03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Turns out that two candidate planets thought to reside in the habitable zone of red dwarf star Gliese 581 are not planets at all. New research by astronomers at Penn State University finds that the signals were just magnetic activity from the star.
03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
3000 light-years from us a cold ’terrestrial’ world, about 2x Earth’s mass, orbits one of a pair of stars which, in turn, orbit one another.
03 July 2014, 12:52 PM ET
The NOAA GOES 13 Satellite captured the storm from July 2-3, 2014. It has been declared a category-1 storm and its gaining strength. (video looped)
03 July 2014, 12:10 PM ET
On July 2nd, 2014, the International Space Station flew 260 miles above the storm, which is now a category 1 hurricane. At the time of the fly-over, it was about 100 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
03 July 2014, 11:59 AM ET
The European probe is en route to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. On June 27-28, 2014, its OSIRIS’ narrow angle camera (NAC) captured the nucleus of the comet rotating at a period of 12.4 hours.
02 July 2014, 04:42 PM ET
Researchers at the University of Michigan have recreated NASA Phoenix mission landing site conditions in their lab and determined that Martian salts must interact with ice to make liquid water. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/mqEnjD
02 July 2014, 05:50 AM ET
The NASA probe (OCO-2) will increase observations of CO2 levels on Earth and deliver data on its sources and "sinks". It launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Station in California on July 2nd, 2014.
01 July 2014, 03:25 PM ET
Pluto reaches opposition and can be seen with a medium-sized telescope and dark skies. Dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta will be quite close to one another on the night sky. But each is a tough target.
01 July 2014, 10:36 AM ET
The Drosophila melanogaster, aka Fruit Fly, shares genes with humans. The Fruit Fly Lab-O1 will fly to Space Station on the 5th SpaceX cargo run.
30 June 2014, 01:06 PM ET
NASA’s OCO-2 is designed to watch Earth “breathe,” exhaling, then reabsorbing CO2 as the probe maps and re-maps our planet’s surface. Humanity’s rate of carbon-loading the atmosphere is rapidly accelerating.
30 June 2014, 11:18 AM ET
The Scorpius constellation is easy to find by its reddish star: Antares (heart of the scorpion). To its west, the M4 “Cat’s Eye” globular cluster can be found. To the east, a group of stars form the Teapot asterism.
30 June 2014, 10:29 AM ET
Saturn and Mars are visible in the evening and Venus and Mercury can be found before sunrise. At the end of the month, the annual Delta Aquarid peaks with 20 meteors per hour. -- Skywatching Guide: http://goo.gl/uETMG9
30 June 2014, 09:23 AM ET
The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was tested over Hawaii on June 28th, 2014. It successfully tested the Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD) but its second major test, the Supersonic Disk Sail Parachute, failed to deploy.
27 June 2014, 04:10 PM ET
Footage from NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, or STEREO, shows the mesmerizing flow of sound-like waves moving through the sun's corona.
27 June 2014, 01:18 PM ET
If Germany won, NASA's Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman get their heads shaved. If USA won, ESA's Alexander Gerst gets the US flag painted on his head. Gerst's ISS'barber shop' was open for business after the game. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/WD3mKr
27 June 2014, 12:57 PM ET
Crater Trueblood must save Earth and his girlfriend from gene-spliced hybrids. The latest installment of Homer Hickam's Helium 3 series is available on Amazon.
27 June 2014, 10:01 AM ET
The Goddard Space Flight Center is managing the safety, design, engineering and finances. They also delivered 2 of the instruments aboard the spacecraft. It launched in November 2013 and is due to arrive in September 2014.
26 June 2014, 11:41 AM ET
A computer simulation shows how an interstellar cloud of gas and dust can collapse and expand over 1.6 million years, forming "elephant trunks" like the ones seen in the "Pillars of Creation." FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/4Ke1Sj
26 June 2014, 09:33 AM ET
In 2004, the NASA science probe reached the ringed planet and was successfully captured by its gravity. The mission control team at NASA's Jet Propulsion laboratory celebrate the moment that orbit insertion confirmation is relayed to Earth.
25 June 2014, 07:20 PM ET
Nothing quite compares to celebrating a goal in microgravity, even the robots are getting into it. More futbol moves are on display by crew members Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst.
25 June 2014, 12:31 PM ET
The next generation capsule was dropped from 35,000 feet and free fell for 10 seconds, before deploying parachutes and landing in the desert of the U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. The test occurred on June 25th, 2014.
24 June 2014, 04:59 PM ET
The electrically charged gas falls from the Sun's corona to the surface. The 'coronal rain' was captured by Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope (SST).
24 June 2014, 03:06 PM ET
The mysterious signal was detected by NASA's X-Ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton in the Perseus galaxy cluster and 73 others. Scientists think that this may be the work of a hypothetical particle called a sterile neutrino.
24 June 2014, 09:54 AM ET
Private company World View is building capsules that are transported by parafoil and high-altitude balloons to 120,000 feet, to give passengers a breath-taking view of Earth.
A scaled version of the capsule was lofted to that altitude.
23 June 2014, 02:46 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory has completed one Martian year (687 Earth days) working on the Red Planet. Its recent work, latest-self portrait and wheel damage work-arounds are discussed.
23 June 2014, 09:09 AM ET
NASA Cassini mission images from July 2013 of Titan's Ligeia Mare region show an island that was not there in previous imagery. What could it be?: http://goo.gl/f0hNPs
20 June 2014, 12:50 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics observatory captured imagery of dark strands of plasma erupting away from the surface of the Sun on June 19th, 2014. The ensuing coronal mass ejection was captured by the NASA / ESA SOHO observatory.
20 June 2014, 09:02 AM ET
The steerable fins provide control during fly back. They can be seen deploying about a minute and 15 seconds into the flight. This test flight of the Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) occurred on June 17th, 2014.
19 June 2014, 06:28 PM ET
Part of the peak of the Cerro Armazones mountain in Chile was blown up to make way for Europe's Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT). When constructed it will become the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/4eHZga
19 June 2014, 02:24 PM ET
In 2013, astronomers became aware the center of galaxy NGC 5548 had seemingly gone dark. Astrophysicist Jelle Kaastra and team now think they know why: a stream of obscuring gas blown by the action of the central supermassive black hole.
19 June 2014, 08:57 AM ET
Using new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have been able to determine that dwarf galaxies were producing stars at a faster rate than previous studies. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/j3ZB8m
18 June 2014, 11:32 AM ET
The 'guitar god' expresses his displeasure with the sorry state of Humanity’s reach into the cosmos. 'Satch' likens space tourism flights to bad airline experiences and muses upon transporter beam practicality.