Tech Archive
04 December 2014, 01:55 PM ET
NASA’s new Orion crew capsule was built with capabilities to travel further than any humans have ever been. NASA engineer Nujoud Merancy explains explains what it can do.
04 December 2014, 11:32 AM ET
The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) will be able to gather 13X more light than any optical telescope in existence and with its adaptive optics will provide sharper resolution than the NASA/ESA Space Telescope.
03 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
The flight will mark the farthest journey of a human-spaceflight vehicle since 1972, when the last of NASA's Apollo moon missions flew. But the agency envisions Orion eventually getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.
02 December 2014, 11:03 AM ET
When NASA rockets its Orion spaceship high above the Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, the space-bound aircraft won't be alone.
01 December 2014, 03:20 PM ET
NASA's Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1, will mark the first-ever test flight of the agency's Orion spacecraft for deep-space exploration. See how NASA's Orion EFT-1 space capsule test flight will work here.
01 December 2014, 03:03 PM ET
The 'dashboard' or user interface of NASA's next-generation capsule will have a digital display. The capsule will also have about 60 physical switches.
01 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2014.
30 November 2014, 10:00 AM ET
See photos from Japan's Hayabusa 2 mission to collect samples of the asteroid 1999 JU3 by 2020. The mission launches in 2014 for a 2018 rendezvous with the asteroid.
29 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A robot that can scale the faces of steep cliffs might one day help explore Mars and find signs of life.
25 November 2014, 05:49 PM ET
An op-ed by Mike Snyder, lead engineer for Made In Space, whose 3D printer just produced its first part aboard the International Space Station.
25 November 2014, 03:33 PM ET
The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced its first part today (Nov. 21). The milestone moment marks a big step toward a future in which humanity explores far beyond its home planet, some experts say.
25 November 2014, 03:33 PM ET
The milestone marks a key step toward a future in which voyaging spaceships print out their own spare parts on the go and colonists on other worlds make what they need from the dirt beneath their boots, 3D printing advocates say.
25 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station has created its first part, a piece of itself called an extruder plate. What will astronauts want to print out next?
24 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
While wormholes are possible according to Einstein's theory of general relativity, it's unlikely that people will ever be able to travel through one, said renowned astrophysicist Kip Thorne of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
19 November 2014, 10:49 AM ET
The newly announced Lunar Mission One plans to drill at least 65 feet underground at the moon's south pole in 2024, collecting samples that should shed light on the early days of the Earth and moon.
19 November 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Some space analysts wonder if "Object 2014-28E" could be part of an anti-satellite program — perhaps a revived version of the Cold War-era "Istrebitel Sputnikov" ("satellite killer") project.d
18 November 2014, 06:27 AM ET
A new laser instrument developed for the International Space Station is expected to generate incredible 3D maps of Earth's forests.
17 November 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Space station commander Barry Wilmore installed the 3D printer inside the orbiting lab's Microgravity Science Glovebox Monday. The machine and its software are in good operating condition, and the first test items will likely be printed sometime Monday.
17 November 2014, 03:30 PM ET
See photos of the new Hubble Space Telescope exhibit at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
17 November 2014, 02:05 PM ET
The Made In Space printer was launched aboard the SpaceX CRS-4 mission in Sep. 2014. On Nov. 17th, 2014, the printer was installed into the microgravity science laboratory's glove box. Its first test will occur later in the day.
14 November 2014, 06:56 AM ET
Researchers have been testing out "starshade" technology, which could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds by blocking the overpowering light of their parent stars.
11 November 2014, 07:05 PM ET
Planetary Ventures LLC will lease Moffett Federal Airfield (MFA), which is currently managed by NASA's Ames Research Center, and restore the facility's historic Hangar One, a huge building that has been a Silicon Valley landmark since the 1930s.
10 November 2014, 06:03 PM ET
Sgt. Russ Marek lost an arm, leg and suffered a brain injury in Iraq in 2005. Fmr. Kennedy Space Center director Jim Kennedy talks about meeting him and the NASA technology that Marek uses to control his prosthetic arm.
10 November 2014, 11:00 AM ET
To understand how deep fractures on the giant asteroid Vesta formed, scientists recreated violent cosmic impacts in a lab with a high-speed cannon.
08 November 2014, 11:22 PM ET
The aircraft industry is expecting an increase in air traffic by 2050, and an increase in greenhouse gas emissions unless fundamental changes are made. But how “fundamental” will those changes be and what will be their effect on the aircraft we use?
08 November 2014, 08:00 AM ET
NASA tested two rockets with 3D-printed injectors modeled after the rocket that could one day send humans to Mars.
01 November 2014, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in October 2014.
30 October 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Antares' first stage uses two AJ26 engines, which are refurbished variants of the NK-33 built by the Soviet Union for its ill-fated N-1 moon rocket during the height of the space race.
29 October 2014, 05:27 PM ET
Planetary Resources' Arkyd 3 technology demonstator was aboard the Cygnus cargo craft destroyed by Tuesday's rocket explosion.
29 October 2014, 02:01 PM ET
NASA should scrap its bold asteroid-capture mission idea and instead launch a comprehensive search for near-Earth asteroids to visit in their native orbits, MIT professor Richard Binzel says.
29 October 2014, 01:50 PM ET
An Atlas 5 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday to loft a military GPS satellite into space.
28 October 2014, 01:38 PM ET
A space-flown camera that has connections to two Mercury astronauts is heading for the auction block. The Hasselblad 500C camera includes components that were used aboard the fifth and sixth U.S. manned spaceflights by Wally Schirra and Gordon Cooper.