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This Is An Official Portrait Of Astronaut Leland D. Melvin 

yesterdayVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Astronaut Leland D. Melvin worked for NASA for 25 years, leading the Vehicle Health Monitoring team for the X-33 space shuttle successor, leading NASA's office for education and outreach program in the 2010s, and logging over 565 hours in space. Also, he likes dogs. Read more...

Engineer advances new daytime star tracker

NASA is developing a precision attitude sensor or star tracker that would be able to locate points of reference, or in other words, stars, during daylight hours.

If you think the weather forecast for New York City was scary, imagine the hysteria this NASA data would have generated

Though predictions of a Snowmageddon were misplaced (it happens the other way also - Hurricane Katrina was nothing special before it hit shore), they would have been a lot wilder if weather services had access to what NASA has. NASA's...Show More Summary

Why NASA Is Firing Rockets At The Northern Lights

NASA and Utah State University have aimed their tiny probes at the aurora. In the middle of the night on January 28, a team of NASA and university scientists found themselves doing something a bit different: firing rockets at the aurora...Show More Summary

NASA developing robots to enter active volcanos

NASA is developing a robot that can take one giant leap for volcanic research.

Check Out These Mind-Blowing New Images From NASA

In honor of the United Nations' marking 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies, NASA has released a series of stunning new images of the cosmos. The mind-blowing images below show us wispy remnants of stars that exploded long ago and distant galaxies with energetic supermassive black holes at their centers. Show More Summary

On Challenger anniversary, NASA's day of remembrance

NASA pauses to memorialize the astronauts who lost their lives in the Apollo, Challenger and Columbia tragedies

How the Challenger Disaster Happened

Read TIME's original cover story about the NASA tragedy

Could mining helium-3 from the Moon solve Earth’s energy problems?

First Russia was interested in mining energy from the moon. Now China is actively taking steps toward developing the ability to mine helium-3 from the lunar surface. And while NASA and start-ups like Planetary Resources (a venture of James Cameron and

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft catches best-ever view of dwarf planet Ceres (again)

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches Ceres, a dwarf planet too far away for sharp observations by telescopes like the Hubble, every image beamed back will be the clearest yet. The latest, taken Jan. 25 from a distance of only 147,000 miles from the dwarf, reveals an unprecedented look. Show More Summary

Newly found star system has 5 Earth-sized planets, the oldest ever seen in the Milky Way

yesterdayHealth : The Checkup

Images from NASA's Kepler mission have found yet another set of Earth-sized planets, but these are something special: The set of five orbit a Sun-like star, and the system may be the oldest of its kind in our galaxy. Researchers reported on the star and its planetary system Tuesday in the Astrophysical Journal.Read full article >>

One of The Most Unexplored Areas on Earth Looks Stunning From Space

"So much water in this New Guinea rainforest, I've never seen anything like this!" tweeted NASA Astronaut Terry W. Virts. Indeed, those countless rivers reflecting the sun looks unbelievably beautiful and mysterious at the same time in this image. Read more...

NASA scientists send a robot into a volcano

In order to learn how lava travels before spurting out in an eruption, researchers designed a small rolling robot that can go deep inside a volcano and send live images to the surface.

Robot explores volcanic depths humans can't reach

How do you see what's happening inside an active volcano? NASA researchers are sending in a tiny rolling robot

UFO Trails Giant Asteroid In NASA Photo During Near-Miss Of Earth — That’s No Moon, UFOlogists Say

A UFO appears clearly in a series of NASA photos taken Monday of a giant asteroid that zoomed past Earth at a speed of 35,000 miles per hour, missing our home planet by what in cosmic terms was a hair’s breadth — 745,000 miles. In fact,...Show More Summary

Mysterious dwarf planet gets NASA and space geeks buzzing

The dwarf planet named after the Roman goddess of motherly relationships will soon have a new friend. And scientists and space-exploration geeks here on Earth can’t wait for that friend, the space probe Dawn, to start dishing. Dawn, launched in … Read more ›

Asteroid that zoomed past Earth has own moon

An asteroid that traveled unusually close to the Earth Monday was orbited by a smaller asteroid moon, NASA has discovered. The small natural satellite was spotted in radar images taken by NASA's Deep Space Network antenna located in California. Show More Summary

As Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, things start to look 'rough'

Eat your heart out, Hubble! NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is in the home stretch of its journey to Ceres and has snapped the best images yet of the dwarf planet. Grainy as they are, the new views of the 590-mile-wide world are already turning up unexpected features on the surface.

NASA will keep using Russian Soyuz ferry craft

2 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

NASA plans to launch "mixed crews" of U.S. and Russian members on each flight as a contingency in case of emergencies

Why Colonize Mars With Weak Humans When We Can Use Drones?

2 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Since using a remote controlled helicopter with video goggles strapped to your face and spying on your neighbors is now a thing, why not populate the surface of mars with buzzing drones? Now NASA wants to supplement the Mars rover with a whirly bird to triple its daily operating range. Read more...

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