Space Archive
08 September 2014, 06:42 PM ET
This past weekend, students from around the world faced off in a competition to test mock Mars rovers designed to explore the surface of the Red Planet.
08 September 2014, 03:37 PM ET
Are you ready to capture the "supermoon" tonight? This evening, the moon will be at its best — in its full phase and at its closest point to Earth. If you have got a camera ready, it's a prime opportunity to capture a brilliant lunar spectacle.
08 September 2014, 02:17 PM ET
The full Harvest Moon rises tonight (Sept. 8), and even if you can't see it from your own backyard, you can still watch it live online.
08 September 2014, 01:53 PM ET
Big slabs of ice are sliding over and under each other within Europa's ice shell, a new study suggests. The Jovian satellite may thus be the only solar system body besides Earth to possess an active system of plate tectonics.
07 September 2014, 09:16 AM ET
Two new lava-spouting fissures opened overnight in Iceland, and NASA’s Terra satellite spied the hotspots from space.
05 September 2014, 07:50 AM ET
Robots built by students from around the world will face off in a competition designed to test how well these wheeled explorers might one day get around on the surface of Mars.
04 September 2014, 09:34 PM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows a striking pair of wildly misaligned planet-forming gas discs around both the young stars in the binary system HK Tauri.
04 September 2014, 07:16 PM ET
An asteroid will make a close brush with Earth on Sunday, passing by the planet well inside the orbit of the moon.
04 September 2014, 06:54 PM ET
Satellites finally caught a view of Iceland's spectacular eruption from space.
03 September 2014, 11:55 PM ET
In this amazing space wallpaper from the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile young stars huddle together against a backdrop of clouds of glowing gas and lanes of dust.
03 September 2014, 09:30 PM ET
The technology powering robotic arms in space could be used to perform minor surgeries for children on Earth.
03 September 2014, 09:59 AM ET
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked California's Napa Valley last month not only injured dozens of people and caused millions of dollars in damage, but it also warped the surface of Earth.
28 August 2014, 09:21 AM ET
The Holometer project, which is based at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Illinois, is now operating at full power, probing the very nature of space-time itself.
26 August 2014, 04:19 PM ET
Imagine an asteroid were hurtling toward Earth, with a 1-in-1,000 chance of hitting the planet. How would humanity respond to the news, and is there anything we could do about it?
21 August 2014, 08:00 PM ET
A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting.
21 August 2014, 09:31 AM ET
A tiny, clay-filled bubble found in a Martian meteorite boosts the chances that Mars was habitable for life.
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.