In less than two weeks, NASA will be launching the ISS-RapidScat wind-watching scatterometer into Earth's orbit, where it will be taxied up to the International Space Station (ISS). Interestingly, the impressively complex monitoring satellite will be going up to the ISS in parts, and the station itself will be tasked to see to its final assembly and start-up.
The long-running Cassini orbital Saturn mission has revealed that there are hundreds of hydrocarbon lakes and seas located all over Saturn's moon Titan. Now new observations have led researchers to believe that they can explain, at least in-part, how methane rainfall replenishes these liquid landmarks.
As they wrap up measuring just how loud a test model of the new Space Launch System rocket can be, NASA engineers are crunching numbers to figure out how they can make sure the rocket's lift-off isn't so loud it destroys itself.
NASA has recently tested a number of specially 3D printed rocket parts, showing just how efficient the technology really is, and how it could potentially revolutionize how the agency makes use of additive manufacturing in rocket design.
Astronomers using a combination of land and space telescopes believe they have, for the first time, identified a "building site" for galaxy construction, with millions of newborn stars blazing into existence.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted what it suspects is an asteroid smashup - the type of collision that can lead to the formation of new planets, according to a new study.
NASA officially announced the approval of the next generation rocket called the Space Launch System (SLS) on Wednesday, enabling the agency to move away from formulation tests and into the practical stages of development.
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has taken unprecedented views of Neptune's moon Triton, describes a new study.
A veteran of the sky is falling down, and for NASA experts, it's bittersweet. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite phoned home earlier this week to let the space agency know that it's running low on fuel, and with no way to get a fresh tank up to the orbiting spacecraft, NASA engineers are content to let it gradually fall to a fiery end.
An exceptionally important stage in the building of the Orion spacecraft has finally been completed. Heat shielding to protect the craft from the intense temperatures of an atmospheric reentry has been tiled to its outside, preparing Orion for the live testing that it will undergo by the end of this year.
In some bizarre twist of fate, plankton from Earth's sea has reportedly wound up on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS). Experts know that certain bacteria can survive in space given the right conditions, but plankton is certainly not one of them. This of course raises the question, "how the heck did they get there?"
Later this year, rats could be scampering around the International Space Station (ISS). However, to the likely relief of the station's crew, there will be no need to call in the exterminators. NASA astronauts plan to play host for a group of test rodents for up to three months in an attempt at better understanding how long-term micro-gravity life can impact animal health.
Treacherous sands became an unexpected obstacle for NASA's Curiosity rover in July, and now the Mars traveler has been forced to change course, targeting a new geological formation for the next stage of its survey mission.
Bigger isn't always better. Incredibly small satellites, no larger than a loaf of bread, are the next generation of high-tech satellites, according to engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. These little guys are pioneering new technologies and are due to be at the forefront of future climate investigations.
How well do you think you know your own city? Could you recognize it in the dead of night... from space? NASA is hoping to use a wealth of images of Earth taken from the International Space Station to measure light pollution and energy consumption across the globe, and is asking for the help of the world's citizens.