After eight years of analysis, researchers taking a particular close look at dust from NASA's Stardust spacecraft have identified seven rare microscopic dust particles that are likely the first examples of contemporary interstellar dust ever seen.
In what NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is calling a "unique crossover of art and culture and technology," researchers are proposing that the space agency's next generation of solar panels reflect some of the astoundingly efficient principles of origami.
The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to peak tonight and into tomorrow with the best visibility in the Northern Hemisphere.
NASA and the US Navy could be found splashing in the Pacific Ocean early last week. However, this wasn't the deserved downtime you might think it was. The agency and military branch have been exhaustively running scenarios for the re-entry and landing of the new Orion spacecraft, which is expected to splashdown at the conclusion of its flight test in December.
Earlier this week, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a flash of high-energy gamma radiation from what may seem like an unlikely source, the Earth. This radiation, traditionally seen emitting from powerful neutron stars and supernovas, was seen in a temporary flash at the center of Hurricane Julio as it continues to make its way towards the Hawaiian Islands - a testament to the power of the right storm conditions.
NASA has announced that by the end of next month, the agency will have built its first space imaging telescope made almost entirely out of 3D printed components. This will serve as a proof of concern, paving the way for future 3D printing endeavors.
After playing an otherworldly game of cat-and-mouse for more than a decade, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft has finally caught up to its comet quarry, making history with a first meeting at breakneck speeds of more than 3,400 mph (55,000 km/h.)
NASA experts at the Glenn Research Center (GRC) are using technology intended for Mars exploration to take a closer look at the Lake Erie algal bloom. That's the very same bloom that ruined water supplies in the Ohio area, causing the state's governor to declare a state of emergency in some counties.
NASA has recently announced the selection of two proposals to build new instruments that will allow the International Space Station (ISS) to monitor the Earth's plant life. Predictably, NASA is most interested in monitoring how climate change and human influence is affecting the planet's vegetation.
To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the launch of NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, the US space agency has released a short movie of the craft's flight over of Mercury, offering a unique close-and-personal view of the desolate planet's surface.
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft is only five days away from reaching its comet quarry after beginning a chase that started in 2004. Earlier this month, the craft was able to measure the temperature of the comet for the first time.
NASA has revealed details about the highly anticipated 2020 Mars rover - a rover that may be the last automated space agency craft to explore the Red Planet before humans do... hopefully.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station finally flight tested their prototype flying robot assistants last Friday, setting the stage for an international robot programming competition that is slated to officially begin this fall.
This past weekend, NASA's 2004 Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, accrued more than 25 miles of total driving the Red Planet, breaking a record previous held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 Moon rover.