Tech Archive
03 October 2014, 09:55 AM ET
The Vessel-ID System investigation on ISS tracks the Automatic Identification System (AIS) signal that is emitted from sea-faring ships on Earth. It relays ship position reports to tracking stations on the ground.
02 October 2014, 10:25 AM ET
You don't have to become an astronaut to use the International Space Station's new 3D printer.
02 October 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The spacesuits of the future might be totally alien-looking. Instead of the bulky spacesuits that astronauts wear today, a group of MIT researchers want to "shrink-wrap" the spaceflyers of tomorrow.
01 October 2014, 06:30 AM ET
An inside look at a recent space-startup competition in Silicon Valley.
01 October 2014, 06:11 AM ET
MIT researchers have developed BioSuit, a skintight spacesuit that offers improvements over modern gas-pressurized spacesuits. See images of the BioSuit concept to shrink-wrap astronauts during planetary exploration.
01 October 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in Septmeber 2014.
30 September 2014, 02:54 PM ET
NASA's Global Hawk drone soared above the eye of Hurricane Eduoard over the Atlantic Ocean in September 2014.
30 September 2014, 02:23 PM ET
An espresso machine on its way to the International Space Station in 2015 made its public debut at the International Astronomical Congress on Sept. 29. The "ISSPresso" project aims to give astronauts high-quality coffee in orbit.
30 September 2014, 12:00 AM ET
A spiral galaxy displays its very long arms.
29 September 2014, 12:00 PM ET
India's first mission to the Red Planet, called the Mars Orbiter mission, is slated to launch from Satish Dhawan Space Center on Oct. 28, 2013. See photos from the mission's preparation here.
26 September 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Among the nearly 2,000 planets found beyond our solar system, there are volcanic super-Earths, gas giants that dwarf Jupiter and worlds with multiple sunsets. Here are some of the most incredible.
26 September 2014, 11:58 AM ET
NASA has developed apps that can track shooting stars and iPhone games to hunt for comets, but its latest app is an educational project for kids all about rocket launches.
24 September 2014, 12:46 PM ET
On July 23rd, 2012, a coronal mass ejection, traveling between 1,800 and 2,200 MPH, fastest ever recorded by NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), fortunately was not Earth-directed.
23 September 2014, 06:00 PM ET
NASA announced a new contest called the Mars Balance Mass Challenge, inviting the public to submit design ideas for dual-purpose spacecraft weight balances for a future Mars mission.
22 September 2014, 03:00 PM ET
A new European prototype telescope inspired by an insect's eye could help protect Earth from dangerous asteroids when it is expected to come online next year.
22 September 2014, 11:04 AM ET
During the atmospheric entry and landing phases of the Curiosity mission, hundreds of kilograms of mass was ejected. NASA is looking to change that 'dead weight' into scientific gain for future missions.
22 September 2014, 07:40 AM ET
See how the International Space Elevator Consortium is working to advance space-elevator tech and science to make the future now.
21 September 2014, 10:30 PM ET
After a 10-month journey through deep space, NASA's MAVEN probe arrived in Mars orbit late Sunday, on a mission to help determine why the Red Planet changed from a warm and wet place in the ancient past to the cold, arid world it is today.
19 September 2014, 12:44 PM ET
The first-ever item to be 3D printed in space is being kept a well-guarded secret. The first 3D printer designed to operate in zero-g is set to launch to the space station to learn if 3D printing is viable in orbit. But what will it print first?
17 September 2014, 01:51 PM ET
This European instrument will split the view of the night sky into 16 'tiled' images, giving astronomers a 6.7° field of view. That’s 13X the size of the Moon, as seen from Earth.
17 September 2014, 12:05 AM ET
The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this space wallpaper of dark cloud Lupus 4 blotting out background stars.
16 September 2014, 07:04 AM ET
Look out, astronauts – your companion robot on the International Space Station is mobile! NASA's Robonaut 2 has received a new set of legs to allow it to do repairs both inside and outside the station, eventually.
15 September 2014, 10:15 AM ET
NASA officials unveiled a huge new tool that will help them build the space agency's next mega rocket.
15 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A concept mission that would fire scientific missiles at Mars to search for signs of subsurface life is making technical strides, team members say, but it still needs quite a bit of financial help to get off the ground.
13 September 2014, 10:51 AM ET
From a colorful map of Rosetta Probe's comet target to a video of a trash-filled spaceship's fiery demise, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Sept. 13, 2014.
12 September 2014, 11:48 AM ET
The United States military's high-technology branch is hoping to test out on-orbit satellite servicing in orbit in the next five years.
11 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force is using a new tool in its effort to preserve space history: lasers. The 45th Space Wing is using a laser scanner to create virtual models of the Cape Canaveral space launch complexes in partnership with the University of South Florida.
11 September 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in August 2014.
10 September 2014, 10:34 AM ET
A prototype was created by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Brigham Young University. They could be "useful one day in utilizing space solar power for Earth-based purposes" according to NASA.
10 September 2014, 07:25 AM ET
NASA has chosen four private companies to fly experiments high into Earth's atmosphere.
09 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) completed several major external reviews earlier this year and is on target to break ground in the Chilean Andes before the end of 2014. The huge scope should begin observing the heavens early in the next decade.
08 September 2014, 04:40 PM ET
Last night, two more of Planet Lab’s shoebox-sized Earth imaging satellites launched themselves from aboard the International Space Station, the latest in a series of technical mysteries.