| May 2, 2013
| 1:14 PM
NASA wants to send haikus to Mars, and you — yes, you! — might be just the poet for the job.
The space agency plans to launch a spacecraft to study the upper layers of the Red Planet’s atmosphere in November. But before the Mars...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 2:50 PM
Russia’s dramatic launch and crash of an unmanned Proton rocket holding three Glonass navigation satellites is not expected to affect upcoming manned trips to the orbiting International Space Station, NASA officials said.
The Proton-M rocket began...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 6:29 PM
Care to go for a hike in a national park? How about one on the moon? A bill introduced in Congress would protect U.S. Apollo lunar landing sites by making the detritus that astronauts left behind a part of the national park system.
It may sound like a...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 4:18 PM
The barest details of Luca Parmitano’s near-drowning in space are harrowing enough: The Italian astronaut’s spacesuit helmet began filling with water as he floated outside the International Space Station. Now, Parmitano has published a first-...
| Aug 23, 2013
| 8:53 AM
NASA has sent a spacecraft to study the moon’s surface and another to probe its "lumpy" gravity field, and now it's sending a new explorer to taste its atmosphere.
The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission will seek to...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 3:56 PM
Scientists using a NASA instrument aboard an Indian spacecraft have discovered signs of water native to the moon – not brought from far away, but water that must have been locked beneath the lunar crust since its birth.
The discovery by the ill-...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:08 PM
After nearly nine years in space and 4.7 billion miles traveled, NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft has met an unexpected end after mission members lost contact with it last month. Though it was unable to complete its latest assignment, the comet-hunting...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 4:14 PM
Planetary scientists are breathing a sigh of relief as NASA’s MAVEN mission to Mars has been cleared for takeoff. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission, slated for launch as early as Nov. 18, had been put on hold after this week's...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 12:07 PM
NASA scientists said Thursday that the agency will no longer attempt to restore full function to the exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope, which has been hobbled since the spring.
A three-month effort to return the craft to working order,...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 6:25 PM
Mars One wants to send humans on a one-way trip to the Red Planet in 2022. Four individuals will be selected out of the more than 100,000 that have already applied, according to the Dutch nonprofit. But would members of such an expedition, estimated to...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 12:12 PM
Think those tools aboard NASA’s rover Curiosity are only good for sniffing out argon isotopes and drilling into mysterious rocks? Wait till you hear this: A 'Happy Birthday' song played by Curiosity’s very own Sample Analysis at Mars...