Tech Archive
12 September 2013, 01:14 PM ET
A gravity-mapping European satellite nearing the end of its fuel supply will make an uncontrolled plunge back to Earth, likely in October, AFP reported. Most of the satellite will burn up in the atmosphere, but a quarter of it likely will survive reentry.
12 September 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Space fans, rejoice! NASA is extending its social media reach by launching a new Instagram account, giving people the chance to share out-of-this-world photos on the go, according to agency officials.
12 September 2013, 09:51 AM ET
Technicians move a container with experiments for irradiation.
11 September 2013, 11:27 AM ET
TextureCam, a technology whose development is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is designed to take pictures of rocks in 3-D and prioritize the ones that are most scientifically interesting. The smart camera could be used on Mars or more distant lo
11 September 2013, 11:21 AM ET
Despite landing on its side, the Soyuz capsule carrying Commander Pavel Vinogradov (at 60, the oldest person to land in a Soyuz), Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin, and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy landed safely in Kazakhstan on Sept 11th.
11 September 2013, 10:08 AM ET
The Horn reflector antenna pioneered work in communication satellites.
10 September 2013, 01:53 PM ET
NASA’s Evolutionary Xenon Thruster (NEXT) project has completed the longest duration test for a Space propulsion system (48,000 hours/5 1/2 years). This look inside the thrusters discharge chamber shows how it works.
10 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch an upgraded version of its Falcon 9 rocket from a newly refurbished pad at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday (Sept. 14) in a mission that will also attempt to recover the rocket's first stage.
09 September 2013, 12:36 PM ET
In this fixed camera view, SpaceX's Grasshopper makes a lateral movement of 300 feet before returning to its launchpad, but not before startling a nearby herd of cows.
09 September 2013, 11:40 AM ET
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) launched toward the moon Friday (Sept. 6) in a dazzling nighttime liftoff. The mission, which is aimed at exploring long-standing mysteries of the moon's atmosphere and lunar dust, is also the fir
09 September 2013, 07:12 AM ET
The strange activities of three Chinese satellites in orbit has space experts guessing at what is taking place in orbit. China launched the satellite trio in July, and some wonder if anti-satellite technology is being tested.
08 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Forty-seven years ago today, a science fiction icon was born that would live long, and definitely prosper. I'm talking, of course, about the original TV series of "Star Trek," which launched the U.S.S. Enterprise into our hearts on Sept.
06 September 2013, 05:01 PM ET
Serial innovator Elon Musk is living up to his reputation as a real-life Tony Stark. In a new video, Musk shows off the excessively cool "Iron Man"-like tech that is quite literally at his fingertips inside the rocket-making labs of his company SpaceX.
06 September 2013, 03:54 PM ET
A new exhibit dedicated to the Delta Clipper Experimental rocket, or DC-X for short, is being prepared for display at the New Mexico Space History Museum, and officials hope to build a replica of the pioneering prototype over the next year.
06 September 2013, 01:27 PM ET
Twenty years after it made its first flight, the Delta Clipper Experimental, or DC-X, is getting its day in a museum. An exhibit honoring the reusable rocket prototype is being prepared at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.
06 September 2013, 12:14 PM ET
A laser communications experiment aboard NASA's LADEE spacecraft, which is launching tonight, could open up interplanetary bandwidth possibilities for high-speed transmissions — including 3D video during robotic asteroid landings.
06 September 2013, 12:09 PM ET
NASA's Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration is a novel test of next-generation communications tech. See how the system works in this infographic.
06 September 2013, 11:32 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory captured imagery of Mars' moon Phobos eclipsing the Sun on August 19th, 2013. It also captured the shadow cast by the eclipse.
06 September 2013, 10:16 AM ET
Watch billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk pull a Tony Stark as he reveals the future of rocket design, an interactive ‘Iron Man’-like computer interface that uses gestures.
06 September 2013, 08:48 AM ET
The United States Air Force is teaming up with the military's Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) on a new project to test the capabilities of hypersonic flight, according to military officials.
05 September 2013, 08:37 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory had its sights set on the Sun when Phobos passed directly in front of it.
05 September 2013, 01:26 PM ET
See photos of Kirobo, the first talking space robot.
05 September 2013, 12:07 PM ET
In a prelude to its first conversation with a human astronaut, a talking Japanese robot has uttered its first words in space. A new video shows Kirobo delivering its first message on Aug. 21.
05 September 2013, 10:46 AM ET
The world’s first talking robot in space, speaks his first words aboard the ISS. It's Designed to help scientists study robot-human interaction. Translation: 'On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all.'
04 September 2013, 05:58 PM ET
Researchers are working on new rover software that say they could help prevent small, lightweight vehicles, such as the 1-ton Curiosity, from running into extraterrestrial sand traps like that one that doomed NASA's Mars rover Spirit.
04 September 2013, 01:54 PM ET
As NASA continues to plan out its mission to park an asteroid near the moon, the agency will consider nearly 100 ideas submitted by potential partners submitted by potential parterners in response to a June request for information.
04 September 2013, 10:06 AM ET
One of the first 9-meter antennas, known as the Space Flower, created for the Application Technology Satellites program.
03 September 2013, 05:40 PM ET
A Minotaur V rocket will carry NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft (LADEE) on its maiden launch, which is slated to take place Friday at 11:27 p.m. from the space agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
03 September 2013, 04:38 PM ET
The debut mission of Orbital Sciences' Minotaur V rocket is scheduled to occur on Sept. 6, 2013 to launch NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment (LADEE)mission. See more photos of the new rocket here.
03 September 2013, 09:48 AM ET
Hot laboratory supervisor Bob Oldrieve uses manipulator arms to inspect materials inside a hot cell.
01 September 2013, 08:56 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 September 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in August 2013.