Karl Battams of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign is our guest on this week's show. He explains how ISON really did become the comet of the century for scientists.
In a little more than a year on the Red Planet, the mobile Mars Science Laboratory has determined the age of a Martian rock, found evidence the planet could have sustained microbial life, taken the first readings of radiation on...
by Alex Balk "David Peterson edited a time-lapse video using photos from the International Space Station publicly available from NASA" is the explanation for this and yes, it sure is mesmerizing, the ineffable majesty of the universe captured and conveyed in the form of a time-lapse video etc. Show More Summary
A new video from NASA shows Robonaut's legs in action
A new look at NASA satellite data has revealed that the Earth set a new record low for temperature in East Antarctica. In August 2010, the mercury hit -135.8°F, a soul-crushingly low temperature that will freeze even the strongest lungs. The old record was
Now that Chris Hadfield has returned to Earth for good, the YouTube community needs a new web series about life in space. A new option from NASA will help fill the void. The administration's Reel channel is the home of Space to Ground,...Show More Summary
Did you have a hard time getting to work today? Probably so, if you live anywhere from the Tennessee Valley all the way up to New England. Just look at this image from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center—everything is white. Read mor...
Robonaut 2 — the robot voted most likely to be NASA's first astromech droid — has just been fitted with its first pair of prototype legs. Once perfected, the appendages will provide it with the mobility needed to help with tasks both inside and outside the space station. Read more...
Intergalactic photos of unbelievably beautiful star formations and swirling clouds above Earth's surface can be found on NASA's Instagram for the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Despite declared bipartisan support for a bill that would relive NASA of the requirement to withhold funds on key projects as a hedge against payout if they’re cancelled, the House Science Committee delayed markup of that bill on Thursday until next week. As discussed here earlier this week, HR 3625 would require NASA not to [...]
With snow and ice falling in North America, new data about record cold weather in Antarctica puts things into some perspective. New analysis from a NASA satellite revealed that East Antarctica reached minus-135.8 degrees in August 2010, NBC reports, the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth. Show More Summary
On December 9, 1965. the Kecksburg UFO Incident occurred, in which an object streaked through the sky and allegedly left debris behind. According to NASA, the “UFO” was a Russian satellite burning up in the atmosphere. It’s a prettyShow More Summary
NASA’s Mars Curiosity has found a 3.7 billion year old lake that could be a clue to whether Mars could have truly supported life. The lake is younger than scientists previously believed, indicating that life could have existed on Ma...
The race is on to create computers that can see, hear, think and reason like humans but with a computer's speed and accuracy. IBM has its Watson. Google has its new Quantum AI Lab in partnership with NASA and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). Show More Summary
PhoneSat 2.4, NASA's next generation smartphone cubesat has phoned home. The tiny spacecraft that uses an off-the-shelf smartphone for a brain has completed checkout and sent back data confirming all systems are "go" for the spry spacefarer. PhoneSat...Show More Summary
The House Science Committee is considering giving a select few NASA programs special protected status against cancellation.
NASA's visualization (video) below shows the position of the sun's magnetic fields from January 1997 to December 2013. read more
Two tiny, cube-shaped research satellites hitched a ride to Earth orbit to validate new hardware and software technologies for future NASA Earth-observing instruments. The cube satellites, or “CubeSats,” which typically have a volume...Show More Summary
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has passed the milestone of 100,000 shots fired by its laser. It uses the laser as one way to check which chemical elements are in rocks and soils. read more
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity Photo courtesy of Jet Propulsion Lab/NASA NASA's Curiosity rover encountered an ancient dry lake that could have supported microbes called chemolithoautotrophs, according to scientists who reviewed photos and data gathered in the crater, the BBC reports.