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  • Astronomers find gigantic black hole -- in a teeny tiny galaxy
    Astronomers find gigantic black hole -- in a teeny tiny galaxy

    Sometimes big surprises come wrapped in tiny galactic packages. That’s the strange find from a team of astronomers who discovered an enormous supermassive black hole in a very unlikely place: at the center of an ultracompact dwarf galaxy.

  • Orion a step closer to deep space; NASA practices pulling it from sea
    Orion a step closer to deep space; NASA practices pulling it from sea

    You have built a multibillion-dollar spaceship that will one day take humans to asteroids and Mars. You have big plans to send it up 3,600 miles into orbit, or about 15 times farther than the International Space Station. Now comes the hard part: Recovering this major piece of equipment once...

  • Get ready! NASA's MAVEN mission is about to reach Mars
    Get ready! NASA's MAVEN mission is about to reach Mars

    Home stretch! This Sunday, after a 10-month journey across the inner solar system, NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft will finally reach the Red Planet. The orbiter could provide the elusive answer to a simple question: If Mars once had enough atmosphere to allow for liquid water on its surface,...

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