Science & Astronomy Archive
19 February 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Future moon colonists seeking water should focus on crater slopes that face the south pole rather than those that face the equator, according to investigators working on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission.
19 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured images of Nix and Hydra, two of Pluto's five known moons, from Jan. 27 through Feb. 8, at distances ranging from 125 million miles to 115 million miles (201 million to 186 million kilometers).
18 February 2015, 05:53 PM ET
A series of images taken by the NASA Horizons Mission from Jan. 27-Feb. 8, 2015 shows the two moons (25 to 95 miles in diameter) orbiting Pluto.
18 February 2015, 03:02 PM ET
The 149th crew to "explore" the Red Planet care of the Mars Desert Research Station has made some interesting discoveries — not all what you would expect.
18 February 2015, 02:53 PM ET
In a Mars environment, it appears even brewing may be possible.
18 February 2015, 02:29 PM ET
Explosions on the surface of a dying star may help solve the mystery of the presence of lithium in the galaxy.
18 February 2015, 12:04 PM ET
A robotic submarine could explore the methane seas on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. See how space technology and NASA are working to make this a reality.
18 February 2015, 11:10 AM ET
A huge fireball was captured by NASA All-Sky camera at the Allegheny Observatory near Pittsburgh in the early morning hours of February 17th, 2015.
18 February 2015, 06:30 AM ET
Dawn's most recent images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from Ceres, show an abundance of craters on the dwarf planet, as well as numerous bright spots that have scientists baffled.
18 February 2015, 06:30 AM ET
A spiral galaxy known as NGC 7714 drifted too close to a smaller, neighboring galaxy called NGC 7715. The merger bent both galaxies out of shape.
18 February 2015, 06:30 AM ET
Bantam spacecraft should survive for about 15 minutes in Jupiter's thick air before bursting into flame, according to researchers developing a concept mission called SMARA (SMAll Reconnaissance of Atmospheres).
18 February 2015, 06:20 AM ET
See photos and images of Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest asteroid in the solar system yet known. Ceres is round and may contain more fresh water than the entire Earth. NASA's Dawn spacecraft will explore Ceres in 2015.
17 February 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Mars would not be an easy home for human colonists. See how its lower gravity, thin atmosphere and lack of a magnetic field could make it challenging for a colonist in this Space.com infographic.
17 February 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Life on Mars would be full of chilly weather, large dust storms and geological sights dwarfing anything on Earth.
17 February 2015, 03:00 PM ET
From drone crashes to Harley rides — behind the scenes of the film "LIGO Generations."
17 February 2015, 01:45 PM ET
Students in the New York City public school system are currently competing for the chance to put a science experiment on the International Space Station, thanks to a new program at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.
17 February 2015, 12:31 PM ET
A mystery is brewing on Mars: Amateur astronomers spotted enormous plumes erupting off the Red Planet's surface, leaving scientists puzzled.
17 February 2015, 11:16 AM ET
Despite a space weather forecast of limited aurora activity, a tall band of green and striking red appeared over Sweden's Abisko National Park on 16 February 2015, captured in near real time by photographer Chad Blakley / www.lightsoverlapland.com
17 February 2015, 07:50 AM ET
A new study of emissions from Martian volcanoes suggests there is no activity going on right now, but researchers aren't ruling out recent eruptions.
17 February 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Plans to visit Europa, Jupiter's icy moon with a subsurface ocean, just became a bit more concrete. Scientists think the planet is one of the top places in the solar system that could support alien life.
16 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
The Planck space telescope has been one of science's most powerful tools to explore the fabric of space-time.
15 February 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Using imagery from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile and the Hubble Space Telescope to observe starburst galaxy NGC 253 (Sculptor Galaxy), astrophysicists are mathematically peeling back layers of gas.
15 February 2015, 02:37 PM ET
In the end, ESA's final space station cargo freighter went out in a fiery blaze rather than the "big bang" of its namesake. The ATV-5, christened the "Georges Lemaître" after the Belgian astronomer, plunged into the Earth's atmosphere and was destroyed.
15 February 2015, 01:32 PM ET
On Feb. 15, 2013, a 66-foot-wide asteroid exploded over Russia and injured more than 1,200 people. Two years later, he origin of the space rock still puzzles scientists.
15 February 2015, 09:23 AM ET
Europe launched a prototype minishuttle on its first space test, SpaceX lofted the DSCOVR space-weather satellite, and scientists questioned whether dark matter is truly "dark." Here are Space.com's picks for the best space stories of the week.
14 February 2015, 12:40 PM ET
From a colorful cosmic "flower" to a smiley face in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 15, 2015.
13 February 2015, 08:24 PM ET
On Feb. 14, 1990, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft took a family portrait of the solar system, capturing Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and Earth — which showed up as a "pale blue dot" — in a single view.
13 February 2015, 07:02 AM ET
The "Interstellar" visual-effects crew has published a scientific study describing the computer code that brought to life the wormhole and enormous black hole, dubbed "Gargantua," that played central roles in the film.
13 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An image captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows a supernova remnant called G299.2-2.9, which lies 16,000 light-years from Earth. The object's many different colors represent different wavelengths of X-ray light.
13 February 2015, 12:52 AM ET
In a few billion years, the sun will become a red giant so large that it will engulf our planet. But the Earth will become uninhabitable much sooner than that. After about a billion years the sun will become hot enough to boil our oceans.
12 February 2015, 04:05 PM ET
The new Pluto-Charon video was shot by NASA's New Horizons probe from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, as the spacecraft gears up for its epic Pluto encounter this July.