This image was captured by NASA. (Credit: NASA GSFC, Norman Kuring) Most of us will never have the chance to float about in the International Space Station and look down on the blue globe and swirling clouds of the Earth below. We mostly settle for stunning photographs. Show More Summary
This remarkable photograph of a frog's ascension into the heavens was captured during the September launch of NASA's LADEE-laden Minotaur V Rocket. We'd like to think that, instead of succumbing to fiery death and returning to EarthShow More Summary
When planning the holidays, don't forget to pencil in time for this epic celestial light show. (Credit: NASA/MSFC/Aaron Kingery) As always, this Thanksgiving (and Hanukkah) holiday week will be all about food, friends, family, BlackShow More Summary
Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 74: The Motion of Planets Mindy reviews the three laws of planetary motion. Speak Your Mind: Mars v. Saturn NASA is facing tough budget decisions. Which planet should we continue to explore?Show More Summary
Animators at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. created this short movie showing how the sun can cook a comet. Such a journey is currently being made by Comet ISON. Video courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Stargazers could be in for a treat early next month. Show More Summary
The Principal Investigator of NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission -- planned for launch in 2016 -- begins a new blogging adventure.
A sampling from NASA's space food collection. (Credit: NASA) While most of the US are roasting turkeys and splooshing cranberry sauce out of cans, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be floating high above the Earth, enjoying a Thanksgiving meal of their very own out of bags. Show More Summary
The Andaman Islands received an unwelcome visitor on November 25 in the form of Tropical Cyclone Lehar. NASA's Terra satellite captured a picture of the visitor as it was making its exit from the islands and into the Bay of Bengal. read more
Tropical Cyclone made landfall near Darwin, Australia on November 24 as a weak tropical storm as NASA's TRMM satellite passed overhead and measured its rainfall. read more
Like most agencies, NASA is always looking for a way to combat bugs, or problems, in its systems. Sometimes those bugs are actually bugs — tiny insects that go splat on flying craft. All those insect guts stuck to the outsides of planes...Show More Summary
A small team at NASA's Ames Research Center has set out to "boldly grow where no man has grown before" - and they're doing it with the help of thousands of children, a robot, and a few specially customized GoPro cameras. In 2015, NASA...Show More Summary
High-resolution global atmospheric modeling provides a unique tool to study the role of weather within Earth’s climate system. NASA’s Goddard Earth Observing System Model (GEOS-5) is capable of simulating worldwide weather at resolutions as fine as 3.5 kilometers. read more
NASA has announced the cancellation of the decade-old program to develop a Sterling Radioisotope Generator for deep-space missions. This program was a response to the critical shortage in radioactive isotopes in general, and plutonium-238 in particular, in the US and worldwide. Show More Summary
A completely new bacterial life form that appears to inhabit only space agency ‘clean rooms’ has been classified after more than three years of investigation and analysis. Microbial lifeforms that can survive and even thrive in extreme environments — known as extremophiles — have become the focus of much research in recent years. Show More Summary
The H-1 camera on board NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft has captured this sequence of the two comets now en route to the Sun: Encke and ISON. They look like sperms trying to fertilize an egg named Earth—which is quite appropriate, given the hypothesis that comets brought life to this planet. Read more...
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NASA administrator Charles Bolden speaks at a press availability November 17 with hardware for the first Orion test flight, slated for launch in September 2014, in the background. (credit: J. Foust) In a blog post Thursday, NASA administrator Charles Bolden discussed the new national space transportation policy and its implications for the space agency. [...]
Thursday’s release of the new National Space Transportation Policy didn’t contain much in the way of surprises or other major changes compared to the previous policy or ongoing activities by NASA and other federal agencies. As a result, the official reaction to the policy was generally pretty positive, if bland. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), ranking [...]
At FutureLawyer: A creative suggestion to NASA receives an equally entertaining rejection.