Science & Astronomy Archive
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.
19 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Call them the 'rat-stronauts.' NASA is drawing up plans to launch a team of rats with the right stuff to the International Space Station as early as this year. You know, for science.
19 August 2014, 11:06 AM ET
Astrophysicists have analyzed two decades-worth of X-ray data and discovered three events inside galactic cores that can be interpreted in only one way: stellar destruction.
19 August 2014, 11:01 AM ET
Uwingu launched its "Beam Me to Mars" project today (Aug. 19), inviting people to contribute, for a fee, to a "digital shout-out" that will send messages from Earth to the Red Planet on Nov. 28 — the 50th anniversary of Mars exploration.
19 August 2014, 09:38 AM ET
NASA's decommissioned Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) satellite is still bearing fruit with the discovered of the object in the Messier 82 galaxy. The black hole (M82 X-1) weighs in at about 400 solar masses. Full Story: http://goo.gl/z2MBrk
19 August 2014, 01:19 AM ET
Through the creative use of social media, he’s made space exciting and accessible to new generations of enthusiasts.
18 August 2014, 03:38 PM ET
The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp via Hidden Valley, a sandy swale that's about the length of a football field. But Curiosity turned back shortly after entering the valley, finding the sand surprisingly slippery.
18 August 2014, 02:56 PM ET
New forensic data gathered by NASA telescopes reveal clues about what caused the supernova that suddenly appeared in the nearby Messier 82 galaxy earlier this year.
18 August 2014, 02:47 PM ET
'Super-Earth' Kepler 93 b is a rocky world about 3.8 times Earth’s mass, Sarah Ballard’s team determined, by integrating the parent star’s light curve with its 'asteroseismic' signature. Full Story: http://goo.gl/Y9ue2f
18 August 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The existence of medium-size black holes has been a matter of debate. But researchers say they have now confirmed such an object in the nearby galaxy M82 — a black hole about as massive as 400 suns.
15 August 2014, 04:01 PM ET
NASA's next Mars lander, now under construction, will probe the inner workings and early stages of the Red Planet's development billions of years ago.
15 August 2014, 03:44 PM ET
A double-lobed star explosion seen by the Hubble Space Telescope has a more complicated backstory than astronomers ever imagined, according to a 3D model of the ill-fated star's eruption.
15 August 2014, 01:33 PM ET
SN 2014J in the Messier 82 galaxy, one of the nearest Type 1a supernovas in modern times, was watched by telescopes around the world. Chandra X-Ray observations suggest it’s unlikely the burst was caused by matter transfer from a companion star.
15 August 2014, 06:55 AM ET
NASA's NuSTAR probe looked on as a mysterious X-ray source called a corona moved closer to a supermassive black hole over a few days. The black hole's immense gravity stretched and blurred the X-ray light in the process, researchers said.
15 August 2014, 06:50 AM ET
Break out your red and blue 3D glasses. It's time to examine the nooks and crannies of a comet in three dimensions.
14 August 2014, 09:59 PM ET
In July 2014, the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket launched six ORBCOMM OG2 satellites. It also tested its reusable first stage technology. A chase plane was on hand to capture its fall through the atmosphere and seconds before splashdown.
14 August 2014, 05:30 PM ET
As the European-built Rosetta spacecraft neared its close encounter with a comet last week, it turned up a cosmic surprise: The comet is warmer than scientists were expecting.
14 August 2014, 02:55 PM ET
NASA's Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE) was given less than 7 months to plan and equip a C-130 aircraft for flight in August 2014. This process usually takes over a year.
14 August 2014, 02:23 PM ET
Through the analysis of light from distant galactic clusters, astronomers have detected a mysterious signal that they're having a hard time explaining.
14 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
NASA's Stardust spacecraft may have returned the first interstellar dust particles to Earth.
14 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Seven tiny grains of rock captured by NASA's comet-chasing Stardust probe in 2004 may be visitors from the vast reaches of interstellar space, researchers say.
14 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Scientists have created the first 3D map of a type of astronomical interference that has puzzled astronomers for nearly a century. The new map could help scientists finally nail down what causes the interference.
14 August 2014, 11:48 AM ET
ESA's Rosetta mission delivered highly detailed imagery of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on August 7th, 2014. The probe's OSIRIS narrow angle camera was used to capture the image.
14 August 2014, 10:15 AM ET
As a vintage spacecraft soars out of Earth's vicinity, the private team working with it plans to use the probe for solar science for as long as they can.