Tech Archive
18 July 2014, 02:38 PM ET
When a missile struck Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, it's likely that heat from the explosion was detected from space by a sophisticated network of military satellites.
17 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
16 July 2014, 05:00 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory's ChemCam instrument fires its laser at rocks to analyze its composition and clear away dust. A recent firing produced sparks when hitting a rock.
15 July 2014, 04:12 PM ET
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded initial design contracts for its Experimental Spaceplane project, known as XS-1, to three different companies: Boeing, Masten Space Systems and Northrop Grumman.
15 July 2014, 09:30 AM ET
SpaceX managed to fly part of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth today (July 14) in a reusability test that did not go entirely as planned. The rocket's first stage performed its re-entry burn and other tasks well but ended up hitting the water hard.
14 July 2014, 06:27 AM ET
It has been more than four decades since the first men landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Test your memory of the moon landing with this quiz.
13 July 2014, 06:07 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
11 July 2014, 08:00 AM ET
On Wednesday (July 9), the Planetary Society announced launch dates for its LightSail-1 spacecraft — a possible test flight in 2015 (LightSail-A) and a full mission the next year (LightSail-B) with nearly identical hardware.
10 July 2014, 03:58 PM ET
“Parent satellite” Prox-1 will watch its offspring, LightSail-1, as it deploys 32 sq. meters of Kapton polymide fabric in an act of cosmic origami in reverse.
10 July 2014, 03:44 PM ET
The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded mission, LightSail-1, will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy in 2016. It will test solar sails to propel low-cost “cube-sats,” with technology that could open highways to the planets. STORY: http://goo.gl/7tf4Tf
09 July 2014, 11:52 AM ET
ESA's Space Technology Advancements by Resourceful, Targeted and Innovative Groups of Experts and Researchers’(StarTiger) program has developed the prototype to land a rover using hazard detection and avoidance technology.
09 July 2014, 11:18 AM ET
#RosettaAreWeThereYet is a European Space Agency sponsored photo contest to support the last leg of the probe's journey to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Learn more about it and enter the contest here: http://goo.gl/1N4wqX
08 July 2014, 01:13 PM ET
NASA's Aquarius mission, whose main mission is ocean salinity measurement, has been multitasked to deliver soil observations. It shows how seasons and weather change the moisture in the first 2 inches of soil around the globe.
08 July 2014, 12:11 PM ET
From 1838 to 1945, the star Eta Carinae spewed nearly 40x the Sun’s mass, creating the Homunculus Nebula. Astronomers have now created a high-res 3D model of the 2-lobed cloud of gas and dust. -- Can be 3D printed with this file: http://goo.gl/juFz3p
06 July 2014, 12:47 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 July 2014, 01:32 PM ET
The Apollo 9 Lunar Module is seen from the command module during the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission.
01 July 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in June 2014.
30 June 2014, 09:23 AM ET
The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was tested over Hawaii on June 28th, 2014. It successfully tested the Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD) but its second major test, the Supersonic Disk Sail Parachute, failed to deploy.
29 June 2014, 09:36 PM ET
The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was tested over Hawaii on June 28th, 2014. The vehicle, testing new Mars descent and landing tech, was dropped from a balloon at an altitude of 23 miles and fired its onboard rocket.
29 June 2014, 11:14 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
29 June 2014, 07:50 AM ET
A humanoid robot aboard the International Space Station is inspiring technology that could be useful to both astronauts and people on Earth. Tech developed during the Robonaut program is being adapted into several spinoffs.
28 June 2014, 05:45 PM ET
The space agency launched its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle today from Hawaii, seeing how equipment designed to slow the descent of spacecraft through the Red Planet's atmosphere performs at high speeds in Mars-like conditions.
28 June 2014, 12:37 PM ET
From the true size of sun's atmosphere to a trio of huge black holes, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 28, 2014.
27 June 2014, 11:31 AM ET
The former NASA Assistant Administrator for Policy and former Assistant Director for Research Applications at the National Science Foundation came to NACA in 1944.
27 June 2014, 10:43 AM ET
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2), due to launch on July 1st, 2014, will study the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. It will dramatically incerease the observation of CO2, delivering important data on its sources and 'sinks'.
27 June 2014, 10:01 AM ET
The Goddard Space Flight Center is managing the safety, design, engineering and finances. They also delivered 2 of the instruments aboard the spacecraft. It launched in November 2013 and is due to arrive in September 2014.
26 June 2014, 03:40 PM ET
A student-led mission aims to send a time capsule to the Red Planet, using a new, more compact kind of propulsion system.
25 June 2014, 03:11 PM ET
The space agency aims to loft its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle Saturday from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii. The launch window opens at 2:15 p.m. EDT; you can watch all the action here on Space.com.
24 June 2014, 06:04 PM ET
The asteroid-mining firm Planetary Resources and citizen-science site Zooniverse have teamed up to launch Asteroid Zoo, which asks people around the world to scour image archives for undiscovered space rocks that zoom close to Earth.
24 June 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A newly formed international center will study satellite collisions and the countless issues regarding what to do about the menacing growth of orbital debris.
23 June 2014, 02:46 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory has completed one Martian year (687 Earth days) working on the Red Planet. Its recent work, latest-self portrait and wheel damage work-arounds are discussed.
21 June 2014, 08:22 AM ET
Moviegoers were recently treated to "Noah," an epic story of bravery and sacrifice from the Old Testament, a saga in which the titular character takes on the divine mission to build an ark to save creation from an apocalyptic deluge.