Sept. 11, 2012
As NASA continues to build the Orion spacecraft and head toward its first unmanned test flight in 2014, it will once again descend under parachutes to a water landing.
Sept. 11, 2012
This sparkling picture taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the center of globular cluster M 4. The power of Hubble has resolved the cluster into a multitude of glowing orbs, each a colossal nuclear furnace.
Aug. 30, 2012
Most spacecraft try to avoid the Van Allen Belts, two doughnut-shaped regions around Earth filled with "killer electrons." This morning NASA launched two heavily-shielded spacecraft directly into the belts. The Radiation Belt Storm Probes are on a two-year mission to study the Van Allen Belts and to unravel the mystery of their unpredictability.
Aug. 29, 2012
This week's full Moon is a Blue Moon--that is, the second full Moon in a calendar month. But will the Moon really turn blue? Strange but true: Scientists say it can happen.
Aug. 22, 2012
Curiosity has made its first tire tracks on Mars. On August 22nd, the massive rover began driving from its landing site, which scientists have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.
Aug. 20, 2012
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has fired its laser for the first time on Mars, using the beam to study a fist-size rock called "Coronation."
Aug. 17, 2012
Curiosity is safe on Mars and ready to roll. In today's story from Science@NASA, project scientist John Grotzinger discusses where the rover might go first.
Aug. 10, 2012
The Perseid meteor shower is underway. There's more to see than meteors, however, when the shower peaks on August 11th through 13th. The brightest planets in the solar system are lining up in the middle of the display.
Aug. 8, 2012
Late Monday night, an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover and the components that helped it survive its seven-minute ordeal from space to its present location in Mars' Gale Crater.
Aug. 7, 2012
A key ingredient of Earth's strangest clouds does not come from Earth. New data from NASA's AIM spacecraft proves that "meteor smoke" is essential to the formation of noctilucent clouds.