Eclipse Overload: What If the Sun Were Blocked for Years?

Total solar eclipses are astonishing events to witness, and preparations for them — particularly for eclipses with paths that are visible to large numbers of people, such as the Aug. … Continue reading Eclipse Overload: What If the Sun Were Blocked for Years?

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Sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface

The sun is emitting plumes of hydrogen plasma. The white areas are where the sun’s magnetic field is especially strong. Credit: SoHO, a joint project of the European Space Agency … Continue reading Sun’s core rotates four times faster than its surface

Voyager spacecraft still reaching for the stars and setting records after 40 years

An artist concept depicting one of NASA’s twin Voyager spacecraft. Humanity’s farthest and longest-lived spacecraft are celebrating 40 years in August and September 2017. Credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory Humanity’s farthest … Continue reading Voyager spacecraft still reaching for the stars and setting records after 40 years

An Asteroid Headed Our Way Is About to Test NASA’s Planetary Defense System

Run for shelter or wave hello? Our Solar System is littered with chunks of space rocks that whizz around in different orbits and varying speeds – and it’s no big … Continue reading An Asteroid Headed Our Way Is About to Test NASA’s Planetary Defense System

JPL moves ahead with Mars and Europa missions despite funding uncertainty

WASHINGTON — The director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said his center is pressing ahead with work on current and proposed missions to Mars and Europa despite ongoing debates on … Continue reading JPL moves ahead with Mars and Europa missions despite funding uncertainty

Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser on the move in California

The Dream Chaser test craft pictured during a tow test Monday at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, located at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Credit: Sierra Nevada An atmospheric test … Continue reading Sierra Nevada’s Dream Chaser on the move in California

NASA finally admits it doesn’t have the funding to land humans on Mars

Enlarge / NASA’s chief of human spaceflight, Bill Gerstenmaier, speaks at the Humans to Mars summit in 2015. NASA   For the last five years or so, NASA has sold … Continue reading NASA finally admits it doesn’t have the funding to land humans on Mars

First images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reach Earth

STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS An enhanced color view of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot from the Juno spacecraft flyby Monday. Credit: Greg Smye-Rumsby / Astronomy Now Two days after NASA’s Juno … Continue reading First images of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot reach Earth

Orion deep in processing for EM-1, planning for following missions

July 6, 2017 by Philip Sloss As US Vice President Mike Pence visited the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), one of the welcoming party, the Orion crew module, is fast taking … Continue reading Orion deep in processing for EM-1, planning for following missions

NASA Is Planning an Asteroid Deflection Test Mission in Case The Unthinkable Happens

Armageddon prevention 101. NASA is preparing an ambitious test mission to see if it’s capable of deflecting an incoming asteroid that, if left unchecked, would imperil Earth. The space agency wants to … Continue reading NASA Is Planning an Asteroid Deflection Test Mission in Case The Unthinkable Happens

NASA closing out Asteroid Redirect Mission

GREENBELT, Md. — With administration plans to cancel it announced earlier this year, and a lack of congressional support, NASA is in an “orderly closeout” phase of its Asteroid Redirect … Continue reading NASA closing out Asteroid Redirect Mission

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Traces Ancient Environmental Changes on Mars

What is history of the climate on Mars, and what were the conditions like long ago, before the Red Planet lost its atmosphere? Were they possibly favorable for life to … Continue reading NASA’s Curiosity Rover Traces Ancient Environmental Changes on Mars

Mars Had Way More Water on its Surface Than We Thought

Mars has an extensive network of ancient valleys that were likely carved out by water over geologic time periods. Now a new study suggests that Mars had much more water … Continue reading Mars Had Way More Water on its Surface Than We Thought

Best Jupiter Images From Juno … So Far

The original plans for the Juno mission to Jupiter didn’t include a color camera. You don’t need color images when the mission’s main goals are to map Jupiter’s magnetic and … Continue reading Best Jupiter Images From Juno … So Far

NASA Just Fast-Tracked Its Mission to Explore a $10,000 Quadrillion Metal Asteroid

It might have just pushed back its manned mission to Mars, but NASA just fast-tracked a planned journey to 16 Psyche – an asteroid made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal. … Continue reading NASA Just Fast-Tracked Its Mission to Explore a $10,000 Quadrillion Metal Asteroid

Mysterious Light Flashes 1st Spotted by Carl Sagan Explained

Sun glints off of ice crystals high in the Earth’s atmosphere in images taken from the satellite DSCOVR. The orange circle shows one of the sun glints. Credit: NASA’s Goddard … Continue reading Mysterious Light Flashes 1st Spotted by Carl Sagan Explained

A Teenager Just Built The World’s Lightest Satellite – And NASA’s Launching It

What a legend. An Indian teenager has won an international competition to build a functioning satellite, and not only has he produced what is reportedly the world’s lightest satellite device … Continue reading A Teenager Just Built The World’s Lightest Satellite – And NASA’s Launching It

Buzz Aldrin to NASA: Retire the International Space Station ASAP to Reach Mars

NASA and its partner agencies should retire the International Space Station and focus on getting astronauts to Mars instead, Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin said. Credit: NASA If NASA and … Continue reading Buzz Aldrin to NASA: Retire the International Space Station ASAP to Reach Mars

NASA’s Mars Plan May Include Yearlong Mission to the Moon

Phase 2 of NASA’s current plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030s involves a yearlong crewed mission to validate the Mars vehicle around the moon. Credit: NASA/The Humans … Continue reading NASA’s Mars Plan May Include Yearlong Mission to the Moon

NASA receives more than $19.6 billion in 2017 omnibus spending bill

WASHINGTON — A long-overdue fiscal year 2017 spending bill unveiled early May 1 will provide NASA with $19.65 billion, more than $600 million above the original request for the agency … Continue reading NASA receives more than $19.6 billion in 2017 omnibus spending bill

A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Takes to the Sky

On April 25, at 10:50 a.m. local time, a white helium balloon ascended from Wanaka, New Zealand, and lifted Angela Olinto’s hopes into the stratosphere. The football stadium-size NASA balloon, … Continue reading A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Takes to the Sky

NASA Astronauts Are Close to Identifying Unknown Microbe Colonies That Grow in Space

The International Space Station (ISS) is usually a pretty clean place. But where there are people, there are microorganisms. And when you’re trapped in a giant hunk of metal some … Continue reading NASA Astronauts Are Close to Identifying Unknown Microbe Colonies That Grow in Space

As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

Running low on fuel, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn. After using a final flyby of the … Continue reading As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

NASA has developed a futuristic 3D-printed ‘space fabric’

Why it matters to you NASA’s new futuristic space textile could be used for everything from spaceship insulation to cutting-edge astronaut space suits. Never an organization to knowingly fall behind … Continue reading NASA has developed a futuristic 3D-printed ‘space fabric’