Space Archive
20 August 2014, 12:54 PM ET
Boring through ½ mile rock-hard Antarctic ice, researchers discover a completely isolated community of microorganisms living in Subglacial Lake Whillans. The finding could be an analog for subsurface life on Mars, Europa, Enceladus and other worlds.
19 August 2014, 03:50 PM ET
Black holes are some of the strangest objects in the universe, and they typically fall into one of two size extremes: "small" ones that are dozens of times more massive than the sun and other "supermassive" black holes that are billions of times larger th
19 August 2014, 01:00 PM ET
NASA's decommissioned Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite is still bearing fruit with the discovered of the object in the Messier 82 galaxy. The black hole (M82 X-1) weighs in at about 400 solar masses. Full Story: http://goo.gl/z2MBrk
14 August 2014, 06:20 PM ET
A NASA spacecraft has captured dust particles that scientists believe may come from interstellar space.
14 August 2014, 02:52 PM ET
Sometimes it’s a good thing for science equipment to sit around gathering dust: A NASA spacecraft designed to do just that has captured several specks that may be from interstellar space, researchers say.
12 August 2014, 08:40 PM ET
To capture celestial conjunctions, you only need a tripod and camera.
12 August 2014, 04:30 PM ET
NASA researchers have created a detailed atmospheric simulation that may one day help them predict the weather with high accuracy.
12 August 2014, 10:59 AM ET
Supercomputer simulation (called 'Nature Run 2') of Category-4 Typhoon Haitang (July 2005), based on 7 days of NASA's GOES-5 satellite data, shows winds peaking at ~160mph. Simulation Details: http://goo.gl/LWgggE
12 August 2014, 10:21 AM ET
Astronaut candidates have to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine if they have what it takes to fly on a NASA mission. How does the agency choose people with the right stuff?
09 August 2014, 08:53 AM ET
The biggest and brightest full moon of the year — a dazzling "supermoon" — will rise tomorrow (Aug. 10).
08 August 2014, 11:50 AM ET
NASA's Fermi telescope detects some of the universe's most powerful explosions, and these include terrestrial gamma-ray flashes triggered in the intense electrical fields of storms.
07 August 2014, 02:59 PM ET
The discovery of microbes in droplets of water trapped in an asphalt lake could be a boon to the search for extreme life on other planets. Here's a look at a few places in our own solar system that might harbor alien life.
07 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Active microbes were found hidden inside microscopic droplets in a giant lake of asphalt. The finding boosts the potential for discovering alien life in the universe, particularly on Saturn's largest moon Titan, which boasts expansive hydrocarbon lakes.
07 August 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Pitch Lake, the world's largest asphalt lake, in Trinidad and Tobago holds tiny life that's hidden inside water droplets encapsulated by oil. The finding boosts promise of finding alien life in hydrocarbon lakes on Saturn's largest moon Titan.
06 August 2014, 08:31 AM ET
An astronomer and a graphic artist have teamed up to turn powerful explosions in distant galaxies into spellbinding music and animations. The unique celestial compositions are psychedelic and strangely beautiful.
04 August 2014, 12:31 PM ET
Japan's military could be extending its reach into space, with the country planning to develop a new force by 2019 to monitor the growing amount of space junk in orbit.
04 August 2014, 09:00 AM ET
New research on the behavior of flames in orbit could have benefits closer to home. In fact, this fiery research could lead to more-efficient car engines that contribute less pollution to the environment.
30 July 2014, 06:29 PM ET
Multi-channel projections on large CNC-routed tiles, multi-faceted sound pulled from high summer Rocky Mountains recordings have produced a exhibit which draws on the human senses. The installation's muse is night sky preservation.
30 July 2014, 01:26 PM ET
One reason old Earth rocks may be missing is they were destroyed during the Late Heavy Bombardment.
30 July 2014, 10:12 AM ET
Geckos were research stars in space long before the outpouring of media attention that focused on their mission last week. Before space agencies can begin complicated experiments, scientists need to determine how these tiny lizards adapt to life in space.
29 July 2014, 04:54 PM ET
An astronomer and an artist have paired up to convert gamma ray bursts detected by the Fermi Large Area Telescope into ’sonified’ animations.
29 July 2014, 11:55 AM ET
A giant, 100-foot-diameter (30 meters) telescope has been green-lighted for construction on the island of Hawaii.
29 July 2014, 08:32 AM ET
A mysterious new moon rock has revealed its secrets to scientists on Earth, who cooked up a copy of the unattainable pink crystals in a searing hot crucible.
28 July 2014, 08:57 AM ET
A mysterious glow that fills the sky and can be seen only with X-ray detectors has been explained. Much of the glow, discovered more than 50 years ago, is produced from hot gas lurking in a giant cavity of space some 300 light-years from the sun.
27 July 2014, 12:08 AM ET
Fix your gaze upon the moon.
25 July 2014, 01:50 PM ET
In the search for life beyond Earth, astronomers should look for signs of pollution in the atmospheres of alien planets outside the Earth's solar system, a new study says.
24 July 2014, 05:36 PM ET
Four astronauts are currently living in a school-bus-size habitat that is anchored 62 feet (19 meters) underwater for a nine-day mission to test tech for future space expeditions.
23 July 2014, 12:29 AM ET
A lone tree, 16 shots, and a stunning view of the Milky Way.
23 July 2014, 12:19 AM ET
The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured this richly detailed space wallpaper of the Lagoon Nebula. This giant cloud of gas and dust is creating intensely bright young stars, and is home to young stellar clusters.
22 July 2014, 03:14 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, 11:10 AM ET
Four astronauts traded in their spacesuits for scuba gear yesterday (July 21) and embarked on a nine-day mission at the bottom of the sea as part of NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) project.
21 July 2014, 03:33 PM ET
Scientists searching for planets where E.T. may live have homed in on places where liquid water could exist. But a livable world may require not just water, but oceans, a new study suggests.