July 22, 2013 In a stunning photograph taken by the NASA spacecraft, Earth is seen alongside Saturn's rings. It's a photograph reminiscent of the image taken in 1990 by NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft.
July 19, 2013 The Cassini spacecraft that's studying Saturn is turning its camera back toward home on Friday. Earth should appear as a tiny blue dot. Saturday, another spacecraft that's orbiting Mercury will also snap photos of Earth.
July 10, 2013 The "angular velocity sensors" were a critical part of the circuitry that was supposed to keep the rocket upright during launch. A young technician got the installation wrong, according to the site Russian Space Web.
June 27, 2013 Many people know how to buy things in cyberspace. But what about doing business in outer space? That's the question PayPal wants to answer. Citing the looming era of space tourism, the company is starting the Galactic project with the SETI Institute, to "make universal space payments a reality."
June 25, 2013 New observations of a fairly well-studied star have revealed a system with at least six planets, three of which are in the star's habitable zone. This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in this zone in the same system.
June 13, 2013 The three-person crew includes China's second female astronaut, being billed as the country's "first teacher in space."
June 11, 2013 China's leaders and media outlets are calling the launch the next step in China's "space dream," which began in earnest 10 years ago with the country's first manned spaceflight.
May 24, 2013 The Ring Nebula, whose iconic shape and large size make it a favorite of amateur astronomers, can now be seen in new detail, after NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a sharp image of the nebula. Researchers say the new clarity reveals details that were previously unseen, and a structure that's more complex than scientists believed.
April 24, 2013 Mesmerizing. Dazzling. Gorgeous. Pick your word. NASA's collection of images taken of the sun over the course of three years is getting rave reviews.
March 15, 2013 Scientists say the discovery of more carbon than oxygen and no methane in the atmosphere of a gas giant favors one theory of solar system formation.
March 11, 2013 Criticism over a study's findings has not deterred researchers from saying their work may represent one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs in hundreds of years: "fossilized biological structures" in a meteorite.
February 20, 2013 Satellites help track storms, power the GPS signals in our cars and phones and beam TV signals around the world. But they also send back striking, totally disarming images of planet Earth.
January 28, 2013 The nation's official media reports the primate was sent up about 75 miles. It reportedly survived the trip. Iran says it's aiming to launch a manned mission in five to eight years. Other nations are concerned that the program is really aimed at developing long-range missiles.