via NASA Two of my biggest passions in life are feminism and space travel, so naturally I have to share this incredible retrospective on Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Read the rest
On Friday, March 27, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, together with cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko, will strap in for a rocket ride to the International Space Station, embarking on a mission unlike any before them. WhenShow More Summary
On Friday afternoon, a Russian rocket will carry NASA astronaut Scott Kelly to the International Space Station for a very special stay. Kelly isn't just going to have one of the longest jaunts in orbit ever -- and the longest ever (by several months) on ISS -- he's also part of an exciting new part of NASA's scientific research.Read full article >>
Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – @BednarChuck The first “wet chemistry” experiment conducted by NASA’s Curiosity rover may have found evidence of long-chain carboxylic acid, a fatty acid that could be the latest organic molecule to be discovered on Mars, researchers from the US...
Samples obtained by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars have been analyzed and shown to contain nitrogen compounds, that are a source of nutrients for living things. Read more...
In anticipation of more ambitious planetary missions, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, in collaboration with Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, has recently been testing new landing technologies using an Autonomous Descent and Ascent Powered-flight Testbed (ADAPT). Show More Summary
If you’re the type of person who loves looking at spectacular video clips of Earth taken from outer space, then we’ve got a page for you. As CNET points out, NASA astronaut Terry Virts’s Vine page is loaded with beautiful short videos of Earth that will give you a completely new perspective on our planet. Show More Summary
NASA images have been free by default, but private space flight is another story.
Mars's life-friendly past just got friendlier. Using samples previously collected by the NASA rover Curiosity, scientists have discovered evidence of nitrates in Martian rock: nitrogen compounds that on Earth are a crucial source of nutrients for living things.
In July, New Horizons will pay a visit to Pluto and Charon. The historic flyby is expected to reveal surface features of these objects in extraordinary detail. Now, NASA and the SETI Institute, along with the International Astronomical Union, want your help naming these features. Read more...
Astronaut Daniel T. Barry thinks NASA's mission to Mars is humanity's most important endeavor yet, for reasons including the birth of Captain Kirk. We talked to him about what it's like to explore the Final Frontier. Read more...
Ok, Pluto fans. They evicted Pluto from our solar system's planetary pantheon, but a NASA mission launched in 2006 is nearing the dwarf planet with its cameras. We'll soon have photos of Pluto that are much more high resolution than we currently have, which means scientists will need names for all the new geographic features. Show More Summary
Winter storms brought rain to parts of California, but the storms brought little drought relief to the parched Golden State as a whole. According to a recent L.A. Times editorial by NASA Jet Propulsion Lab water scientist Jay Famiglietti,...Show More Summary
Travel to Mars isn't just about getting there. It's about surviving the journey.
NASA is quietly working on a pretty ambitious plan to help a "significant portion" of the aircraft industry transition to electric propulsion within the next decade. It's a noble—and challenging—endeavor that has the potential to significantly reduce our
NASA's New Horizons missionthe first to visit Plutowill make its closest encounter with the dwarf planet in mid-July. But by May 14, it will start capturing images of Pluto and its moon Charon better than any we've had before. That means...Show More Summary
How we lead in 2020 will depend on our ability to adapt today. We can learn a lot from NASA, and even George Costanza.
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has detected two unexpected phenomena in the short time since making orbit around the red planet – an aurora occurring deep in the Martian atmosphere, and an as of yet unexplained high altitude dust cloud. Show More Summary
In early February, we put out an open letter to Elon Musk, asking him to put SpaceX's photos into the public domain, noting that it was a shame that those photos would be locked up until long after we were all dead. NASA's photos are all in the public domain. Show More Summary