The first African-American female astronaut will board the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018. Jeannete Epps, a former CIA officer before becoming an astronaut in 2009.
Even more shocking is that no one saw it coming.
Two NASA astronauts completed a spacewalk last Jan. 6 to perform power upgrade on the ISS. The next spacewalk will take place on Jan. 3.
The planet Earth and the moon were photographed by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently on the red planet.
NASA will launch two new asteroid missions to find out more about the origin of the Solar System. The missions called Lucy and Psyche will launch in 2021 and 2023.
A huge block of ice looks ready to break away from the Larsen C ice sheet in Antarctica - an event that could lead to a dangerously high sea level rise.
NASA detected space rocks that will be visible from Earth this early 2017. The other object is a comet and the other one is a rare cross between an asteroid and a comet.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) joined the bandwagon by sending their own version of the mannequin challenge. It is, of course, done in microgravity, which makes it more interesting.
After the New Year celebrations, stargazers can watch another firework in a form of a meteor shower. The latest shower that will peak on Jan. 3 comes from shattered comet from a non-existent constellation.
As per NASA, the comet called C/2016 U1 NEOWISE zoomed past the earth on December 31, and if weather permits, it will be visible through binoculars until January 14.
NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover captured an image of purple rocks on the surface of the red planet. Could it mean there was once microbial life on the red planet?
NASA released a list of its favorite images from 2016. With the uncertainty that the new administration is bringing, looking back at the successful missions of 2016 brings hope to NASA scientists and the public alike.
NASA researchers appear to already have a lot of problems to face if they want astronauts to set foot on Mars. However, one of the biggest challenges is where these early "pioneers" will be sleeping.
A famous astronomer made the discovery of the spiral galaxy in the Hunting Dog constellation two centuries ago. But it was only today that the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope chased down the galaxy to reveal more information about it.