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Rocket Lab Launches 2nd Test Flight of Electron Small-Satellite Booster
SPACE.COM An Electron rocket built by the commercial startup Rocket Lab successfully took off today (Jan. 20) from New Zealand, carrying the company's first customer payloads. 2 hours
Senate Committee Advances NASA and NOAA
SPACE.COM A Senate committee voted on party lines Jan. 18 to advance the nominations of individuals to lead NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, although with no clear indication of when, or if, they will... 16 hours
Supermoon and Pink Sky: Full Moon Rises Against 'Belt of Venus'
SPACE.COM A nearly full "supermoon" rises above a pink band in the sky known as the "Belt of Venus" in this photo captured above Lake Alqueva in the Portuguese... 16 hours
Fireball Finds! Meteorite Fragments from Dazzling Michigan Meteor Found on Ice
SPACE.COM Meteorite hunters in Michigan found six rocks Thursday (Jan. 18) that likely came from a spectacular fireball that lit up local skies earlier this week. 16 hours
On This Day In Space! Jan. 20, 1978: 1st Progress Cargo Ship Launched
SPACE.COM On January 20, 1978, the Soviet space program launched the first ever Progress cargo ship on a mission to delivery supplies to... 16 hours
Christa McAuliffe's Lost Challenger Lessons to be Taught on Space Station
SPACE.COM Two educators turned NASA astronauts will film science lessons aboard the International Space Station that were planned for the late Christa McAuliffe, the first "teacher in... 16 hours
No, an Asteroid Is Not Going to Collide with Earth in February
SPACE.COM An asteroid's upcoming close pass with Earth has been the subject of some sensational news coverage — but is there is anything to fear? 1 day
Atlas V Rocket Launches New Missile-Warning Satellite for US Air Force
SPACE.COM The U.S. Air Force has a new missile-tracking sentinel in orbit with the successful launch Friday (Jan. 19) of the Space Based Infrared System GEO Flight... 1 day
Get Ready for the 'Super Blue Blood Moon' Eclipse of Jan. 31!
SPACE.COM If you live in Hawaii, Alaska or the western half of North America, be sure to put a big circle on your calendar for... 1 day
Saturn's Moon Titan May Have Earth-Like 'Sea Level'
SPACE.COM Saturn's moon Titan and Earth are even more alike than previously thought. New research shows that the giant moon has a global sea level, just like our own planet. 1 day
China's Quantum-Key Network, the Largest Ever, Is Officially Online
SPACE.COM The Chinese satellite Micius has once again shattered records, this time enabling practical quantum encryption between Beijing and Austria. 1 day
How a Government Shutdown Would Affect NASA
SPACE.COM With the U.S. government just hours away from a potential shutdown as lawmakers struggle to agree on a new spending bill, more than 18,000 NASA employees around the country are bracing for the agency... 1 day
Hubble Mission Commander, Spacewalker to Enter Astronaut Hall of Fame
SPACE.COM Scott Altman, commander of the final space shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, and spacewalker Thomas Jones, who helped install the U.S. laboratory on the International... 1 day
After Delay, Rocket Lab to Attempt 2nd Electron Launch Today: How to Watch
SPACE.COM Tonight (Jan. 19), the private spaceflight company Rocket Lab will once again attempt a second test launch of its small-scale Electron rocket. 1 day
Small Michigan Meteor Packed a Seismic Punch, Experts Say
SPACE.COM The meteor that caused a huge fireball above the skies of southern Michigan Tuesday night (Jan. 16) was only a few feet in size, researchers have said, but its speed... 2 days
Watch Japan's Epsilon Rocket Launch the ASNARO-2 Radar Earth Satellite
SPACE.COM A Japanese Epsilon rocket launched a new Earth-observation satellite into space this week, notching a third successful flight for the solid-fueled booster. 2 days
In Photos: India's PSLV rocket Launches Cartosat-2 Satellite & 30 More!
SPACE.COM On Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched 31 satellites, making a comeback from a launch failure in August 2017. See... 2 days
Astronomical Odds: Becoming an Astrophysicist Keeps Getting Tougher
SPACE.COM Ah, the life of an astrophysicist. The money. The parties. The paparazzi. No wonder so many young people flock to their nearest large research universities with stars in their eyes and dreams... 2 days
On This Day In Space! Jan. 19, 2006: New Horizons Launched Toward Pluto
SPACE.COM On January 19, 2006, NASA launched a spacecraft to Pluto! New Horizons is a spacecraft about the size of a grand piano,... 2 days
New National Defense Strategy to Shed Light on Pentagon's Thinking About War in Space
SPACE.COM How the military views outer space and cyberspace as battlefronts in future wars are likely topics in the administration's new... 2 days
Enormous 'El Gordo' Galaxy Cluster Captured in Hubble Image
SPACE.COM An incredible photo from the Hubble Space Telescope showcases an enormous galaxy cluster that weighs in at a whopping 3 million billion suns. 2 days
Alpha Centauri: Nearest Star System to the Sun
SPACE.COM Three stars in this system are the sun's nearest stellar neighbors. 2 days
Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space
SPACE.COM Sally Ride was the first American woman to go into space. 2 days
Johnson Space Center (JSC): NASA's 'Houston'
SPACE.COM Facts and information about the home of NASA's astronaut corps. 2 days
Astronaut Set to be First African American on Space Station Crew Removed from Flight
SPACE.COM A NASA astronaut who was slated to be the first African American to serve as a member of a crew... 2 days
Left at the Next Pulsar: Spacecraft Could Navigate by the Stars
SPACE.COM By relying on three or four pulsing stars to navigate, missions could calculate spacecraft locations faster and more accurately than they can using current methods. 2 days
A Space Magnet, Hunting Dark Matter, Turns Up Juicy Secrets of Cosmic Rays
SPACE.COM An experiment based on the International Space Station has turned up new results about the shape and character of mysterious cosmic rays. 2 days
India's Nuclear-Capable Agni-5 Ballistic Missile Aces Test Launch
SPACE.COM India successfully tested a long-range ballistic missile, the country's Ministry of Defence announced Thursday (Jan. 18). 2 days
How NASA Is Prepping Its New Megarocket to Shoot for the Moon in 2019
SPACE.COM It's going to be a busy year for engineers who are building NASA's new Space Launch System and Orion crew... 2 days
Scorcher! 2017 Ranked Among Three Hottest Years Ever
SPACE.COM Last year was one of the three warmest years on record, according to a new report by NASA and NOAA. 2 days
How a Small Nuclear Reactor Could Power a Colony on Mars or Beyond (Op-Ed)
SPACE.COM "Kilopower" could help humanity establish settlements on the moon, Mars and other bodies throughout the solar system. 2 days
US Air Force's New Missile-Warning Satellite Launching Tonight: Watch It Live
SPACE.COM The U.S. Air Force's newest early-warning satellite for missile defense will launch into space from Florida tonight (Jan. 18) and you can watch the action live... 2 days
Space.com Talks with Astronaut Scott Tingle in Space Today!
SPACE.COM Today at 12:20 p.m. EST (1720 GMT), Space.com will make a long-distance connection with NASA astronaut Scott Tingle on the International Space Station, and we want you to join us!... 3 days
On This Day In Space! Jan. 18, 2002: Gemini South Observatory Dedicated
SPACE.COM On January 18, 2002, the National Science Foundation formally opened the Gemini South telescope in Chile. This became the second telescope to make up... 3 days
Lunar Fountain? Accessible Ice Could Lurk in Moon's Lava Tubes
SPACE.COM New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggest there is an underground network of lava tubes beneath the lunar surface that could offer astronauts easy access to water. 3 days
Lawmakers Prod SpaceX and NASA on Fate of Secret Zuma Mission
SPACE.COM House lawmakers on Wednesday (Jan. 17) pressed SpaceX and NASA officials on what exactly happened to the secret Zuma spacecraft launched into space this month on... 3 days
Satellite Images Capture Rare Snowfall in the Sahara Desert
SPACE.COM Satellite photos show parts of Africa's Sahara Desert blanketed in snow following a rare winter storm that occurred on Jan. 7, 2018. 3 days
What Is the Biggest Thing in the Universe?
SPACE.COM Earth and even the sun are puny compared to a mighty, hulking source of gamma-rays. 3 days
Binary Star Systems: Classification and Evolution
SPACE.COM Binary stars are two stars orbiting a common center of mass. 3 days
Trash-Blasting Lasers Could Help Clean Up Space Junk, China Says
SPACE.COM Lasers: the ultimate cleaning solution. 3 days
J.J. Abrams Shopping Sci-Fi TV Space Show: Report
SPACE.COM Director J.J. Abrams is shopping a TV spec-script for a new sci-fi show set in space, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 3 days
GAO Warns of Further Delays in Certifying Commercial Crew Vehicles for NASA
SPACE.COM A government analysis of schedules concluded those vehicles may not be certified to carry NASA astronauts until late 2019 or 2020. 3 days
Air Force Launches New Project to Update Missile-Warning Ground Software
SPACE.COM The "future operationally resilient ground evolution," or FORGE, is part of a broader SBIRS modernization plan. 3 days
'Castle Cloud' Caught in Spectacular Astronaut Photo
SPACE.COM It looks like a ghostly medieval tower — like something out of "Game of Thrones" — looming over the crystal-blue Caribbean waters of the Bahamas. 3 days
Star's Odd Moves May Reveal Secret Black Hole
SPACE.COM A distant star may be hiding a black hole secret. 3 days
Fireball Over Michigan: Did Meteor Really Cause an Earthquake?
SPACE.COM The earthshaking rumblings felt in Michigan last night weren't an earthquake, but rather vibrations from a booming noise caused by a meteor whizzing overhead, according to the National Earthquake Information... 3 days
Is America's Spy Plane Back — and Hypersonic?
SPACE.COM The SR-71 Blackbird hypersonic spy plane may be back and faster than ever. 3 days
'First to the Moon' Film Seeks Crowd Funds for Apollo 8 50th Anniversary Release
SPACE.COM A feature-length documentary about the first humans to fly to the moon needs the public's help to be ready in... 4 days
Brilliant Fireball Shakes Southeastern Michigan with 2.0 Earthquake
SPACE.COM A brilliant fireball lit up the night sky over southeastern Michigan Tuesday (Jan. 16), dazzling skywatchers lucky enough to see it. Many more felt the earth shake from the meteor's sonic boom,... 4 days
On This Day In Space! Jan. 17, 1985: Final Aerobee Sounding Rocket Launched
SPACE.COM On January 17, 1985, the United States launched its 1,037th and final Aerobee rocket. See how it happened in our On This... 4 days
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