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On This Day in Space! Aug. 19, 1997: 1st Filipino Satellite Launches into Orbit
SPACE.COM On Aug. 19, 1997, the Philippines launched its own satellite for the first time. See how it happened in our... 16 hours
Will We Ever Stop Using Rockets to Get to Space?
SPACE.COM On March 16, 1926 in Auburn, Massachusetts, American engineer Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket. The flight lasted a mere 2.5 seconds and ended anticlimactically 181 feet... 16 hours
Space Force Talk Drawing Attention to the Need for International Norms
SPACE.COM The announcement by Vice President Mike Pence last week that the Pentagon will stand up a Space Force suddenly has drawn attention to the issue of... 17 hours
'Hard-Rock Excavation' Begins for Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile
SPACE.COM The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has now entered the "hard-rock excavation" phase, which will make way for the huge structure's foundations, leaders of the $1 billion project announced on Tuesday... 17 hours
This NASA Video of the Moon's Lunar Landmarks Is Simply Amazing
SPACE.COM A new NASA video tour of the moon captures breathtaking views of the lunar surface. 17 hours
Photo Tour: Inside Boeing's CST-100 Starliner Spaceship Hangar
SPACE.COM Take a look inside the CST-100 Starliner hangar, where Boeing is building the private space capsules that will fly NASA astronauts and more into space! 2 days
Get an Up-Close Look at Boeing's New CST-100 Starliner Spaceship (Photos)
SPACE.COM Boeing recently gave journalists a behind-the-scenes look at the company's new Starliner capsule, which could start carrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station as... 2 days
On This Day in Space! Aug. 18, 1868: Total Solar Eclipse Leads to Discovery of Helium
SPACE.COM On Aug. 18, 1868, a French astronomer named Pierre Jules César Janssen discovered helium while observing... 2 days
'Foreign Object' on Mars Spotted by Curiosity Rover Is Just a Rock (Photo)
SPACE.COM On Monday (Aug. 13), Curiosity photographed an odd, flat object that mission team members initially thought might have fallen off the car-size... 2 days
Melting Permafrost Below Arctic Lakes Is Even More Dangerous to the Climate, NASA Warns
SPACE.COM Scientists have worried for years now that climate change will free carbon trapped in frozen soil in the Arctic, triggering... 2 days
Photo Tour: Inside Boeing's CST-100 Starliner Hangar for Commercial Spaceship Flights
SPACE.COM Take a look inside the CST-100 Starliner hangar, where Boeing is building the private space capsules that will fly NASA astronauts and more into space! 2 days
Exos Aerospace Reschedules First Suborbital Launch
SPACE.COM Exos Aerospace, a Texas company developing a reusable suborbital rocket, now plans to carry out a first flight of its vehicle in late August as it sets its sights on a follow-on orbital vehicle. 2 days
NASA Solar Probe Hits 1st Deep-Space Milestones On Its Way to the Sun
SPACE.COM The Parker Solar Probe, which launched early Sunday morning (Aug. 12) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, is notching flight milestones... 2 days
Here's the 1st 'Star Wars Resistance' Trailer! (And Its Release Date)
SPACE.COM Meet the pilots of the resistance. 2 days
New NASA Images Show California's Largest Wildfire from Space. Canadian Blazes, Too
SPACE.COM The Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest blaze in California's history, releases clouds of smoke in new photos from NASA, and fires blazing over Canada... 2 days
15,000 Galaxies Shine in This 1 View from the Hubble Space Telescope
SPACE.COM The Hubble Space Telescope has been at work for almost three decades, but it's still learning new skills — like how to squeeze an... 2 days
'Space Heroes' Trading Card Game Sets Up Space Race Between Players
SPACE.COM Do you hold the cards to win a space race? That is the challenge laid out by "Space Heroes: Journey to Space." 3 days
NASA's Opportunity Rover on Mars Still Silent 2 Months into Epic Dust Storm
SPACE.COM Opportunity has been silent since June 10, when a monster Red Planet dust storm began blocking sunlight from reaching the solar-powered rover.... 3 days
Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico to Get a $5.8 Million Antenna Upgrade
SPACE.COM Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, the second-largest radio telescope in the world, is about to get a major upgrade. 3 days
Rocket On! These Cool Student Experiments Just Launched to Space
SPACE.COM Dozens of students got to see their experiments travel from school to space. A sounding rocket soared from a NASA rocket facility in Virginia Tuesday (Aug. 14), carrying... 3 days
Mysterious Midsize Black Holes Lurk at the Hearts of Tiny Galaxies
SPACE.COM Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory have found evidence that hundreds of possible midsize black holes lurk at the core of smaller galaxies in the universe. 3 days
China's Chang'e 4 Lunar Lander to Far Side of the Moon Will Launch in December
SPACE.COM China will launch its Chang'e-4 lander and rover mission in December in what will be the first ever... 3 days
On This Day in Space! Aug. 17, 1877: Asaph Hall Discovers the Mars Moon Phobos
SPACE.COM On Aug. 17, 1877, American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered Mars's moon Phobos. See how it happened in our... 3 days
NASA Says RS-25 Engine Test for New Megarocket a Success Despite Ending Early
SPACE.COM NASA says an Aug. 14 test of an engine for the Space Launch System was a success despite an unspecified "facility issue"... 3 days
Plasma Scientists Created Invisible, Whooping 'Whistlers' in a Lab
SPACE.COM The strange radio bursts usually circle the Earth like electromagnetic ghosts, but scientists have now created and studied their shapes in a plasma chamber on Earth. 3 days
Hundreds of Midsize Black Holes Found by NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory
SPACE.COM Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory have found evidence that hundreds of possible midsize black holes lurk at the core of smaller galaxies in the universe. 3 days
Was a Muppet Just Spotted on Mars?
SPACE.COM Muppet Labs did not immediately respond to requests for comment. 3 days
Keck Observatory: Twin Telescopes on Mauna Kea
SPACE.COM The twin telescopes at the W.M. Keck Observatory are the largest optical and infrared telescopes in the world. The telescopes are located atop Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano in Hawaii. 3 days
'Very Abnormal' Russian Satellite Doesn't Seem So Threatening, Experts Say
SPACE.COM It's unclear exactly why American officials are so worked up about a Russian satellite's recent activities, experts say. 3 days
Paying Respect: Asteroid Honors Aretha Franklin's Unforgettable Legacy
SPACE.COM A pioneer and a legend by many definitions, R&B singer and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin died today (Aug. 16) at the age of 76. 3 days
Astronaut Snaps 'Mind-Blowing' Aurora Picture from Space
SPACE.COM Most of us are lucky to catch a glimpse of a stunning aurora painting the skies once or twice in our lives — but astronauts have better odds of spotting the beautiful phenomenon. 3 days
'No Encryption, No Fly' Rule Proposed for Small Satellites
SPACE.COM Small satellites that have propulsion systems, but don't have encrypted commanding systems, pose a small but real threat of being hacked and endangering other satellites, according to a new study. 4 days
NASA Has a Wild Idea to Weigh Asteroids with a Swarm of Mini Probes
SPACE.COM Asteroids are all around us in space — but they're awfully difficult to weigh 4 days
Japan's Interstellar Technologies Goes Full Throttle Toward Small Orbital Rocket
SPACE.COM Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies is developing the main engine for an orbital rocket designed to carry 100 kilograms and slated to conduct its initial test flight in 2020. 4 days
On This Day in Space! Aug. 16, 1963: Wingless M2-F1 Completes 1st Glide Flight
SPACE.COM On Aug. 16, 1963, NASA's M2-F1 aircraft prototype made its first glide flight. This wingless aircraft kind of looked like... 4 days
Wild! Scientists Are Watching Baby Turtles from Space
SPACE.COM Thanks to technology that cosmonauts are installing on the International Space Station, scientists will get an extraterrestrial view of baby turtles and other wildlife. 4 days
As The Pentagon Moves to Stand Up a Space Force, Budget Fight Looms
SPACE.COM Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: "I think we have to be wide-eyed about the kind of... 4 days
Laser 'License Plate' Could Improve Identification of Cubesats
SPACE.COM A technology using a tiny laser tracker could help resolve one of the major challenges involved with the launching of cubesats: identifying individual satellites after their deployment. 4 days
How to Build a Rocket in 3 Easy Steps
SPACE.COM So you've decided you want a piece of the rocket-building action to call your own. Well, read on. 4 days
The Golden Age of Space Exploration: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Cosmos (Op-Ed)
SPACE.COM Scientists shouldn't be afraid to propose bold ideas about the search for alien life. Any publicity is good publicity if it gets... 4 days
Spacewalking Cosmonauts Toss Tiny Satellites From Space Station
SPACE.COM Two Russian cosmonauts completed a grueling, nearly 8-hour spacewalk today (Aug. 15) in which they conducted a range of science tasks outside the International Space Station. 4 days
Mysterious X-37B Military Space Plane Nears 1 Year in Orbit
SPACE.COM The U.S. Air Force's X-37B miniature space plane has winged past 340 days of flight performing secretive duties during the program's fifth flight. 4 days
See Venus Shine with Jupiter and the Moon This Week!
SPACE.COM Planet watchers are in for a special show this week, as the bright celestial bodies Venus and Jupiter shine in the sky alongside the crescent moon. You can... 4 days
Space Weapon? US Calls Out Russian Satellite's 'Very Abnormal Behavior'
SPACE.COM A Russian satellite that launched to Earth orbit last October has been behaving oddly, raising the possibility that the craft could be some sort of space weapon, a... 4 days
Lockheed Martin: Aerospace Giant
SPACE.COM Lockheed Martin has been involved in aviation and space exploration for about 100 years. Projects include the Hubble Space Telescope, Atlas and Titan rockets and the Orion spacecraft. 4 days
Iron and Titanium Found on 'Ultrahot Jupiter,' an Exoplanet First
SPACE.COM VIDEO For the first time ever, astronomers have found iron and titanium in the atmosphere of a planet outside the solar system. The exoplanet, named KELT-9b, is the hottest... 4 days
Earth Has 'Minimoons,' and They May Solve Asteroid Mysteries
SPACE.COM Earth has a habit of picking up, and later discarding, small companions called "minimoons," and they could help scientists solve the mysteries of asteroids. 4 days
Could SpaceX and Boeing Spaceships Open a New Era for Space Tourism?
SPACE.COM NASA just announced its first astronauts for commercial crew vehicles. Other entities are courting the companies as well, hoping to bring tourists into space... 4 days
'Ask a Spaceman' Series Launches with Trip to Pluto
SPACE.COM "Ask a Spaceman" is live for the first time on Facebook — and astrophysicist Paul Sutter jumps right into it with a trip to Pluto. 5 days
On Ultrahot Exoplanets, Water Can Form at Night and Die by Day
SPACE.COM Water and liquid rubies may exist within the nightside clouds of distant Jupiter-like exoplanets, but they melt in the heat of the planets' scorchingly... 5 days
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