Science & Astronomy Archive
27 May 2015, 06:30 PM ET
Despite the claims of many beauty creams, an "antigravity" environment may actually cause premature aging of the skin, according to a new study looking at mice that lived in space for three months.
27 May 2015, 05:02 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe, which will make the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, captured the images with its long-range camera from May 8 through May 12, when the spacecraft was a bit less than 50 million miles from the dwarf planet.
27 May 2015, 02:24 PM ET
The jet of shredded matter blasting from elliptical galaxy NGC 3862's supermassive black hole is moving at more than 98% the speed of light.
27 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Orbiting spacecraft of Mars have imaged over the past several years dark, finger-like features – now called 'recurring slope lineae' - or RSL for Martian short-hand. These dark flows have been observed at low and middle latitudes on Mars.
27 May 2015, 01:03 PM ET
Scientists using several telescopes, including NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, found evidence that a planet in an ancient cluster of stars on the edge of the Milky Way drifted too close to a white dwarf star and was ripped apart.
27 May 2015, 12:04 PM ET
The Canadarm2 remote manipulator was used to transfer the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) to the forward port of the Tranquility Module. The shift was necessary to free up the port for commercial crew use.
27 May 2015, 10:00 AM ET
A dramatic new picture of young stars shows captures a cosmic "champagne flow" as the stars blow away hot hydrogen gas around them. The image was captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.
27 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
This bodacious pullulation of star creation was captured when the European Southern Observatory VLT set its sights on the Gum 19 nebula (a.k.a. RCW 34).
27 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA will launch a pair of tiny CubeSats toward the Red Planet in March 2016 to provide real-time landing coverage for the space agency's Mars InSight lander.
27 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The free Pluto Safari app, which came out last month, keeps tabs on NASA's New Horizons mission, counting down its July 14 close encounter to the second, and teaches users about the frigid, distant realm the spacecraft is exploring.
26 May 2015, 05:02 PM ET
The Europa probe will carry supersharp cameras, a heat detector, ice-penetrating radar and a variety of other gear that will help researchers gauge the Jupiter moon's ability to support life as we know it.
26 May 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Science experiments done in microgravity or related to space flight can be found in a new scientific journal dedicated to these areas of research.
26 May 2015, 11:42 AM ET
Astronomers studying the globular star clusters orbiting the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) have stumbled upon a fascinating discovery — the clusters are too massive.
26 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
Green rust could help living organisms on Mars extract energy from their environment. Scientists are working on ways of identifying green rust on the surface of the Red Planet.
25 May 2015, 09:00 AM ET
A scientist has raised questions about the latest detection of methane on Mars, suggesting that NASA's rover could be responsible for the mysterious burp. Highly unlikely, but not impossible, says the Curiosity team.
23 May 2015, 12:28 PM ET
What if the universe is not just matter and energy, but bits of information?
23 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
From the launch of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane to new views of the odd bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 23, 2015.
23 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Curiosity team mapped out a new route to some interesting rocks using images captured by Curiosity and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the Red Planet since 2006.
22 May 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists announced. You can submit your guess for what the spots might be in a poll on the Dawn mission website.
22 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have revealed a disk of gas nearly 3 trillion miles wide surrounding Nasty 1, suggesting that the star's strange appearance and behavior may stem from an ongoing act of cosmic cannibalism.
22 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
A newfound galaxy 12.5 billion light-years from Earth is the most luminous one known in the universe, blazing more brightly than 300 trillion suns. The engine behind the galaxy's brilliance may be a supermassive black hole, researchers said.
22 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Cubesats have pushed beyond the sphere of academia, becoming major tools for governments conducting a variety of missions and for companies earning revenues from space.
22 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
On May 4, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter performed two engine burns, changing its orbit to one that gets within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the moon's south pole and 103 miles (165 km) of the north pole.
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, 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.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
17 May 2015, 10:33 AM ET
A Russian cargo craft may have failed due to a problem with the rocket that launched it into space, and an astronaut explains how to "go" in space. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
17 May 2015, 09:17 AM ET
From the coast of Japan to a dragon selfie, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2015.
17 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch Wednesday (May 20) at 10:45 a.m. EDT atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, kicking off the vehicle's fourth mission.
15 May 2015, 11:38 PM ET
On May 14th, 2015, exactly two months before the fly-by of Pluto is expected, mission scientists gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC to speak to a crowd of school kids and museum patrons about the historic event.