Science & Astronomy Archive
29 May 2015, 02:30 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has been wowing space fans with amazing cosmic views for 25 years, but only because of repairs and upgrades by visiting astronauts. See the tools astronauts used to fix and repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
29 May 2015, 11:21 AM ET
A new NASA image hints at the complex factors that encourage giant plankton blooms in the North Atlantic.
29 May 2015, 10:50 AM ET
A gallery of Ed Belbruno's most recent art inspirations, the muse for mathematical theories yet to come.
29 May 2015, 10:16 AM ET
The European Space Agency probe has returned stunning imagery of oddly shaped comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A University of Bern astrophysicist has reconstructed the process in which this comet (and others like it) may have formed.
29 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Explosive geysers of material that shoot away from black holes at nearly the speed of light seem to form more often in galaxies that are the product of two galaxies merging together, according to a new study using data from the Hubble Space Telescope.
29 May 2015, 03:23 AM ET
How can the complex nature of the earliest universe, or universes, be explained?
28 May 2015, 07:34 PM ET
A new photo from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the battered surface of the dwarf planet Ceres in unprecedented detail. Dawn captured the image on May 23, when the probe was just 3,200 miles (5,100 kilometers) from Ceres.
28 May 2015, 06:45 PM ET
New Horizons' hunt for new moons, rings and other potential hazards near Pluto has turned up nothing so far.
28 May 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Bright red veins lace the sky and feed into enormous crimson clouds that look like living hearts, in this breathtaking view of the Gamma Cygni nebula and its surrounding region as seen by veteran astrophotographer Terry Hancock.
28 May 2015, 10:35 AM ET
The appearance of high-power, super-fast jets of plasma from supermassive black holes at the core of galaxies is a sign of recent – or presently continuing – merger with with another galaxy. Such jets emit powerful radio waves in opposite directions.
28 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Engineers at Lockheed Martin Space Systems have finished building NASA's InSight Mars lander and have begun testing the finished spacecraft, to make sure it can handle the rigors of launch and the harsh environment of deep space.
27 May 2015, 06:30 PM ET
Despite the claims of many beauty creams, an "antigravity" environment may actually cause premature aging of the skin, according to a new study looking at mice that lived in space for three months.
27 May 2015, 05:02 PM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe, which will make the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, captured the images with its long-range camera from May 8 through May 12, when the spacecraft was a bit less than 50 million miles from the dwarf planet.
27 May 2015, 02:24 PM ET
The jet of shredded matter blasting from elliptical galaxy NGC 3862's supermassive black hole is moving at more than 98% the speed of light.
27 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Orbiting spacecraft of Mars have imaged over the past several years dark, finger-like features – now called 'recurring slope lineae' - or RSL for Martian short-hand. These dark flows have been observed at low and middle latitudes on Mars.
27 May 2015, 01:03 PM ET
Scientists using several telescopes, including NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, found evidence that a planet in an ancient cluster of stars on the edge of the Milky Way drifted too close to a white dwarf star and was ripped apart.
27 May 2015, 12:04 PM ET
The Canadarm2 remote manipulator was used to transfer the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) to the forward port of the Tranquility Module. The shift was necessary to free up the port for commercial crew use.
27 May 2015, 10:00 AM ET
A dramatic new picture of young stars shows captures a cosmic "champagne flow" as the stars blow away hot hydrogen gas around them. The image was captured by the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.
27 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
This bodacious pullulation of star creation was captured when the European Southern Observatory VLT set its sights on the Gum 19 nebula (a.k.a. RCW 34).
27 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA will launch a pair of tiny CubeSats toward the Red Planet in March 2016 to provide real-time landing coverage for the space agency's Mars InSight lander.
27 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The free Pluto Safari app, which came out last month, keeps tabs on NASA's New Horizons mission, counting down its July 14 close encounter to the second, and teaches users about the frigid, distant realm the spacecraft is exploring.
26 May 2015, 05:02 PM ET
The Europa probe will carry supersharp cameras, a heat detector, ice-penetrating radar and a variety of other gear that will help researchers gauge the Jupiter moon's ability to support life as we know it.
26 May 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Science experiments done in microgravity or related to space flight can be found in a new scientific journal dedicated to these areas of research.
26 May 2015, 11:42 AM ET
Astronomers studying the globular star clusters orbiting the giant elliptical galaxy Centaurus A (NGC 5128) have stumbled upon a fascinating discovery — the clusters are too massive.
26 May 2015, 07:05 AM ET
Green rust could help living organisms on Mars extract energy from their environment. Scientists are working on ways of identifying green rust on the surface of the Red Planet.
25 May 2015, 09:00 AM ET
A scientist has raised questions about the latest detection of methane on Mars, suggesting that NASA's rover could be responsible for the mysterious burp. Highly unlikely, but not impossible, says the Curiosity team.
23 May 2015, 12:28 PM ET
What if the universe is not just matter and energy, but bits of information?
23 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
From the launch of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane to new views of the odd bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 23, 2015.
23 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Curiosity team mapped out a new route to some interesting rocks using images captured by Curiosity and NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the Red Planet since 2006.
22 May 2015, 01:20 PM ET
The mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres are definitely reflecting sunlight, scientists announced. You can submit your guess for what the spots might be in a poll on the Dawn mission website.
22 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have revealed a disk of gas nearly 3 trillion miles wide surrounding Nasty 1, suggesting that the star's strange appearance and behavior may stem from an ongoing act of cosmic cannibalism.
22 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
A newfound galaxy 12.5 billion light-years from Earth is the most luminous one known in the universe, blazing more brightly than 300 trillion suns. The engine behind the galaxy's brilliance may be a supermassive black hole, researchers said.