Soil moisture is apparently NASA's secret weapon in a fight to better understand water availability and prevalence around the globe. That's why the space agency is prepping to launch its latest planet-monitoring spacecraft, designed specifically to measure this elusive factor.
Astronomers have noticed that Earth has had a travel buddy for the last few centuries, and that friend will be sticking around for some time as a "quasi-satellite of Earth."
Other space faring nations may want to take a page out of the Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) playbook. The Indian spacecraft Mangalyaan successfully inserted itself into orbit Wednesday morning. Stunningly, the nation did this at a tenth of the cost of a NASA or European mission, causing some to question just how they did it.
NASA will soon be taking some unique 3D snapshots of the Earth's forests from the International Space Station (ISS) in the hopes of learning more about our planet's important carbon cycle.
In less than two weeks, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will complete its 10 month trek through space and enter into orbit around the Red Planet.
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 European Space Agency's (ESA) fledgling satellite, Sentinal-1A, has recently taken some wild radar images of ruptures caused by northern California's most recent serious earthquake.
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.
A set of satellites recently launched by the European Space Agency aren't where they were planned to be, according to officials. An investigation into the matter in ongoing.
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.
The US government lifted its restriction on high-definition satellite imagery back in June, and now two months later the company DigitalGlobe is set to launch its WorldView-3 satellite to capture the Earth in highly detailed images.
NASA is making final preparations for next month's launch of a spacecraft that will provide scientists with a better understanding of what's driving Earth's changing climate, specifically looking at carbon dioxide (CO2).
Thermal monitoring of volcanic activity at Africa's Nyiragongo lava lake, accompanied by satellite data, is a combined technique used by researchers that may help detect eruptions and possibly lead to an early warning system for locals.
Experts gathered May 9 at a US House of Representatives hearing called "Space Traffic Management: How to Prevent a Real Life Gravity," warning others of the imminent dangers space debris poses to space travelers and satellite operation if rules aren't established to control these whizzing pieces of metal.
March 29, 2012 came and went and perhaps many can't remember what happened on that day. That's not the case for one NASA project scientists who helped prevent a space telescope from narrowly missing an 1.5 ton Russian defunct spy satellite by a mere 700 feet.