Plasma jets emitted by Sun are heavily influenced by interstellar flow, study says
Andrew McDonald - Mar 04, 2015
Plasma jets emitted by Sun are heavily influenced by interstellar flow, study says
The finding led to a new hypothesis regarding the shape of the heliosphere.
NASA successfully replicates DNA molecules within brutal conditions of space NASA successfully replicates DNA molecules within brutal conditions of space
Andrew McDonald - Mar 04, 2015
In an experiment that simulated the harsh environment of space, the researchers were able to create molecules found in RNA and DNA.
Scientists buzzing with excitement as NASA's Dawn spacecraft nears Ceres Scientists buzzing with excitement as NASA's Dawn spacecraft nears Ceres
Dan Taylor - Mar 04, 2015
Ceres will begin its orbit this Friday, although it will take a few weeks before it is ready to start taking scientific measurements and help researchers solve the mystery of the bright spots.
Rosetta aligns with Sun to create 'shadow hiding' photo effect on comet Rosetta aligns with Sun to create 'shadow hiding' photo effect on comet
Laurel Kornfeld - Mar 03, 2015
Alignment with the Sun created a halo surrounding the spacecraft's shadow.
Scientists buzzing with excitement as NASA's Dawn spacecraft nears Ceres
Scientists buzzing with excitement as NASA's Dawn spacecraft nears Ceres
Dan Taylor - Mar 04, 2015
Ceres will begin its orbit this Friday, although it will take a few weeks before it is ready to start taking scientific measurements and help researchers solve the mystery of the bright spots.
 
Rosetta aligns with Sun to create 'shadow hiding' photo effect on comet
Rosetta aligns with Sun to create 'shadow hiding' photo effect on comet
Laurel Kornfeld - Mar 03, 2015
Alignment with the Sun created a halo surrounding the spacecraft's shadow.
 
United Launch Alliance plans to undercut Elon Musk with a new breed of engine
United Launch Alliance plans to undercut Elon Musk with a new breed of engine
Laurel Kornfeld - Mar 02, 2015
Partnership with other commercial spaceflight companies could end reliance on Russian engines.
 
Surprising study: Sun's impact on climate is greater during cooler periods
Surprising study: Sun's impact on climate is greater during cooler periods
Dan Taylor - Mar 02, 2015
Scientists were able to examine marine algae found in sediments in the North Atlantic to compare sea surface temperatures to solar activity for the last few thousand years, and they found a clear correlation.
 
Scientists find possible ‘missing link’ in black hole evolution
Scientists find possible ‘missing link’ in black hole evolution
Kathy Fey - Feb 28, 2015
A newly discovered black hole could reveal a lot about how black holes develop and influence their surroundings.
 
Alien life on Titan? Scientists come to shocking conclusion that there could be life without water
Alien life on Titan? Scientists come to shocking conclusion that there could be life without water
Dan Taylor - Feb 28, 2015
The scientists have proposed that life can exist that is entirely based on nitrogen, causing life forms that could survive in seas of frigid methane on Titan's surface.
 
March 1 spacewalk given the green light after helmet leak incident
March 1 spacewalk given the green light after helmet leak incident
Andrew McDonald - Feb 27, 2015
During the most recent spacewalk, a small amount of water leaked into a crew member's helmet.
 
NASA satellite has observed movement of millions of tons of dust on Earth
NASA satellite has observed movement of millions of tons of dust on Earth
Laurel Kornfeld - Feb 27, 2015
Data collected helps scientists understand dust migration across the planet.
 
Dark matter may be lurking in the Sun
Dark matter may be lurking in the Sun
Kathy Fey - Feb 26, 2015
A newly published model suggests that dark matter may carry heat within the Sun.
 
Study confirms carbon dioxide is warming the Earth
Study confirms carbon dioxide is warming the Earth
Laurel Kornfeld - Feb 26, 2015
Human activity is increasing influence of greenhouse effect.
 
NASA satellites may uncover key sources of climate change
NASA satellites may uncover key sources of climate change
Kathy Fey - Feb 26, 2015
New space station equipment and satellites are already returning detailed weather information.
 
Immense black hole dates to the early history of the universe
Immense black hole dates to the early history of the universe
Andrew McDonald - Feb 26, 2015
The supermassive black hole is the most luminous object identified from the cosmos' early evolution.
 
Dawn sees two mysterious bright spots on Ceres that could be ice
Dawn sees two mysterious bright spots on Ceres that could be ice
Andrew McDonald - Feb 25, 2015
Another bright area has been observed near a recently reported anomalous bright spot.
 
Astronomers stunned to find ancient black hole 12 billion times bigger than the sun
Astronomers stunned to find ancient black hole 12 billion times bigger than the sun
Dan Taylor - Feb 25, 2015
The quasar emitted from the black hole is the most luminous object in the universe at 40,000 times brighter than the entire Milky Way.
 
Mars once had more water than the Arctic Ocean, NASA finds
Dan Taylor - 5 hours ago
Scientists believe the ocean, which would have been enough to cover the entire surface of the planet in 450 feet of water, covered most of the northern hemisphere of the planet 4.3 billion years ago.
 
Hubble reveals quadruple image of ancient supernova
Kathy Fey - 17 hours ago
The space telescope’s rare multiple image may help scientists determine dark matter distribution.
 
Fastest star ever known cannot even be slowed by gravity from entire galaxy
Andrew McDonald - 17 hours ago
The star might have achieved its extreme speed after its companion star went supernova.
 
Mars rover loses use of arm due to ‘short circuit’
Kathy Fey - Mar 04, 2015
NASA is investigating a technical glitch that cost the Curiosity rover use of one of its arms
 
NASA successfully replicates DNA molecules within brutal conditions of space
Andrew McDonald - Mar 04, 2015
In an experiment that simulated the harsh environment of space, the researchers were able to create molecules found in RNA and DNA.
 
MIT developing device to produce breathable oxygen on Mars
Laurel Kornfeld - Mar 03, 2015
The machine will be carried onboard the Mars 2020 rover.
 
Scientists use 'Z-Machine' to study planetary collisions that formed Earth's core
Andrew McDonald - Mar 03, 2015
A new study shows that iron can be vaporized during slower impact events, meaning that more iron vapor was produced as Earth's mass increased.
 
SpaceX impresses observers by launching two satellites with just one rocket
Laurel Kornfeld - Mar 02, 2015
The event marks Falcon 9's first dual launch.
 
How did this baby galaxy develop so much powerful interstellar dust?
Andrew McDonald - Mar 02, 2015
Its quantities of dust and stars are similar to those of much more mature galaxies.
 
Is the Global Warming slowdown over? Scientists expect big spike in temperatures soon
Dan Taylor - Mar 01, 2015
A new study confirms that global warming is still happening, it's just been slowed by trade winds that have buried heat deep in the ocean -- trade winds that are expected to slacken soon, leading to an increase in temperature on our planet.
 
Methane on Mars is confirmed by NASA
Kathy Fey - Mar 01, 2015
The Curiosity rover’s findings have been exhaustively analyzed to confirm the presence of methane on Mars.
 
In 3D: Very Large Telescope peers deeper into cosmos than ever before
Andrew McDonald - Feb 27, 2015
By studying the Hubble Deep Field South, the telescope's MUSE instrument revealed previously unseen galaxies.
 
Mystery deepens as second bright spot appears on Ceres in new Dawn photo
Dan Taylor - Feb 25, 2015
Scientists still aren't sure what the origin of the bright spots is, but they hope to find out for sure once Dawn reaches the dwarf planet early next month.
 
Spacewalk successful despite water leak in astronaut’s helmet
Kathy Fey - Feb 25, 2015
The cause of a water leak in astronaut Terry Virts' helmet is still unknown
 
It's Mars versus the Moon as next destination for U.S. space program
Andrew McDonald - Feb 25, 2015
A congressional hearing recently heard arguments from both sides.
 
NASA prepares for launch of satellites to study Earth’s magnetic field
Andrew McDonald - Feb 24, 2015
The four probes will observe magnetic reconnections between Earth's magnetic field and that of the Sun.
 
New Mexico still paying for mistake of building $250-million space tourism port
Alex Galbraith - Feb 23, 2015
New legislation looks to sell the struggling New Mexico facility.
 
Race to the Moon: Competing companies team up for Google Lunar XPrize
Laurel Kornfeld - Feb 23, 2015
Both will benefit from featuring new technology to land and rove on the Moon.
 
Latest spacewalk 'selfie' taken against background of Earth, ISS
Laurel Kornfeld - Feb 23, 2015
Selfies from space enjoy widespread popularity.
 
ISS readies to start accommodating manned commercial spacecrafts
Andrew McDonald - Feb 20, 2015
A series of spacewalks and robotic operations in 2015 will be needed to ready the station to receive Boeing and SpaceX craft.
 
Supermassive black holes responsible for energy storm in 'boring' galaxy
Dan Taylor - Feb 20, 2015
Using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA), scientists examined the "boring" Teacup galaxy and found a surprising amount of activity by its black hole.
 
Scientists: Dark matter determines size of supermassive black holes
Laurel Kornfeld - Feb 20, 2015
Growth of elliptical galaxies is molded by dark matter in their halos.
 
New Horizons takes first look at two of Pluto's tiny moons: A 'major milestone'
Laurel Kornfeld - Feb 19, 2015
Animation uses LORRI images to show Nix and Hydra orbiting Pluto.
 
Fabled gravitational waves could actually be found by observing time, not space
Alex Galbraith - Feb 19, 2015
A new paper suggests that we've gone about searching for gravitational waves in the wrong way.
 
Winds emitting from distant black hole have the energy of a trillion suns
Alex Galbraith - Feb 19, 2015
Astronomers have observed winds that carry enough energy to stop galaxies from producing stars.
 
500-pound, two-foot-wide fireball lights up sky over Pennsylvania
Andrew McDonald - Feb 19, 2015
The meteor was about two feet in diameter and weighed about 500 pounds.
 
From Kazakhstan with love: ISS receives huge supply shipment on Soyuz rocket
Alex Galbraith - Feb 18, 2015
A Soyuz rocket carried 3.1 tons of supplies to the ISS.
 
Astronomers use 'planet finder' tool to investigate missing brown dwarf
Alex Galbraith - Feb 18, 2015
Researchers using the Very Large Telescope array found a little less than they bargained for.
 
NASA’s Dawn probe snaps clearest images yet of a heavily-crated Ceres
Andrew McDonald - Feb 18, 2015
Dawn will begin a more in-depth study of Ceres after it assumes orbit on March 6.
 
Spacecraft carrying 2.4 tons of garbage from ISS receives Viking funeral
Alex Galbraith - Feb 17, 2015
The final ATV spacecraft burned up upon reentering the Earth's atmosphere on Sunday.
 
Rapidly-changing plumes in Mars' atmosphere leave astronomers speechless
Laurel Kornfeld - Feb 17, 2015
Theories considered cannot fully explain the phenomenon.
 
Why are 'starburst' galaxies so powerful in building new stars?
Alex Galbraith - Feb 17, 2015
Astronomers are working toward figuring out why starburst galaxies are better at star production than others.
 
Mars One astronaut selection chooses 100 candidates to start living on Mars
Laurel Kornfeld - Feb 17, 2015
Next round will be reality TV competition in simulated Mars environment.
 
SpaceX launches observatory on third attempt, drops booster into rough seas
Dan Taylor - Feb 14, 2015
The DSCOVR satellite was inspired by former Vice President Al Gore, and it will embark on a four-month journey to the Lagrange Point to watch for incoming solar storms.
 
New imaging technique reveals Titan’s surface in unprecedented clarity
Andrew McDonald - Feb 13, 2015
The method removes grainy noise from radar images captured by the Cassini spacecraft.