each of four categories.
27 November 2015, 01:58 AM ET
Here are the best inexpensive telescopes (sub-$200). These high-quality scopes are light on features but big on value. Each will make a great gift and a fine first telescope.
27 November 2015, 01:11 AM ET
Here are the best beginner telescopes for the money; a computerized ‘GoTo’ scope driven by your smartphone or tablet, as well as a manually operated scope that comes fully assembled.
27 November 2015, 12:34 AM ET
Here are the best portable telescopes for the money. These grab-and-go scopes are ideal for travelers, city dwellers escaping light pollution, and anyone with limited storage space.
26 November 2015, 11:40 PM ET
Here are the best hobbyist telescopes for the money, including Go-To scopes. From fully automatic to totally hand-driven, these fine instruments will reward you each night out.
26 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Mars' watery past suggests that long ago the planet had a much thicker, carbon-rich atmosphere. But new evidence suggests the atmosphere wasn't quite as thick as some models suggest.
26 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Like most Americans, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren have Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) off, and they'll spend the day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) watching football and enjoying a turkey-centric feast.
26 November 2015, 12:07 AM ET
Two college robotics programs just got the gift of a lifetime: actual NASA prototypes of humanoid robots.
25 November 2015, 03:00 PM ET
As the moon moves around the Earth in its monthly orbit, it often passes in front of background stars. Such events are called "lunar occultations" and one will happen Thursday at dawn in a Thanksgiving lunar treat.
25 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The mysterious tilt of the moon's orbit is due to gravitational tugs it received from giant, close-passing rocks that later slammed into the Earth, researchers say.
25 November 2015, 12:30 PM ET
NASA Johnson interns have created yet another hilarious parody music video, with this latest one highlighting Scott Kelly's epic one-year mission aboard the International Space Station.
25 November 2015, 11:33 AM ET
November's full moon will rise tonight, bringing an early Thanksgiving treat for skywatchers lucky enough to have clear skies over the long U.S. holiday weekend.
25 November 2015, 07:53 AM ET
Astronauts give thanks and preview their "traditional" space meal in a new Thanksgiving greeting from the International Space Station.
25 November 2015, 07:53 AM ET
A new view of one of the largest known stars in the Milky Way gives the skinny on how giant stars quickly lose mass near the ends of their lives, preparing for huge supernova explosions.
25 November 2015, 07:41 AM ET
Following the successful landing of a reusable-rocket booster, Jeff Bezos, CEO of the private commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin, told reporters, "We are on the verge of a golden age of space exploration."
25 November 2015, 06:00 AM ET
30-40 times more massive than the Sun, the star named VY Canis Majoris has begun its death throes.
24 November 2015, 05:54 PM ET
SpaceX founder Elon Musk congratulated Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin for landing a rocket from space Monday (Nov. 23) — but also stressed that the flight test did not exactly make history.
24 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Blue Origin, the private space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, successfully launched and landed a reusable suborbital rocket. See the video and images here.
24 November 2015, 10:24 AM ET
International Space Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren sample the turkey and yams that are on the Thanksgiving Day menu.
24 November 2015, 10:17 AM ET
A fan-suggested 3-foot-tall model of NASA's historic Saturn V moon rocket has landed on LEGO's launch pad and is now awaiting an official "go/no-go" call as to whether it will lift off as a commercial toy set.
24 November 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Blue Origin, founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, wants to launch people into space on its suborbital New Shepard spacecraft. Would you buy a ticket if you could?
24 November 2015, 08:48 AM ET
The New Shepard is truly a reusable space vehicle after flying to 329,839 feet and landing within a few feet of the target, through 119 mph crosswinds. The launch and landing occurred on Nov. 23rd, 2015 in West Texas.
24 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are testing beverage cups that let them literally wake up and smell the coffee.
24 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Acid fog may once have eaten away rocks on Mars, researchers say.
24 November 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Computer simulations suggest that filaments of invisible dark matter form long "hairs" when they go through planets such as Earth.
23 November 2015, 04:47 PM ET
The California-based private spaceflight company has secured its first astronaut-taxi order under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with NASA, agency officials announced Friday (Nov. 20).
23 November 2015, 04:37 PM ET
"The Martian," which stars Matt Damon as a NASA astronaut stranded and presumed dead on the Red Planet, is up for Raw Science's 2015 Kip Thorne Gravity Award for the best depiction of a scientific principle in film.
23 November 2015, 03:30 PM ET
Mars may one day have rings like Saturn's, if the Red Planet manages to completely crush its innermost moon, Phobos.