Space & Astronomy News

Watch Live Thursday: Last Delta IV Medium Rocket Launches GPS Satellite
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Medium rocket, the last of its kind, will launch an advanced Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) for the U.S. Air Force early Thursday (Aug. 22) and you can watch it live here. read more...

Russia Launches Humanoid Robot 'Fyodor' to Space Station on Rare Soyuz Test Flight
Russia has launched a humanoid robot to the International Space Station on the first uncrewed Soyuz spacecraft ever to visit the orbiting laboratory. read more...

Spacewalking Astronauts Install Parking Spot for Private Spaceships at Space Station
Two NASA astronauts stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS) today to install a new docking port for incoming commercial crew spacecraft. read more...

It's Not Too Early to Plan for the Great American Total Solar Eclipse of 2024
Today (Aug. 21) is the two-year anniversary of the Great American Solar Eclipse! read more...

A Last-of-Its-Kind Rocket Will Launch a GPS Satellite for the US Military Thursday. How to Watch
It's time for United Launch Alliance's Delta IV medium rocket to retire. Luckily, you have one last chance to watch the rocket launch live. read more...

What Is Gravity?
Gravity was the first force that humans noticed, yet it's still the one we understand the least. read more...

Looks Like Elon Musk Is Serious About Nuking Mars
Elon Musk seems serious about terraforming Mars. read more...

NASA 'On Track' to Return Astronauts to the Moon by 2024, VP Pence Says
Vice President Mike Pence said that NASA's Artemis lunar program is "on track," speaking this week (Aug. 20) at the National Space Council. read more...

Robots Explore 'Mars-Like' Lava Field in Iceland as Prep for NASA's Mars 2020 Rover
Researchers traveled to Iceland this summer to test a prototype rover and drone. These tests will help to inform the Mars 2020 operations team. read more...

Trump Issues New Launch Guidelines for Nuclear Spacecraft
The United States has set new guidelines for launching safe and sustainable nuclear spacecraft on future missions to the moon, Mars and beyond. read more...

Monster 'Loner' Star Causes Scientists to Rethink Supernova Explosions
This star has a number of odd qualities, and may have had one of the most powerful explosions ever observed. read more...

Working in Silver, Artist Conveys Mystery of Solar Eclipses in New Show
The drama of a total solar eclipse has astonished countless astronomers and amateurs, but few have channeled that astonishment as beautifully as artist Carol Prusa. read more...

If NASA Wants to Land the 1st Woman on the Moon, Her Spacesuit Better Fit
Today (Aug. 20), the National Space Council discussed how NASA might support a mixed-gender astronaut crew. read more...

NASA Rehearses Astronaut Launch — and Rescue — with SpaceX, Boeing (Photos)
Both SpaceX and Boeing are busily preparing for the first crewed launches of their commercial spacecraft, and in case something goes wrong, they're simulating different types of emergencies. read more...

August New Moon 2019: Invisible 'Supermoon' Rises with Jupiter and Saturn
The new moon occurs Aug. 30, at 6:37 a.m. EDT (1037 GMT), just a few hours before the moon reaches perigee — the closest point in its orbit to Earth. read more...

Pictures from Space! Our Image of the Day
Two years ago today, a rare coast-to-coast total solar eclipse swept across the continental United States, briefly turning day into night for millions of spectators from Oregon to South Carolina. read more...

Snoopy and NASA Discover Space in New McDonald's Happy Meal
Kids can now join Astronaut Snoopy as he blasts off on his NASA adventures with a new McDonald's Happy Meal. read more...

On This Day in Space! Aug. 21, 1914: Total Solar Eclipse Expedition Crashed by WWI
On Aug. 21, 1914, a total solar eclipse temporarily darkened skies across Europe and Asia. See how it happened in our "On This Day in Space" video series! read more...

Russia Launching Humanoid Robot to Space Station Tonight: Watch Live
Russia is launching a Soyuz spacecraft on a test flight to the International Space Station tonight (Aug. 21), and you can watch the action live. read more...

Comedian Tig Notaro Talks NASA's James Webb Space Telescope on Twitter
Comedian Tig Notaro took to Twitter to support NASA's James Webb Space Telescope. read more...

Two Astronauts Are Spacewalking Outside the International Space Station Today! Watch It Live
Two astronauts are taking a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (August 21) to install a new docking port. read more...

NASA's Europa Clipper Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Clears Big Hurdle on Path to Launch
A highly anticipated NASA mission to Jupiter's possibly life-supporting moon Europa remains on track for a mid-2020s launch. read more...

Look Up! Uranus and the Waning Gibbous Moon Share the Sky
Just before dawn today (Aug. 21), skywatchers will be able to spot both Uranus and the waning gibbous moon. read more...

Nuclear Propulsion Could Be 'Game-Changer' for Space Exploration, NASA Chief Says
Humanity's next giant leap could be enabled by nuclear thermal propulsion, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. read more...

Meet Skybot F-850, the Humanoid Robot Russia Is Launching into Space
When a Russian Soyuz spacecraft launches from Kazakhstan for the International Space Station Wednesday, it will carry a humanoid robot called Skybo F-850. read more...

Elon Musk: Revolutionary Private Space Entrepreneur
Elon Musk is an entrepreneur best known in space circles for launching SpaceX, the first private company to ship cargo to the International Space Station. read more...

New US Space Command Will Launch Next Week, VP Pence Says
The United States Space Command will officially be up and running by the end of the month, Vice President Mike Pence said today (Aug. 20) at a meeting of the National Space Council. read more...

This Weird, Rocky Planet Has No Atmosphere
A nearby, rocky exoplanet may be just a plain rock with no atmosphere — supporting a theory that planets orbiting small stars are more susceptible to lacking an atmosphere. read more...

NASA Wants Ideas for Private Cargo Ships to Supply a Lunar Gateway
NASA has called for companies to submit proposals to create spacecraft that will deliver cargo to the lunar gateway. read more...

India's Chandrayaan-2 Moon Mission Successfully Enters Lunar Orbit
India's Chandrayaan-2 mission has ticked off another key milestone in its journey to land safely on the moon: The spacecraft has successfully entered lunar orbit. read more...