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Easter Sunday Space Station Rendezvous and Berthing for SpaceX Dragon Freighter


SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft arrives for berthing at the International Space Station on Easter Sunday morning April 20, 2014.

SpaceX Makes Strides Towards 1st Stage Falcon Rocket Recovery during Space Station Launch


Blastoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014.

SpaceX Dragon Captured on Film in Orbit Over Paris 25 Minutes After Launch

We need to say it: astrophotographer Thierry Legault has done it again! Here’s an absolutely fantastic capture of the SpaceX Dragon capsule just 25 minutes after it launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, as it passed over Europe.

SpaceX Commercial Dragon Resupply Ship Thunders to Space Bound for ISS and Easter Sunday Berthing


The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on April 18, 2014.

Ancient Martian Life May Be Preserved in Glass


A fresh impact left this 30-meter-wide crater on Mars, imaged by HiRISE in Nov. 2013 (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ.

Weekly Space Hangout – April 18, 2014

We record the Weekly Space Hangout every Friday at 12:00 pm Pacific / 3:00 pm Eastern. You can watch us live on Google+, Universe Today, or the Universe Today YouTube page.

NASA’s Highly Productive LADEE Dust Explorer Probe Crashes into the Moon as Planned


NASA’s LADEE lunar orbiter completed is dust and atmospheric science mission and has crashed into the Moon as planned on April 17, 2014.

Urgent Spacewalk Must Dance Between Dragon and Progress Spacecraft


NASA astronaut Steve Swanson does a spacesuit fit check prior to the launch of Expedition 39 in March 2014.

Watch Live Webcast: Secrets of the Universe’s First Light


The BICEP telescope located at the south pole. Image Credit: CfA / Harvard Just a month ago came the news of the first direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime — providing the first direct evidence the Universe underwent a brief but stupendously accelerated expansion immediately following the Big Bang.

Get Ready for the Lyrid Meteor Shower: Our Complete Guide for 2014


A composite of 33 Lyrid meteors captured by the UK Meteor Network cameras in 2012. Credit: @UKMeteorNetwork.

SpaceX Dragon launch to ISS Marches Towards April 18 Liftoff after Helium Leak Forces Scrub


The Falcon 9 and Dragon capsule stand ready for launch prior to the detection of a helium leak in one of the engines forcing a scrub of the launch attempt on April 14.

Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!


Artist’s rendering of the Earth-sized Kepler-186f (Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/Caltech) It’s truly a “eureka” moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star’s habitable “Goldilocks” zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet’s surface without freezing solid or boiling away.

Ceres and Vesta Converge in Virgo, Watch it Happen With Just Binoculars


This map shows the paths of Ceres and Vesta in Virgo through late June at five-day intervals. Vesta is currently magnitude +5.8 and Ceres at + 7.0.

New Hubble View Shows Objects a Billion Times Fainter Than Your Eyes Can See


This 14-hour exposure from the Hubble Space Telescope zooms in on a galaxy cluster and shows objects around a billion times fainter than can be seen with the naked eye.

SpaceX Leases Historic Launch Complex 39A from NASA for new Era of Commercial Space Launches


NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, left, Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating officer of SpaceX and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana announce that NASA just signed a lease agreement with SpaceX of Hawthorne, Calif., for use and operation of NASA’s KSC Launch Complex 39A.

Um, You Can See a Car on Mars


A recent image taken by the HiRISE camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of the Curiosity rover in “The Kimberly” area in Gale Crater on Mars.

Astronauts to Reveal Sobering Data on Asteroid Impacts


The bolide that impacted the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk in Feb. 2013 detonated with the equivalent of 530 kilotons  of TNT, injuring over 1,200 people.

German Impact Crater Could Have Hosted Early Life On Earth


Aerial view of Nördlinger Ries crater in Germany, a formation so subtle it was not even known as an impact crater until the 1960s.

Speedy Satellite Beams Pictures Of Massive Floods Only Weeks After Reaching Orbit


The Zambezi River in Namibia floods the Caprivi plain in this April 2014 picture captured from Sentinel-1A.

Shiny: Astronaut Wears ‘Firefly’ T-Shirt In First Instagram From Space


“Back on ISS, life is good,” wrote NASA astronaut Steve Swanson on April 7, 2014 in the first Instagram from space.


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