Science & Astronomy Archive
25 August 2014, 06:06 PM ET
A robotic space probe is due to set down on a comet in November, and now scientists have identified five sites where it could land.
25 August 2014, 05:36 PM ET
Data from instruments aboard a NASA sounding rocket corroborates the claim that about 10 million years ago a cluster of supernova explosions blew a bubble in the interstellar medium. Today Earth resides in that bubble.
25 August 2014, 03:37 PM ET
New Horizons — which is scheduled to zoom through the Pluto system on July 14, 2015 — passed Neptune's orbit today, 25 years to the day after NASA's Voyager 2 probe executed the first-ever flyby of faraway Neptune and its icy moon Triton.
25 August 2014, 12:00 PM ET
NASA combined data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-Ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton to produce an image of the supernova remnant Puppis A.
25 August 2014, 10:07 AM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the M5.6-class flare in multiple wavelengths, while the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory wide view captured some of the ensuing coronal mass ejection.
25 August 2014, 08:03 AM ET
The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you'll get the same answer. The moon smells like gunpowder.
24 August 2014, 07:21 PM ET
An M5.6-class flare erupted from sunspot AR2151 on August 24th, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics observatory captured a close-up of the fireworks.
24 August 2014, 08:07 AM ET
Drawing a crowd for a series of lectures on astronomy isn't easy — unless, of course, you have alcohol on your side.
23 August 2014, 11:55 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
23 August 2014, 02:20 PM ET
From dramatic star formation to Russia's next-generation rocket, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Aug. 23, 2014.
23 August 2014, 12:54 PM ET
From Venus and Jupiter taking center stage, to spectacular auroras, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
23 August 2014, 09:54 AM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory has survived through the harsh conditions on the Red Planet, but it has not come through unscathed. Buzz60's Patrick Jones reports.
23 August 2014, 09:28 AM ET
A photo from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars set the Internet abuzz this week with claims that the robot had found a "thigh bone" on the Red Planet. But not so fast. That so-called bone? Just a weathered Martian rock, NASA officials say.
23 August 2014, 09:20 AM ET
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is beaming home amazing photos of the Red Planet.
23 August 2014, 08:20 AM ET
The northern lights illuminated Arctic skies earlier this week in a stunning display that could even be appreciated by astronauts living on the International Space Station.
22 August 2014, 07:57 PM ET
Sunspot AR2149 erupted with an M3-class flare on August 21st, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks.
22 August 2014, 07:35 PM ET
Tag-team robot rovers may help usher in a new era of lunar exploration.
22 August 2014, 07:00 PM ET
By immersing viewers in dramatically intricate 3D universes, Ralf Kaehler, Stuart Levy and Dylan Nelson enable new perspectives on the cosmos.
22 August 2014, 11:26 AM ET
The Flame Extinguishment - 2 (FLEX-2) experiment studies the burning of fuel droplets in space. In a recent test, iso-octane and heptane were the fuel sources in an oxygen (21%) and nitrogen (79%) environment. 
22 August 2014, 10:54 AM ET
New research led by NASA shows that spaceflight confuses the immune system.
22 August 2014, 06:02 AM ET
The new map, made using photos taken by NASA's Voyager 2 probe in 1989, has also been turned into a movie reconstructing the spacecraft's historic Triton encounter — the only time a spacecraft has ever visited the Neptune system.
22 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Scientists discuss what makes Jupiter's moon Europa perhaps the solar system's best bets for hosting life beyond Earth.
21 August 2014, 02:02 PM ET
An ancient star in the halo surrounding the Milky Way galaxy appears to contain traces of material released by the death of one of the universe's first stars, a new study reports.
21 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The Venus Express probe wrapped up its "aerobraking" move and entered a new, higher orbit late last month. It will continue to study Venus for several more months and then, as its fuel runs out, dip back into the planet's atmosphere for good.
21 August 2014, 06:50 AM ET
The researchers discovered the microscopic oval object within the Nakhla Mars meteorite, which fell to Earth in Egypt in 1911. While the structure's appearance is intriguing, it most likely formed as a result of geological rather than biological processes
20 August 2014, 10:37 PM ET
Kitt Peak National Observatory, high atop a mountain in the Arizona desert, is home to 24 telescopes. Frequent clear skies helped make it a site of many notable discoveries.
20 August 2014, 04:37 PM ET
Rough terrain is a fact of life for planetary rovers. Hakuto designs rover systems as small as possible and to utilize commercial of the shelf components. But will these choices conspire against the rover's survival?
20 August 2014, 01:01 PM ET
The discovery of a microbial ecosystem deep beneath the Antarctic ice doesn't necessarily mean that life teems on frigid worlds throughout the solar system, researchers caution: subglacial Lake Whillans is not a closed system like Jupiter's moon Europa.
20 August 2014, 12:45 PM ET
Boring through ½ mile rock-hard Antarctic ice, researchers discover a completely isolated community of microorganisms living in Subglacial Lake Whillans. The finding could be an analog for subsurface life on Mars, Europa, Enceladus and other worlds.
20 August 2014, 06:03 AM ET
A telescope in the Southern Hemisphere captured an amazing view of two star-forming regions in the Milky Way.
20 August 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Two massive star forming regions in the southern Milky Way appear to reside next to one another in ESO's La Silla Observatory image. Star cluster NGC 3603 is 20,000 light years away and gas cloud NGC 3576 is 9,000 light years away.
19 August 2014, 07:02 PM ET
A meteorite that crashed into a California house in November 2012 can be traced back to the giant impact that formed Earth's moon 4.5 billion years ago, a new study reveals. Astronomers have reconstructed the violent history of the Novato meteorite.