SpaceX Will Try Landing On Barge After Friday's Cargo Flight

Friday's SpaceX cargo run to the International Space Station will make the astronauts happy, but the really exciting part comes after the Dragon is set free. The Falcon 9 rocket will attempt a soft touchdown landing on a barge for the first time, a massive step towards reusable rocketry. » 12/17/14 9:00am Yesterday 9:00am

A Methane Spike Indicates Active Processes On Mars

The more we learn about Mars, the more we learn it's a deceptively active planet. Most recently, the Curiosity rover sniffed out a sharp spike in methane levels that dropped back down just as quickly, suggesting some yet-to-be-determined process is currently happening to trigger the aberration. » 12/16/14 5:00pm Tuesday 5:00pm

Can We Spot Rocky, Sun-Squished Planets?

In 1954, a high school physics teacher wrote a science fiction story set on a highly oblate exoplanet, one so squished the gravity varied dramatically from equator to pole. Now researchers are contemplating how to detect such bizarre, alien worlds in our ever-expanding search for exoplanets. » 12/15/14 3:30pm Monday 3:30pm

Is The NRO Trolling Us With Mission Patches?

The designer of National Reconnoissance Office mission patches has to be cackling gleefully over how popular the purple storm-lady of NROL-35 has become, especially as it's been less than a year since we all stopped to admire the globe-strangling octopus. So, what's the deal? Do they hold hidden messages? » 12/15/14 12:04pm Monday 12:04pm

Russia Drops A New Communications Satellite Into Orbit

The same weekend America is launching a secretive spy satellite with mid-launch media blackouts, Russia launched a new private communications rig on a constant live stream. The new satellite will provide communications and tv signals for Russia and surrounding countries. » 12/14/14 10:30pm Sunday 10:30pm

A Successful, Clandestine Launch Was Widely Seen In California Friday

Is a launch still clandestine if everyone sees it? Apparently so, as the launch of a secretive payload out on Friday was seen across southern California, yet was totally successful. What the latest secret satellite will do is up for debate, but it has an excellent mission patch. » 12/13/14 9:00am Saturday 9:00am

Relax In The Simple Beauty Of Our Planet In These Astronaut Photos

Space is so incredibly beautiful. This latest batch of photographs from Expedition 42 on the International Space Station is truly awe-inspiring, of both the Earth and the station. Sit back, relax, and marvel in the wonder of our home planet. » 12/12/14 9:30pm Friday 9:30pm

Dear California: You Can't Get The Largest Earthquakes In The World

I love disaster movies. I even love cheesy disaster movies, ones where the speed of cold is a thing, and violent volcanoes pop up in the middle of a continental plate. I'll be watching San Andreas when it comes out next spring. I just expect to be entirely befuddled by its earthquakes. » 12/09/14 3:45pm 12/09/14 3:45pm

Watch Years Of Space Station Construction In Just A Few Seconds

Building the International Space Station took over 40 missions between 1998 and 2011, with one more piece planned for delivery in 2015. Now you can watch the whole thing come together in just a few seconds thanks to this construction timelapse! » 12/08/14 3:30pm 12/08/14 3:30pm

Follow Every Step Of Orion's First Test Flight [LIVE COVERAGE]

After a one-day delay, Orion blasted off early this morning for its first-ever test flight. Follow the live-stream here along with our updates of photographs, videos, flight details, and tips on when to tune in to catch the most dramatic moments of this historic flight. » 12/05/14 1:15am 12/05/14 1:15am