15 October 2012, 07:58 AM ET
The Orionid meteor shower peaks on October 21st for 2012. Expect to see 25 meteors per hour as they slam the atmosphere. Find out where in the pre-dawn sky you can see it.
12 October 2012, 01:23 PM ET
NASA and the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition are developing a wearable robotic suit to help astronauts walk and exercise in low-gravity environments. On Earth, it could help people who are paralyzed below the waist stand and walk.
11 October 2012, 05:54 PM ET
in 2005, the Huygens Probe took about 10 seconds to finally come to a rest on the surface of the Saturn Moon. 'Fluffy' dust-like material shot up off the surface for about 4 seconds after landing.
11 October 2012, 04:47 PM ET
Although Venus and Earth are nearly twins in size and mass, a pressure cooker atmosphere makes Venus extremely inhospitable. Sulfuric acid clouds swirl about a volcanic surface more than 900° F.
11 October 2012, 02:08 PM ET
A photography student took this time-lapse video of the Northern Lights, colorful foliage and scenery in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
11 October 2012, 12:59 PM ET
A very active region on the Sun has unleashed 12 flares over a 2 day span - October 8-10, 2012. It'll likely produce geomagnetic storms affecting Earth in the next few days.
10 October 2012, 08:27 PM ET
A 52-foot-wide space rock named 2012 TC4 will come within 60,000 miles from Earth on its closest approach on October 12, 2012. This imagery taken by The Virtual Telescope Project in Italy captured it at nearly 500,000 miles away on October 10th.
10 October 2012, 04:29 PM ET
Amateur astronomers Gianluca Masi and Francesca Nocentini created this brief video of asteroid 2012 TC4 as it approached a near-Earth flyby on October 8th, 2012. The asteroid will come closest on October 12.
10 October 2012, 03:00 PM ET
NASA turned its Chandra X-Ray Observatory to planetary nebulas in our solar neighborhood (within 5000 light years). These objects are the remains of red giant stars that shed most of their mass as they condense into white dwarfs.
10 October 2012, 01:05 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon capsule, carrying supplies and scientific equipment for the International Space Station (including ice cream for the astronauts), was docked using the station's robotic arm this morning.
10 October 2012, 12:02 PM ET
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array have discovered a surprising spiral structure and spherical shell surrounding the red giant star R Sculptoris. The shape was probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the red giant.
10 October 2012, 10:47 AM ET
Before Sarah Brightman could be Space Adventures latest space tourist, she had to go through the Russian space agency's medical assessment to make sure she was ready for the rigors of space flight.
09 October 2012, 03:10 PM ET
Comets likely seeded a young Earth with carbon, water, and other necessary ingredients for life. Leftover building blocks of the planets, most comets lie in the distant reaches of our solar system waiting for gravitational forces to send them inward.
09 October 2012, 12:41 PM ET
The Moon likely formed 4.5 Billion years ago as a Mars-sized body smashed into Earth (so compositions are similar). Lunar tidal forces encouraged life to flourish in the oceans. The Moon absorbed many asteroid impacts that threatened Earth's life.
09 October 2012, 09:34 AM ET
This video clip shows the first Martian material collected by the scoop on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, being vibrated inside the scoop after it was lifted from the ground on Oct. 7, 2012.
08 October 2012, 03:12 PM ET
Meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites are different stages of the same thing: bits of rock and metal that circulate in our Solar System. Though they have long threatened life, they may carry life and life's ingredients as well.
08 October 2012, 11:09 AM ET
Sun spots might appear small and innocent, but they hint at powerful forces at work on the surface of the Sun, forces that can wreak havoc on our electronic devices when they cause solar flares and coronal mass ejections.
07 October 2012, 08:50 PM ET
The SpaceX CRS-1 mission to the Space Station launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 7, 2012. The Falcon 9 rocket flawlessly inserted the Dragon capsule into orbit.
06 October 2012, 06:54 PM ET
Gwynne Shotwell breaks down the mission from lift-off to rendezvous with the Space Station. She includes some of the cargo manifest, mission length and differences between this mission (SpaceX CRS-1) and the last one in May.
06 October 2012, 06:23 PM ET
The launch window opens on October 7th, 2012 at 8:35pm, with second and third opportunities for launch on Oct. 8 and 9. NASA launch weather officer Mike McAleenan gives the latest weather update on October 6.
06 October 2012, 05:04 PM ET
Protein crystallography experiments in microgravity could lead to breakthroughs for big pharmaceuticals. SpaceX's cargo missions to the ISS are not only a re-supply mission but has the added benefit of bringing up more of these types of experiments.
06 October 2012, 04:50 PM ET
Researchers are really excited to be able to study the Astronaut fluids that will be returned to Earth from the Space Station on SpaceX's return flight home. Bone density issues that are experienced in space travel will be scrutinized.
05 October 2012, 04:14 PM ET
Painterly auroras occur when charged particles from the sun get caught in our planets magnetic field and pulled down near one of our poles. The variety of colors are the result of different electromagnetic reactions with oxygen and nitrogen.
05 October 2012, 03:11 PM ET
A few degrees from the center of our galaxy, a black hole feeding off a nearby star is caught belching a sudden outburst of X-rays in a telltale pattern. NASA's Swift satellite spotted this secretive pair 20-30 million light years from Earth.
05 October 2012, 12:23 PM ET
Many astronomers and astrobiologists think that Titan – with its thick atmosphere of methane and liquid hydrocarbon lakes – could harbor some form of life. 50% larger than Earth’s moon and 80% more massive, Titan is an analog to the early Earth.