Tech Archive
30 August 2013, 01:01 PM ET
In the coming decade, three enormous telescopes will come online. See how the Giant Magellan Telescope, European Extremely Large Telescope and Thirty Meter Telescope will stack up in this infographic.
30 August 2013, 05:59 AM ET
Does NASA's bold plan to drag an asteroid near the moon run afoul of 1967's Outer Space Treaty, which provides the basic framework of international space law, or 1972's Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects?
29 August 2013, 03:50 PM ET
NASA has granted funding to six next-generation tech concepts that could help advance humanity's understanding and exploration of the cosmos down the road. The ideas were selected under Phase 2 of the NASA Innovative Concepts program.
29 August 2013, 03:17 PM ET
The glowing colors and dancing lines of the Northern Lights could soon appear inside an educational institution near you.
29 August 2013, 08:04 AM ET
No matter where you look in the air, outer space and within the info-ether of cyberspace, these are congested, contested and competitive environments.
28 August 2013, 06:08 PM ET
The biggest 3D-printed rocket part built to date survived a hot-fire test, generating 10 times more thrust than any previous injector made by 3D printing, the space agency announced.
28 August 2013, 04:40 PM ET
The Lunar Laser Space Terminal (LLST) will fly aboard NASA's LADEE mission. If all goes well, it will be communicating with the Lunar Laser Ground Terminal (LLGT) in White Sands, NM at a blazing hot 622 megabits per second (mbps).
28 August 2013, 03:12 PM ET
The world's largest ice sheet, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, may be more susceptible to climate warming than originally thought, with declassified spy satellite data showing that the glaciers wax and wane with change in climate.
28 August 2013, 12:10 PM ET
The International Sun-Earth Explorer C shown during testing and evaluation in preparation for its mission in space.
28 August 2013, 11:15 AM ET
United Launch Alliance is set to launch the NROL-65 mission for the National Reconnaissance Office on a Delta 4 Heavy rocket on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Launch is planned for 10:52 a.m. PDT.
28 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The third of the seven primary mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope was cast Saturday at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab. The 20-ton mirror was formed by melting chunks of borosilicate glass in a rotating furnace at 2,140 de
27 August 2013, 06:00 PM ET
In order to make helicopters safer, NASA researchers will drop a dummy-packed aircraft from 30 feet in the air and study how it crashes.
27 August 2013, 02:06 PM ET
ISS astronauts Luca Parmitano and Chris Cassidy tested the suit aboard the International Space Station and found that the helmet continues to leak water. The cause is still under investigation.
27 August 2013, 01:01 PM ET
A NASA rocket component passed an engine test firing that produced 20,000 pounds of thrust. Liquid oxygen and gaseous hydrogen successfully passed through the injector and produced 10X more thrust that previous 3-D printed models.
27 August 2013, 12:01 PM ET
Scientists are hoping to induce an unconscious state in astronauts so that they can be stored in cold capsules for long space flights. Here's how astronaut hibernation and suspended animation might one day work.
27 August 2013, 08:10 AM ET
If you're a science fiction nut like everyone here at, you most likely have already had an encounter or two with time travel. But astrophysicist Eric W. Davis says time travel could one day be real. All you need is a wormhole.
27 August 2013, 07:32 AM ET
The first launch of Japan's newest rocket, the next-generation Epsilon booster, hit a major snag Tuesday (Aug. 27), forcing the country's space agency to call off the attempt. The glitch occurred late in the Epsilon rocket countdown.
26 August 2013, 04:14 PM ET
Robots designed for spaceflight could help engineers on the ground build a better car. A new three-year study will examine the ways that robots on the International Space Station send and receive messages.
26 August 2013, 01:30 PM ET
In this Ford marketing video, technical leader Oleg Gusikhin talks about how the car company is studying Space Station To Earth communications and its application to safer driving.
26 August 2013, 06:36 AM ET
By the time humanity is ready to put boots on Mars, the long cruise to the Red Planet may be as easy as a dream. NASA-funded scientists are investigating ways to induce hibernation in astronauts, which could make the Mars trip cheaper and more efficient.
25 August 2013, 01:19 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
24 August 2013, 11:41 AM ET
From amazing shots of the "Blue Moon" to a captivating new star explosion, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
23 August 2013, 01:00 PM ET
An enormous mirror will be cast inside a scorching-hot furnace Saturday (Aug. 24), marking a key milestone in the development of the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will collect more light than any instrument built to date.
23 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A look at NASA's Asteroid Initiative, which aims to park a space rock near the moon.
23 August 2013, 06:30 AM ET
The aerospace industry has long sought to build a fully reusable rocket launch system to bring down the cost of ferrying people and payloads into orbit. What does it take to create one?
23 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The DC-X (Delta Clipper Experimental) was a prototype for a reusable space launch vehicle tested in the 1990s. See how fully reusable launch vehicles are envisioned to work in this infographic.
22 August 2013, 04:20 PM ET
In this NASA animation, astronauts rendezvous with a small asteroid previously captured by a robotic spacecraft beyond the moon's orbit. Space experts disagree on the validity of this mission design. Many question its purpose and scientific value.
22 August 2013, 10:19 AM ET
Astronaut Luca Parmitano's second spacewalk on the International Space Station ended early when his spacesuit's helmet began filling with water. In this video Luca explains what it felt like to have water surround his head in zero-g.
21 August 2013, 04:18 PM ET
Launched in 2008, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given scientists the ability to explore high-energy processes associated with a number of cosmic phenomena: black holes, solar flares, rapidly spinning neutron stars, & super nova remnants.
21 August 2013, 02:32 PM ET
The 'sound' created from a stars brightness can be used to determine it's size. A paper published in Nature shows how variations in these sounds are caused by the different ways in which hot gas wells up to the surface and cool gasses sink back down.
21 August 2013, 05:46 AM ET
Warp drive technology, a form of 'faster than light' travel popularized by TV's 'Star Trek,' could be bolstered by the physics of quantum thrusters — another science fiction idea made plausible by modern science.
19 August 2013, 05:33 PM ET
The DC-X was a towering rocket that looked like a giant traffic cone, but it held great promise for commercial space advocates. See how its historic test flights, and major crash, played out to make it a spaceflight icon.