Space & Astronomy News

Will We Ever Stop Using Rockets to Get to Space?
On March 16, 1926 in Auburn, Massachusetts, American engineer Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket. The flight lasted a mere 2.5 seconds and ended anticlimactically 181 feet away in a snow-covered cabbage field. read more...

Space Force Talk Drawing Attention to the Need for International Norms
The announcement by Vice President Mike Pence last week that the Pentagon will stand up a Space Force suddenly has drawn attention to the issue of international space security. read more...

This NASA Video of the Moon's Lunar Landmarks Is Simply Amazing
A new NASA video tour of the moon captures breathtaking views of the lunar surface. read more...

'Hard-Rock Excavation' Begins for Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile
The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has now entered the "hard-rock excavation" phase, which will make way for the huge structure's foundations, leaders of the $1 billion project announced on Tuesday (Aug. 14). read more...

On This Day in Space! Aug. 19, 1997: 1st Filipino Satellite Launches into Orbit
On Aug. 19, 1997, the Philippines launched its own satellite for the first time. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series. read more...

Get an Up-Close Look at Boeing's New CST-100 Starliner Spaceship (Photos)
Boeing recently gave journalists a behind-the-scenes look at the company's new Starliner capsule, which could start carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station as early as next year. read more...

Melting Permafrost Below Arctic Lakes Is Even More Dangerous to the Climate, NASA Warns
Scientists have worried for years now that climate change will free carbon trapped in frozen soil in the Arctic, triggering faster climate change — but now they believe abrupt thawing below lakes is even more dangerous. read more...

Photo Tour: Inside Boeing's CST-100 Starliner Spaceship Hangar
Take a look inside the CST-100 Starliner hangar, where Boeing is building the private space capsules that will fly NASA astronauts and more into space! read more...

'Foreign Object' on Mars Spotted by Curiosity Rover Is Just a Rock (Photo)
On Monday (Aug. 13), Curiosity photographed an odd, flat object that mission team members initially thought might have fallen off the car-size robot. But the "debris" turned out to be a Red Planet rock. read more...

Exos Aerospace Reschedules First Suborbital Launch
Exos Aerospace, a Texas company developing a reusable suborbital rocket, now plans to carry out a first flight of its vehicle in late August as it sets its sights on a follow-on orbital vehicle. read more...

Water on Mars: Exploration & Evidence
Mars has water trapped in the polar ice caps. More water may lie just beneath the surface. A new study suggests that water also flows on the surface. read more...

NASA Solar Probe Hits 1st Deep-Space Milestones On Its Way to the Sun
The Parker Solar Probe, which launched early Sunday morning (Aug. 12) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, is notching flight milestones according to plan, NASA officials said today (Aug. 17). read more...

Here's the 1st 'Star Wars Resistance' Trailer! (And Its Release Date)
Meet the pilots of the resistance. read more...

The Most Amazing Space Photos This Week!
Here are our picks for the most amazing space photos of the week. read more...

New NASA Images Show California's Largest Wildfire from Space. Canadian Blazes, Too
The Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest blaze in California's history, releases clouds of smoke in new photos from NASA, and fires blazing over Canada are visible from a million miles away in space. read more...

15,000 Galaxies Shine in This 1 View from the Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope has been at work for almost three decades, but it's still learning new skills — like how to squeeze an incredible 15,000 galaxies into a single image. read more...

Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to Get a $5.8 Million Antenna Upgrade
Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, the second-largest radio telescope in the world, is about to get a major upgrade. read more...

Rocket On! These Cool Student Experiments Just Launched to Space
Dozens of students got to see their experiments travel from school to space. A sounding rocket soared from a NASA rocket facility in Virginia Tuesday (Aug. 14), carrying several student experiments under the RockSat-X program. read more...

NASA's Opportunity Rover on Mars Still Silent 2 Months into Epic Dust Storm
Opportunity has been silent since June 10, when a monster Red Planet dust storm began blocking sunlight from reaching the solar-powered rover. But Opportunity's handlers still hope to get a ping once the dust has cleared. read more...

'Space Heroes' Trading Card Game Sets Up Space Race Between Players
Do you hold the cards to win a space race? That is the challenge laid out by "Space Heroes: Journey to Space." read more...