Space

Explore the vast reaches of space and mankind’s continuing efforts to conquer the stars, including theories such as the Big Bang, the International Space Station, plus what the future holds for space travel and exploration.


Astronomers have discovered a life-giving chemical in a star system located 400 light-years away. Now we just have to wait and see what arises from the cosmic mix.

NASA's newest astronauts-in-training will have to learn how to fly a jet and speak Russian. It's going to be a long two years.

The company behind this, Bake in Space, says "the smell of fresh bread evokes memories of general happiness." We agree.

NASA plans a fourth launch of sounding rocket that could give residents on the East Coast of the United States quite a colorful light show.

New Jupiter information gathered by NASA's Juno space probe is in, and it reveals that the solar system's biggest world has surprising features that may alter our concept of how gas giants work.

Thanks to gravitational wave observatories, we're entering a new era of astronomy, one in which the dark universe will finally be revealed.

Astronomers have been thinking a little more out of the box in the hopes of explaining the weird behavior behind Tabby's Star.

Researchers used laser-plasma-based accelerators to simulate the sort of radiation that astronauts and spacecraft might encounter in outer space.

And that actually might pose a problem when it comes to the search for life on other planets.

If we're going to colonize Mars, we're going to need to figure out how to live off the land. Martian soil might be strangely suited for that task.

A beautiful ribbon of light in the nighttime sky is generating a lot of talk — and some mystery, too.

The strange forces at work on Saturn's largest moon would make for some sweet sand castles.

Plus, we throw in one reason to get excited anyway.

The "virtual telescope" is first getting up close and personal with Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

We might be only a few years away from seeing whether potentially habitable worlds are inhabited. How cool is that?

Solving a math problem could get us one step closer to meeting E.T., so why haven't we figured out the Drake Equation by now?

And solving that issue could go a long way toward making our planetary neighbor habitable.

European scientists are inviting gamers to become citizen scientists, sifting through real astronomical data to spot undiscovered planets orbiting other stars.

Energized subatomic particles bombarding Earth from outer space can cause the electronics inside laptops, cell phones and other devices to crash.

Say hello to the newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 system, which is just 39 light-years away and filled with seven Earth-like planets.

After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik I in 1957, the space race was on. And what followed was decades of secrecy that dominated its space program.

The first results are in from two groundbreaking NASA studies. What they show could have huge impacts on the future mission to Mars.

Scientists have a new idea, and it has to do with gravitational attraction and repulsion.

Engineers devised a way to levitate and control matter using acoustic waves, and they're sharing their plans with the public.

A total solar eclipse and a comet flyby are on the list of fascinating astronomical happenings 2017 has in store.