Space & Astronomy News

X-Men Call NASA in Final 'Dark Phoenix' Trailer
The X-Men answer NASA's call for a space rescue in the last "Dark Phoenix" trailer. But do they have the right stuff? read more...

Marsquake! NASA's InSight Lander Feels Its 1st Red Planet Tremor
Scientists just felt the Red Planet move under their feet — robotically from millions of miles away, on the stark surface of Mars. read more...

The Most Extreme Human Spaceflight Records
A look at some of the records people have set during spaceflight. read more...

Asteroid Bennu Goes Technicolor in 3-D NASA View
A space rock called Bennu is getting its close-up: NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to explore the asteroid has entered a new phase of detailed survey work. read more...

On This Day in Space! April 23, 1962: Ranger 4 Launches on Failed Moon Mission
On April 23, 1962, NASA launched the Ranger 4 mission to the moon. But then it went wrong. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space videos series! read more...

Celebrate 50 Years of Space Feats with USRA Symposium Today! How to Watch
An astronaut who walked on the moon and a renowned NASA mathematician join a group of experts discussing the future of space exploration at the Universities Space Research Association conference today (April 23). read more...

Ryugu Proves Perilous Target in Asteroid-Mining Thriller 'Delta-v'
In "Delta-v" (Dutton, 2019) by Daniel Suarez, out today (April 23), an unpredictable billionaire recruits an adventurous cave diver to join the first-ever effort to mine an asteroid. read more...

Image of the Day
From this angle, Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko looks a bit like a rocky space cat! read more...

SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident Another Bump in the Road for Commercial Crew
The United States' circuitous road to human spaceflight self-sufficiency just took another turn. read more...

1969 Moon Landing Heads Up ABC Documentary Series About That Memorable Year in the US
A new documentary series about the tumultuous year 1969 shows how the first human moon landing fit into a year also known for murder and music. read more...

College Students Hatch Nuclear-Powered Magnetic Plan to Protect Marsonauts from Cosmic Rays
A team of undergraduate students at Drake University in Iowa is developing a magnetic shield to defend interplanetary astronauts from the intense cosmic radiation between Earth and Mars. read more...

Turbulent Blobs in Earth's Core May Explain Sudden Jerks in the Magnetic Field
Here’s one explanation for why Earth’s magnetic field undergoes weird geomagnetic jerks every decade or so. read more...

Earth Day 2019: How NASA Data Helps US Deal with Disasters and Climate Change
A new NASA website shows just how the agency's Earth observation data helps communities across the United States deal with climate change, disasters and environmental challenges. read more...

Women in Space: A Gallery of Firsts
Here's a run-through of the trailblazing women who achieved major firsts in space. read more...

Earth Day 2019: These Amazing NASA Images Show Earth from Above
NASA is celebrating Earth Day today (April 22) by sharing some really incredible photos of Earth from satellites, aircraft and deep-space missions. read more...

Now You Can Watch Japan's Hayabusa2 Shoot a Bomb at an Asteroid
On April 4, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft tossed a bomb at a space rock and watched the impactor soar toward the asteroid, called Ryugu. read more...

On Titan, the Polar Vortex Can Last a Shiver-Inducing 22 (Earth) Years
And you thought unpredictable spring temperatures were annoying: On Saturn's moon Titan, chilly polar vortex periods can last to the summer solstice. read more...

Fisher Space Pen Marks Apollo 11 50th With Moon-Flown Material
A new limited-edition, collectible pen is embedded with a piece of the history it helped write. read more...

SpaceX Cargo Launch Still On Track Despite Crew Dragon Anomaly, NASA Says
SpaceX's upcoming cargo launch is still on track after a recent anomaly during a test of their Crew Dragon capsule. read more...

SpaceX Crew Dragon Accident May Impact NASA Plans to Launch Astronauts from US Soil
An explosion that may have destroyed a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft during an engine test on April 20 could push back NASA's plans to begin launching astronauts from U.S. soil this summer. read more...

Space Calendar 2019: Launches, Sky Events & More
Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecraft already in travel. read more...

Celebrate Earth Day 2019 with This Animated Google Doodle
Earth is one of thousands of planets known to date — but it's the only world we know of that hosts life, and that's worth celebrating. read more...

NASA's Webb Space Telescope Will Capture a Galactic 'Jellyfish'
Astronomers aren't sure how this galaxy ended up with its long, gassy appendages, but NASA's upcoming James Webb Space Telescope is going to investigate. read more...

Alan Tudyk Returns as K-2SO in Cassian Andor Disney+ Series
Disney+'s Cassian Andor series will bring back K-2SO. read more...

What Makes the Strong Force So Special?
All four known forces of nature have their own unique place — and the strong nuclear force governs the very small. read more...

The Moon Shines with Jupiter and Saturn This Week! Here's How to See It
The waning gibbous moon will soon visit the two largest gas giants of our solar system. read more...

Orange Lush: California's 'Superbloom' Wows from the Air
A NASA photographer captured a lush aerial shot of an ephemeral wildflower bloom in the desert. read more...

A Communications Satellite Just Died in Orbit. It's Potentially Dangerous Space Junk Now
Luxembourg-based Intelsat reports that its Intelsat 29E satellite (IS-29E) is now a total loss, after having reported earlier that the spacecraft suffered an anomaly. read more...

Lyrid Meteor Shower 2019 Peaks Overnight Tonight and Monday!
Look up: It's the Lyrid meteor shower! read more...

What If Winter Lasted for Years Like It Does on 'Game of Thrones'?
It'd be cold, very cold read more...