Extraterrestrial life might be discovered within a generation
Andrew McDonald - Apr 07, 2015
Extraterrestrial life might be discovered within a generation
The profusion of potentially habitable worlds in our solar system and beyond, and the development of new observational technologies are driving the search for life.
New images of star cluster commemorate Hubble's 25th anniversary New images of star cluster commemorate Hubble's 25th anniversary
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 23, 2015
Space telescope's discoveries have revolutionized astronomy.
NASA’s NExSS initiative will search for alien life NASA’s NExSS initiative will search for alien life
Kathy Fey - Apr 23, 2015
NASA is forming a new research team to zero in on habitable exoplanets.
Dark matter observed interacting with something other than gravity Dark matter observed interacting with something other than gravity
Andrew McDonald - Apr 22, 2015
A collision involving four galaxies shows a body of dark matter lagging behind its associated galaxy.
Japan plans to land rover on the Moon by 2018
Japan plans to land rover on the Moon by 2018
Andrew McDonald - 11 hours ago
The lander will use specialized software to recognize craters on the surface.
 
Robonaut inspires new medical technology
Robonaut inspires new medical technology
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 23, 2015
Devices designed for astronauts could restore movement to people with disabilities.
 
Dawn probe reaches first science orbit
Dawn probe reaches first science orbit
Andrew McDonald - Apr 23, 2015
The spacecraft has assumed a new orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres.
 
Runaway galaxies ejected by galactic collisions
Runaway galaxies ejected by galactic collisions
Andrew McDonald - Apr 23, 2015
A recent survey identified 11 isolated, small compact elliptical galaxies.
 
New images of star cluster commemorate Hubble's 25th anniversary
New images of star cluster commemorate Hubble's 25th anniversary
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 23, 2015
Space telescope's discoveries have revolutionized astronomy.
 
Dark matter observed interacting with something other than gravity
Dark matter observed interacting with something other than gravity
Andrew McDonald - Apr 22, 2015
A collision involving four galaxies shows a body of dark matter lagging behind its associated galaxy.
 
First exoplanet seen with reflected visible light
First exoplanet seen with reflected visible light
Kathy Fey - Apr 22, 2015
A “hot Jupiter” planet has been spotted using visible light from 50 light-years away.
 
Rosetta captures comet spouting new dust jet
Rosetta captures comet spouting new dust jet
Kathy Fey - Apr 22, 2015
Comet 67P produced a large and unexpected jet of dust and gas.
 
Giant hole in the universe puzzles scientists
Giant hole in the universe puzzles scientists
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 21, 2015
Anomalous region will be the subject of further study.
 
Lyrid meteor shower is lighting up the night sky
Lyrid meteor shower is lighting up the night sky
Kathy Fey - Apr 21, 2015
The Lyrid meteor shower will peak on Wednesday this week.
 
Telescopes reveal how star formation stopped in galaxies
Telescopes reveal how star formation stopped in galaxies
Andrew McDonald - Apr 20, 2015
The giant elliptical galaxies were still generating new stars three billion years after the Big Bang, but in their centers, star formation had stopped.
 
Hubble successor readied for cryogenic test
Hubble successor readied for cryogenic test
Andrew McDonald - Apr 20, 2015
The Pathfinder for the James Webb Space Telescope will be examined in a huge vacuum chamber.
 
Gigantic 'hole' is largest known structure in the universe
Gigantic 'hole' is largest known structure in the universe
Kathy Fey - Apr 20, 2015
The largest object ever found in space is a “supervoid” that defies existing models.
 
Exoplanet destroyed by white dwarf star
Exoplanet destroyed by white dwarf star
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 20, 2015
Planet shredded after coming too close to stellar remnant.
 
NASA’s NExSS initiative will search for alien life
Kathy Fey - Apr 23, 2015
NASA is forming a new research team to zero in on habitable exoplanets.
 
Two days remain to submit names for the geography of Pluto and Charon
Andrew McDonald - Apr 22, 2015
The names will be considered by the NASA New Horizons Science Team and International Astronomical Union.
 
Device can detect single electrons
Andrew McDonald - Apr 21, 2015
Researchers hope that the detector will eventually be able to aid in the calculation of the mass of a neutrino.
 
Dawn takes new images of bright spots on Ceres
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 21, 2015
Mission set to reveal the many secrets of this small world.
 
Supermassive black holes are closer than any others observed
Andrew McDonald - Apr 21, 2015
The black holes probably form a gravitationally-bound binary system, formed as two galaxies have coalesced.
 
Astronomers detect merging supermassive black holes
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 20, 2015
Next generation of telescopes could find thousands of similar phenomena within several years.
 
Lasers could blast space junk out of orbit
Kathy Fey - Apr 19, 2015
A Japanese research team proposes mounting a powerful laser on the ISS to help rid Earth’s orbital space of debris.
 
ESA satellite reveals thickness of Arctic sea-ice in near-real time
Andrew McDonald - Apr 17, 2015
The CryoSat mission obtains continuous radar readings of the sea-ice thickness.
 
Dawn gets first look at Ceres’ north pole
Andrew McDonald - Apr 17, 2015
The spacecraft is in the process of establishing its first science orbit.
 
Russia may be planning its own space station
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 17, 2015
Putin's is latest in contradictory statements about Russia's future in space.
 
NASA selects five proposals for future radiation protection
Andrew McDonald - Apr 17, 2015
The entries detail new ways to protect crews from galactic cosmic rays.
 
Debris still a threat as New Horizons approaches Pluto
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 16, 2015
Impact unlikely but mission team members are taking all possible precautions.
 
Astronomers search 100000 galaxies for signs of life
Kathy Fey - Apr 15, 2015
A massive scan for heat signatures across the cosmos has turned up no signs of highly advanced civilizations.
 
Space Launch System cryogenic tank ready for testing
Andrew McDonald - Apr 14, 2015
The huge tank first had to be moved from a NASA center to a Dynetics Inc. facility.
 
Scientists create revealing dark matter map
Kathy Fey - Apr 14, 2015
The new map showing the distribution of dark matter reveals some of the unseen structure of the universe.
 
Rosetta finds surprising lack of magnetism on comet 67P
Kathy Fey - Apr 14, 2015
Measurements from Rosetta’s comet may shake up some theories about our solar system’s formation.
 
MESSENGER probe’s altimeter helps keep mission going
Andrew McDonald - Apr 14, 2015
The instrument is being employed to keep careful track of the spacecraft's position relative to the surface of Mercury.
 
Latest SpaceX cargo run delayed
Andrew McDonald - Apr 14, 2015
The new launch window is 4:10 p.m. on April 14.
 
Solar eruptions affect planets without magnetospheres
Kathy Fey - Apr 11, 2015
A new study from NASA shows that Earth’s magnetosphere has protected its life-sustaining atmosphere from solar emissions.
 
ISS experiment will study effects of microgravity on bone
Andrew McDonald - Apr 11, 2015
The analysis will focus on osteocyte cells, and could lead to innovations to prevent bone mass reduction in future missions.
 
NASA chooses ultra-lightweight material proposals for future missions
Andrew McDonald - Apr 10, 2015
Three proposals have been selected for further funding and development.
 
NASA probe reaches 1,000 orbits around Mars
Andrew McDonald - Apr 09, 2015
The MAVEN mission is intended to explore Mars upper atmosphere.
 
Glacier belts on Mars contain vast amounts of water
Kathy Fey - Apr 08, 2015
Glaciers buried under the Martian surface may contain enough water to cover the entire planet.
 
Collision between Earth and Theia created the moon
Kathy Fey - Apr 08, 2015
New insight on Earth’s violent past points to a moon formed from Earth’s collision with a “little sister” planet.
 
Extraterrestrial life might be discovered within a generation
Andrew McDonald - Apr 07, 2015
The profusion of potentially habitable worlds in our solar system and beyond, and the development of new observational technologies are driving the search for life.
 
Hot and hotter; The sun has seasons too.
Andrew McDonald - Apr 07, 2015
A two-year cycle of magnetic surges drives most of the most dramatic solar flare activity.
 
Construction pause will facilitate dialogue about Mauna Kea telescope
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 07, 2015
Native groups oppose placing telescope on sacred land.
 
At global hackathon, NASA and IBM will focus on space apps
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 07, 2015
MIcrosoft, Google, and Intel will also take part in the competitions.
 
ALMA telescope captures Einstein ring image of ancient galaxy
Kathy Fey - Apr 07, 2015
The image taken by ALMA is the most detailed example of the Einstein ring effect ever captured.
 
New Horizons studying interaction between solar wind and Pluto's atmosphere
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 06, 2015
Data is already providing insights into the region's "weather."
 
Opportunity to name Pluto features extended to April 24
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 06, 2015
Submissions have come from nearly every country in the world.
 
Lava tubes could provide shelter for moon missions
Kathy Fey - Apr 06, 2015
Lunar lava tunnels may be useful for long-term occupation of the moon.
 
ESA to examine ways to defend Earth against asteroids
Andrew McDonald - Apr 02, 2015
ESA probe will observe as a NASA impactor strikes a small asteroid in 2022.
 
Curiosity rover finds intriguing mineral veins on Mars
Kathy Fey - Apr 02, 2015
Protruding mineral veins on the Martian surface hint at a watery past.
 
Total lunar eclipse on April 3 and 4
Andrew McDonald - Apr 01, 2015
The eclipse will be visible from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded landmasses.