Science & Astronomy Archive
12 March 2015, 07:57 AM ET
NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, which will send four satellites on a search for explosive magnetic reconnections in Earth's magnetic field, will launch tonight at 10:44 p.m. EDT (0244 GMT). Here's how to watch live.
12 March 2015, 07:33 AM ET
New Horizons, which will zoom through the Pluto system on July 14, fired its engines for 93 seconds on Tuesday (March 10), when it was about 3 billion miles from Earth — the most distant engine burn ever, mission officials said.
12 March 2015, 07:02 AM ET
Traditional spacecraft-sterilization techniques can get rid of most microbes. But a new method is emerging that might be able to take all of them out, even the hardiest of the hardy.
11 March 2015, 03:26 PM ET
Star clusters, emission nebulae and active star-forming regions, Oh My! A new detailed look at the southern constellation of Ara (The Altar) shows open star cluster NGC 6193, hot giant stars, the Rim Nebula and more.
11 March 2015, 03:18 PM ET
Sunspot AR2297 was crackling with M and C class flares before the magnetic energy finally gave way to the x-flare on Mar. 11th, 2015. "Its causing HF radio blackouts, primarily over the Americas," according to Spaceweather.com.
11 March 2015, 02:57 PM ET
The X-class flare, the most powerful type, peaked at 12:22 p.m. EDT (1622 GMT) today, causing radio blackouts over wide stretches of Earth.
11 March 2015, 02:01 PM ET
Hot springs on Saturn's moon Enceladus suggest ocean depths reaching at least near-boiling temperatures may lie deep beneath its icy crust, researchers say.
11 March 2015, 07:03 AM ET
NASA will test-fire the booster of its Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket today at 11:30 a.m. EDT, and three astronauts will return to Earth from the International Space Station in the evening. Watch all the action live here at Space.com.
11 March 2015, 07:01 AM ET
An extravaganza of stars, colorful clouds of gas and dust, and the emerging pillar of a cosmic nebula are all packed together in the same space neighborhood, which is shown in an impressive new image.
11 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, which will study a cosmic phenomenon that is both dazzling and dangerous for people on Earth, is scheduled to launch into orbit on Thursday (March 12).
11 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The site lies at about 4 degrees north latitude and 136 degrees east longitude. It's the leading candidate for NASA's InSight lander, which is scheduled to launch in March 2016 and touch down on Mars in late September of that year.
10 March 2015, 05:23 PM ET
NASA is counting down to launch four small satellites into orbit on Thursday (March 12) on a mission to study an explosive cosmic phenomenon happening right on Earth's doorstep.
10 March 2015, 05:01 PM ET
Titan is one of the most habitable places for humans in the solar system, while Enceladus is one of the best places to look for life.
10 March 2015, 04:14 PM ET
What powers solar flares, auroras and other big zaps of plasma? NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will study "magnetic reconnection" in the cosmos.
10 March 2015, 03:42 PM ET
Even 100,000 million miles away, NASA’s New Horizons probe has begun delivering unprecedented views. The mission's principal investigator Dr. Alan Stern tells Space.com just how much better the imagery will be.
10 March 2015, 03:00 PM ET
The star cluster is unique since it's located thousands of light-years away from the main disc of our galaxy.
10 March 2015, 12:19 PM ET
A constellation of four satellites orbit through Earth's magnetic field to study the mysterious phenomenon called magnetic reconnection.
10 March 2015, 11:12 AM ET
Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars rovers, have outlived and outlasted any spacecraft on the surface of the red planet. Take a look at some of their latest Mars photos.
10 March 2015, 08:30 AM ET
If a robot plunges into the ocean of an icy moon, perhaps near Saturn or Jupiter, its main problem will be figuring out what to do next. Even at light speed, it takes hours for communications to pass back and forth to Earth.
10 March 2015, 08:25 AM ET
Space.com recently caught up with Chris Russell, the principal investigator of NASA's Dawn mission, to discuss the protoplanet Vesta, the dwarf planet Ceres and what Dawn's legacy will be.
09 March 2015, 04:00 PM ET
Opportunity has paused to study some intriguing rocks just before its odometer ticks over to 26.2 miles (42.195 kilometers) — the equivalent of a marathon.
09 March 2015, 01:59 PM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will attempt to grow the fibrous plaque (amyloids) that are the root cause of the brain disease.
09 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
The $600 million Kepler mission launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 6, 2009. After a two-month commissioning phase, Kepler began searching for exoplanets — and began etching its name into the history books.
09 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The atmosphere of Saturn's huge moon Titan may have been generated within the satellite as a consequence of hydrothermal activity, Data from Europe's Huygens lander suggests.
09 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Our young sun may have routinely blasted Earth with gobs of energy more powerful than any similar bombardments recorded in human history.
08 March 2015, 12:48 PM ET
A powerful camera spotted a comet and scientists captured images of a supernova four different times. Here are Space.com's pics for the top space stories of the week.
07 March 2015, 02:34 PM ET
From an amazing photo of Comet Lovejoy captured by a dark energy camera to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 7, 2015.
07 March 2015, 08:45 AM ET
NASA's Dawn probe has begun orbiting Ceres, but the spacecraft still has some traveling to do before it starts taking the dwarf planet's measure. The spacecraft won't begin science operations until late April.
06 March 2015, 10:20 PM ET
These two events will make 2015 an exciting year for solar system exploration and discovery. But there is much more to this story than mere science.
06 March 2015, 06:31 PM ET
The Feb. 27 short circuit that has halted some of the science work by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, apparently originated in the robot's rock-boring drill, space agency officials announced Friday (March 6).
06 March 2015, 04:01 PM ET
Researchers scanning the atmospheres of exoplanets for gases produced by living creatures should hunt for more than just oxygen, methane and other "biosignatures" that swirl about in Earth's air, MIT's Sara Seager says.
06 March 2015, 10:00 AM ET
NASA's Dawn probe arrived at Ceres today (March 6) at 7:20 a.m. EST, becoming the first spacecraft ever to orbit a dwarf planet, and the first ever to orbit two celestial bodies beyond the Earth-moon system.