Space & Astronomy News

Watch Live Today! VP Mike Pence Talks US in Space @ IAC 2019
NASA will broadcast the opening ceremonies of the 2019 International Astronautical Congress in Washington today, and you can watch some of the events -- including a discussion on the future of U.S. space exploration from Vice President Mike Pence -- live here, courtesy of NASA TV. read more...

'Star Trek: Short Treks' Review: Did Spock Just Laugh in 'Q&A'?
It's Spock's first day on the Enterprise and he gets stuck in a turbolift with Number One! "Star Trek: Short Treks" returns with episode "Q&A." read more...

Space Companies Are Investing Big in 5G Technology
Space companies worldwide want to bring more data to your devices, faster than ever before. read more...

On This Day in Space! Oct. 20, 1970: Soviet Union Launches the Last 'Zond' Moon Mission
On Oct. 20, 1970, the Soviet Union launched the Zond 8 spacecraft on a mission to the moon. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series! read more...

The 15 Weirdest Galaxies in Our Universe
There are galaxies shaped like jellyfish, galaxies that consume other galaxies, and galaxies that seem to lack the dark matter that pervades the rest of the universe. Here are the strangest galaxies in the universe. read more...

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

Top Space Stories of the Week!
These are the top space stories this week from Space.com. read more...

The 1st Human on Mars May Be a Woman, NASA Chief Says
It won't be long before we see the first woman on Mars, and she just might beat the first man there, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Friday (Oct. 18). read more...

Robots and Pitbulls: 'Lost in Space 2' Actors Bring Smiles to New York Comic Con
Season 2 of Netflix's "Lost in Space" promises a whole new set of ambitious, problem-solving ideas from the Robinson family as they navigate a whole new world. read more...

Jupiter's Great Red Spot: Our Solar System's Most Famous Storm
It's been a great, enormous storm for more than a 100 years. But will Jupiter's Great Red Spot last much longer? read more...

Parachutes, Abort Engines Are Key Challenges for SpaceX's Crew Dragon Capsule
Elon Musk and Jim Bridenstine came together recently to discuss the remaining challenges for Commercial Crew. read more...

RIP, Van Allen Probes! NASA Ends 7-Year Mission to Explore Earth's Radiation Belts
Another long-lived NASA mission has come to an end, this one after more than seven years of dancing through the perilous belts of radiation around Earth. read more...

NASA Astronauts Make History with 1st All-Woman Spacewalk
Today (Oct. 18), NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir embarked on the first spacewalk in history to be completed by a team of all women. read more...

This Poofy, Inflated Exoplanet Is One of the Puffiest Ever Seen
Giant alien worlds with searing, close orbits to their host stars can inflate like balloons. Now astronomers have discovered one so puffy that it is one of the least dense planets ever discovered. read more...

Trump Hails NASA Astronauts on 1st All-Woman Spacewalk in History
President Donald Trump lauded two NASA astronauts on the first all-female spacewalk in history Friday (Oct. 18), hailing their bravery and skill as they worked outside the International Space Station. read more...

Josie and the Pussycats are Heading to Outer Space
Josie and the Pussycats are heading into outer space in a new digital-first series debuting on comiXology, as announced via ScreenRant. read more...

An Asteroid-Smashing Star Ground a Giant Rock to Bits and Covered Itself in the Remains
Good news for scientists. Bad news for any asteroid dwellers. read more...

The Orionid Meteor Shower 2019 Peaks Soon: Here's What to Expect
October's Orionid meteor shower is one of the most reliable of the annual displays of "shooting stars." Unfortunately, this year, the Orionids are going to face a handicap. read more...

Pictures from Space! Our Image of the Day
The Milky Way glistens above four antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a telescope array in northern Chile. read more...

The 1st All-Woman Spacewalk: Photos, Videos and Celebratory Tweets
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir ventured outside the International Space Station early this morning (Oct. 18) to embark on the first spacewalk in history to be conducted entirely by women. read more...

First All-Female Spacewalk Has Link to First US Woman to Walk in Space
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir have made history conducting the first all-female spacewalk, and did so using a spacesuit that shares a connection to Kathryn Sullivan, the first U.S. woman to walk in space 35 years ago this month. 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...

Heroes of Space: Alexei Leonov
Today spacewalks are an almost routine part of space exploration but the very first spacewalk by Alexei Leonov, who died last week at 85, was anything but straightforward. read more...

The 1st All-Female Spacewalk Happening Today. Here's How to Watch It Live
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to begin the first-ever all-female spacewalk today (Oct. 18) at around 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150 GMT). Watch it live at Space.com. read more...

Japan's 1st Moon Rover to Touch Down in 2021
The tiny, wheeled robot, named Yaoki, is one of about 30 payloads flying on the first moon mission of Astrobotic's Peregrine lander. read more...

NASA Orders More SLS Megarockets from Boeing for Artemis Moon Missions
NASA has extended Boeing's moon rocket assembly authorization in preparation to support as many as 10 moon missions for the agency's Artemis program, which aims to land astronauts on the moon in 2024. read more...

The Milky Way Stole Its Cosmic Neighbors from Another Galaxy
Our home galaxy stole several dwarf galaxies that used to belong to the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a galaxy near the Milky Way. read more...

After Musk's Pot Escapade, NASA Paid for SpaceX's Safety Review — But Not Boeing's
NASA forked out $5 million to SpaceX to help the company do a mandatory safety investigation but provided no extra money to competitor Boeing, according to a media report. read more...

Doomed Alien Planets 'Polluted' White Dwarf Stars with Earth-Like Rocks
By analyzing the disintegrated remains of distant worlds consumed by their stars, a new study found that at least some rocky exoplanets may have interiors similar to those of Earth and Mars. read more...

Space Launch Calendar 2019: Sky Events, Missions & More
Here's a guide to SpaceX's launch schedule, other rocket missions, astronomical events of the next year, as well as milestones for spacecraft already in travel. read more...