Spacecraft


Juno Spacecraft Sees Volcanic Eruption on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Juno Spacecraft Sees Volcanic Eruption on Jupiter’s Moon Io

Researchers have captured new images of a volcanic plume on moon Io during the Juno mission's 17th flyby....

Jan 4 2019, 9:47am CST

New Horizons Spacecraft Getting Close to New Year's Flyby Target

New Horizons Spacecraft Getting Close to New Year's Flyby Target

Ultima Thule will be the farthest world ever explored by a spacecraft....

Dec 30 2018, 8:30pm CST

European Spacecraft Looks at Ice-filled Crater on Mars

European Spacecraft Looks at Ice-filled Crater on Mars

The well-preserved crater contains a mound of nearly 2 kilometers thick water ice that remains stable throughout the year....

Dec 28 2018, 10:43am CST

NASA Spacecraft Creeps Closer to Asteroid Bennu

NASA Spacecraft Creeps Closer to Asteroid Bennu

NASA's asteroid sampling spacecraft is scheduled to arrive at primitive asteroid in December, 2018....

Nov 3 2018, 9:56am CDT

NASA’s Parker Probe Breaks Record, Gets Closer to the Sun Than Any Spacecraft

NASA’s Parker Probe Breaks Record, Gets Closer to the Sun Than Any Spacecraft

The spacecraft passed 26.55 million miles from the Sun's surface on Oct. 29, setting the new record for closest solar enco...

Nov 2 2018, 11:04am CDT

NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Wakes up Again

NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Wakes up Again

The planet-hunter is expected to run out of fuel within months....

Oct 14 2018, 10:43am CDT

Japan Delays Spacecraft Landing on Asteroid Ryugu Surface

Japan Delays Spacecraft Landing on Asteroid Ryugu Surface

The surface of the asteroid is more rugged than scientists initially thought....

Oct 14 2018, 7:26am CDT

Cassini Spacecraft Bathed in Ring Rain in its Final Orbits Around Saturn

Cassini Spacecraft Bathed in Ring Rain in its Final Orbits Around Saturn

NASA probe spent 13 years in the Saturn system and revealed a great deal about the giant planet and its rings....

Oct 7 2018, 6:32am CDT

Japan’s Spacecraft Drops Another Robot on Asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s Spacecraft Drops Another Robot on Asteroid Ryugu

The probe aims to shed light on the origins of solar system....

Oct 6 2018, 5:02pm CDT

NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft is Getting Close to Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 2 Spacecraft is Getting Close to Interstellar Space

Once Voyager 2 exits the heliosphere, it will become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space....

Oct 6 2018, 12:33pm CDT

TESS Spacecraft has Already Found Two Potential Exoplanets

TESS Spacecraft has Already Found Two Potential Exoplanets

NASA's latest mission is searching for planets outside our solar system....

Sep 23 2018, 6:25am CDT

Final View of Titan’s Lakes and Seas from NASA's Cassini Spacecraft

Final View of Titan’s Lakes and Seas from NASA's Cassini Spacecraft

Cassini spacecraft obtained the view of Titan's north pole just days before it crashed into Saturn's atmosphere....

Sep 14 2018, 3:16am CDT

NASA’s Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Kepler Wakes up Again

NASA’s Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Kepler Wakes up Again

NASA continues to monitor the health and performance of the spacecraft....

Sep 7 2018, 9:25am CDT

NASA Begins Final Assembly on Orion Spacecraft That will Carry Humans Further into Space than Ever Before

NASA Begins Final Assembly on Orion Spacecraft That will Carry Humans Further into Space than Ever Before

NASA's Orion spacecraft will be the first to fly more than 40,000 miles beyond the Moon....

Aug 30 2018, 12:27am CDT

New Horizons Spacecraft Makes First Detection of its Kuiper Belt Target

New Horizons Spacecraft Makes First Detection of its Kuiper Belt Target

The first detection will refine the spacecraft's course toward distant Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule....

Aug 29 2018, 5:22am CDT

New Horizons Spacecraft Spots Possible Hydrogen Wall at the Edge of Solar System

New Horizons Spacecraft Spots Possible Hydrogen Wall at the Edge of Solar System

The hydrogen wall was first detected in 1992 by Voyager spacecraft...

Aug 12 2018, 12:50pm CDT

Researchers Develop Spinning Heat Shield for Future Spacecraft

Researchers Develop Spinning Heat Shield for Future Spacecraft

New flexible heat shield could reduce the cost of space travel...

Aug 11 2018, 12:26am CDT

NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Begins its Search for New Worlds

NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Begins its Search for New Worlds

The mission aims to find most promising exoplanets orbiting our nearest and brightest stars...

Jul 29 2018, 12:01am CDT

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Just Found a New Type of Aurora on Mars

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Just Found a New Type of Aurora on Mars

The Martian aurora is caused by protons coming from the solar win....

Jul 26 2018, 11:17pm CDT

NASA Juno Spacecraft Finds Another Possible Volcano on Jupiter Moon Io

NASA Juno Spacecraft Finds Another Possible Volcano on Jupiter Moon Io

So far, researchers have located more than 150 active volcanoes on Io. They believe that many more are waiting to be discovered...

Jul 15 2018, 12:37am CDT

An artist's rendering of Cassini and Saturn, via NASA

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Just Got An Emmy Nomination

Cassini's death plunge into Saturn has earned it an Emmy nod....

Jul 14 2018, 11:06am CDT

NASA Installs Cutting-edge Heat Shield on its First Spacecraft to the Sun

NASA Installs Cutting-edge Heat Shield on its First Spacecraft to the Sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe will get closer to the Sun than any spacecraft has ever gone...

Jul 7 2018, 4:22pm CDT

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Refines Its Path to Asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Refines Its Path to Asteroid Bennu

The spacecraft has successfully performed a second Deep Space Maneuver as it speeds toward asteroid rendezvous...

Jul 7 2018, 1:44am CDT

China is Developing a Super-Rocket More Powerful Than Any US Spacecraft

China is Developing a Super Rocket More Powerful Than Any US Spacecraft

Report says that the Long March-9 rocket will be able to carry 140 metric tons into low-Earth orbit by 2030...

Jul 6 2018, 3:40am CDT

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Closest Images Ever of Occator Crater

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Captures Closest Images Ever of Occator Crater

The new up-close views of Occator crater from Dawn's current vantage point reveals Ceres bright spots in an unprecedented...

Jul 5 2018, 11:29pm CDT

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Odd-Shaped Asteroid Ryugu

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft Reaches Odd-Shaped Asteroid Ryugu

The spacecraft will spend about 18 months studying the asteroid and return in 2020...

Jun 28 2018, 2:46pm CDT

Japan's Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft is Getting Closer and Closer to Asteroid Ryugu

Japan's Hayabusa 2 Spacecraft is Getting Closer and Closer to Asteroid Ryugu

The spacecraft, which is on its way to Asteroid Ryugu, is expected to bring back soil samples in 2020...

Jun 22 2018, 10:31am CDT

New Horizons Spacecraft is on its Way to Historic Kuiper Belt Flyby

New Horizons Spacecraft is on its Way to Historic Kuiper Belt Flyby

A long break ended for NASA’s New Horizons on June 4. The spacecraft is now preparing for the farthest planetary encounter in h...

Jun 7 2018, 10:58pm CDT

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft to Get into Lowest-Ever Orbit Above Ceres

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft to Get into Lowest-Ever Orbit Above Ceres

Dawn will reach its new, final orbit above dwarf planet Ceres in early June...

Jun 2 2018, 12:10pm CDT

Rosetta Spacecraft Unravels the Mystery of Comet 67P Dust Jets

Rosetta Spacecraft Unravels the Mystery of Comet 67P Dust Jets

New study shows for the first time that the unusual shape of the comet is responsible for this phenomenon...

May 24 2018, 1:15pm CDT

NASA’s RXTE Spacecraft Fall to Earth After 2 Decades in Space

NASA’s RXTE Spacecraft Fall to Earth After 2 Decades in Space

The satellite orbited Earth for years and detected X-rays signals released by some of the most extreme environments in space...

May 20 2018, 3:31pm CDT

Mars-Bound Spacecraft Captures First Image of Earth and Moon

Mars-Bound Spacecraft Captures First Image of Earth and Moon

The stunning image shows Earth and its moon as tiny dots floating in space...

May 19 2018, 7:06am CDT

NASA Spacecraft Find New Phenomenon in Earth’s Magnetic Field

NASA Spacecraft Find New Phenomenon in Earth's Magnetic Field

For the first time, researchers have observed a process called magnetic reconnection in a turbulent region of Earth's oute...

May 10 2018, 9:32pm CDT

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to Have Over 100 3D Printed Parts

NASA’s Orion Spacecraft to Have Over 100 3D Printed Parts

More Than Hundered 3D Printed Components will be Used in NASA's Orion Spacecraft. US-led manned spaceflight will get 3D Pr...

Apr 18 2018, 5:51am CDT

NASA Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft is Running Out of Fuel

NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft is Running Out of Fuel

The most successful planet-hunting mission is expected end within months...

Mar 17 2018, 12:25pm CDT

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reveals Swirling Clouds in Jupiter’s Atmosphere

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Reveals Swirling Clouds in Jupiter’s Atmosphere

Juno spacecraft captures a stunning view of the Jupiter's tumultuous atmosphere...

Jan 5 2018, 8:38am CST

NASA to Test Parachute-Like Device for Returning Spacecraft to Earth

NASA to Test Parachute-Like Device for Returning Spacecraft to Earth

The advanced device will demonstrate guided controlled re-entry of small spacecraft from deep space missions...

Nov 25 2017, 2:52pm CST

Final Image from Rosetta Spacecraft

Final Image from Rosetta Spacecraft

Scientists unexpectedly recover last image from Rosetta craft before it crashed into the comet 67P surface...

Sep 30 2017, 1:40pm CDT

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Flies Inside Saturn Rings, Stares into Strange Vortex

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Flies Inside Saturn Rings, Stares into Strange Vortex

Cassini is set to burn up in Saturn’s atmosphere on Sept. 15...

Aug 31 2017, 3:14pm CDT

NASA Powers Up Orion Spacecraft That Could One Day Take Humans to Mars and Beyond

NASA Powers Up Orion Spacecraft That Will Take Humans to Mars and Beyond

Orion spacecraft is designed to take humans farther into space than they have ever gone before...

Aug 26 2017, 8:49am CDT