Tech Archive
01 November 2013, 05:16 PM ET
European scientists are studying plans for the Athena+ X-ray space telescope, an observatory that would launch by 2028 to fill in gaps in X-ray astronomy observations.
01 November 2013, 11:34 AM ET
Engineering students from California Polytechnic Institute demonstrated their two deploying models of the Webb Space Telescope, which are capable of doing the same complex unfolding process the real satellite will accomplish in 2018.
01 November 2013, 10:13 AM ET
Replicas of the communication satellites used to broadcast the 19th Olympic Games from Mexico City to Japan and Europe.
01 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Using computers to sort through the growing astronomical data being collected, a new group hopes to make research faster and more intuitive for scientists around the world.
01 November 2013, 12:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in October 2013.
29 October 2013, 01:53 PM ET
How can Earth save itself from city-killing space rocks, or an all out asteroid apocalypse? Shuttle era astronaut Tom Jones lays out the 3 most effective ways, and a possible fourth.
29 October 2013, 10:48 AM ET
ESA's Mars Express orbited the Red Planet nearly 12,500 times by October 2013. Its high resolution stereo camera images, assembled in this "fly-around," show riverbeds, volcanos, canyons and craters.
29 October 2013, 09:14 AM ET
The first free flight of a new private space plane successfully tested the spacecraft's automated approach and landing system, despite a malfunction that sent the spacecraft skidding off the runway, its builder tells
29 October 2013, 07:01 AM ET
NASA is working hard to develop laser-based space communications systems, which officials say are key to ensuring rapid and accurate transmission of information from spacecraft around the solar system.
28 October 2013, 02:28 PM ET
The Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) aboard NASA's LADEE mission, fired its data-laser data downlinking an astonishing 622 Mbps and an error-free upload rate of 20Mbps.
27 October 2013, 10:17 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
26 October 2013, 02:51 PM ET
From a stunning image of a 'Canyon of Fire' ripping across the sun to photos of Comet ISON, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Oct. 26, 2013.
25 October 2013, 11:13 PM ET
B612 Foundation CEO and fmr. NASA astronaut Ed Lu talks about why an infrared space telescope is needed to search for hundreds of thousands of undocumented near-Earth asteroids and why they are doing it privately.
24 October 2013, 01:09 PM ET
Should we terraform Mars to make it more Earth-like? Or should we "renovate" the Red Planet, in an attempt to resuscitate any native life that might have survived in environmental niches for billions of years?
23 October 2013, 04:30 PM ET
A laser communications demonstration flying on NASA's newest moon probe is now a record holder. The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration aboard the LADEE spacecraft has set a record for the fastest download rate between the moon and Earth.
22 October 2013, 06:43 AM ET
The European Space Agency has rolled out a new initiative to refine 3D printing techniques to make space-grade metal parts. The project, called AMAZE, aims to spur innovations that could one day allow astronauts to print their own metal tools in space.
22 October 2013, 01:21 AM ET
Science-minded tweeters took matters into their own hands and we saw the growth of the #ThingsNASAmighttweet hashtag, a crowd-sourced feed of NASA news and mission updates.
21 October 2013, 05:13 PM ET
Searching for potentially Earth-destroying asteroids isn't easy. They're dark, difficult to see from the surface of the planet, and there are a lot of them floating in the solar system.
20 October 2013, 10:26 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
18 October 2013, 11:55 AM ET
Technicians prepare Pioneer F spacecraft for testing in the Space Simulation Chamber.
17 October 2013, 11:13 AM ET
3D printing is poised to change the nature of space fabrication forever. See photos of 3D printing projects for space missions and rocket parts.
16 October 2013, 06:00 PM ET
A new app called SpyMeSat provides notifications when imaging satellites are zooming overhead and may be taking your picture. A dynamic map shows orbit tracks and the location of remote sensing satellites with upcoming passes over a user’s location.
16 October 2013, 01:50 PM ET
RocketCam's video of the September 29th, 2013 launch, saw the upgraded rocket's first stage separation and an engine restart - key to making fully re-usable boosters that can fly often.
16 October 2013, 10:14 AM ET
The U.S.N.S. Kingsport was the first satellite communication ship.
14 October 2013, 05:27 PM ET
Engineers with the Indian Space research Organisation prepare the country’s first Mars probe, the Mars Orbiter Mission, for its fall 2013 launch toward the Red Planet.
14 October 2013, 01:26 PM ET
An experimental and reusable rocket built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX soared to new heights earlier this month.
14 October 2013, 01:12 PM ET
The Lunar Module known as Spider shown still attached to the Saturn IVB stage in earth orbit prior to docking with Apollo 9's Command/Service module known as Gumdrop.
14 October 2013, 07:26 AM ET
The best way to send much-needed supplies to isolated communities in the wake of an asteroid impact or other natural disaster may be to launch them atop a converted intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), one researcher says.
11 October 2013, 11:53 AM ET
The Sunjammer Mission will use a huge solar sail to fly through the solar system. See photos and images of how the Sunjammer solar sail works.
11 October 2013, 11:04 AM ET
Rosetta's decade long trip to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko out near the orbit of Jupiter is nearly over and in 100 days time the spacecraft will be woken from it's deep-space hibernation.
11 October 2013, 10:33 AM ET
The Sunjammer spacecraft will use a massive solar sail as propulsion in space on a mission to monitor the sun, test out the technology, and inspire people and businesses around the world with an innovative space technology.
11 October 2013, 10:25 AM ET
In November 2014, NASA will launch the Sunjammer with the worlds largest solar sail, which will unfurl from the compact spacecraft.