This NASA artist concept shows what the impact may have looked like. (Credit: Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET) It's a good thing you weren't standing on the Mare Imbrium on the moon on March 17. You might have been ground into space dust. Show More Summary
NASA recently signed a $424 million contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency, agreeing to pay a record $70.6 million per person to send U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. How did America -- the only country inShow More Summary
With tickets to the International Space Station now costing $70 million a pop, someone had better.
Opening spaceflight up to the masses could help spark a global conservation ethic that stems the tide of environmental destruction on Earth, NASA's science chief says. Seeing our fragile Earth hanging alone in the blackness of space tends to be a life-altering, or at least perspective-changing, experience. Show More Summary
Web security is like a generational game of leapfrog being played between malicious users on one side and site administrators and security specialists on the other. Every few years (or even months) a new class of exploit emerges against which the good guys must scramble a response. Today, one of the most common methods of attack is Cross-Site Scripting (XSS),...
"An explosion caused by a meteoroid impact on the moon a couple of months ago was visible from Earth with the naked eye, according to Science@NASA. But don’t worry if you didn’t catch it — it was only noticeable for a moment." —Ugh, they are totally right about the way desensitization happens. Show More Summary
On the same day as the release of Star Trek Into Darkness (coincidence??), a meteoroid “about the size of a small boulder” crashed into the moon, causing an explosion so large, it could be seen from Earth! Watch the short NASA video below for not just an explanation, but footage of the actual impact itself, which was [...]
Recently the media has been saturated with overly-hyped reports that NASA's Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) may have detected dark matter. These claims may have some justification if the word "may" is shouted, but they rest on a number of really major assumptions and guesses, some of which are on weak and shifting soil. Show More Summary
Results from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Magellan telescopes suggest that a dense stellar remnant was ripped apart by a black hole a thousand times as massive as the Sun in NGC 1399, an elliptical galaxy about 65 millio...
NASA’s relentless solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity has now set a new record — greatest distance traveled by a US made vehicle on another world. The Opportunity rover was originally scheduled only for a three-month mission that began...Show More Summary
In April NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission took a huge panorama. From 438 miles above the Earth, the satellite shot a 6,000-mile-long, 120-mile-wide strip of planet from Russia to South Africa. It is aptly named ‘The Long Swath.’ Oh and it's 19.06 gigapixels. Read more...
Speaking at the meeting Wednesday of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) in Washington, NASA administrator Charles Bolden made another pitch—this time to a rather sympathetic audience—for the agency’s commercial crew program. Show More Summary
YouTube NASA scientists recorded the biggest explosion from a meteorite impact seen on the moon in eight years of monitoring. The lunar burst was caused by a 40-kilogram boulder-sized rock slamming into the surface at about 90,000 kph. Show More Summary
WASHINGTON — Before he comes back to earth, a Canadian astronaut aboard the International Space Station has gone out on his terms: a music video version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”. According to the Associated Press and NASA, it seems to be the first music video made in space. The astronaut, Canada’s own Chris Hadfield, [...]
The NASA mission that has changed our view of the probability of life in the Universe is in jeopardy. The Kepler has shown that planets are common throughout the Milky Way and the billions of galaxies in the cosmos. NASA...
That boulder-sized meteoroid that hit the moon on the 17th, causing a star-bright conflagration? NASA reports that it likely was part of a whole pack of meteoroids, a smaller set of which hit the earth’s atmosphere around the same time. Meteoroids are space rocks up to 10 yards / meter wide. From 10 meters wide [...]
Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show that the sizes and patterns of dunes on Saturn's moon Titan vary as a function of altitude and latitude. The dunes in areas that are more elevated or are higher in latitude, such as...
For the past 8 years, NASA astronomers have been monitoring the Moon for signs of explosions caused by meteoroids hitting the lunar surface. And they've just seen the biggest explosion in the history of the program. On March 17, 2013, an object about the size of a small boulder hit the lunar surface in Mare Imbrium. Show More Summary
(Credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech) NASA announced this week that a key piece of gear on its Kepler space telescope has run into trouble. And though the space agency hasn't given up on a jump-start, the mission may well be at risk. It's already gone well beyond its planned duration, however, and presented us with many fascinating discoveries. Show More Summary
It’s hard to forget the record-setting meteor that exploded above Chelyabinsk, Russia in February this year. Looks like the Moon didn’t want to be left out of the fun, with NASA recently announcing it suffered its own flashy impact in March — the largest ever recorded by the agency. More »