06 June 2013, 11:26 AM ET
The Mars Science Lab drilled into a rock called 'Cumberland' on May 19th, 2013. The rover had a camera fixated on the task.
06 June 2013, 10:36 AM ET
The Sun erupted with an M1.3-class flare on June 5ht, 2013. The region it came from (Active Region 1762) continues is very energetic and may erupt with a larger M-Class or X-Class flare in coming days, but is not expected to impact Earth.
05 June 2013, 12:06 PM ET
The May 20, 2013 tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma was 1.3 miles wide at its peak and had winds that reached 210 mph. The NASA Terra satellite took imagery of the tornado track and NOAA's GOES-13 captured the storm from over head.
05 June 2013, 10:16 AM ET
The Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) has imaged a 'dust trap' around a young star where particles clump together to create icy & rocky bodies. The system called Oph-IRS 48 is 400 light-years away in the Ophiuchus constellation.
04 June 2013, 01:49 PM ET
Using the most up to date measurements from British Antarctic Survey, NASA's ICESat mission, and ice thickness data collected by Operation IceBridge, NASA has delivered the cleaserest picture to date of Antarctica's bedrock.
04 June 2013, 10:57 AM ET
Look for Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in close proximity in early June, a rare meteor shower in mid June, and near earth asteroids throughout the month.
04 June 2013, 10:35 AM ET
Astronaut Chris Cassidy shaved his head while on the International Space Station to welcome his new crewmate Luca Parmitano.
04 June 2013, 09:44 AM ET
10 teams made their way to Hankville Utah where they tested Mars rover prototypes. Each team completed a range of set tasks and were then graded on ease of complettion
03 June 2013, 05:20 PM ET
Two white dwarfs called RX J0806.3+1527 or J0806 come together to create the smallest orbit of any known binary system (321.5 senconds, or less than 5 minutes). Gravitational wave energy increases as the two stars get closer.
03 June 2013, 03:25 PM ET
Using NASA's Swift satellite, astronomers at NASA and Pennsylvania State University created the most detailed ultraviolet light surveys of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, the two closest major galaxies, in a mosaic 14,000 light-years across.
03 June 2013, 11:58 AM ET
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data reveals an abundance of hydrogen (think 'H2O') trapped at the south pole. The data strongly suggests frozen water. This supports earlier discoveries by Clementine (1994) and Lunar Prospector probes (1999).
03 June 2013, 11:36 AM ET
For over a decade, Europe's Mars Express has detected a wide range of minerals on the surface. Levels of olivine and pyroxene speak of volcanoes and ferric oxide whispers of water in the red dust. This global map refines future landing sites.
03 June 2013, 10:28 AM ET
New research on a bead from a burial ground in Egypt finds that it dates back to ~3350 BC (prior to the Egyptian iron age) and is rich in nickel, indicating a meteoritic origin.
03 June 2013, 09:39 AM ET
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) will open a new eye on a mostly unexplored region of the Sun that drives the solar wind and brings 'hell-fire' to to the star's upper atmosphere. A launch in late June 2013 is expected.
31 May 2013, 04:11 PM ET
SpaceX Senior Engineer Garrett Reisman (former NASA Shuttle astronaut) is helping to get the U.S. back into the manned spaceflight business. He is tasked with retrofitting the SpaceX rocket/capsule to carry humans.
31 May 2013, 02:26 PM ET
Seeing takes place in the brain. Though one blogger claims to see a 'rat' in one of NASA's thousands of surface photos, it's just a case of wishful seeing scientifically termed: Pareidolia.
31 May 2013, 09:38 AM ET
The space rock is ~1.7 miles in diameter and passed within 3.6 million miles of Earth on May 31th, 2013. Gianluca Masi of The Virtual Telescope Project snapped imagery of the asteroid on May 30th, 2013. (Video looped twice)
31 May 2013, 09:34 AM ET
Asteroid 1998 QE2 is 1.7 miles in diameter, making it a very good skywatching subject. People with large backyard telescopes can point there telescopes to the skies from May 30th to June 4th to catch see the space rock tumble across the sky.
30 May 2013, 04:53 PM ET
After Earth's lead actor/producer and his co-star son Jaden share their view of an Earth that has 'kicked out" its human inhabitants as punishment for their mistreatment. Also, fmr. NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman opines on the movie's spaceship.
30 May 2013, 04:34 PM ET
Radar imagery of space rock 1998 QE2 – 1.7 miles in diameter – shows it has a ~2000 foot wide satellite. The 'binary asteroid' will makes its closest approach to Earth on May 31st, 2013 at a range of 3.6 million miles.
30 May 2013, 01:46 PM ET
Astronauts on long interplanetary trips will face at least two kinds of radiation hazards. The Mars Science Lab’s Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) has quantified the risk. Crews could get much more than the current accepted career dose.
30 May 2013, 11:07 AM ET
Asteroid 1998 QE2 – nearly 1.7 miles in diameter – will makes its closest approach to Earth on May 31st, 2013, sailing within 3.6 million miles of Earth. Arecibo and Goldstone Radio Observatories will provide radar images of the drifting space rock.
30 May 2013, 10:30 AM ET
Check out our exclusive clip from the Hallmark Channel's 'Space Warriors', a film about a team of kids competing at space camp for a ride on the next Shuttle into space.
29 May 2013, 02:46 PM ET
Planetary Resources ARKYD is a crowdfunded space telescope that will not only allow community driven space viewing, but the ability to take a 'Space Selfies' using an onboard video screen and camera arm.
29 May 2013, 01:50 PM ET
Sun-like stars will blow off much of their atmospheres into space as they die. But ESO VLT observations of the cluster NGC 6752 show that most stars are low in sodium and do not make it to that 'puff-out' stage.
29 May 2013, 10:48 AM ET
Professional programmer Karl Sanford wrote a program to compile images from Sol 0 (August 8th, 2012) through Sol 281 (May 21st, 2013) from the Mars Science Laboratory website.
29 May 2013, 10:33 AM ET
Massive 'hot Jupiters', gas giants that orbit close to their stars, are usually tidally locked, which means they have a permanent day side and permanent night side. The extreme differences in temperatures on the two sides drive powerful storms.
29 May 2013, 10:24 AM ET
Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser may look like a miniature Space Shuttle, but the space craft's design includes a number of advances over NASA's former fleet of crew vehicles.
28 May 2013, 04:42 PM ET
Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano launched to the International Space Station on May 28th, 2013.
28 May 2013, 07:24 AM ET
NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden flew a Dream Chaser simulator during a tour of the Dryden Flight Research Center on May 22.
28 May 2013, 06:54 AM ET
Astronomers using the Chandra X-Ray Telescope have observed the exotic star, called SGR 0418, with traits that are not typical for previously observed magnetars. Most magnetars have magnetic fields 10 to 1000 times stronger at their surface.
24 May 2013, 04:33 PM ET
This flight simulator modeled from the Viper spacecraft featured in the Battlestar Galactica television show can flip and spin completely in any direction.