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Shuttle-Era Cargo Module to Become Deep Space Habitat Prototype

A cargo container that was built to fly on NASA's space shuttles is being repurposed as a prototype for a deep space habitat.<p>Lockheed Martin …

Exploration

The Moon's Interior Could Contain Lots of Water, Study Shows

Ancient volcanic deposits on the moon reveal new evidence about the lunar interior, suggesting it contains substantial amounts of water.<p>Using …

Planets

NASA Unveils 2018 Launch Targets for Private Spaceships Built by Boeing, SpaceX

WASHINGTON — Both NASA and the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles say those efforts remain on schedule for test flights that are in …

Exploration

Mishap to Delay Launch of NASA Communications Satellite

WASHINGTON — NASA announced July 21 that the launch of a communications satellite previously scheduled for early August will be postponed to replace …

Exploration

Wow! See New Horizons' Next Flyby Target Blot Out a Star's Light

The New Horizons spacecraft's next flyby target blocked the light of an unnamed star on July 17, and mission scientists got a great look at the brief …

Solar System

Germany's DLR to Fly Experiments on Blue Origin's New Shepard

WASHINGTON — The German Aerospace Center, Germany's space agency, will fly two experiments on a suborbital flight by Blue Origin's New Shepard …

Exploration

Are Mars' Trojan Asteroids Pieces of the Red Planet?

The Trojan asteroids that follow Mars in its orbit might have come from the planet itself, blown off in an ancient impact rather than being late …

Space

Explore the International Space Station with Google Street View

Aspiring astronauts can now pretend to float on the International Space Station (ISS), thanks to Google. The company worked with astronauts on the …

NASA

Farewell, LISA Pathfinder! Test Mission for Gravitational-Wave Tech Ends

After 16 months of testing technologies that can detect the ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft shut …

Astrophysics

Aging Mars Rover Captures Gorgeous 'Sprained Ankle' Panorama (Photos)

A striking panorama by NASA's Mars rover Opportunity shows a crater-rim notch that may have been carved by liquid water long ago.<p>The photo is a …

Planets

The 'Star Trek: Discovery' Cast Is Full of Trek Fans

SAN DIEGO — What would it be like for a bunch of "Star Trek" fans to become crew members on the Starship Enterprise? Mind-blowing, according to many …

Star Trek

Southern Lights Dazzle in Spectacular Time-Lapse Video from Space (Video)

A new video from NASA gives a glimpse of what an aurora looks like from the International Space Station — and it is stunning.<p>The 37-second video …

Astronomy

ESA Video Shows How to Hack Your Webcam to See Infrared Radiation

A new video from the European Space Agency (ESA) provides step-by-step instructions for how to modify an inexpensive webcam so that it sees infrared …

Astronomy

Space-Grown Crystals Could Counteract Toxic Nerve Poisons

Enzyme crystals growing in the microgravity of the International Space Station will help scientists develop improved antidotes for toxic nerve agents.<p>…

Space

2017 Solar Eclipse Science Will Star Planes, Radio Waves and Citizen Help

With the 2017 total solar eclipse only one month away, scientists from several science organizations highlighted how studying the sun during an …

Astronomy

'Stargate' Franchise Is Coming Back with 'Stargate Origins'

Fans of "Stargate," rejoice! The science fiction franchise is getting a revival with "Stargate Origins," a new TV series that will serve as a prequel …

Comic-Con

Solar Eclipse Day Craziness Could Resemble the Zombie Apocalypse — Are You Ready?

One month from today, the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21 will make its way across the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. As the clock ticks down to …

Astronomy

In 'Valerian,' International Space Station Evolves into Interstellar Metropolis

In the new adventure movie "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," directed by Luc Besson, the title city of Alpha has a present-day origin: …

Space

Notes from Mars 160: The Arctic Journey Begins

<i>On June 22, The Mars Society launched the second phase of its ambitious Mars 160 Twin Desert-Arctic Analog simulation to study how seven crewmembers</i> …

Exploration

Disney's New Space-Themed Restaurant Will Let You Dine Like an Astronaut

Disney's Epcot theme park in Florida is opening its first space-themed restaurant. Part of a multimillion-dollar series of upgrades to the …

Walt Disney Company

'Valerian' Delivers an Extraterrestrial Spectacle (Review)

A heaping dose of extraterrestrial eye candy invades movie theaters across the U.S. today (July 21).<p>"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is …

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Fanatic Frontier: Space.com Treks to Comic-Con 2017

SAN DIEGO -- Greetings from the happiest place on Earth for fans of comic books and science fiction — Comic-Con International in San Diego!<p>I'm here …

Iron Man

SpaceX Drops Plans for Powered Dragon Landings

<i>Updated at 5:25 p.m. Eastern.</i><p>WASHINGTON — SpaceX no longer plans to have the next version of its Dragon spacecraft be capable of powered landings, a …

Elon Musk

A Huge Asteroid Hitting Mars 4 Billion Years Ago May Have Shaped the Red Planet

The peculiar geological features on Mars have long puzzled astronomers and planetary scientists. The north of the planet is mostly smooth lowlands …

Planets

Margaret and the Moon: New Kids' Book Profiles Pioneering Apollo Programmer

One week in 2014, a 45-year-old snapshot unexpectedly went viral. Taken in 1969, the black-and-white photograph showed a young bespectacled woman, a …

Apollo Missions

Nemesis Star Theory: The Sun's 'Death Star' Companion

Nemesis is a theoretical dwarf star thought to be a companion to our sun. The theory was postulated to explain a perceived cycle of mass extinctions …

Universe

Harvest Moon 2017: When and How to See September's Full Moon

Summer's end is on the horizon, and the arrival of autumn is heralded by a Harvest Moon. The term "Harvest Moon" refers to the full moon that falls …

Astronomy

Reebok Unveils Sleek New Space Boots for Future Astronauts

Reebok is really stepping up its footwear game with these awesome new space boots.<p>The athletic-apparel company — which until now has only made shoes …

Shoes

Spaceflight Beeps Inspire Cosmic 'Quindar' Music: A Q&A with the Composers

At times, the inexplicable emotions that run though the minds of music creators carries with it the weight of traversing space.<p>Using technological …

National Air and Space Museum

'Salvation's' EmDrive: The Engine That Might Break Physical Laws

Last night (July 19) in the fictional television show "Salvation" on CBS, where an asteroid is on its way to slam into the Earth in six months, …

Space Travel