Space Archive
31 October 2014, 04:23 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's passenger spacecraft, experienced an 'anomaly' during its fourth rocket-powered test flight on Friday, Oct. 31. See the latest details here.
31 October 2014, 01:55 PM ET
The Earth will never catch up to the moon (let's hope), but the number of Ordovician craters may soon takeoff. That's because it's easier and cheaper than ever to sniff out the shocked minerals that confirm an impact.
30 October 2014, 06:33 PM ET
Scientists have found evidence of water in our inner solar system 135 million years earlier than previously thought.
28 October 2014, 08:01 PM ET
An Orbital Sciences' Antares ORB3 rocket exploded during a launch attempt at NASA's Wallop Flight Facility on Oct. 28th, 2014. The spacecraft was carrying 5,000 lbs supplies, food and science experiments. Live Coverage: http://goo.gl/YhCmAu
28 October 2014, 07:15 PM ET
An unmanned Antares rocket built by the Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded in a massive fireball just after launch on Tuesday (Oct. 28), a shocking failure after an otherwise smooth launch countdown.
27 October 2014, 06:17 AM ET
The aurora borealis can make for a spectacular night sky show, even sometimes visible from space. Here are eight amazing facts about the northern lights.
24 October 2014, 06:31 PM ET
Gravitational waves, invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time, might be detected by looking for the brightening of stars, researchers say.
24 October 2014, 06:05 PM ET
In a harrowing plunge from the stratosphere, a Google executive broke the world record for the highest-altitude skydive today (Oct. 24).
24 October 2014, 04:15 PM ET
Stephen Hawking, the world-renowned astrophysicist and author of "A Brief History of Time," has recently joined Facebook.
24 October 2014, 03:38 PM ET
Alan Eustace dove from a high-altitude balloon soaring at approximately 135,000 feet. Felix Baumgartner held the record at 128,000 feet.
23 October 2014, 01:27 PM ET
The online Slooh Community Observatory will air a special three-hour solar eclipse webcast Thursday starting at 5 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT). You can watch the show at http://www.slooh.com, or here at Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.
20 October 2014, 02:38 PM ET
Spending long periods of time in space can be a psychologically demanding experience, but a new virtual reality system could give NASA astronauts a welcome escape.
20 October 2014, 09:29 AM ET
Warning: Do not look directly at the Sun. On October 23rd, 2014, most of the North America will be treated to the eclipse. Viewing from the eastern U.S. will be especially beautiful, weather permitting, due to it occurring at the end of the day.
20 October 2014, 02:43 AM ET
Comet Siding Spring came within just 87,000 miles of the Martian surface at 2:27 p.m. EDT today — about one-third of the distance between Earth and the moon. The comet barreled by at 126,000 mph relative to the Red Planet, NASA officials said.
18 October 2014, 09:18 PM ET
NASA scientist Dr. Michelle L Thaller tells Space.com's @MiriKramer what you need to know about comet Siding Spring's fly-by, its implications for the Red Planet and how humans will be able to observe it. Full Coverage: http://goo.gl/0cnCEb
17 October 2014, 05:05 PM ET
The top-secret nature of the X-37B missions has sparked a number of conspiracy theories. Here are some ideas about the X-37B's purpose.
17 October 2014, 11:06 AM ET
Comet Siding Spring will zoom within 87,000 miles of Mars at 2:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday (Oct. 19). Scientists will observe the flyby using the fleet of spacecraft already at Mars, studying the comet and any effects its dust has on the planet's atmosphere.
16 October 2014, 07:38 PM ET
A comet is on course for a super-close approach with the planet Mars this Sunday (Oct. 19) in a rare celestial encounter. If you have a moderate-size telescope, you might be able to spot the icy wanderer as it nears the Red Planet, weather permitting.
16 October 2014, 04:35 PM ET
Millions of people across North America will have a chance to observe a partial solar eclipse next week, weather permitting.
15 October 2014, 08:34 AM ET
A mysterious stone slab from the 12th century B.C. is a combination sundial and moondial, a new study finds. The slab would've helped ancient skywatchers track the movements of the sun and moon during heavenly events.
14 October 2014, 10:28 AM ET
Scientists previously thought that the moon's volcanic activity died down a billion years ago. But new data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, hints that lunar lava flowed much more recently, perhaps less than 100 million years ago.
09 October 2014, 07:21 AM ET
The discovery of extraterrestrial beings — be they slimy microbes or little green men — would dramatically change the way we humans view our place in the universe. But would it shatter religion? Well, that depends on what you believe.
09 October 2014, 07:12 AM ET
Frigid lakes bombarded by UV radiation and boiling, acidic springs are some of the otherworldly Earth environments where scientists plan to hunt for clues to life on Mars.
08 October 2014, 11:25 AM ET
The moon turned an eerie blood-red hue during a total lunar eclipse early Wednesday (Oct. 8) in an epic skywatching treat for amateur astronomers. See the amazing photos and their impressions of the lunar event.
08 October 2014, 09:31 AM ET
The full moon darkens and grows reddish during a total lunar eclipse early today that dazzles observers around the world.
07 October 2014, 05:59 PM ET
Weather prospects for Wednesday's total lunar eclipse are great for observers hoping to catch a glimpse of the 'blood moon' from around the United States.
07 October 2014, 09:55 AM ET
Want to study high-energy particles streaming through the cosmos at nearly the speed of light? There's an app for that.
06 October 2014, 07:29 PM ET
The Milky Way may be home to some 3,000 extraterrestrial civilizations but the vast distances between our galactic cousins will make contact extremely rare, a new study concludes.
06 October 2014, 01:35 PM ET
Observers of Wednesday morning's total lunar eclipse might be able to catch sight of an extremely rare cosmic sight.
30 September 2014, 12:42 PM ET
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an odd islandlike feature in Ligeia Mare, one of Titan's largest hydrocarbon seas. Scientists don't know what to make of the structure, which covers about 100 square miles.
30 September 2014, 11:15 AM ET
Pictures from space show that fall is in full swing in parts of North America. Clusters of trees have shed their summer greens in favor of autumnal oranges and reds around the Great Lakes and New England.
27 September 2014, 10:22 AM ET
A plasma bubble likely contributed to the helicopter radio communication failure during the battle of Takur Ghar, part of Operation Anaconda during the war in Afghanistan.
26 September 2014, 07:41 PM ET
The White House is looking to data from NASA's space shuttle program to help in the fight against climate change. NASA will publicly release hi-res topographic maps of the globe to help other nations prepare for a changing environment.
26 September 2014, 01:50 PM ET
The finding suggests that water is commonly incorporated into newly forming planets throughout the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, researchers said — good news for anyone hoping that Earth isn't the only world to host life.
25 September 2014, 11:45 AM ET
Researchers using data gathered by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have determined that the supernova SN 1993J — which was first observed in 1993, as its name suggests — occurred because one star nabbed hydrogen from another.