Space News Archive
18 April 2015, 03:01 PM ET
A Maine photographer is joining forces with dark-sky advocates to say that people must be careful about where they direct their lights.
18 April 2015, 01:20 PM ET
From the first color image of Pluto to an awesome new SpaceX Video, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 19, 2015.
17 April 2015, 05:36 PM ET
Right now is a good time to look for Virgo, since the bright moon is not lighting up the evening sky. (Virgo may be very large, but most of her stars are rather dim.)
17 April 2015, 03:12 PM ET
One of the surest signs of spring for stargazers is seeing the constellation Leo high in the evening sky. Here's how to spot Leo, and what to look for within it.
17 April 2015, 01:36 PM ET
Ceres' cratered north pole blazes through the darkness in new images captured by Dawn on April 10. The photos are the highest-resolution views of the world that Dawn has gotten since entering orbit on March 6, NASA officials said.
17 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
The cataclysmic collision between Earth and a Mars-size object that forged the moon occurred about 4.47 billion years ago, a study of meteorites with ancient fragments from that cosmic impact reveal.
17 April 2015, 09:12 AM ET
After spending more than a month orbiting the dark side of the dwarf planet, NASA's probe finally captured some daylight gleaming off the north pole. This series of images were captured on April 10th, 2015 at a distance of 21,000 miles (33,000 km).
17 April 2015, 07:10 AM ET
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti grappled Dragon with the space station's huge robotic arm at about 7:00 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Friday (April 17), securing the commercial capsule to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.
17 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin and other spaceflight firms are working to make reusable launch systems a reality.
17 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A 208-foot-long (65 meters) drive on Thursday (April 16) pushed the car-size Curiosity rover's odometer past 10 kilometers (6.21 miles), NASA officials said.
17 April 2015, 01:13 AM ET
If you've seen "Clash of the Titans", you already know part of Cassiopeia's story.
16 April 2015, 04:00 PM ET
NASA's Aqua satellite was in a unique position to capture spring's arrival on the East Coast.
16 April 2015, 03:28 PM ET
NASA's MESSENGER probe, which has been circling Mercury since March 2011, is nearly out of fuel and will say goodbye with a dramatic death plunge on April 30, provided one final orbit-raising maneuver scheduled for April 24 goes as planned.
16 April 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Experiments for the International Space Station's first one-year crew will be among Dragon's precious cargo when it arrives at the orbiting complex this week.
16 April 2015, 02:39 PM ET
The International Space Station is about receive perhaps its most important upgrade to date: a microgravity espresso maker!
16 April 2015, 02:21 PM ET
The latest trailer for the Star Wars Episode VII "The Force Awakens" was released at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim California. It’s a family affair.
16 April 2015, 02:10 PM ET
They made the first 3D printer to be used in space possible. They made the files used to 3D print their tools in space available. Now, Made In Space is making the material used to 3D print in space for sale.
16 April 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Astronomers have spotted the powerful magnetic field of a supermassive black hole located across the observable universe.
16 April 2015, 02:01 PM ET
The largest ancient galaxies stopped forming stars in their cores about three billion years after the Big Bang, with this end of star birth spreading from the inside out in so-called 'dead' galaxies, scientists say.
16 April 2015, 01:51 PM ET
NASA astronaut John Grunsfeld (now Associate Admin. for the Science Mission Directorate) looks back at how Hubble’s upgradable design can help us create more powerful space-based observatories.
16 April 2015, 01:35 PM ET
A statue honoring astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, could one day stand in the U.S. Capitol, if a California lawmaker's resolution continues to advance. The statue would replace the monument for a controversial Spanish missionary.
16 April 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Billionaire Paul Allen has formed a new company to help make spaceflight more affordable and efficient. Vulcan Aerospace, which was unveiled Monday, will spearhead the space projects of Vulcan, Inc.
16 April 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A NASA telescope co-discovered one of the most distant planets ever discovered, a gas giant about 13,000 light-years away from Earth.
15 April 2015, 05:55 PM ET
It's now time to start planning out a future space telescope that will tackle the next big frontier in astronomy and astrophysics, researcher Mario Livio says — the search for signs of life beyond our neck of the cosmic woods.
15 April 2015, 05:47 PM ET
A new video shows the first stage of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket crashing and burning after nearly pulling off an unprecedented touchdown on an unmanned "drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean.
15 April 2015, 05:28 PM ET
It appears that dark matter — the mysterious stuff that makes up most of the matter in the universe — may be able to interact with other bits of dark matter, and not just through the pull of gravity.
15 April 2015, 04:41 PM ET
The second attempted ocean barge landing of the first stage of the SpaceX rocket touched down on the barge but a little too hard. The rocket successfully launched the Dragon cargo ship to the Space Station.
15 April 2015, 01:45 PM ET
NASA astronaut Terry Virts took a GoPro camera with him on an Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) outside the International Space Station on February 25th, 2015.
15 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
A key ingredient of the early Earth may have been a chunk of rock much like Mercury, scientists say. This finding could help explain how Earth's magnetic field has lasted for billions of years, researchers added.
15 April 2015, 11:37 AM ET
The world looks different to Neil deGrasse Tyson because he’s an astrophysicist. When a great communicator gets his hands on an elegant tool, enlightenment (and, yeah, a little ego) ensues. But why did @NeilTyson choose Twitter? He tells Space.com.
15 April 2015, 07:40 AM ET
Strange bright spots on the surface of the Ceres continue to mystify scientists even as NASA's Dawn spacecraft is beaming the best maps yet of the dwarf planet in the asteroid belt.
15 April 2015, 07:16 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto has returned its first color image of the dwarf planet and its largest moon, Charon. The new photo was taken on April 9, from a distance of about 71 million miles (115 million kilometers).
15 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A stunning new video taken by a chase plane shows just how close SpaceX came to pulling off a historic rocket landing Tuesday (April 14) during the launch of its Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station.
14 April 2015, 07:21 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have a chance to see a Dragon capsule built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX 'chase' the International Space Station across the sky this week ahead of a Friday morning rendezvous.
14 April 2015, 04:44 PM ET
Through 25 years on-orbit, the Space Telescope has repeatedly changed our understanding of the Universe. Astronaut John M. Grunsfeld, now NASA's Associate Administrator Science Mission Directorate, illuminates why we love this instrument.
14 April 2015, 04:30 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the company's Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station today (April 14) and then returned to Earth, nearly pulling off an unprecedented landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.