Even as "sequestration" means hits to NASA programs, private citizens are taking matters into their own hands through a number of means, including Elon Musk's SpaceX or Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic.
The summer solstice arrived this week, marking the longest day of the year, and while for many this may mean no more than an entertaining doodle on Google, for others it marks a day of pilgrimage.
A new look at the plasma eruption and subsequent splashdown that took place on the surface of the Sun during the summer of 2011 reveals how the event, caught in dramatic detail by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, may provide insights into the evolution of stars.
Whether it's new evidence of ancient water sources or a much thicker atmosphere way back when, the Red Planet seems to be claiming most of the headlines these days. However, an announcement Thursday from NASA shows that the space agency hasn't completely forgotten about the runt of the family - Mercury.
About 325 million light years away from Earth in the constellation of Hydra, two galaxies are merging together and are currently in a shape that resembles the silhouette of a penguin guarding an egg.
Discovering molecular hydrogen on the Moon was a surprise result from NASA's Lunar Crater Observation Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, which crash-landed the LCROSS satellite's spent Centaur rocket into the Cabeus crater in the permanently shadowed region of the Moon. Now, nearly four years later, scientists from the University of New Hamsphire and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center believe they have discovered the reason behind the mysterious metamorphosis of the Moon's water ice.
Scientists are being forced to rewrite existing theories on black holes based on the arrival of the most detailed observations yet of the dust surrounding the black hole located at the center of the active galaxy NGC 3783.
Mars once boasted an atmosphere drenched in oxygen, researchers at Oxford University argue based on a new analysis of Martian meteorites and rocks examined by NASA's rover Spirit.
Using the Mars rover Curiosity, NASA has produced the first image of Mars larger than one billion pixels, offering armchair explorers a way to examine the Red Planet in greater detail than ever before.
As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes an orbit around Saturn next month, it will snap a special picture: an image of Earth from about one billion miles away.
NASA announced Tuesday its plans to shoulder the work of locating asteroids that pose a threat to human populations, as well as knowing what to do about them, with anyone willing to offer a helping hand.
More than 40 years after the plane crash that killed him, new details are starting to emerge on the death of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.
Herschel, the the most powerful infrared telescope every flown in space, was officially turned off June 17 after four years of research into the dark, cold recesses of the cosmos.
Those willing to make the sacrifice of rising early this Sunday will be rewarded with the largest "supermoon" of 2013, though some argue it may not be worth it.