01 October 2013, 03:44 PM ET
The shutdown has frozen launch preparations for NASA's Maven Mars probe, which is slated to blast off Nov. 18. Maven has until Dec. 7 to get off the ground, after which point it would have to wait 26 months for another launch window to open.
01 October 2013, 01:59 PM ET
On Sept. 6, 1962, a chunk of the Soviet Union's Sputnik IV satellite dropped into the middle of a street in Manitowoc, Wis. To this day, that event is celebrated at Sputnikfest, an annual sci-fi and art festival that its organizers call "wacky tacky."
01 October 2013, 01:46 PM ET
NASA is preparing to launch a 3-D printer into space next year, a toaster-sized game changer that greatly reduces the need for astronauts to load up with every tool, spare part or supply they might ever need. Powerd by NewsLook
01 October 2013, 11:08 AM ET
Launch team comments on their first West Coast SpaceX Falcon 9, which lifted the Cascade Smallsat & Ionospheric Polar Explorer [CASSIOPE] from Vandenberg Air Force Base's Space Launch Complex-4 in a crucial test of vehicle and military crew.
01 October 2013, 10:58 AM ET
Most NASA employees will be able to celebrate the space agency's 55th birthday from the comfort of their own homes today (Oct. 1).
01 October 2013, 10:29 AM ET
See photos of astronauts exploring the ocean floor as a wet dress rehearsal to real-life space travel. Different ocean simulations are performed by the European Space Agency and NASA.
01 October 2013, 10:24 AM ET
In "Gravity," director Alfonso Cuarón's new movie about astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) stranded on a spacewalk, the attention that is paid to mission patches symbolizes the level of detail that the film's makers pursued.
01 October 2013, 09:30 AM ET
The Prime crew for the Gemini 5 space flight complete practice survival training.
01 October 2013, 09:11 AM ET
The U.S. government shutdown beginning today (Oct. 1) will shut down much of NASA, but the space agency is taking special measures to safeguard American astronauts currently living on the International Space Station.
01 October 2013, 07:20 AM ET
NASA's newest lunar probe is gearing up to fly into orbit around the moon. The space agency's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is in its third and final orbit around Earth.
01 October 2013, 07:03 AM ET
The best way for NASA to snag and study an asteroid may be to chase down one of the 'minimoons' that zip around our planet temporarily before zipping back off into deep space, some researchers say.
01 October 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Large payloads are costly come launchtime, but one company is exploring how to throw them into space with technology based on the classical slingshot.
01 October 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in September 2013.
30 September 2013, 09:07 PM ET
Weightlessness, or the absence of gravity, has several short-term and long-term effects on astronauts.
30 September 2013, 06:41 PM ET
NASA will be among the government agencies to experience a near total shutdown if the threatened government shutdown becomes reality on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said today (Sept. 30).
30 September 2013, 06:23 PM ET
SpaceX's first launch from California on Sunday (Sept. 29) gave some unsuspecting observers a little more than they bargained for.
30 September 2013, 03:21 PM ET
On Sunday, Sept. 29, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket in a successful test flight that included many firsts, including the firm's first-ever West Coast launch.
30 September 2013, 07:20 AM ET
Two private American companies are now responsible for hauling cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft attached to the orbiting laboratory today by 8:44 a.m. EDT (1244 GMT), a first for the cargo ship.
30 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The workshop will discuss some fresh ideas about how to grab an asteroid and park it in orbit around the moon. You can watch a live stream of the workshop presentations, which begin today at 1 p.m. EDT, here at SPACE.com, courtesy of NASA TV.
30 September 2013, 12:00 AM ET
NASA's bold asteroid-capture mission may not end when astronauts leave the space rock for the last time. Seeing it through could require disposing of the asteroid in a safe — and possibly very dramatic — manner, experts say.
29 September 2013, 08:31 PM ET
The SpaceX rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 29th, 2013. It carried the CASSIOPE satellite to orbit.
29 September 2013, 12:27 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched the first of its next-generation Falcon 9 rockets Sunday (Sept. 29) in a major test flight full of space firsts. The launch also carried Canada's CASSIOPE space weather satellite into orbit.
29 September 2013, 10:37 AM ET
An unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences arrived at the International Space Station early Sunday (Sept. 29), capping a major test flight for the new private spacecraft. This is the first-ever station visit for the Cygnus spacecraft.
29 September 2013, 09:45 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a new Falcon 9 rocket from California today (Sept. 29) and you can watch the liftoff live online. Liftoff is targeted for 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT/9 a.m. PDT). Here's how to watch.
29 September 2013, 09:25 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
29 September 2013, 09:10 AM ET
See photos of Dragon, Grasshopper and other SpaceX rockets taken since the company was founded in 2002.
29 September 2013, 07:51 AM ET
The Orbital Sciences' vehicle was captured by the International Space Station's robotic arm on September 29th, 2013.
29 September 2013, 05:12 AM ET
There is a dinosaur aboard the International Space Station (ISS) where there wasn't one before. 'Made in space!!' Karen Nyberg, an ISS Expedition 37 flight engineer, exclaimed in her caption for a photo of the toy dinosaur that she shared on via Pintrest.
29 September 2013, 04:00 AM ET
Get the latest news and updates for private rocket launches and space missions here.
28 September 2013, 12:22 PM ET
From a stunning view of the Milky way to the harvest moon, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
28 September 2013, 11:06 AM ET
From a supersonic shockwave to the glowing harvest moon, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Sept. 28, 2013.
28 September 2013, 08:11 AM ET
Chinese space officials are rolling out a welcome mat to other nations eager to gain access to their future space station. China plans to launch a second space laboratory by 2015, an experimental space station in 2018 and a 60-ton station by 2020.