Tech Archive
23 December 2013, 05:08 PM ET
This message from NASA administrator Charles Bolden was sent to the moon and back with only a few seconds of delay. The Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration mission aboard NASA's LADEE spacecraft successfully received and retransmitted the video.
23 December 2013, 07:40 AM ET
The bone-dry desert of present-day Mars may seem like the last place you would look for water, but the Red Planet actually contains a wealth of water locked up in ice.
22 December 2013, 12:27 AM ET
A Japanese robotics team dominated the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials, an ambitious two-day competition that saw robots driving cars, climbing ladders and wielding power tools.
20 December 2013, 11:01 AM ET
This week, teams of engineers will compete in a prestigious robotics competition in Florida. From two-legged creations that resemble humans to bots that drive around on tracks like a tank, the contest boasts a diverse range of robot designs.
20 December 2013, 10:46 AM ET
In a milestone for robot-human relations, the talking Japanese robot Kirobo had its first conversation with an astronaut in space.
20 December 2013, 10:18 AM ET
In a first for robot-human relations, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata chatted with the talking robot Kirobo aboard in the International Space Station on Dec. 6.
20 December 2013, 09:48 AM ET
This aircraft is undergoing a test in a wind tunnel at Langley.
19 December 2013, 01:31 AM ET
Here are amazing photos featuring the top 10 space robot "selfies."
18 December 2013, 01:20 PM ET
This week, 17 teams and their robot creations will descend on Florida to compete in an ambitious robotics competition. The contest is designed to foster the development of robots that could one day work alongside humans.
18 December 2013, 01:14 PM ET
Before athletes from around the world gather for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, 17 robotics teams will compete for glory — and funding — this week in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials.
16 December 2013, 12:00 PM ET
See photos from Iran's space rocket launches, including the country's first monkey spaceflight.
15 December 2013, 04:18 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
15 December 2013, 02:54 PM ET
From amazing photos of the “Jade Rabbit” rover basking in Lunar Bay of Rainbows to stunning images of the Geminid meteor shower, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 15, 2013.
15 December 2013, 07:42 AM ET
See the latest on China's space program, rocket launches and space missions.
14 December 2013, 10:19 PM ET
China's first-ever moon rover is driving on the lunar surface after successfully separating from its carrier lander to begin exploring its landing locale: the Bay of Rainbows.
14 December 2013, 08:40 AM ET
China's Chang'e 3 spacecraft landed on the moon on Dec. 14, marking a historic lunar arrival for China's space agency. The Chang'e 3 lander is carrying China's Yutu moon rover. See how they will explore the lunar surface here.
13 December 2013, 02:03 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's unmanned X-37B space planes can stay in orbit for months doing who knows what. They have payload bays, solar arrays and are reusable. What do YOU think the military is using them for?
13 December 2013, 01:05 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's secretive X-37B space plane program has passed another milestone: Its latest mission marked one year in orbit this week.
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?