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07 March 2014, 02:34 PM ET
A look at the "Red Dragon" mission concept, which would use SpaceX's Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket to bring Red Planet samples — perhaps gathered by NASA's 2020 Mars rover — to Earth.
07 March 2014, 12:50 PM ET
An enormous belt of carbon monoxide gas lies in the disk of debris surrounding Beta Pictoris, a young star 63 light-years from Earth. The source of the gas is probably comets, which may have been trapped there by a big alien planet.
05 March 2014, 11:00 AM ET
NASA unveiled its 2015 budget request on Tuesday (March 4), a $17.5 billion spending plan that would maintain the space agency's major ongoing missions. See Space.com complete coverage of NASA's 2015 budget request here:
05 March 2014, 01:00 AM ET
The White House's 2015 federal budget request, which was released Tuesday, allocates $15 million to help develop a mission to Europa, which harbors a potentially life-supporting ocean of liquid water beneath its icy shell.
04 March 2014, 06:54 PM ET
If scientists do find life on Mars, it may be possible to beam Martian DNA back to Earth, according to a new idea growing in popularity. If Martian bugs can be found, the idea of "faxing" life from Mars is an enticing prospect.
04 March 2014, 06:07 PM ET
NASA unveiled its 2015 budget request on Tuesday (March 4), a $17.5 billion spending plan that would maintain the space agency's major ongoing missions, while supporting ambitious new science missions. See reactions to the new NASA budget.
04 March 2014, 03:05 PM ET
NASA unveiled its 2015 budget request today (March 4), a request that seeks $17.5 billion for the agency. See NASA chief Charles Bolden's view of the agency's 2015 budget plan.
04 March 2014, 01:08 PM ET
NASA's 2015 budget would remain essentially flat at $17.5 billion under a White House spending proposal unveiled today (March 4). It maintains the agency's biggest space programs, lays groundwork for major new astrophysics and planetary science.
04 March 2014, 11:04 AM ET
The late astronomer Carl Sagan has inspired scientists, astronauts and the world with his work popularizing science and astronomy. See the long-lasting legacy of Sagan, an astronomy educator for the ages, in this Space.com gallery.
04 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The detection of eight new planet candidates implies that virtually all red dwarfs throughout the galaxy have planets, and at least 25 percent of these stars in the sun's own neighborhood host habitable-zone "super-Earths," researchers said.
03 March 2014, 02:56 PM ET
See some of the wildest space tech concepts, as well as technologies needed to ensure humanity's expansion across the solar system.
01 March 2014, 09:20 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 March 2014, 12:34 PM ET
From spectacular images of NASA's GPM mission launch from Tanegashima Space Center in Japan to amazing views of Martian sand dunes, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 1, 2014.
01 March 2014, 12:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in February 2014.
28 February 2014, 01:00 AM ET
The discovery of tiny balls and tunnels inside a Martian meteorite has rekindled the debate over whether the Red Planet was teeming with primitive life millions of years ago.
27 February 2014, 04:05 PM ET
From a murderous alien to a rip in spacetime, 2014 is jam-packed with movies for space geeks of all kinds. Here are eight space movies to check out during your free time this year.
27 February 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Though a glitch ended Kepler's original operations last May, the mission continues to discover distant worlds, adding a whopping 715 new exoplanets to the tally on Wednesday. Many more will follow, and a new mission could keep Kepler busy for years.
26 February 2014, 01:01 PM ET
NASA has confirmed the existence of 715 newly discovered alien planets using the agency's Kepler Space Telescope, effectively doubling the number of exoplanets known today. See what the discovery means for life here.
25 February 2014, 07:58 PM ET
A team of scientists says that microscopic tunnels and carbon-rich spherules that stud the interior of a Martian meteorite known as Yamato 000593 may have been formed by Red Planet organisms long ago, NBC News reported today (Feb. 25).
24 February 2014, 03:10 PM ET
The space agency will announce more discoveries by Kepler, whose original planet-hunting mission was scuttled by a glitch in May 2013, during a press conference at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday (Feb. 26).
24 February 2014, 03:00 PM ET
Images from a recent tour of the Tanegashima Space Center where JAXA plans to launch an H-IIA rocket carrying the GPM Core Observatory on Feb. 28, 2014.
23 February 2014, 12:01 PM ET
From a blazing supernova remnant to a smokin' hot supermodel, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 22, 2014.
23 February 2014, 12:00 PM ET
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20 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency has selected a space telescope called PLATO — short for Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars — as its third medium-class science mission. The observatory is slated to blast off in 2024.
17 February 2014, 06:40 AM ET
A study of teeny-tiny meteorite fragments revealed that two essential components of life on Earth as we know it, could have migrated to our planet on space dust.
16 February 2014, 06:50 AM ET
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15 February 2014, 07:59 AM ET
From stunning images of a massive sunspot to a rare sight of Venus during the day, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
15 February 2014, 07:56 AM ET
From the first map of Jupiter's giant moon Ganymede, to shining gigantic black hole jets, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 15, 2014.
11 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A planet-hunting project is snapping pictures of alien worlds or other objects orbiting nearby stars. Project 1640 is designed to probe the atmospheres of exoplanets to create new, low-resolution images of the planets and their stars.
10 February 2014, 07:14 AM ET
By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute.
10 February 2014, 06:59 AM ET
Worlds with twin suns like Luke Skywalker's fictional home world Tatooine in "Star Wars" may be born far from the stellar heart of their alien solar systems, scientists say.
09 February 2014, 12:10 PM ET
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