Science & Astronomy Archive
13 May 2015, 07:19 AM ET
The reddish-brown lines that crisscross the icy surface of Europa may be radiation-blasted sea salt from the Jupiter moon's underground ocean. Radiation-blasted salt turned dark during a lab experiment that mimicked Europa conditions.
13 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Although DNA and RNA would not function in environments like that of Saturn's moon Titan, ethers could fulfill this key role.
13 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Dozens of students from 14 countries around the world came together recently to map out a manned mission to a captured asteroid in lunar orbit — a project very much like one NASA hopes to achieve by 2025.
12 May 2015, 08:08 PM ET
New Horizons took a series of images from April 25 through May 1. The shots mark the first time New Horizons has managed to resolve the extremely faint Pluto moons Kerberos and Styx, mission team members said.
12 May 2015, 03:56 PM ET
The clusters, marked in red in the video, are thought to harbor massive black holes or large amounts of dark matter. Locations of normal globular clusters (blue) and clusters that are similar to dwarf galaxies (green) are also shown.
12 May 2015, 11:06 AM ET
An inflatable drone could cruise the sulfurous skies of Venus next decade if Northrop Gruman can sell NASA on the mission.
12 May 2015, 10:49 AM ET
The Andromeda galaxy — the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way — is about six times larger and 1,000 times more massive than previously thought, new observations show.
12 May 2015, 07:30 AM ET
NASA is asking commercial launch providers to develop new systems specifically for "cubesats." These days, such bantam craft must generally piggyback aboard big rockets carrying much larger and more expensive satellites as their primary payloads.
12 May 2015, 07:30 AM ET
A new study suggests that Mars has lost the equivalent of an ocean's worth of water over the past four billion years. However, the question of whether Mars was ever warm enough to have hosted such an ocean has sparked debate.
11 May 2015, 05:05 PM ET
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained the best views yet of the mysterious features, capturing them from a distance of just 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers) in a series of images that mission team members combined to make a new Ceres video.
11 May 2015, 12:00 PM ET
Curiosity captured the images, which mission team members combined into a Martian sunset video, with its Mast Camera between dust storms on April 15, NASA officials said.
11 May 2015, 11:49 AM ET
The latest set of images of the dwarf planet from NASA's Dawn mission reveal the brights spots to be composed of many small regions "due to the reflection of sunlight" whose composition is still unknown, according to Dawn's principal investigator.
11 May 2015, 10:09 AM ET
On April 15th, 2015, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory ‘Curiosity’ captured 4 frames of imagery of the setting sun. The Mars Exploration Rover ‘Opportunity’ snapped sunsets on Nov 4th and 5th, 2010.
11 May 2015, 07:21 AM ET
For years, tiny payloads have been launched into Earth orbit on satellites smaller than a loaf of bread.
11 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Small and economical "cubesats" already eye our planet from orbit. But such bantam craft are about to start pushing out into deep space, helping researchers study and explore the moon, asteroids and other distant bodies.
11 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The new ideas funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program include a squid-like amphibious rover that could explore icy, ocean-harboring moons such as the Jupiter satellite Europa.
11 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A team of scientists used NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer spacecraft to hunt for telltale heat signatures coming from 100,000 galaxies. They found no smoking guns.
10 May 2015, 10:20 AM ET
Scientists have spotted a kind of young birthplace for stars in telescope observations for the first time. The newborn star-forming clump in deep space is a giant cloud of gas that may have given birth to dozens of stars a year, researchers say.
09 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
09 May 2015, 10:52 AM ET
There are many unknowns regarding the potentially habitable exoplanet Kepler-186f, but it may have similar light (from its star) and gravity as Earth.
09 May 2015, 10:45 AM ET
At last humans are able to make educated guesses about what living on alien worlds might be like. Here's what we know about the alien planet Kepler-186f.
09 May 2015, 10:29 AM ET
A science institute at Cornell University that is focused on the search for life elsewhere in the universe has been renamed the Carl Sagan Institute: Pale Blue Dots and Beyond.
08 May 2015, 02:44 PM ET
The space-funding company Uwingu is offering a special deal: Name a Mars crater from now through Sunday (May 10), and you get a Mother's Day certificate (a digital version or a printed-out, framed one).
07 May 2015, 04:21 PM ET
The hostile environment around small, red stars could make some planets inhospitable, but could these same stars make other planets just right for life?
07 May 2015, 04:19 PM ET
To prepare for future colonies on Mars, NASA is asking the public for ideas on how to keep Red Planet astronauts safe with minimal resupplies from Earth.
07 May 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Researchers have reproduced a wide array of life's building blocks in a scenario involving meteorites and the solar wind, suggesting that such chemicals may exist on many bodies in our solar system.
07 May 2015, 02:28 PM ET
Mercury has possessed a magnetic field for billions of years, and it may have once been as strong as the Earth's, researchers say.The discovery, was made by studying data from NASA's recently crashed MESSENGER spacecraft.
07 May 2015, 01:55 PM ET
Astronomers driving the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have imaged a cosmic "dinosaur egg;" a dense knot of star-birth within a pair of interacting galaxies, likely similar to ancient regions where star clusters were born.
07 May 2015, 07:47 AM ET
While some scientists are focused on finding Earth's exoplanet twin, one group is looking for twins of Venus. Their findings may help the hunt for Earth-like planets.
07 May 2015, 07:31 AM ET
Chemical reactions that free up energy that could potentially support a biosphere are occurring deep within Enceladus' salty subsurface ocean, a new study suggests.
07 May 2015, 07:27 AM ET
Astronomers have spotted a dead star polluted with heavy elements, suggesting that the star recently chowed down on a water-laced asteroid.
06 May 2015, 04:19 PM ET
Scientists at space agencies across the world are using satellite images and other technologies to aid those affected by Nepal's earthquake.