Science & Astronomy Archive
14 November 2014, 07:30 AM ET
When the Philae attempted touchdown on comet 67P, it bounced off with nearly enough force to drift away into space.
14 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Europe's Rosetta mission pulled off the first-ever soft landing on a comet Wednesday thanks to a lot of great engineering and hard work — along with a healthy dose of luck, team members said.
14 November 2014, 06:56 AM ET
Researchers have been testing out "starshade" technology, which could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds by blocking the overpowering light of their parent stars.
14 November 2014, 12:59 AM ET
Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and is known for its many moons, its dangerous radiation belt and its iconic Great Red Spot.
13 November 2014, 08:04 PM ET
Uranus is finally having some summer storms, seven years after the planet reached its closest approach to the sun, leaving scientists wondering why the massive storms are so late.
13 November 2014, 11:41 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Philae lander bounced not once but twice before completing its historic comet landing on Nov. 12, 2014. See the first photos from Comet 67P's surface and a status update on the Rosetta mission.
13 November 2014, 09:00 AM ET
The origins of organic matter found by Mars lander missions have long been debated, but a new study suggests a way to find out whether these chemicals of life came from the Red Planet or elsewhere.
13 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Europe's Philae lander is already gathering a wealth of data about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after touching down on the icy object Wednesday morning (Nov. 12).
12 November 2014, 04:27 PM ET
Europe's Philae lander made history Wednesday, touching down on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But the probe's anchoring harpoons didn't fire as planned, and Philae may have bounced off the surface before settling back again.
12 November 2014, 04:20 PM ET
During a nail-biting drop onto the surface of a comet, the European Space Agency's Philae spacecraft snapped a stunning photo of its icy target. See the close up view of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.
12 November 2014, 04:08 PM ET
Scientists and space fans aren't the only ones excited by the unprecedented comet landing performed by the European Space Agency today (Nov. 12). The folks behind Google's whimsical doodles are joining the celebration, too.
12 November 2014, 12:32 PM ET
The mysterious dark matter that makes up most of the matter in the universe may behave more like wavy fluids than solid particles, helping to explain the shapes of galaxies, a new study suggests.
12 November 2014, 11:13 AM ET
For the first time in history, a spacecraft built on Earth has softly landed on the face of a comet speeding through deep space.
12 November 2014, 04:03 AM ET
If all went according to plan, the European Space Agency's Philae lander separated from its Rosetta mothership at 3:35 a.m. EST Wednesday, beginning a long, slow journey down to the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
11 November 2014, 06:56 PM ET
Scientists have picked up on the mysterious "song" of a comet speeding through deep space.
11 November 2014, 02:16 PM ET
Scientists on Earth are hoping to land a probe on the face of a comet for the first time Wednesday (Nov. 12), and they are now one step closer to accomplishing that goal.
11 November 2014, 12:19 PM ET
A humongous sunspot — the biggest one seen since 1990 — has so far produced no aurora-causing events, despite sending off 10 huge solar flares in less than two weeks.
11 November 2014, 11:46 AM ET
Comet 67P/C-G is humming. ESA’s Rosetta probe detected cyclical changes in the comet’s magnetic field environment. To make the comet’s magnetic ‘song’ audible to people, researchers sped up the data 10,000 times its actual rate.
11 November 2014, 10:34 AM ET
Supernova 1987A remnant’s appearance has baffled astronomers for decades. One side is brighter than the other.
11 November 2014, 07:21 AM ET
A European probe is expected to make an audacious landing on the face of a comet tomorrow (Nov. 12), and you can follow it live online starting today (Nov. 11).
11 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Radar measurements made by NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini probe along a 25-mile-long (40 kilometers) stretch of Kraken Mare's eastern shore reveal depths ranging from 66 to 115 feet (20 to 35 m), researchers said.
11 November 2014, 12:25 AM ET
Space art spans centuries, beginning with the very first imaginings of what details might lie at the ends of ever more powerful telescopes.
10 November 2014, 10:51 PM ET
Space art creates virtual worlds and possible realities, inspired by a fusion of science and imagination.
10 November 2014, 10:34 PM ET
For centuries, artists have created visions of spacescapes informed by science, yet limited only by the imagination.
10 November 2014, 04:46 PM ET
The low birth rate for stars in distant galaxy clusters is one of astronomy's long-standing mysteries. But scientists now have a new culprit in the case: cosmic turbulence from black holes.
10 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Landing a probe on a comet whizzing through deep space isn't easy, but this week, the European Space Agency (ESA) will attempt to do just that. If successful, it will be the first time anyone has landed a probe on the surface of a comet.
10 November 2014, 12:14 PM ET
Interruptions in the regular tick-tock of nature's clocks could be a sign that gravitational waves are passing through.
10 November 2014, 11:00 AM ET
To understand how deep fractures on the giant asteroid Vesta formed, scientists recreated violent cosmic impacts in a lab with a high-speed cannon.
10 November 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Should we ever find ourselves facing a real-life "Interstellar" dilemma, NASA might be able to help. The space agency has several ongoing and planned missions to scan the cosmos for Earth-like worlds outside the solar system.
10 November 2014, 09:42 AM ET
NASA CIBER sounding rocket experiments have detected a surprising amount of infrared 'cosmic glow.’ It comes from ‘orphan stars,’ which are ejected out of their host galaxies during galaxy collisions and end up in the voids between galaxies.
10 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The remains of stellar explosion 1987A have been imaged using the Hubble Space Telescope, the Australia Telescope Compact Array in Australia and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in Chile.
10 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The sci-fi epic "Interstellar" is just a movie, but it throws a lot of science on the screen for space geeks to sink their teeth into. Here's a look at some of the space-science concepts that play key roles in the film.