NASA MSFC’s prototype planetary lander made its fastest (~30 mph) and highest ascent (580 feet) on March 11, 2014. The flight lasted 83-seconds and it touched down on a landing pad 837 feet ‘downrange’ from the launchpad.
When a distant planet appears as a point of light in a telescope, it’s hard to imagine what things are like at the surface. Does rain fall? Is the atmosphere thick, or dissipating into space? How constant is the sunlight on its surface?
A brilliant fireball blazed across an aurora-filled sky over remote Northwest Territories in Canada in these spectacular images by astrophotographer Yuichi Takasaka of the photography group The World at Night (TWAN). See his photos.
NASA and asteroid-mining company Planetary Resources have teamed up to launch a contest series called “Asteroid Data Hunter,” which asks the public to develop algorithms that can help identify space rocks in Earth’s neck of the cosmic woods.
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy touched down on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 11:24 p.m. EDT Monday, about 3 1/2 hours after leaving the International Space Station.
See photos from the March 10, 2014 landing of the a Russian Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy to wrap up a 166-day space mission.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the host of the re-envisioned show, introduces a zero-gravity demonstration of Newton’s third law of motion. Expedition 38′s Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata prove the law aboard the International Space Station.
The International Space Station has its first Japanese commander, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. ‘I am humbled to assume command of the space station,’ Wakata said during a ceremony on board the orbiting outpost.
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An asteroid the size of a skyscraper will make a distant flyby of Earth this week, and you watch astronomers track the space rock tonight (March 9) in a live webcast, weather permitting. The asteroid poses no threat to Earth.
Famed astronomer Carl Sagan shared the universe with millions with 1980′s ‘Cosmos.’ That legacy lives on with ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, which premieres March 9 on Fox.
Carl Sagan launched ‘Cosmos,’ an epic 1980 TV series that brought science to the public like never before. Now, Sagan’s legacy lives on in ‘Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey’ — a 13-episode series airing on Fox. See our complete coverage.
From a disintegrating asteroid to space junk cleanup, don’t miss these amazing space images of the week for March 8, 2014.
From amazing auroras to an orange supergiant star, don’t miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will spend a year aboard ISS, giving researchers a better understanding of how spaceflight effects in the human body. Scott’s identical twin Mark (fmr. Space Shuttle cmdr.) provides a unique Earth-based comparison.
Scott and Mark Kelly, the only set of astronaut twins, are set to become test subjects in an unprecedented NASA investigation into how weightlessness impacts the human body.
A look at the “Red Dragon” mission concept, which would use SpaceX’s Dragon capsule and Falcon Heavy rocket to bring Red Planet samples — perhaps gathered by NASA’s 2020 Mars rover — to Earth.
A new study indicates that the entry, descent and landing of SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon capsule at Mars is viable. Moreover, the capsule’s descent technique would help set the stage for future human missions to the Red Planet.
A far-flung NASA space probe flying around Saturn zipped past the ringed planet’s biggest moon for the 100th time. The Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach to the hazy moon Titan on Thursday.
The 2014 sequel to the classic science television show comes to Fox Network. See photos and images from the new incarnation ‘Cosmos: A Space-time Odyssey.’
As spiral galaxy ESO 137-001 zooms through the super hot gas of the Norma cluster, much of it’s own gas is pulled away in a process called ‘ram pressure stripping. The threads of gas left behind give birth to bright young stars, seen here in blue.
Green airglow shimmers atop translucent clouds as the Milky Way rises over a remote island off the northwest coast of Africa in a majestic photo recently sent to Space.com.
A space rock named 2014 EC (discovered March 5th, 2014, estimated 13-45 feet-wide) will give Earth a close shave on March 6th. This is the second asteroid that has flown between the Earth and moon in consecutive days.
When Carl Sagan’s beloved 13-part “Cosmos” series first aired in 1980, it was broadcast on PBS. But a new reboot of the show, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, will launch in a much splashier fashion when it premieres on Fox and National Geographic Channel.
NASA’s Mars MAVEN mission (arriving 21 September 2014) will detect and measure how the solar wind interacts with the Red Planet’s atmosphere, giving clues to where its water went and why.
Spinning 390 times a second, the “black widow” pulsar PSR J1311−3430 periodically swings its radio (green) and gamma-ray (magenta) beams past Earth in this amazing space wallpaper.
If scientists do find life on Mars, it may be possible to beam Martian DNA back to Earth, according to a new idea growing in popularity. If Martian bugs can be found, the idea of “faxing” life from Mars is an enticing prospect.
NASA unveiled its 2015 budget request on Tuesday (March 4), a $17.5 billion spending plan that would maintain the space agency’s major ongoing missions, while supporting ambitious new science missions. See reactions to the new NASA budget.