Gripping technology inspired by the force that geckos use to climb even vertical, smooth surfaces has been tested in microgravity. Researchers want to see if it might one day be used to get work done in outer space, and clean up theShow More Summary
While some Mars missions offer no hope of return, astronauts taking part in NASA's Orion mission (scheduled for as early as 2030) are in for an amazing view on their return to Earth. Orion will be the first spacecraft since the Apollo missions to usher a crew of astronauts out of our atmosphere and into deep space. Show More Summary
The map reveals large carbon dioxide concentrations around South America and Southern Africa. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech Earlier this week, NASA released the first global maps from its Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission, depicting atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations in the spring of 2014. Show More Summary
As NASA begins to explore beyond low earth orbit, the idea of “Home” takes on new meaning. Read the rest
The U.S. space agency NASA revealed plans this week for a manned expedition to the planet Venus. According to NASA’s Systems Analysis and Concepts Directorate (SACD) website, the agency has proposed a 30-day exploration of the atmosphere of Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor, Venus....
Many of us have dabbled in astrophotography, but it's a fair bet that none of us have captured star trails quite like Don Pettit has. A NASA astronaut and photographer, part of his job aboard the International Space Station has included photographing Earth from space, capturing aurora and vast glowing cities. Show More Summary
NuSTAR—NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, the most sensitive high energy X-ray telescope ever invented—has taken its first picture of the Sun ever and it looks absolutely amazing. Like the prettiest Christmas tree ornament. Read more...
There are no garbage trucks equipped to leave the atmosphere and pick up debris floating around Earth. But what if we could send a robot to do the job? Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are working on adhesive gripping tools that could grapple objects such as orbital debris or defunct satellites that would otherwise be hard to handle.
For the first time, a mission designed to set its eyes on black holes and other objects far from our solar system has turned its gaze back closer to home, capturing images of our sun. NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has taken its first picture of the sun, producing the most sensitive solar portrait ever taken in high-energy X-rays.
The surface of Venus is not anything close to habitable, since its average surface temperature is around 864 degrees Fahrenheit. But what if we never bothered trying to walk on Venus and instead built a floating city in the clouds that...Show More Summary
NASA imagery shows the best holiday lights display you'll see this year.
A NASA video lets you virtually peer out the window of the Orion spacecraft as it plummets to Earth at speeds up to 20,000 mph.
A vital space telescope recovers after an ingenious long-distance fix
A UFO researcher was examining archival photos from the 1971 NASA moon mission Apollo 15 recently, when he discovered what he says is evidence of a mysterious craft, seemingly hovering over the lunar horizon. But the researcher warned...Show More Summary
The sun isn't a smooth, contained ball of plasma. It's actually got radiation shooting off it all willy-nilly, all the time. But it's never looked quite as lovely as it does in the image above.The picture was made using observationsShow More Summary
Dramatic video of NASA's Orion shows the intense conditions spacemen endure as their crafts make an unbelievably fast descent.
You'll feel like an astronaut after seeing the view from the spacecraft.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to look out the window of a spacecraft that's returning to Earth? Well, wonder no more: NASA has released some video footage captured out of the windows of the Orion capsule as it returned to Earth during its test flight a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it's sensational.