Jupiter-sized sunspot could harm Earth's satellites, cause power outages
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 24, 2014
Jupiter-sized sunspot could harm Earth's satellites, cause power outages
Observatories keep watch as sunspot rotates toward us.
Researchers obtain most accurate measurement of cosmic microwave polarization Researchers obtain most accurate measurement of cosmic microwave polarization
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 22, 2014
High level of precision measurement could unravel earliest secrets of the universe.
Private company SpaceX likely to play key role in human spaceflight Private company SpaceX likely to play key role in human spaceflight
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 21, 2014
New Dragon 2 vehicle scheduled to transport humans to space in three years.
Comet makes extremely rare close approach to Mars Comet makes extremely rare close approach to Mars
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 21, 2014
Encounter observed by five orbiters and two rovers.
Researchers obtain most accurate measurement of cosmic microwave polarization
Researchers obtain most accurate measurement of cosmic microwave polarization
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 22, 2014
High level of precision measurement could unravel earliest secrets of the universe.
 
Simulation shows women better suited to life on Mars
Simulation shows women better suited to life on Mars
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 20, 2014
The need for less food and a greater ease in maintaining weight are both factors that favor female astronauts.
 
Mercury’s polar ice imaged by NASA’s Messenger
Mercury’s polar ice imaged by NASA’s Messenger
Andrew McDonald - Oct 18, 2014
In some places, the water ice has a thin layer of organic compounds on top.
 
New Horizons targets KBOs after Pluto flyby
New Horizons targets KBOs after Pluto flyby
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 17, 2014
Hubble Space Telescope "rescues" Kuiper Belt phase of mission.
 
Stunning animation of comet Siding Spring's upcoming Mars flyby released
Stunning animation of comet Siding Spring's upcoming Mars flyby released
Ross Cronkrite - Oct 17, 2014
The comet's nucleus will make its closest approach to the Red Plant around 2:27 p.m. EDT on Sunday.
 
Spot the next comet that passes Mars this weekend
Spot the next comet that passes Mars this weekend
Andrew McDonald - Oct 16, 2014
Comet Siding Spring will pass within 86,200 miles of the Red Planet on October 19.
 
Even better than the first: Rosetta snaps stunning selfie of comet 67P
Even better than the first: Rosetta snaps stunning selfie of comet 67P
Ross Cronkrite - Oct 15, 2014
The ESA says that the active "neck" region of 67P is now distinctly evident.
 
MIT casts doubt on Mars One vision for landing humans on planet
MIT casts doubt on Mars One vision for landing humans on planet
Andrew McDonald - Oct 14, 2014
More new technologies will be necessary to make the mission practical.
 
NASA readying two missions to locate water on the Moon
NASA readying two missions to locate water on the Moon
Andrew McDonald - Oct 14, 2014
The two missions, a probe and a rover, will investigate the distribution and potential use of lunar water.
 
Moon looks 25 times brighter in video of lunar eclipse from Mercury
Moon looks 25 times brighter in video of lunar eclipse from Mercury
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 13, 2014
Planetary missions provide unique views of Earth from space.
 
NASA captures the Sun's spooky jack-o'-lantern face
NASA captures the Sun's spooky jack-o'-lantern face
Ross Cronkrite - Oct 13, 2014
NASA notes that the active regions look more luminous because those are areas that give off more light and energy.
 
Black hole consumes '100 billion billion hot dogs every minute'
Black hole consumes '100 billion billion hot dogs every minute'
Ross Cronkrite - Oct 10, 2014
P13 is actually a tiny black hole, despite the fact that it's a million times brighter than the Sun.
 
Inflatable module to reach ISS in 2015, paving way for 'commercial domain'
Inflatable module to reach ISS in 2015, paving way for 'commercial domain'
Andrew McDonald - Oct 07, 2014
SpaceX will ferry the Bigelow Aerospace module to the station.
 
NASA awards major astrobiology grants in search for alien life
NASA awards major astrobiology grants in search for alien life
Andrew McDonald - Oct 07, 2014
The seven chosen teams will conduct research on the origins and evolution of life on Earth and elsewhere.
 
Jupiter-sized sunspot could harm Earth's satellites, cause power outages
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 24, 2014
Observatories keep watch as sunspot rotates toward us.
 
In older galaxies, black hole emissions impede star formation
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 24, 2014
Cause of emissions remains unknown.
 
How NASA combats odor on the ISS
Andrew McDonald - Oct 24, 2014
Two systems are responsible for removing contaminants from the station's air.
 
NASA captures high-resolution images of comet that swept past Mars
Andrew McDonald - Oct 23, 2014
The images of comet Siding Spring reveal the actual size of its nucleus.
 
Private company SpaceX likely to play key role in human spaceflight
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 21, 2014
New Dragon 2 vehicle scheduled to transport humans to space in three years.
 
Comet makes extremely rare close approach to Mars
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 21, 2014
Encounter observed by five orbiters and two rovers.
 
Orionid meteor shower peaks tonight: watch via NASA webcast
Andrew McDonald - Oct 21, 2014
The best time to see the show is a few hours before dawn on October 21.
 
POLARBEAR finds twists in Universe's oldest light
Ross Cronkrite - Oct 21, 2014
Additional telescopes making up the Simons Array will continue to help scientists map wider sections of the sky.
 
Boeing's secret X-37B spy space plane lands: What did it find?
Andrew McDonald - Oct 18, 2014
The unmanned craft spend 674 days orbiting Earth.
 
Saturn's moon Mimas could harbor subsurface ocean
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 18, 2014
Small satellite may join growing number of worlds with hidden oceans beneath icy surfaces.
 
ESA’s Rosetta snaps close-up of comet boulder
Andrew McDonald - Oct 18, 2014
The boulder is named Cheops, after an ancient Egyptian pyramid.
 
NASA discovers mini tornadoes and even hotter areas in Sun’s atmosphere
Andrew McDonald - Oct 17, 2014
Data from IRIS spacecraft show how the Sun's corona is heated.
 
Latest spacewalk for ISS Expedition 41 includes health checks, spacesuit maintenance
Andrew McDonald - Oct 16, 2014
Two Russian cosmonauts will undertake the spacewalk on October 22.
 
Small black hole consumes huge amount of gas
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 16, 2014
Size is less of a constraint on black hole behavior than scientists once thought.
 
Moon may have experienced volcanoes only 50 million years ago
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 15, 2014
LRO images support theory of recent lunar volcanism.
 
Exoplanet is first ‘ice giant’ found outside our solar system
Andrew McDonald - Oct 15, 2014
The planet orbits one member of a binary star system 25,000 light-years from Earth.
 
MAVEN orbiter finds hydrogen layer that spreads 21,000 miles from Mars
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 14, 2014
Scientists excited by clarity of the images.
 
$8 million NASA grant studies Earth to find life on Mars
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 14, 2014
Studies of terrestrial sites will prepare scientists for next Mars rover mission.
 
Researchers create detailed longitude and altitude map of exoplanet
Andrew McDonald - Oct 10, 2014
The two-dimensional map shows temperatures at different longitudes on a 'hot Jupiter'.
 
Radiation leaks used to peer into star-forming galaxy
Andrew McDonald - Oct 10, 2014
Study could lead to a greater understanding of important events in the early cosmos.
 
NASA telescope detects brightest supernova almost 12 million miles away
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 09, 2014
Pulsars are capable of emitting the same intense X-rays that black holes do.
 
New habitable planet forming every year: ASTRON
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 09, 2014
Vast distances between worlds, however, could make contact with aliens unlikely.
 
NASA opens website that can send your name to Mars
Andrew McDonald - Oct 08, 2014
Names will be placed on a microchip that will be carried on future missions.
 
NASA probe observes intense eruption of solar flare
Andrew McDonald - Oct 08, 2014
The Solar Dynamics Observatory recently documented a mid-level flare and a huge filament of solar material.
 
Virgin and Boeing among companies planning vehicles for space tourism
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 08, 2014
Additional testing and development likely to take longer than companies expect.
 
ISS astronauts perform maintenance, capture incredible photos
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 07, 2014
Astronauts also capture and tweet photos of ISS above Earth.
 
For the 180 day trip to Mars, NASA will put astronauts into deep hibernation
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 07, 2014
Option could reduce cargo, mass of space vehicle.
 
Stunning close-up photo of Rosetta comet 'firing its jets'
Ross Cronkrite - Oct 06, 2014
Comet 67P's coma already extends nearly 12,000 miles from the nucleus.
 
In debate, Harvard scientists argue that Pluto should be reconsidered a planet
Andrew McDonald - Oct 03, 2014
Audience at Harvard debate votes for definition of planet that would accommodate Pluto.
 
Red dwarf flares 12 times hotter than the Sun’s core
Andrew McDonald - Oct 02, 2014
One sequence of flares lasted 11 days.
 
Is Earth’s gravity being threatened by loss of Antarctic ice?
Andrew McDonald - Oct 01, 2014
A small dip in gravity around Antarctica has been connected to reduction of the ice sheet.
 
Sierra Nevada Corporation files formal complaint against NASA award decision
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 30, 2014
Complaint process will delay commercial spaceflight program.
 
Report envisions vacations in space and underwater in ten years
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 30, 2014
Travel industry will experience "revolutionary" change.
 
Water on Earth is older than the Sun, astronomers say
Ross Cronkrite - Sep 27, 2014
The researchers created a model that tracks the history of deuterium back through time.
 
Up to a third of Earth's water predates the sun
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 25, 2014
Origin was interstellar ice.