Space & Astronomy News

Geologists Figured Out Where the Most Remote Part of the Ocean Came From
The Australian-Antarctic Ridge was expected to have emerged with the Pacific to its East. The real story was a surprise to geologists. read more...

European Space Agency Celebrates Women in Science with Astro Pi Challenge
Coding will become even more important in space exploration as humans explore faraway places, says a Canadian astronaut candidate in a new video. read more...

Campaign Launched to 'Revive the Saturn V' Vertical Rocket Replica
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Alabama has launched an effort to return its one-of-a-kind standing replica of the Saturn V moon rocket to its like-new condition in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. read more...

A Comet, Meteor, Nebula and the Pleiades Combine into One Epic Space Photo
A deep-space panorama shows Comet 46P/Wirtanen, the Pleiades star cluster and a meteor crossing in front of the California Nebula. read more...

SpaceX's Raptor Engine Hits Power Level for Starship Launches, Elon Musk Says
A test fire of SpaceX's newest engine reached the power level necessary for the company's next round of rocket designs, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter. read more...

NASA Spies InSight Mars Lander from Space as It Hunts Marsquakes (Photos)
NASA's InSight lander has been busy on Mars preparing to begin scientific observations, and the mission passed another milestone this weekend, when the spacecraft began preparing to deploy its final instrument. read more...

Image of the Day
The Milky Way galaxy shimmers over Portugal's Lake Alqueva in this sunset view by astrophotographer Sérgio Conceição. To the left of the galaxy's dusty core, the brightest object in the sky is the planet Mars. read more...

No, You Won’t See an 'Apocalypse Asteroid' in the Sky on Valentine's Day
Despite what you may have heard, the Valentine’s Day sky won't provide a glimpse of our impending doom. (Unless you're a star-crossed lover, of course.) read more...

The View from Space Could Change the World, Virgin Galactic Says
Virgin Galactic wants to make the world a better place by giving a lot more people some much-needed perspective. read more...

On This Day in Space! Feb. 11, 2010: NASA Launches Solar Dynamics Observatory
On Feb. 11, 2010, NASA launched a spacecraft to study the inner workings of the sun: the Solar Dynamics Observatory. See how it happened here in our On This Day in Space video series. read more...

NASA Center Director Nominated to Lead National Reconnaissance Office
The White House has nominated a longtime NASA center director and former acting administrator to be the next director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). read more...

SpaceX Dragon Crew Demo-1 Flight to Space Station: What to Expect
Here's what you need to know about SpaceX's Crew Dragon astronaut taxi, its upcoming shakeout flight to the space station and the short-term future of human spaceflight. read more...

Some Assembly Required: Giant Next-Generation Space Telescopes Could Be Built Off Earth
When it comes to telescopes, size matters. read more...

Ultima Thule Beyond Pluto Is Flat Like a Pancake (and Not a Space Snowman After All)
The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be much flatter than scientists had thought. read more...

After a Slow Start, Milky Way's Neighbors Have Upped Their Star-Forming Game
As they prepare for their first lap around the Milky Way, our galaxy's nearest neighbors have shown a dramatic increase in star formation. read more...

You Can See Mars Near the Moon Tonight! Here's Where to Look.
Mars and the crescent moon will team up in a delightful celestial sight tonight (Feb. 10) and NASA has some tips to help you spot the Red Planet in the night sky. read more...

Israel's 1st Moon Lander: The SpaceIL Beresheet Lunar Mission in Pictures
SpaceIL's historic mission to the moon with the Beresheet lander is expected to launch from SpaceX Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. It will be the first privately developed moon mission and you can see it here in photos! read more...

Orion Span Falls Far Short of Funding Goal to Support Its Commercial Space Station Ambitions
A startup with visions of developing private space stations raised only a small fraction of the funding it sought in a recent equity crowdfunding campaign, with no guarantee that it will be able to retain that funding. read more...

Ominous Cracks Form in the Northern Hemisphere's Longest Floating Glacier
Is Greenland's Petermann Glacier due for another big break? read more...

Earth Once Swallowed Its Own Superocean. Could It Happen Again?
An ancient supercontinent turned inside out as the Earth swallowed its own ocean some 700 million years ago, new research suggests. read more...