| Jul 22, 2013
| 5:23 PM
Need a little perspective in your life? Take a look at these images of Earth as seen from almost 900 million miles away.
In these new images released by NASA, our planet is dwarfed by Saturn's breathtaking rings, and shows up as just a pale blue dot --...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 5:24 PM
When it comes to studying the region of interstellar space just beyond our solar system, nothing seems to work quite the way scientists imagined.
Take Voyager 1 for example. The spacecraft has confounded and delighted researchers for several years...
| 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...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 12:54 AM
Nov. 17, 1981: The main engine in the space shuttle program undergoes a test firing at the Santa Susana Mountains field laboratory site of Rockwell International....
| 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-...
| 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,...
| Apr 29, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Astronomers knew this day would come. The Herschel Space Observatory has run out of coolant and ceased looking into the cold, distant universe. Without liquid helium to keep the instruments chilled to minus 456 degrees Fahrenheit, the European Space...
| 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...