NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been zooming around taking raw images of Saturn for the past ten years. Though sometimes blurry and usually in black-and-white, these pictures are also some of the closest and most compelling images of the ringed planet that humanity has ever witnessed. Show More Summary
NOAA's GOES-West and NASA-JAXA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM mission satellite helped forecasters at the National Hurricane Center determine that what was once Tropical Storm Fausto is now a remnant area of low pressure in...Show More Summary
In space, no one can stand your smells.
First robots stole our jobs here on Earth -- and now Google and NASA want to do the same to our astronauts. Later this week, Google and NASA will launch some Tango smartphone-powered SPHERES robots to the International Space Station....Show More Summary
You get three-for-one in this striking image of Saturn: its north polar vortex and hexagon along with its expansive rings. It was captured by Cassini's wide-angle camera earlier this year. [NASA] Read more...
As anybody who has started a campfire by rubbing sticks knows, friction generates heat. Now, computer modeling by NASA scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Earth-sized planets traveling in dangerous orbits. Show More Summary
NASA Mars rover Curiosity has driven out of the ellipse, approximately 4 miles wide and 12 miles long (7 kilometers by 20 kilometers), that was mapped as safe terrain for its 2012 landing inside Gale Crater.
NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced a new "tsunami wave" from the sun as it sails through interstellar space. Such waves are what led scientists to the conclusion, in the fall of 2013, that Voyager had indeed left our sun's bubble, entering a new frontier.
Ocean waves, the hot sun, sea breezes -- the right combination makes a great day at the beach. A different combination makes a killer hurricane. The complex interactions of the ocean and the air above it that can create such different outcomes are not yet fully known. Show More Summary
Sometimes NASA comes up with incredibly complex solutions to extremely complex problems. Other times they come up with the simplest ones. And then there's the case of how to test the stability of an entire Saturn V rocket, which is what you can see in this hilarious video from 1966. Read more...
Google smartphones will take NASA astronaut robots from 2006 tech to the future of space travel, according to Reuters. Robots with the phones, armed with technology from Google's augmented reality experiment Project Tango, are set to launch on July 11. Show More Summary
NASA has received new confirmation that the Voyager 1 spacecraft is in interstellar space. The probe recently experienced a "tsunami shock wave" from the Sun, which caused the plasma surrounding the craft to "sing." Voyager 1 may be beyond the heliosphere, but it hasn't yet left the solar system, which lies beyond the distant Oort Cloud. Read more...
Is NASA's forsaken ISEE-3 satellite finally headed home? On Tuesday a private team of engineers initiated a series of propulsive bursts intended to return the aging spacecraft to Earth orbit.
An actual NASA astronaut comes to town.
Researchers are now able to determine that NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft left the solar system in August, 2012
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. EDT on July 8, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot...Show More Summary
Briefly: It’s the windswept valleys of Northern Africa as photographed by Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency. Pretty, huh? [NASA] More »
“Joel, this is Buzz Aldrin. Apollo 11. First Lunar Landing.” The message on my voice mail was, indeed, from that Buzz Aldrin, of that Apollo 11, and that first lunar landing. Aldrin — heck, let’s call him Buzz — had a lot to talk about. Show More Summary
“Joel, this is Buzz Aldrin. Apollo 11. First lunar landing.” The message on my voicemail was, indeed, from that Buzz Aldrin, of that Apollo 11, and that first lunar landing. Aldrin — heck, let’s call him Buzz — had a lot to talk about. After two long phone interviews, I can safely report that Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, […]