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.
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.)