NASA’s Space Launch System moves toward development stage NASA’s Space Launch System moves toward development stage
Rocket has passed a major review and is on track for a 2018 test flight.
Martian rock deemed unsuitable for Curiosity rover's drilling Martian rock deemed unsuitable for Curiosity rover's drilling
Rock moved during test of Curiosity's drill.
Telescopes capture unprecedented view of early colliding galaxies Telescopes capture unprecedented view of early colliding galaxies
Images are possible due to natural gravitational lens.
Spitzer telescope observes colliding asteroids around young star
Spitzer telescope observes colliding asteroids around young star
Finding is first ever view of early planet formation outside our solar system.
 
NASA’s Space Launch System moves toward development stage
NASA’s Space Launch System moves toward development stage
Rocket has passed a major review and is on track for a 2018 test flight.
 
Martian rock deemed unsuitable for Curiosity rover's drilling
Martian rock deemed unsuitable for Curiosity rover's drilling
Rock moved during test of Curiosity's drill.
 
Pluto-bound probe crosses orbit of Neptune
Pluto-bound probe crosses orbit of Neptune
Milestone occurs 25 years to the day of Voyager 2 Neptune flyby.
 
SpaceX Falcon 9 flew with 3D-printed component
SpaceX Falcon 9 flew with 3D-printed component
Company is testing additional 3D-printed parts for crew capsule.
 
Rare black hole confirmed using light oscillations
Rare black hole confirmed using light oscillations
Study has measured the mass of an intermediate black hole for the first time.
 
In ancient star, scientists find material from early universe
In ancient star, scientists find material from early universe
Star's chemical composition provides indirect evidence for existence of early super-massive stars.
 
Boeing meets deadline for designing commercial spacecraft
Boeing meets deadline for designing commercial spacecraft
Design deemed "excellent" in early NASA feedback.
 
Curiosity team seeks alternate route to Mars' Mount Sharp after rover stalled
Curiosity team seeks alternate route to Mars' Mount Sharp after rover stalled
Slippery sand compels rover to backtrack.
 
ISS astronauts photograph cargo ship destruction
ISS astronauts photograph cargo ship destruction
Images show vehicle breaking up as it re-enters Earth's atmosphere.
 
SpaceX releases video of successful Falcon 9 landing
SpaceX releases video of successful Falcon 9 landing
Video highlights capability of groundbreaking rocket technology.
 
Rosetta reveals surface of comet in detail
Rosetta reveals surface of comet in detail
The comet's nucleus shows a maze of different surface features.
 
First mission to study atmospheric carbon dioxide begins sending data
First mission to study atmospheric carbon dioxide begins sending data
OCO-2 will study natural carbon dioxide sinks around the globe.
 
The meandering path of the spacecraft sent to rendezvous with a comet
The meandering path of the spacecraft sent to rendezvous with a comet
Rosetta is being forced to take a triangular trajectory as it slowly closes in on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.
 
Early galaxy 'Sparky' was a star factory
The massive galaxy formed less than three billion years after the Big Bang.
 
NASA’s “Swarmies” tested for use in space
Small robots are meant to search for and converge on specific materials.
 
ESA observatory catches white dwarf going supernova
Process of explosion revealed through study of gamma rays.
 
Telescopes capture unprecedented view of early colliding galaxies
Images are possible due to natural gravitational lens.
 
Five possible landing spots chosen for Rosetta probe
Philae lander will measure surface changes as comet approaches the sun.
 
Thigh bone on Mars? NASA weighs in
Another example of the psychological phenomenon known as pareidolia.
 
Fermilab experiment questions nature of the universe
Answers will reveal whether space stands still or "jitters"
 
NASA may delay commercial contract award after failed SpaceX launch
Affect of SpaceX rocket explosion on award process still unclear.
 
NASA restores Voyager's historic footage of Neptune's strange moon Triton
The speed of Voyager's visit in 1989 and the slow rotation of Triton meant that only one hemisphere was observed clearly at close distance.
 
High resolution satellite launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base
Use of detailed images will range from oil and mining to disaster relief.
 
Tiny Peruvian satellite released from ISS
Sendoff complete less than 30 minutes into astronauts' spacewalk.
 
Russian space official claims plankton grew on exterior of ISS
Experimental results have not been confirmed by other Russian officials or NASA.
 
Chilean telescope captures amazing images of stellar nurseries
Images show two star clusters 9,000 and 20,000 light-years away.
 
Month of August features multiple delights for skywatchers
Perseid meteor shower, planet conjunctions, have highlighted month of opportunities for observers.
 
Tumbling asteroid held together by forces other than gravity
Asteroid is kept whole by van der Waals forces, never before documented in an asteroid.
 
Citizen science project yields first grains of interstellar dust
Ancient particles could yield new insights into formation of stars and galaxies.
 
Rosetta probe finds Comet 67P is warmer than expected
Rosetta measured its temperature on approach in late July
 
Automated ESA ship docks at ISS for last time
Unmanned cargo ship carried supplies including scientific equipment.
 
Perseids meteor shower puts photographers to the test
August 11-12 will offer sky-gazers the best chance to see the celestial light show.
 
SpaceX schedules tests for Dragon crew capsule
Tests in November and January will combine the capsule with a mockup of a Falcon 9 rocket.
 
NASA improves Curiosity app for rover’s second anniversary
App overlays spacecraft models on scenes captured by mobile devices' cameras.
 
SpaceX launches rocket carrying commercial communications satellite
AsiaSat 8 to become the fifth member of an orbital network of spacecraft providing telecommunications services across the Asia-Pacific region.
 
Half-a-millimeter particle from Siding Spring could significantly damage spacecraft
All three orbiters will have a role in collection of data on Siding Spring.
 
SpaceX announces new launch facility in Texas
Project continues Texas tradition of supporting space exploration.
 
NASA’s ‘impossible’ engine creates controversy among scientists
Propulsion system appears to defy Newtonian physics by producing thrust without any rocket fuel.
 
Australian geologist pioneers search for microbial life on Mars
Technique that showed evidence of early life on earth could do the same for Mars.
 
Companion planets can increase old planets' chance at alien life
As planets age, it becomes more and more difficult for them to maintain their habitability.
 
NASA adopts proposals for two global vegetation instruments on ISS
Two instruments have been selected for observing forests and ecosystems-- a laser-based system and a thermal infrared radiometer.
 
Astronomers find binary star system with misaligned protoplanetary discs
Two stars around 450 light-years from Earth have a protoplanetary disc with an irregular orbit.
 
Mars conference summarizes search for life
Upcoming rover plans over the next decade were also covered.
 
NASA to provide details soon about 2020 Mars mission
Announcement on Thursday will list the instruments that will be carried by roving laboratory.
 
Researchers reveal possible source of mysterious 'diffuse interstellar bands'
New research suggests that these interstellar molecules may be silicon-capped hydrocarbons like SiC3H, SiC4H and SiC5H.
 
Newly-lauched U.S. satellites to keep tabs on other countries’ spacecraft
The two satellites will also track orbiting space junk.
 
Air Force set to launch GPS satellite
Launch will be broadcast live online.
 
Scientists: Geysers on Saturn’s moon could point to ocean under surface
Discovery indicates presence of ocean beneath the surface of the celestial body.