Space & Astronomy News

Senate Votes to Confirm Bridenstine as NASA Administrator
The most contentious nomination process for a NASA administrator in the agency's six-decade history came to an end April 19 when the Senate voted to confirm Jim Bridenstine. read more...

Australians Will Attempt to Break Stargazing Guiness World Record
Thousands of Australians are invited to help set a new Guinness World Record for the most people stargazing at multiple venues. read more...

Saturn May Be the Missing Piece in the Puzzle of Jupiter's Moons
Saturn may have played a key role in the birth of Jupiter's largest moons, a new study finds. read more...

Image of the Day
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station yesterday (April 18). TESS will search for alien planets around bright stars in our cosmic neighborhood. read more...

On This Day In Space! April 19, 1971: World's 1st Space Station Launches into Orbit
On April 19, 1971, the Soviet Union launched the world's first space station, Salyut 1. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series here. read more...

Stunning Video Offers a Quick Tour of the Crab Nebula
Beautiful images accompany a quick tour of the crab nebula in a new video released by NASA. read more...

What's Next for NASA's TESS Exoplanet Hunter?
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is in space, but its science work won't start until June. Here's what the spacecraft will be doing until then. read more...

'Flames in Space' Might Help Clean Earth's Air (Video)
Studying how flames burn in microgravity is helping scientists understand combustion. The insights learned could help reduce pollution here on Earth, according to a video released by NASA. read more...

NASA's TESS Satellite Launches to Seek Out New Alien Worlds
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched today (April 18) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, rising off the pad atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 6:51 p.m. EDT (2251 GMT). read more...

This Earth-i Small Satellite's 1st Color Video of Earth from Space Is Amazing
The British Earth-imaging company Earth-i has released its first full-color video of Earth from space by its commercial satellite VividX2, which launched in January. read more...

Giant Impact May Have Created Mars' Moons
A collision between Mars and a large asteroid may have created the planet's two moons, Phobos and Deimos. read more...

Dazzling Lyrid Meteor Shower Peaks This Weekend!
The spring Lyrid meteor shower peaks with up to 20 meteors per hour shortly after midnight on Saturday into early Sunday (April 22). read more...

Debris-Dodging Spacecraft Could Use Bitcoin-Like Technology
Future spacecraft could think for themselves using the same technology that powers Bitcoin. read more...

This Gorgeous Video Helps Explain Why NASA Is Studying Cosmic Shock Waves
Like a ship cruising the seas or a fighter jet going supersonic, astronomic objects also make shock waves through the medium in which they travel. read more...

FCC Issues Warning in Wake of Swarm's Unauthorized Launch
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on April 12 released an enforcement advisory warning that organizations will be penalized for launching spacecraft without the appropriate regulatory approvals. read more...

Commerce Department Ready to Add Space Traffic Management to Growing Space Role
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says his department is gearing up to add space traffic management to its growing portfolio of commercial space responsibilities. read more...

Diamonds in Meteorite May Hail from Our Ancient Solar System
Pieces of diamond encased in rock descended from space and landed in the Nubian Desert of Sudan and, according to a new study, prove the existence of an ancient world in our solar system. read more...

Senate Moving Towards Vote on Bridenstine Nomination
After a months-long impasse, the Senate may vote to confirm Jim Bridenstine as the next administrator of NASA later this week. read more...

SpaceX to Launch NASA's Exoplanet-Hunting Spacecraft Today: How to Watch Live
After a delay, SpaceX is winding up again to launch NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) today (April 18) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. read more...

NASA Scientists Traverse Antarctica to Prep for New Climate Satellite (Video)
Two NASA scientists recently returned from a two week, 470-mile (760 kilometers) expedition in one of the most barren landscapes on Earth. read more...