Private spaceship tests underway in Va, Calif

A Colorado company developing a spaceship to take astronauts to the International Space Station is having its spacecraft undergo a series of landing-focused tests at NASA facilities in Virginia and California.

Thursday - 05/16/2013, 04:33pm EDT

May sky show

If the clouds clear for Mother's Day, be sure to take a peek in the western sky after sunset.

Saturday - 05/11/2013, 11:26pm EDT

Test launch of unmanned space rocket delayed

Weather again delays test launch of private rocket designed to deliver space station supplies

Monday - 04/22/2013, 05:28pm EDT

Watch Wallops Island test rocket launch live (VIDEO)

After two delays in three days, a company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station is preparing to launch a test rock from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility along the eastern shore of Virginia.

Sunday - 04/21/2013, 03:51pm EDT

Winds force scrubbing of unmanned rocket launch

High winds force company to scrub launch of unmanned test rocket from Virginia

Saturday - 04/20/2013, 06:00pm EDT

NASA gives OK for rocket test launch to proceed

NASA has given the OK for a private company to proceed with a test launch of a rocket that will eventually help carry cargo to the International Space Station.

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 06:40pm EDT

Comet from depths of solar system to be briefly visible

This week, the western sky will have a visitor from the depths of the outer solar system: the Comet PanSTARRS.

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 09:40pm EDT

Watch as asteroid passes over Earth

An asteroid is headed towards Earth -- and while astronomers say we're not in any danger, we won't have a good view from North America to see the asteroid pass over the planet.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 03:09pm EST

Seeing the elusive Mercury

Mercury, the elusive and speedy planet closest to the Sun is starting to put on its best appearance for the whole year as it nears the planet Mars in our skies.

Sunday - 02/10/2013, 03:58pm EST

Scientists see opportunity in asteroid's close encounter

Bill Hardwood, CBS News space consultant

Thursday - 02/07/2013, 05:39pm EST


The White House does not support blowing up planets

On Jan. 11, the White House responded to a petition posted on its website in regards to securing funds to construct a Death Star.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 10:23pm EST

Billions and billions of planets in the universe

A new study by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology has determined that our very own Milky Way Galaxy has at least 100 BILLION planets, or to put it another way, one planet per star. That is a lot of planets!

Sunday - 01/06/2013, 03:26pm EST

Live stream: The Quadrantid meteor shower

The late evening hours and early morning hours of Jan. 2 and 3 are the best times to view the Quadrantid meteor shower in the northern hemisphere. A live stream of the meteor shower is available below.

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 09:56pm EST

Meteor shower to light up night sky on Thursday

Starting at 9 p.m. on Thursday, skywatchers under a dark sky in the countryside should be able to see about 100 to 120 shooting stars each hour. The show will be bright enough that even those in the suburbs should be able to see about a dozen meteors per hour if they can find an area free of bright lights.

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 07:28pm EST

Curiosity to Earth: 'Chill'

In what has to be a social media-scientific exploration first, Curiosity, our robotic laboratory on Mars, tweeted a message to Earthlings last Friday that contained some sage advice.

Monday - 12/03/2012, 08:00am EST

The mystery on Mars will be revealed on Monday

NASA is downplaying reports that a major discovery was made by the Mars rover Curiosity.

Sunday - 12/02/2012, 09:03am EST

Column: Armstrong belongs to the cosmos now

America, and in the broadest sense possible, all of humanity, has lost its first emissary to set foot on another world - Neil Alden Armstrong.

Sunday - 08/26/2012, 06:38pm EDT

Perseid meteor shower to give stargazers a show

Tonight is a sky watcher's dream starting right at dusk.

Saturday - 08/11/2012, 01:25pm EDT

What will Curiosity rover do on Mars?

Greg Redfern, NASA's ambassador to the solar system

Monday - 08/06/2012, 06:10am EDT


For Curiosity, it's Mars or bust

The $2.5 billion, one-ton nuclear powered rover has been flying towards Mars since launching from Earth last November. The 154 million mile journey to date has gone very smoothly but the most treacherous and dangerous part of the mission for Curiosity is yet to come in the last 7 minutes before scheduled touchdown.

Sunday - 08/05/2012, 12:20pm EDT
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