Tech Archive
13 December 2013, 12:00 PM ET
China's first moon rover mission is poised for weekend landing on the lunar surface, an event that — successful — will mark the country's first robotic landing on another celestial body. Here's what Chang'e 3 and the Yutu rover could do.
13 December 2013, 09:27 AM ET
ESA's Gaia mission's billion pixel camera will create the most accurate three dimensional map of our galaxy (mapping a billion stars). Find out how it will do it. The mission is scheduled to launch on December 19th, 2013.
13 December 2013, 09:19 AM ET
A NASA engineer measures velocity and gradient distortion with lasers during a cold-flow propulsion research test.
11 December 2013, 04:17 PM ET
A new humanoid robot developed by NASA might be mistaken for a superhero. Valkyrie — a 6 foot 2 inch tall (1.9 meters) robot with a glowing NASA emblem on its chest — might bear a striking resemblance to Iron Man, but this robot was built with a purpose.
11 December 2013, 10:12 AM ET
On 10 December 2013, a lander that uses NASA automated landing tech, conducted a free-flight in which it flew forward and landed 23 feet from its launch point. It could be used deliver cargo to asteroid and other planetary surfaces.
10 December 2013, 05:23 PM ET
Mars One, the nonprofit foundation that plans to send astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars, has secured suppliers for its first mission to the Red Planet. The foundation has picked Lockheed Martin to design its unmanned vehicles.
10 December 2013, 01:58 PM ET
NASA's robotic astronaut helper is getting its space legs. The space agency is developing two lower limbs for Robonaut 2, a robot designed to eventually help astronauts with tasks on the International Space Station.
10 December 2013, 01:14 PM ET
Meet Robonaut 2, NASA's robot helper for space station astronauts.
10 December 2013, 10:00 AM ET
The private Mars One colony project
10 December 2013, 09:59 AM ET
Robonaut 2 (R2) is having its legs tested on the ground while the rest of the robot is undergoing experimental trial on the ISS. The legs will provide mobility necessary for tasks inside and out of Space Station.
09 December 2013, 10:45 PM ET
If NASA were able to leave the rocket booster business, it could go back to true innovation.
09 December 2013, 04:43 PM ET
A Proton rocket lifted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday (Dec. 8), launching a powerful satellite to kick off a $1.6 billion next-generation fleet for Inmarsat, the London-based operator specializing in the booming mobile communications market.
09 December 2013, 10:46 AM ET
Astronaut John Swigert holds the rigged arrangement used to purge carbon dioxide from the Lunar Module during the Apollo 13 mission.
08 December 2013, 02:38 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 December 2013, 01:06 PM ET
From an amazing video of the mysterious six-sided vortex spinning around Saturn's north pole to some stunning photos of Comet Lovejoy C/2013 R1, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 8, 2013.
07 December 2013, 12:12 PM ET
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3. See photos of the launch and launch prep.
06 December 2013, 02:35 PM ET
With discussions around lunar mining intensifying, working out what to do with our moon’s cultural heritage is becoming urgent.
06 December 2013, 09:26 AM ET
The Aerosol Particle Analyzer flew on an Apollo earth orbital flight to measure microscopic liquid matter in the spaceship.
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 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's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2013.