Since landing on Mars in 2012, NASA’s Curiosity Rover is slowly making its way along the Martian landscape, all while collecting rock samples. However, while on its way up Mount Sharp, the rover reportedly started to act weird. NASA engineers state that the rover is facing technical difficulties, particularly with its extendable arm that drills holes into Martian rock.
NASA’s first asteroid return mission OSIRIS-REx will be multitasking during its journey to asteroid Bennu and search for rare and elusive Trojan asteroids.
SpaceX won't shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017. The planned mission was moved to 2018 after successfully completing two test flights.
NASA says a comet strike on Earth could be more catastrophic and damaging than an asteroid strike.
NASA and USGS are using a real-time ice sheet viewing process in order to study the factors that influence the movement of glaciers and ice sheets towards the sea.
NASA's OSIRIS-REx will be able to see asteroid Bennu using three robotic eyes. The images will be sent to Earth for analysis while scientists wait for asteroid samples to arrive on Earth in 2023.
NASA is currently rehearsing to prepare for the manned mission to Mars. However, some experts are worried if the Journey to Mars will proceed due to the newly elected president and his stance on space exploration programs.
Before concluding its final legislative day for the 114th Congress, the US Senate unanimously approved an amended version of S. 3346, the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2016, last Friday, December 10.
Many people were surprised to find out that scientists are sending stem cells into space. It is known to many that the weightlessness of space can do pretty incredible things to the body. However, scientists are trying to figure out what kinds of things near-weightless conditions can do to developing cells. Scientists have cent stem cells in a dish to the ISS so that astronauts can observe and record their findings, perhaps to help the future of mankind.
Rumor has it the Vatican, home to the Pope, knows more about extraterrestrial life than it has led us to believe and holds alien secrets it plans to divulge through a press conference in months to come, a report by Disclose.tv claims. The article cited Father José Gabriel Funes and Brother Guy Consolmagno, both from the Vatican Observatory (the Specola Vaticana in Latin), an astronomical research and educational institution supported by the Holy See.
NASA released interesting GIFs to GIPHY and Pinterest available to the public. The GIFs are a fun way to educate people about space programs.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent back data from its first orbit and will continue to complete its mission of 20 orbits. The data from the orbits will help researchers further understand if Saturn's moons are indeed younger than previously thought.
NASA collaborates with Stephen Hawking and his project to send a nanocraft to Alpha Centauri. Hawking's nanocraft can allegedly travel at 1/5th the speed of sound.
It was in 2012 when a private company called Mars One announced that they plan to send the first set of humans to set foot on the planet Mars. With the originally aimed schedule of 2024 nearing, it is about time that the first astronauts to reach Mars start to prepare. What is most interesting about this trip is that it may be a one-way ticket, as Mars One not only plans to set foot on Mars, but also plans to be the first to "establish a colony" on the red planet.