29 July 2014, 10:21 AM ET
On July 31st, 1964, NASA's Ranger became first U.S. probe to deliver up-close images of the surface of the moon, right up until the moment of impact. It returned 4300 photos during its 3 day mission.
29 July 2014, 09:52 AM ET
The European Space Agency's Gaia mission will produce a 3D map of the Milky Way Galaxy. It is carrying a billion-pixel camera that will map each star it can resolve more than 70 times. There may as many as 400 Billion stars in our galaxy.
28 July 2014, 05:48 PM ET
The rover landed on the Red Planet in 2004 and has since driven a record 25.01 miles (40.02 km). The record was previously held by the Russian Lunokhod 2 which roved the lunar surface for 24.2 miles (39 km) in 1973. Full Story: http://goo.gl/C59h6r
28 July 2014, 10:12 AM ET
The final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) named the George Lemaître Mission, after the 'father of the Big Bang', will carry double the cargo load of its predecessor to the International Space Station. It is scheduled for launch on July 29th, 2014.
25 July 2014, 03:37 PM ET
This NASA-produced video combines a greatest hits retrospective of past spaceflight with suggestions of humans-to-asteroid and Mars missions, plus animation of a yet unbuilt heavy lift launch vehicle.
25 July 2014, 01:59 PM ET
The latest installment in Sid Meier's Civilization series takes mankind in search of a new home after the collapse of modern society on Earth. Pre-order the game here.
24 July 2014, 12:06 PM ET
NASA's STEREO spacecraft captured imagery of recently discovered Comet Jacques on its nearest approach to the Sun as the object was moving at over 110,000 miles per hour. The comet can be spotted in the pre-dawn hours.
24 July 2014, 10:33 AM ET
Imagery from the Rosetta mission has been used to create a visualization of periodic comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The probe insert itself into orbit around the comet in the first week of August 2014.
24 July 2014, 10:20 AM ET
The probe is 125 times smaller than its target, comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Rosetta will come within 62 miles of the surface in the first week of August 2014.
23 July 2014, 02:09 PM ET
Photographs taken by ISS astronaut Alexander Gerst show the waging war on the Gaza strip and Israel. Gerst says "My saddest photo yet. From the International Space Station we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over Gaza and Israel."
23 July 2014, 12:03 PM ET
NASA's first Landsat mission launched in July 1972. Seven more satellites have been launched since. Two of these, Landsat 7 & 8, are still active. The program acquired science imagery of natural disasters, urban change, water, ice, and farming.
23 July 2014, 06:00 AM ET
The European Southern Observatory's La Silla Observatory imaged NGC 3293, a star cluster in the constellation Carina (The Keel), a site where sibling stars grow and generations evolve.
22 July 2014, 03:59 PM ET
The private space company's Falcon 9 re-usable rocket technology was tested on its last flight on July 14th, 2014. Engine restart, landing legs and ocean touchdown at near zero velocity was recorded. See the launch: http://goo.gl/v8e5MS
22 July 2014, 02:57 PM ET
Created by lightning, ‘whistlers’ travel along Earth's magnetic field lines from hemisphere to hemisphere. Jupiter’s charged particles ‘sing’ across its magnetosphere (recorded by Voyager).
-- 'Whistling' Volcanic Lightning: http://goo.gl/kKhlEk
22 July 2014, 11:09 AM ET
NASA Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a never-before-seen change in a binary star system in the constellation Sextants. The pulsar ceased its radio ‘beacon’ but started bright gamma ray emissions. This animation explains the behavior.
22 July 2014, 09:25 AM ET
Star Wars Episode VII director, J.J. Abrams is giving fans yet another sneak peak at what lies ahead in the new trilogy. Check out an upgrade on an old cornerstone piece of the Star Wars franchise.
21 July 2014, 09:35 AM ET
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) snapped imagery of the site where humanity took their first steps on the moon. An animator combined the photograph with a terrain map to create a 3D model of the Lunar Module (LM) descent stage.
18 July 2014, 08:19 PM ET
Naturally occurring pits and tubes, caused by ancient movement of molten rock, could provide safe harbor against meteorites, thermal shock, radiation and dust. This idea has been studied for 3 decades, but LRO images have now found real candidates.
17 July 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Filmmaker Rod Pyle compiles footage from July of 1969 in commemoration of the mission that put the first bootprints on the moon. The title is taken from President John F. Kennedy's so-called "moon speech" of 12 September 1962.
17 July 2014, 03:48 PM ET
Imaged on 14 July 2014 by OSIRIS, Rosetta’s scientific imaging system, this movie compiles 36 interpolated images each separated by 20 minutes, providing a 360° preview of the complex shape of the comet.
16 July 2014, 05:26 PM ET
“Dr. Rendezvous” talks with Space.com about moonwalking, seeing Earth from Tranquility Base (and how the spacesuit restrained him from doing so) and the inside story of landing on Moon. -- Excerpt from Space.com Google+ Hangout: http://goo.gl/xJktMk
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.
16 July 2014, 01:38 PM ET
Researchers have studied imagery from ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft and concluded that the comet stopped producing gas and dust shortly before it past the Sun. In other words, ISON was DOA.
16 July 2014, 10:58 AM ET
ISS astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman praise the Apollo program for leading the way to today's and future space programs.
15 July 2014, 03:16 PM ET
World View Enterprises is developing capsules transported by high-altitude balloons and parafoil to 100,000 feet. A scaled version of the capsule broke the record for highest parafoil flight at 120,000 feet (and the view was spectacular).
15 July 2014, 02:43 PM ET
The Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) is a re-usable unmanned vehicle with the ability to deploy small satellites using expendable upper stages.
15 July 2014, 08:00 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons mission will be within 6,214 miles (10,000 km) from the surface of the dwarf planet on July 14, 2015. Similar cameras on a probe that close to Earth would be able to resolve individual building and their shapes.
14 July 2014, 08:00 PM ET
Of nail biting descent calls and cockpit politics: An excerpt from Space.com's Google+ Hangout with Dr. Aldrin on 14 July 2014. - See it here: http://goo.gl/xJktMk
14 July 2014, 04:38 PM ET
The U.S. Geological Survey compiled data from four orbiting spacecraft watching over more than 16 years to reveal the materials, events, and processes that made the present day face of Mars.
14 July 2014, 11:28 AM ET
The private space company launched the satellite on July 14th, 2014. SpaceX will also attempt to bring the Falcon 9's first stage back to Earth with an ocean splashdown. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/v8e5MS
13 July 2014, 12:49 PM ET
The private space company Orbital Sciences launched it second mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on July 13th, 2014. It launched aboard the company's Antares Rocket. Story: http://goo.gl/OpCeG9
11 July 2014, 12:14 PM ET
Australians saw what looked to be a glowing meteor flying through the night sky. But experts confirm it to be re-entering debris from a Russian rocket.