December 14, 2013 The country's first claim of safely sending a monkey into space ended in controversy, when a different monkey was used in pictures showing the return.
December 11, 2013 The European Space Agency's probe has spent the last decade doing flybys of Earth and Mars to match comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's speed.
December 2, 2013 The mission has become a reason for national pride in the country. If successful, China would join the U.S. and the former Soviet Union as the only countries to achieve a soft landing on the moon.
November 29, 2013 The Comet ISON appears to have survived after disappearing and being thought dead. New NASA photos show the comet emerging from behind the sun smaller and dimmer, but still throwing a big light trail.
November 22, 2013 A gamma-ray burst observed by orbiting telescopes this year was "a once-in-a-century cosmic event," says a NASA astrophysicist. Now the space agency has produced an animated video to show what it looked like.
November 20, 2013 The first satellite ever developed by high school students to make it to space is believed to be orbiting Earth after getting a ride aboard a U.S. military rocket Tuesday night from Wallops Island, Va. Fittingly, perhaps, you can send it a text message.
November 11, 2013 More than a ton of advanced electronics crashed into Earth's atmosphere Sunday night, when the European GOCE orbiter ended its four-year mission. When it re-entered the atmosphere over the South Atlantic Ocean, most of the 2,425-pound craft disintegrated; about 25 percent did not.
November 9, 2013 Sometime Sunday or early Monday, a 2,425-pound satellite that ran out of fuel last month and began falling from its already low orbit will plunge back to Earth. About a quarter of the European Space Agency's satellite is expected to survive re-entry and strike somewhere on the planet.
November 5, 2013 India launched its first-ever probe to the red planet on Tuesday at a cost of one-tenth what NASA is expected to pay for its latest Mars mission.
October 31, 2013 India plans to launch a satellite to Mars in November. The mission is budgeted at less than $80 million — a real bargain when it comes to space exploration. The mission fills many Indians with pride, but there's still a debate on whether this is a good investment for a poor country.
October 24, 2013 Watch as astronaut Karen Nyberg, who's now aboard the International Space Station, uses a single strand from her head to push off and float around.
October 23, 2013 The fragility of life in space gets a closeup in Gravity, the hit movie featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser says that, despite its anxious narrative pace, Gravity is, at its heart, a celebration of life and the importance of our own very small Earth.
October 22, 2013 Arizona-based World View Enterprises is planning the trips to 19 miles altitude — high enough to see the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth.
October 21, 2013 The blastoff of the Minotaur I, operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., has been pushed back after preparations were put on hold during the government hiatus. When it does blast off, it will launch 29 satellites into low Earth orbit, a new record for the most payloads ever deployed from a single rocket.