NASA announced on Tuesday that Blue Origin had successfully test fired its new BE-3 hydrogen/oxygen rocket engine at the company’s West Texas facility in Van Horn. The test, which took place on November 20, was a series of static firings...Show More Summary
Mizuna lettuce growing on the International Space Station. Photo courtesy NASA NASA hopes that by 2015 plants will take root in space, and astronauts can get a fresh salad on the moon. The LPX -- Lunar Plant Growth Habitat project --...Show More Summary
The team of NASA, L’Guarde, and Space Services Inc. are preparing for the Sunjammer space mission that in 2015 will see the first deep space deployment of a solar sail. On September 30, the Sunjammer team completed a milestone when they...Show More Summary
In 1958, scientists discovered two gigantic belts of radiation around Earth that have provided tantalizing mysteries to researchers ever since. One unsolved mystery: What accelerates particles in the belts to almost the speed of light?...Show More Summary
NASA's TRMM satellite noticed that rainfall became scarce in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean's thirty-third tropical depression in its second day of life. Tropical Depression 33W or TD 33W had weakened and TRMM showed only two isolated areas of heavy rainfall in the fragmented system. read more
NASA's Cassini mission has captured an incredible high-resolution animation of the psychedelic jet stream known as Saturn's Northern Hexagon.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole.
MADISON – With the help of NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Australia Telescope Compact Array, an international team of astronomers has identified the glowing wreck of a star that exploded a mere 2,500 years ago — the blink of an eye in astronomical terms. read more
Data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed faint remnants of a supernova explosion and helped researchers determine Circinus X-1 -- an X-ray binary -- is the youngest of this class of astronomical objects found to date. read more
Robert sez, "An Apollo astronaut, looking to keep the 'right stuff' forefront in the public's eye, has recreated his iconic NASA-issued blue flight jacket down to the last button.
They're planning on growing basil and turnips on the moon. What a time to be alive.
The agency has designed a tiny habitat that will allow plants to, if not thrive, at least exist in space
NASA will hold a live Google Hangout today to presumably talk about how great the pictures from Cassini have been (as well as some science stuff, probably) and where it's going in the future. If you like amazing space pictures as much as we do, watch the hour-long live chat with NASA scientists at 3:30PM EST.
Just over a year since launch, NASA's Van Allen Probes mission continues to unravel longstanding mysteries of Earth's high-energy radiation belts that encircle our planet and pose hazards to orbiting satellites and astronauts.
To get a better understanding of the ways in which the Earth is changing, due to climate change, human activities, or natural disasters, a new app from NASA lets users compare before and after images of key locations on our Big Blue Marble.
DURHAM, N.H. -- Just over a year since launch, NASA's Van Allen Probes mission continues to unravel longstanding mysteries of Earth's high-energy radiation belts that encircle our planet and pose hazards to orbiting satellites and astronauts. read more
Water worlds? A distant star lights up the atmosphere of an alien planet in this NASA illustration. (Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center) If you dream of colonizing distant worlds, here's welcome news: NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted signs of water on five faraway planets, according to two studies. Show More Summary
This is the Muir Glacier in Alaska, shot in August, 1941 and August, 2004. It's only one example in NASA's new Images of Change app. Seeing the unbelievable effect of just a few decades of climate change in the following before and after photos is a sad and sobering experience. Read more...