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06 December 2013, 06:00 AM ET
China's Chang'e-3 moon lander carries a six-wheeled rover vehicle on its back. See how Chang'e 3 and the Yutu ('Jade Rabbit') rover work in this SPACE.com infographic.
05 December 2013, 06:30 PM ET
California-based Moon Express unveiled the blueprint of its MX-1 lunar lander today. In addition to delivering payloads to the lunar surface, the coffee-table-size MX-1 could also help service satellites and clean up space junk, officials say.
05 December 2013, 03:20 PM ET
For thousands of years, humans have been wondering whether there's life elsewhere in the universe. Now, the technology finally exists to search for it.
05 December 2013, 03:00 PM ET
As if the International Space Station couldn’t get any cooler, the Japanese segment of the orbiting outpost has launched a barrage of small satellites — known as "cubesats" — from their very own Cubesat Cannon!
05 December 2013, 10:55 AM ET
This energy flash is the product of a projectile hitting a solid surface at up to 17,000 mph.
04 December 2013, 03:59 PM ET
See photos of the third mission flown by the US Air Force's secret space plane, the X-37B.
04 December 2013, 09:01 AM ET
The world's fastest submarine in 1950, the Albacore, is tested for drag characteristics in a NACA wind tunnel.
04 December 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The unmanned X-37B launched into space atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Dec. 11, 2012. What payloads the space plane is toting and the overall mission goals on its confidential cruise are classified.
03 December 2013, 12:18 PM ET
When it comes to space and energy, we need to think big. That's what one Japanese company is doing — and they're reaching for the moon, literally.
03 December 2013, 09:20 AM ET
NASA announced this week that is partnering with the billionaire-backed company Planetary Resources Inc., to launch asteroid-hunting competitions, seeking to crowdsource new ideas for software to find space rocks that could pose a threat to our planet.
02 December 2013, 01:17 PM ET
It does not seem out of place today, but the sight 30 years ago of a pressurized module mounted in the space shuttle's payload bay was described in 1983 as an 'odd-appearing assemblage.' That sight was Spacelab, a $1 billion space laboratory.
01 December 2013, 02:26 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 December 2013, 12:44 PM ET
From a stunning image of the Dragon's Head Nebula to a photo of Comet ISON as seen by a NASA Mercury Probe, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Dec. 1, 2013.
01 December 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2013.
30 November 2013, 12:34 PM ET
China will launch its first moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) on Sunday (Dec. 1) at 12:30 p.m. ET on the Chang'e 3 moon landing mission. See what the moon rover mission means for China.
27 November 2013, 01:32 PM ET
Amid one of the busiest travel weeks for Americans, NASA released a nighttime image of the nation from space, illuminating the arteries of transportation that will get so much use around Thanksgiving Day.
27 November 2013, 09:19 AM ET
The NASA 952 undergoes testing following the crash of a sister Lunar Lander Training Vehicle.
26 November 2013, 03:00 PM ET
British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said his company Virgin Galactic is now accepting the digital-only currency bitcoin for its commercial spaceflights aboard SpaceShipTwo.
26 November 2013, 11:01 AM ET
San Francisco-based startup Planet Labs delivered the 28 tiny satellites that will make up its "Flock 1" fleet to NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia earlier this month. The constellation is slated to blast off aboard a private cargo vessel on Dec.
26 November 2013, 09:44 AM ET
A Space Shuttle Main Engine undergoing a full power second test firing.
25 November 2013, 04:00 PM ET
The Progress 53 cargo ship successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a mission to resupply the International Space Station.
25 November 2013, 02:30 PM ET
The ESA's Martian lander will bear the name of the Italian astronomer that once provided detailed maps of the Red Planet's surface. Meet the new Schiaparelli.
25 November 2013, 09:54 AM ET
The spacecraft Galileo is prepared for its trip to Jupiter.
24 November 2013, 10:52 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
23 November 2013, 03:40 PM ET
From an amazing MAVEN spacecraft launch toward the Red Planet to stunning images by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 23, 2013.
23 November 2013, 02:24 PM ET
From the dazzling nighttime rocket launch to a spectacular set of photos showing the evolution of Comet ISON over the last few months, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and SPACE.com readers.
22 November 2013, 07:40 PM ET
JAXA's ISS Program Manager Masazumi Miyake explains how 3 nanosatellites (aka cubesats) were deployed from the Japanese 'Kibo' Experimental Module on Nov. 19. 2013.
22 November 2013, 01:12 PM ET
Launched September 6th, LADEE has been orbiting the Moon for weeks while diagnostics confirmed it's scientific instruments were working correctly, allowing it to begin analyzing the Moon's extremely thin exosphere.
22 November 2013, 12:40 PM ET
Though no Mars sample-return mission is firmly on the books, the European Space Agency has supported the development of a proof-of-concept container built to keep Martian samples safe as they journey from their home world to Earth.
22 November 2013, 07:27 AM ET
A team of NASA researchers is working to reduce the size and amount of dead bugs on a plane wing, a problem that increases fuel use and pollution.
22 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Humanity has the skills to deflect a killer asteroid of virtually any size — even one as big as the 6-mile-wide behemoth that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago — as long as the space rock is spotted with enough lead time, experts say.
21 November 2013, 09:49 AM ET
Get the latest news on 3D printing in space. See how NASA and private companies are making space manufacturing and on-demand parts a reality.