Tech Archive
31 December 2014, 08:05 AM ET
NASA has proposed a new citizen science challenge called the 20-20-20 Airship Challenge that calls for high-altitude and long-duration airship designs.
30 December 2014, 12:22 PM ET
Tiny CubeSats could soon play a big role in space exploration. For example, one of these miniature satellites — NASA's 'IceCube' craft — is set to blast off in 2016 to test technology for a future mission.
29 December 2014, 03:56 PM ET
The first-ever hand tool to be emailed up to the International Space Station can now be downloaded to anywhere on Earth.
24 December 2014, 01:05 PM ET
A NASA team is putting the finishing tweaks on its amazing, and somewhat creepy, climbing robot RoboSimian, a four-limbed automaton built to compete in a U.S. military robotics challenge in 2015.
23 December 2014, 04:22 PM ET
The wrench, along with the 19 other objects built by the orbiting 3D printer thus far, will travel to Earth early next year, where engineers will compare the objects with ground samples produced by the same machine before it launched.
23 December 2014, 06:30 AM ET
A new type of 'Thunderwear' underwear aims to protect workers (such as welders) from sparks generated as they do their jobs. The heat-resistant material was developed as part of a space technology transfer program at the European Space Agency.
22 December 2014, 03:01 PM ET
Engineers with NASA’s Advanced Concepts Lab at the Langley Research Center in Virginia have dreamed up a wild idea for sending astronauts to Venus.
19 December 2014, 12:02 PM ET
An ambitious private space exploration project that aims to land a moon-drilling probe on the lunar surface by 2024 now has the money it needs, thanks to a crowdfunding effort that raised more than $1 million.
17 December 2014, 04:30 PM ET
See photos of India's new Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III rocket and the CARE crew capsule prototype in these photos from the Indian Space Research Organisation. The test launch is set for December 2014.
17 December 2014, 10:37 AM ET
Imagery from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite show lighting patterns change on holidays around the world. Energy usage varies across across different cultural and socioeconomic areas.
16 December 2014, 06:22 PM ET
Space creates an important laboratory to fight against cancer on the ground.
16 December 2014, 02:08 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory's Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) instrument was used to confirm the presence of methane on several occasions during the rovers' study of the Red Planet.
15 December 2014, 04:55 PM ET
A European astronaut's idea for improving the wristwatches worn in space has become the basis for a new version of the timepiece first used on the moon. ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy's clockwork is in Omega's new Speedmaster Skywalker X-33.
13 December 2014, 12:16 PM ET
From what looks like a freshly baked pie on Mars to a great shot of Dwarf Planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 13, 2014.
12 December 2014, 03:22 PM ET
A new laser link with the International Space Station could do what optical fiber has done for internet access on Earth -- by turning orbital communications from painfully slow dial-up to blazing-fast broadband.
09 December 2014, 03:05 PM ET
Author Lee Billings discusses the divide among scientists in the hunt for life elsewhere in the universe, and what an alien civilization might tell us about our own future.
09 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
During a Dec. 16 launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth in a controlled landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
05 December 2014, 07:41 AM ET
A Canadian company wants to land a couple of robots on Mars in late 2018, but to do so, it might need your help.
04 December 2014, 04:00 PM ET
I'm sweating. I can't easily move any part of my body, and although there are people all around me, I can't communicate without activating a radio. I'm pretty uncomfortable.
04 December 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA’s new Orion crew capsule was built with capabilities to travel further than any humans have ever been. NASA engineer Nujoud Merancy explains explains what it can do.
04 December 2014, 11:32 AM ET
The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be able to gather 13X more light than any optical telescope in existence and with its adaptive optics will provide sharper resolution than the NASA/ESA Space Telescope.
03 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
The flight will mark the farthest journey of a human-spaceflight vehicle since 1972, when the last of NASA's Apollo moon missions flew. But the agency envisions Orion eventually getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.
02 December 2014, 11:03 AM ET
When NASA rockets its Orion spaceship high above the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, the space-bound aircraft won't be alone.
01 December 2014, 03:20 PM ET
NASA's Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1, will mark the first-ever test flight of the agency's Orion spacecraft for deep-space exploration. See how NASA's Orion EFT-1 space capsule test flight will work here.
01 December 2014, 03:03 PM ET
The 'dashboard' or user interface of NASA's next-generation capsule will have a digital display. The capsule will also have about 60 physical switches.
01 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2014.
30 November 2014, 10:00 AM ET
See photos from Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission to collect samples of the asteroid 1999 JU3 by 2020. The mission launches in 2014 for a 2018 rendezvous with the asteroid.
29 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A robot that can scale the faces of steep cliffs might one day help explore Mars and find signs of life.
25 November 2014, 05:49 PM ET
An op-ed by Mike Snyder, lead engineer for Made In Space, whose 3D printer just produced its first part aboard the International Space Station.
25 November 2014, 03:33 PM ET
The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced its first part today (Nov. 21). The milestone moment marks a big step toward a future in which humanity explores far beyond its home planet, some experts say.
25 November 2014, 03:33 PM ET
The milestone marks a key step toward a future in which voyaging spaceships print out their own spare parts on the go and colonists on other worlds make what they need from the dirt beneath their boots, 3D printing advocates say.