Space News Archive
29 January 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Bubbles of radioactive metal may have punched holes in the heart of Cassiopeia A, a nearby supernova, according to new observations. Studying the bubbly interior could help scientists understand why supernovas pop their corks in the first place, and what
29 January 2015, 11:00 AM ET
A Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 7714 and its companion NGC 7715 reveals dramatic interaction setting off bursts of star formation. This moment of the dance happened 100 million light-years from Earth.
29 January 2015, 09:53 AM ET
The launch of NASA's newest Earth-gazing satellite will have to wait another day due to high winds that made launch too risky Thursday (Jan. 29).
29 January 2015, 09:18 AM ET
NASA is due to launch its SMAP satellite designed to measure moisture in Earth's soils at 9:20 a.m. EST (1420 GMT) on Thursday (Jan. 29) from California. You can watch live coverage of the launch starting at 7 a.m. EST (1200 GMT).
29 January 2015, 06:30 AM ET
The asteroid-mining firm Deep Space Industries (DSI) is investigating the feasibility of injecting microbes into space rocks far from Earth, to get a jump on processing their valuable resources.
29 January 2015, 06:30 AM ET
The surface of a comet flying through deep space is pockmarked with weird features that are keeping curious scientists working with Europe's Rosetta comet mission busy.
29 January 2015, 06:30 AM ET
NASA is scheduled to launch its next Earth-observing satellite today (Jan. 29) from California, and you can watch the liftoff live online.
29 January 2015, 06:30 AM ET
Comet Lovejoy will make its closest approach to the sun on Jan. 30. To mark the occasion, the Slooh Community Observatory is hosting a live webcast Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST (2030 GMT). Watch it here at Space.com.
28 January 2015, 06:20 PM ET
The stars and constellations seen from Mars would be similar to those seen from Earth, but the Red Planet's two moons would be quite a sight for Martian explorers.
28 January 2015, 06:07 PM ET
From movies based on best-selling books to the newest "Star Wars" installment, 2015 should be a big year for movies geared toward space fans.
28 January 2015, 04:40 PM ET
On Jan. 22, operators on the ground used two robotic arms to install NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument on the exterior of the International Space Station.
28 January 2015, 04:25 PM ET
Space Station crew member Terry Virts (NASA) snapped imagery of the storm that slammed the Northeast United States during a night pass on Jan. 28th, 2015. The ISS was orbiting at an attitude of 260 miles during the fly-over.
28 January 2015, 02:50 PM ET
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, a member of the current Expedition 42 crew aboard the International Space Station, captured several dramatic photos of the monster winter storm Tuesday night, as it wheeled and churned over New England.
28 January 2015, 01:23 PM ET
An amazing new video from SpaceX shows the spaceflight company's incredible plans for a reusable mega-rocket.
28 January 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on Mercury. So did we. Mercury's gravity, temperatures and weather are all very different from Earth's. Here's how.
28 January 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
28 January 2015, 12:40 PM ET
Conditions on the planet Mercury would make living there a challenge. See what the days and nights might be like on the closest planet to the sun in our infographic.
28 January 2015, 12:40 PM ET
Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, has been studied by multiple spacecraft throughout the years.
28 January 2015, 12:40 PM ET
NASA is gearing up to test an innovative new robot built to explore some of Earth's most inhospitable places: the fiery heart of volcanoes. And the hardy robot may one day help scientists explore volcanoes on other worlds.
28 January 2015, 07:20 AM ET
A greenhouse fire on Dec. 29 halted a simulated Red Planet mission at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
28 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA officials are conducting ceremonies at several different sites around the country to pay tribute to the astronauts killed in 1967's Apollo 1 fire and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle accidents.
27 January 2015, 06:17 PM ET
Known by some as 'God's Hand,' the faint CG4 object is nothing like a comet. Discovered in 1976, CG4 might be an ordinary spherical star remnant distorted by nearby supernovas or fierce stellar winds from hot massive short-lived stars. 
27 January 2015, 05:47 PM ET
NASA's next Earth-observing satellite is ready to launch Thursday (Jan. 29), and it could vastly improve the way scientists monitor droughts around the world.
27 January 2015, 04:40 PM ET
The newfound exoplanets circle a star that's 11.2 billion years old and are all Venus-size or smaller. They are, therefore, all rocky, though scientists know nothing else about their composition.
27 January 2015, 03:21 PM ET
Skilled mathematician and passionate painter Ed Belbruno – whose worldview and life experiences differ from what is typically expected of a scientist – is profiled in the new documentary, "Painting the Way to the Moon."
27 January 2015, 02:26 PM ET
Slated to be the world’s most powerful rocket when it flies, Falcon Heavy will attempt to return it’s core stage and boosters for rapid refurbishment and reuse. SpaceX is confident its accuracy will be sufficient to park the booster elements on land
27 January 2015, 01:36 PM ET
Tantalizing new images of the nearest dwarf planet to Earth are revealing never-before-seen surface features of the mysterious space rock.
27 January 2015, 12:06 PM ET
NASA cannot put astronauts on Mars in the 2030s under current funding, experts interviewed for an unreleased movie say.
27 January 2015, 11:00 AM ET
Vesta was once thought to be dry, but gullies on the walls of impact craters suggest that water flowed briefly on the protoplanet's surface in the relatively recent past.
27 January 2015, 09:56 AM ET
As NASA's Dawn mission approaches Ceres, it will continue to deliver imagery with better resolution than the last. This current set of images were snapped from 147,000 miles away on Jan. 25th, 2015.
27 January 2015, 07:35 AM ET
The Planetary Society's first LightSail spacecraft will blast off in May from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, to test out critical systems and technologies ahead of a more involved orbital trial in 2016.
27 January 2015, 07:26 AM ET
In the newest episode of the long-running cartoon TV show, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is "quietly" traveling the United States in his crewed Dragon spacecraft searching for something to inspire him.
27 January 2015, 07:20 AM ET
Asteroid 2004 BL86 cruised within 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of Earth Monday morning — about 3 times the distance between our planet and the moon. And the space rock wasn't alone.
26 January 2015, 11:00 PM ET
The online Slooh observatory offered a free webcast Thursday (Jan. 29) at 5:30 p.m. EST (2230 GMT) to track Comet Lovejoy as it makes its closest approach to the sun.
26 January 2015, 06:35 PM ET
A monster storm's claws are definitely out in the satellite photos, which were captured from Saturday through Monday (Jan. 24 to Jan. 26) and combined into a new movie that shows the storm's development and movement.
26 January 2015, 06:35 PM ET
NASA Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California obtained radar imagery of asteroid 2004 BL86, that flew by Earth at ~3.1 times the distance of the Moon on Jan. 26th, 2015.