Tech Archive
13 February 2014, 11:31 AM ET
It's alive! … Sort of. Reports of the death of China's first moon rover have been greatly exaggerated. According to state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua, Yutu, the nation's first moon rover, is now awake and has apparently survived its second lunar night
12 February 2014, 01:30 PM ET
A year after the Chelyabinsk meteor slammed into the atmosphere above Russia, the world's space agencies have a new plan to address asteroid threats — including a possible mission to waylay an asteroid.
12 February 2014, 10:56 AM ET
The Deep Space 1 Technology Demonstrator features many new technologies, but none so high-tech as the ion propulsion system.
12 February 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The four satellites that currently comprise the Galileo constellation — Europe's version of the United States' GPS satnav system — have passed a key test called In-Orbit Validation, European Space Agency officials announced Monday.
12 February 2014, 12:51 AM ET
Can Mars soil provide enough hydrogen for fuel?
11 February 2014, 07:54 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory made the 23-foot drive on Feb. 6th, 2014. The rover's rear Hazard-Avoidance Camera (rear Hazcam) captured 9 images of the drive. On the right side of the horizon is Mount Sharp. (Looped several times)
11 February 2014, 04:13 PM ET
A prototype for future planetary landers, this vertical takeoff and landing craft flew 160 feet higher (467ft) than its last flight; also forward 637 feet, testing NASA's Automated Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology (ALHAT).
11 February 2014, 01:44 PM ET
See photos and images from the European Space Agency's Gaia mission to map the Milky Way galaxy.
11 February 2014, 10:07 AM ET
From above, a dramatic view as a space shuttle orbiter is lifted from its stack.
11 February 2014, 07:19 AM ET
DARPA plans to award the first design contracts for its XS-1 space plane project in May or thereabouts. The agency wants the XS-1 to get off the ground in late 2017 and make an orbital test flight the following year.
10 February 2014, 04:30 PM ET
The Mobile Launcher, a massive structure, stands at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and represents one of NASA's key elements of ground support equipment being upgraded.
10 February 2014, 02:54 PM ET
The constellation of 4 European Space Agency ‘Galileo' satellites, that will provide highly accurate global positioning to Europe, has passed its validation phase. The entire system will be 30 satellites - completion expected by 2019.
10 February 2014, 02:16 PM ET
See spectacular photographs of Earth from space by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station during the Expedition 38 mission in 2013 and 2014.
09 February 2014, 12:10 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 February 2014, 12:35 PM ET
From incredible images of Sochi Winter Olympics venues as seen from space, to Mars rover Curiosity’s first photo of the Earth taken from the surface of the Red Planet, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 8, 2014.
07 February 2014, 08:41 PM ET
Interfacing with rovers, laptops and other tech needed to explore the Red Planet, while dealing with the confines of a spacesuit can be difficult. MarsCrew134's crew engineer Sue Ann discuss her research into the problem.
07 February 2014, 01:00 PM ET
Dual payloads to broadcast television and broadband signals for Asia Broadcast Satellite and French and Italian security forces rocketed into orbit on an Ariane 5 rocket Thursday on Arianespace's landmark 250th launch.
07 February 2014, 10:14 AM ET
Want to see the beauty of the northern lights, but don't want to sit out in the freezing cold? There's an app for that: A scientist is developing an app with real-time views of Alaska's auroras.
07 February 2014, 09:12 AM ET
The Mars Surveyor Climate Orbiter undergoes testing to simulate launch conditions.
07 February 2014, 07:21 AM ET
The newest adopter of 3D printing isn't some hobbyist in a basement — it's NASA. The agency is already building some of its customized spacecraft and instrument parts using 3D printing.
06 February 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The late news anchor Walter Cronkite, the planet-hunting Kepler space telescope and a hypersonic aircraft mission are among the people and projects being honored by this year's National Space Club awards.
06 February 2014, 08:42 AM ET
See spectacular photos of rocket launches blasting off for Earth orbit and beyond in 2014 in this Space.com gallery of the year's space missions from around the world.
05 February 2014, 07:00 PM ET
This weekend, the moon’s fortnightly rotation cycle turns China’s lunar rover Yutu (the Jade Rabbit) and its solar panels toward the sun once again … but whether the rover wakes up or not remains to be seen.
05 February 2014, 04:17 PM ET
The $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope, now in what is expected to be the most expensive year of its protracted development, could find itself back in trouble if Congress cannot keep the money coming.
05 February 2014, 11:28 AM ET
The Ranger fleet of spacecraft enabled live transmissions of the moon from lunar orbit.
05 February 2014, 10:53 AM ET
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018. It carries a Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) that will collect samples of the asteroid from the end of a robotic arm.
04 February 2014, 11:53 AM ET
The James Webb Space Telescope will be able to spot multiple objects at the same time with its NIRspec instrument, the first for a satellite spectrometer.
04 February 2014, 11:44 AM ET
Well, vegetables to be precise. So says a researcher with Russia’s Institute of Biomedical Problems, which is partnered with Utah State University’s Space Dynamics Laboratory in an experimental greenhouse named Lada aboard the International Space Station.
04 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Astronauts have been installing special equipment that will launch 33 "cubesats" from the space station this month, with the first round of ejections scheduled to take place on Thursday (Feb. 6).
03 February 2014, 03:59 PM ET
A CubeSat deployer brought to the International Space Station on the Cyngus capsule in January has been installed in in the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock and will start deploying the tiny satellites Februay 6th.
03 February 2014, 01:06 PM ET
Shimizu Corporation is developing plans to install a belt of solar cells around the equator of the Moon to beam energy via safe microwaves and lasers to Earth. A 2035 construction start date would mark 50 years the company has been planning this.
03 February 2014, 10:44 AM ET
Former President Jimmy Carter presents the National Space Club's Goddard Memorial Trophy to NASA Administrator Dr. Robert A. Frosch for efforts in the Voyager mission.