Space Archive
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.
21 July 2014, 11:41 AM ET
The astronauts who first walked on the moon also got some beautiful views of Earth during their journey. A 'Blue Marble' Earth image from July 16, 1969 shows the planet on the day of Apollo 11's launch.
19 July 2014, 09:37 AM ET
The biggest laser in the world was used to crush a diamond, offering insights into how the hardest known material behaves when it is exposed to extremely high pressures. The experiment could also reveal new clues about the cores of giant planets.
18 July 2014, 05:05 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.
15 July 2014, 06:14 PM ET
A new unmanned military space plane is being developed to launch small satellites into orbit and serve as a test bed for a futuristic fleet of hypersonic vehicles.
15 July 2014, 10:40 AM ET
For the first time in history, humanity is within reach of finding Earth-like planets where life exists, but these extraterrestrials may not take the form of intelligent beings, experts say.
15 July 2014, 12:06 AM ET
A comet-galaxy conjunction is a rare opportunity for amateur astronomers.
11 July 2014, 03:43 PM ET
You might want to step outside tomorrow night (July 12), when a bulging "supermoon" will rise in the evening sky. The event coincides with Manhattanhenge, when the setting sun will align along the east-west streets in the grid of Manhattan.
11 July 2014, 12:19 AM ET
This space wallpaper is an artist's illustration showing one of three newly discovered planets in the star cluster Messier 67. Image released Jan. 15, 2014.
09 July 2014, 03:11 PM ET
Two satellite images show how the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo has grown over two decades, with spreading suburbs and new ring roads.
08 July 2014, 12:01 PM ET
The huge swirling storm was captured from space by a NASA satellite on July 7, as it churned toward Okinawa.
08 July 2014, 07:29 AM ET
A hotspot of ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays has been found in the vicinity of the Big Dipper, though the source of the rays remains a mystery.
08 July 2014, 02:10 AM ET
This new Hubble image shows a cosmic creepy-crawly known as the Tarantula Nebula in infrared light. This region is full of star clusters, glowing gas, and thick dark dust. Image released Jan. 9, 2014.
07 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Water could have flowed on the surface of Mars with the help of salts in the Martian soil that can melt ice, just as salts on Earth can be used to melt ice on slippery winter roads and sidewalks, researchers say.