Space

A comet flying in space

NASA says a bright green comet will appear in the night sky Thursday

A bright green comet will make its first pass in its likely only appearance in recorded history.

 | Clayton Sandell

NASA's Artemis I moon rocket lifts off.

2022 Year In Review: Space

This year in space includes NASA's Artemis launch, new James Webb Space Telescope images and a historic mission crashing into an asteroid.

 | Clayton Sandell

U.S. Navy divers secure NASA's Orion capsule during recovery operations.

NASA's Orion Capsule Blazes Home From Test Flight To Moon

The mission should clear the way for astronauts on the program’s next lunar flyby, set for 2024.

 | AP and Clayton Sandell

ASA Planetary Science Division director Lori Glaze, left, John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory DART coordination lead

How Can Earth Avoid An Asteroid Strike?

If a meteor actually hits Earth, it's called a meteorite. As many as 30 pebble-size ones strike the planet each day.

 | Eli Kintisch and Ben Schamisso

NASA's Orion capsule nearing the moon

NASA's Orion Capsule Buzzes Moon, Last Big Step Before Lunar Orbit

NASA managers said they were delighted with the progress of the mission.

 | AP

NASA's new moon rocket lifts off from Kennedy Space Center

NASA's Mightiest Moon Rocket Lifts Off 50 Years After Apollo

If all goes well during the three-week flight, the capsule will be propelled into an orbit around the moon and then return to Earth in December.

 | AP and Clayton Sandell

NASA's new moon rocket sits on Launch Pad 39-B.

NASA's Moon Rocket On Track For Wednesday Launch Attempt

The $4 billion, monthlong mission has been grounded since August by fuel leaks and Hurricane Ian.

 | AP

The moon is shown during a full lunar eclipse

Last Total Lunar Eclipse For 3 Years Arrives Tuesday

Totality will last nearly 1 1/2 hours — from 5:16 a.m. to 6:41 a.m. EST — as Earth passes directly between the moon and sun.

 | AP

A NASA rover travels.

NASA's Moon Surface Simulation Could Help In Possible Return There

Before NASA can return people to the moon, it first has to test technology to keep astronauts safe.

 | Clayton Sandell

NASA Planetary Science Division director Lori Glaze

NASA Details Historic DART Mission That Crashed Into Asteroid

The purpose of the mission was to test the ability to protect Earth from potential planet-killing asteroids in the future.

 | Clayton Sandell

SpaceX Crew-5 astronauts wave

Why Are We Trying To Go Back To The Moon?

Why are we going back to the moon now?

 | Simon Kaufman

Nicole Mann

First NASA Mission Led By Native American Woman Underway

NASA and SpaceX sent Nicole Mann to the International Space Station as part of the Crew-5 mission.

 | Clayton Sandell

An alien image.

Pop Quiz: Why Do We Think Aliens Look Like That?

Pop Quiz on "In The Loop" asks where humans got the conception most have of aliens, from Hollywood to the world of astrobiology.

 | Casey Mendoza and Scripps News Staff

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule lifts off from Launch Complex 39-A .

Russian Launches To Space From U.S., 1st Time In 20 Years

Leading the crew is Nicole Mann, the first Native American woman orbit Earth.

 | AP

The Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA Successfully Crashes Spacecraft Into Asteroid

The Dart spacecraft plowed into a harmless asteroid 7 million miles away, in NASA's first attempt to shift the position of a natural space object.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

The NASA moon rocket stands on Pad 39B.

Why Is It Taking So Long For NASA To Launch Artemis I?

NASA's Artemis I launch has been delayed multiple times, with a hurricane and hydrogen being two of the latest culprits.

 | Scripps News Staff

The NASA moon rocket stands on Pad 39B before a launch attempt for the Artemis 1 mission to orbit the moon.

NASA Delays Moon Rocket Launch Due To Potential Hurricane

This marks the third delay in the past month for the lunar-orbiting test flight, which will feature mannequins but no astronauts.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

The NASA moon rocket for the Artemis.

NASA Working Through New Leak In Artemis Test Ahead Of Possible Launch

Once launched, the crew capsule atop the rocket will be the first to orbit the moon in 50 years.

 | AP and Clayton Sandell

NASA's new moon rocket sits on Launch Pad 39-B.

NASA's 2nd Attempt To Launch Artemis Scrubbed Over Fuel Leak

NASA says the repair work could bump the launch into October.

 | Clayton Sandell

NASA's new moon rocket is illuminated by xenon lights as she sits on Launch Pad 39-B hours ahead of a planned launch.

Fuel Leak Ruins NASA's 2nd Shot At Launching Moon Rocket

Artemis — years behind schedule and billions over budget — aims to establish a sustained human presence on the moon.

 | AP and Clayton Sandell

The NASA moon rocket stands on Pad 39B before the Artemis 1 mission to orbit the moon

NASA Aims For Saturday Launch Of New Moon Rocket After Fixes

NASA is counting down toward a Saturday launch of its new moon rocket, its second attempt in a week.

 | AP

The NASA moon rocket stands at the Kennedy Space Center

Crew Safety At Center Of NASA's Artemis Test Flight

The Space Launch System rocket will attempt to send the capsule around the moon and back without a crew to test how the powerful rocket performs.

 | AP and Clayton Sandell

NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard

Take 2: NASA Aims For Saturday Launch Of Artemis I Moon Rocket

The 322-foot rocket — the most powerful ever built by NASA — remains on its pad at Kennedy Space Center with an empty crew capsule on top.

 | AP

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson arrives at a news conference.

NASA Scrubs Monday Artemis Launch, But It Could Still Happen This Week

The 322-foot Space Launch System rocket was set to lift off Monday morning with three test dummies aboard on its first flight.

 | Clayton Sandell

NASA's new moon rocket sits on Launch Pad 39-B

Fuel Leaks Force NASA To Scrub Launch Of New Moon Rocket

The 322-foot Space Launch System rocket was set to lift off Monday morning with three test dummies aboard on its first flight.

 | AP

Storm clouds roll in over the NASA moon rocket as it stands ready for launch at the Kennedy Space Center.

NASA Moon Rocket On Track For Launch Despite Lightning Hits

The 322-foot Space Launch System rocket is the most powerful ever built by NASA.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

NASA administrator Bill Nelson talks about the Artemis 1 launch.

Artemis 1 Will Soon Be NASA'S Biggest Takeoff Yet

Artemis 1 is set for a Monday liftoff from Kennedy Space Center, with mannequin stand-ins testing if the rocket can send humans back to the moon.

 | Clayton Sandell

The NASA Artemis rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard is seen on pad 39B just after sunset at the Kennedy Space Center

NASA's Artemis Mission Is Gearing Up To Launch

The humans behind the Artemis mission will mark a return to lunar travel in the 21st century.

 | John Mone

The International Space Station orbits Earth

Russia To Pull Out Of The International Space Station After 2024

The announcement raises questions about the future of the space station, which NASA and its partners had hoped to continue operating until 2030.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

A view of NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula from the James Webb Space Telescope

Baby Stars, Dancing Galaxies: NASA Shows New Cosmic Views

With Webb, scientist hope to glimpse light from the first stars and galaxies that formed 13.7 billion years ago.

 | James Packard and AP