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WATCH: NASA Spacecraft Just One Year Away From Pluto

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science

Less than a year from now, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make the first-ever visit to Pluto, potentially revolutionizing scientists' understand...

Scientist Behind Failed Space Probe Dies

AP | BY JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.09.2014 | Science

LONDON (AP) — Colin Pillinger, an ebullient space scientist who captured the popular imagination with his failed attempt to land a British probe on ...

Space Agency Pooh-Poohs Eclipse Threat

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 04.10.2014 | Science

Next week's total lunar eclipse may thrill millions of skywatchers, but it poses a bit of a challenge for a sharp-eyed NASA moon probe. The batteri...

WATCH: Can THIS Help Us Find Other Worlds?

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Science

Editor's Note: In this weekly series, SPACE.com explores how technology drives space exploration and discovery. A flower-shaped spacecraft may help...

Malfunction Sidelines Mars Mission

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) put itself into a precautionary "safe mode" Friday (March 7), but the venerable spacecraft is now on the me...

After Long Sleep, Comet Chaser Gets Wake-Up Call

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Rosetta, the first spacecraft built to orbit a comet and land a probe on these icy nomads, is now waking up after more than two years of slumber, an...

'Ultimate Discovery Machine' Launched Into Space

AP | DANICA COTO and FRANK JORDANS | Posted 12.19.2013 | Science

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency successfully launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday in a bid to produce the most acc...

WATCH: Is THIS How Earth Would Look To Alien Spacecraft?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 12.13.2013 | Science

Ever wonder how Earth might look to an approaching alien spacecraft? Our planet and moon might look a little something like what you see in the YouTub...

Comet Mission On Track For Daring Rendezvous

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 12.10.2013 | Science

BERLIN (AP) — When Europe's Rosetta probe gets roused from its deep space slumber next month, scientists are hoping it will wake up fit and ready fo...

South Korea Unveils Space Landing Plans

natureheader | Soo Bin Park | Posted 11.14.2013 | Science

South Korea has unveiled designs for its planned Moon lander, a key part of President Park Geun-hye’s pledge to revitalize the country’s aerospace...

Out Of Fuel, 'Ferrari Of Space' To Plummet To Earth

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 10.25.2013 | Science

A European gravity-mapping satellite has run out of fuel and will likely die a fiery death in Earth's atmosphere about two weeks from now, officials ...

WATCH: Space Probe's Long Hibernation To End

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 10.16.2013 | Science

Europe's comet-chasing space probe Rosetta has been hibernating for more than two years, but in January, the spacecraft will be jolted awake to prepar...

Fusion Power Could Take Us To Mars WAY Faster, Scientists Say

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 10.09.2013 | Science

Sending astronauts to Mars aboard a superfast spacecraft powered by nuclear fusion may seem like a sci-fi dream, but it's entirely attainable, scient...

EXPLAINED: The 'Sails' That May Take Us To Distant Stars

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

Sail ships might be the spacecraft that first take human technology to distant stars. Giant sails propelled by the sun's or a laser's energy could ...

Space Agency Gives Up On Spacecraft

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES — A spacecraft that gave scientists their first peek into a comet's icy interior will explore no more, NASA said Friday. The space ...

Private Spacecraft Blasts Off On Debut Mission To ISS

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 11.18.2013 | Science

A commercial cargo ship made its successful debut Wednesday, rocketing toward the International Space Station and doubling the number of NASA's privat...

NASA Spacecraft Spinning Out Of Control, Scientist Says

natureheader | Eric Hand, Ron Cowen | Posted 09.09.2013 | Science

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft is in deep trouble. The craft, famous for blasting a projectile into the Comet Tempel 1 in 2005, lost contact with Ear...

WATCH: Deep-Space Capsule Passes Crucial Test

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 08.24.2013 | Science

A new test of NASA's future deep-space capsule for crews is reigniting the tradition of recovering NASA spacecraft from the sea. In the still waters...

WATCH: Comet Makes Suicidal Plunge Into Sun

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 08.20.2013 | Science

A small comet dove headlong toward the sun this week in a cosmic death-dive captured on camera by a spacecraft — an opening act of sorts for the hi...

Moon's Dirty Little Secret Sparks Mission

| Caleb A. Scharf | Posted 08.20.2013 | Science

Gaze up at a brilliant Moon in the night sky and it’s hard to imagine that our companion world, Earth’s last high wilderness, is actually a rather...

First Talking 'Robot Astronaut' Blasts Into Space

Space.com | Tariq Malik | Posted 08.05.2013 | Science

Call it one giant leap for robot kind: A small talking robot launched into space aboard a Japanese cargo ship Saturday (Aug. 3) to keep astronauts co...

Is Our Galaxy Filled With Alien Space Probes?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 07.21.2013 | Science

Ever wonder if aliens have been spying on us? You're not alone. In a provocative new paper, a pair of astrophysicists consider the possibility that in...

CEO Confirms Historic Moon Landing Finding

Space.com | Robert Z. Pearlman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Science

Forty-four years (and three days) after it helped launch the first men to walk on the moon, a huge rocket engine part salvaged from the ocean floor h...

TODAY: International Crew To Launch Into Orbit

Posted 05.28.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/28/2013 10:50 AM EDT on SPACE.com A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut, an Italian astronaut ...

Trekkies Breathe New Life Into Beloved Spacecraft

Posted 04.25.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 04/25/2013 06:54 AM EDT on SPACE.com NEW YORK — Two "Star Trek" fans are boldly attempting what many have tried (...