| Jul 19, 2013
| 6:45 AM
It’s time to get ready for your not-so-close-up. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft on the far side of Saturn will snap a long-distance portrait of Earth today between 2:27 p.m. and 2:42 p.m. PDT.
[Updated 8:10 a.m.: "Awesome." Cassini project...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 10:34 AM
When not running Amazon, what does CEO Jeff Bezos do? Go looking for NASA's garbage.
On Friday, Bezos confirmed that his team had retrieved the Apollo 11 No. 5 engine from the ocean floor on a mission in March. That was what they had hoped, but with the...
| Jun 19, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Earthlings, get ready to say cheese! NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will be taking your picture next month -- from 898 million miles away.
If you happen to have your eyes closed or your hair is out of place, don’t worry. All of planet Earth...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 11:17 AM
You don’t need to worry about walking on thin ice on Titan. The icy shell that encapsulates Saturn’s largest moon is tougher and thicker than previously thought, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
| Aug 28, 2013
| 7:54 PM
Robert S. Kraemer, NASA's former director of planetary exploration who was also an expert in rocket engines, died Aug. 20 at an assisted living home in Catonsville, Md., of complications from a fall, his family said. He was 84.
Kraemer joined NASA in...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 11:11 AM
A 235-foot-tall rocket carrying a top-secret spy satellite roared to life and blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, leaving a thick white plume as it cut across the morning sky.
The launch took place Wednesday at 11:03 a.m. PDT at the...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 4:42 PM
A sun-grazing comet zoomed a little too close to an erupting sun this week, and you can watch its final moments, right here.
The comet, which is estimated to be less than 100 yards in diameter, did not survive its close encounter with the sun's powerful...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 5:33 PM
The space-based telescope known as WISE has been orbiting our planet in a hibernative state for the past two and a half years. But now, nap time is over.
WISE has some asteroid hunting to do.
This week, NASA announced it will reactivate the...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 4:29 PM
Is there life on Jupiter's icy moon Europa? Scientists would like to find out.
"It does have the right ingredients," said Robert Pappalardo, a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lead author of a new study outlining what might be learned from...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 4:09 PM
This week an amateur Japanese astronomer discovered a new nova shining in the night sky, and experts say it is getting brighter by the hour.
If you are familiar with the constellations and can read a star map, you can try to find it for yourself....
| Aug 19, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Astronomers have discovered a planet that circles its star once every 8.5 hours, giving it one of the shortest orbital periods ever seen.
It's an exciting find, but not for the usual reasons. Much of the search for exoplanets focuses on seeking out...