06 August 2014, 06:19 AM ET
“We’re there!” Excerpted from ESA’s live broadcast, this was the moment on 6 August 2014 when the Rosetta Mission team learned their spacecraft had successfully achieved a meet-up with comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko
06 August 2014, 04:45 AM ET
You are sailing across 3 million light years to Messier 33 in this view from the VLT Survey Telescope (VST) at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. Sparking with star clusters and red gas, the Triangulum Galaxy is 2nd closest spiral to our Milky Way.
05 August 2014, 04:55 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies launched AsiaSat 8 on a Falcon 9 rocket (9 Merlin 1D engines = 1.3Mlbs. thrust) from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4:00am EDT on 5 August 2014. No test of recoverable-reusable booster was planned.
04 August 2014, 12:58 PM ET
This ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft will overtake comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta, then corkscrew downard from around 100 km to 25-30 km where mapping will determine the target for the mission’s Philae lander.animation is not to scale.
01 August 2014, 02:51 PM ET
Starting over Bangkok and flying over Hanoi, the Hainan Islands, Hong Kong and more, these spectacular nighttime views of the major Asia cities were captured from the ISS. With the exception of Pyongong, most of North Korea is dark.
01 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
NASA's MESSENGER mission flew over Mercury's north pole on June 8th, 2013 on its way around the planet at an altitude of 71-102 miles. The surface that can reach 800°F.
01 August 2014, 11:24 AM ET
The second full length trailer of the new Chris Nolan film, due out in theaters in November, shows its cast on a search for a new world for humanity.
31 July 2014, 02:54 PM ET
The constellation of Cygnus flies high in the night sky with a multitude of targets. The brightest star, Altair, in the Aquila constellation is one of the 3 stars that make the Summer Triangle.
31 July 2014, 02:48 PM ET
Mars and Saturn get together with the crescent moon for a planetary 3-way on August 31st and Venus and Jupiter get together on August 18th. The Perseids Meteor Shower peaks on Aug 11-13.
31 July 2014, 11:51 AM ET
The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope detected a flash-blast emanating from white dwarf star V407 Cyg as the stellar wind of its red giant companion impinges, like spraying lighter fluid at a raging fire.
30 July 2014, 01:54 PM ET
Earth and Moon in the Hadean epoch were pummeled by large impacts letting magma flow out. But, at the same time, some parts of Earth’s surface could have retained liquid water, allowing pre-biotic compounds to form; perhaps even life itself.
30 July 2014, 01:00 PM ET
The binary system HK Tauri's ‘wildly misaligned’ discs of dust and gas may help explain why some exoplanets have eccentric orbits around their Suns. The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) imaged the system. More: http://goo.gl/XMR3Hz
29 July 2014, 07:44 PM ET
The fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5), named "Georges Lemaître", was launched from Kourou, French Guiana on July 29th, 2014 aboard an Ariane 5 rocket. It is the heaviest spacecraft ever launched by ESA. Full Story: http://goo.gl/vdgLGx
29 July 2014, 10:46 AM ET
The year's brightest ‘Perigee Moon’ (closest point in orbit) and the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower arrive at the same time (August 11-13, 2014).
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.