24 September 2012, 07:05 PM ET
On Friday, September 21, 2012, SpaceX's Grasshopper vertical takeoff and landing test vehicle (VTVL) took its first test flight hop from the company's rocket testing facility in McGregor, Texas.
24 September 2012, 12:13 PM ET
Stuart Pitkeathly captured what appears to be a meteor burning up over the night sky of Dalbeattie, Scotland on September 21st., 2012.
24 September 2012, 11:07 AM ET
Northern Lights photographer Chad Blakely (lightsoverlapland.com) captured amazing imagery over Abisko National Park on Sept. 19th, 2012. He told his Facebook audience: 'After tonight there is no doubt in my mind that the solar maximum has arrived'
21 September 2012, 02:07 PM ET
The Mars Science Lab team's Adam Steltzner (architect of the 7 minutes of terror landing) shares his thoughts with NASA on why it is so important for humanity to reach beyond planet Earth.
21 September 2012, 11:43 AM ET
The retired Space Shuttle took off from the Air Force base for the last time, starting the last leg of its 3 day whirlwind tour of the United States. It will land in Los Angeles after flying by several California landmarks.
20 September 2012, 07:59 PM ET
Energetic particles in the magnetosphere emit radio waves that are audible to humans. The NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission's (RBSP) instrumentation captured an instance of the event. The 'chorus' phenomenon is well known by scientists.
20 September 2012, 04:19 PM ET
The retired Space Shuttle continues 'victory lap' of U.S. airspace, with a landing at the Air Force base that hosted many a Shuttle since 1981. It will arrive at its final destination - Los Angeles - on September 21st, 2012.
20 September 2012, 03:34 PM ET
NASA's Dawn space probe has found hydrogen within the giant asteroid Vesta's surface. The element may have at one time been part of water ice before boiling off and leaving behind hydrated minerals.
20 September 2012, 01:46 PM ET
The retired Space Shuttle's airborne John Space Center tribute was witnessed by it accompanying jet on September 19th, 2012. Its on a multiple stop tour en route to its final destination -- the California Science Center in Los Angeles, CA.
20 September 2012, 12:41 PM ET
On its grand 'victory lap' of U.S. airspace, the retired Space Shuttle on its carrier 747 took off from Ellington Field in Texas, flying over the state's capitol, on its multiple day tour from Florida to Los Angeles.
19 September 2012, 03:40 PM ET
The Mars Science Lab rover set it sights upward to witness Phobos transit the disk of the Sun on September 13, 2012. The Mastcam is equipped with special filters for direct Sun observation.
19 September 2012, 02:10 PM ET
A storm in August 2012 had its way with the Arctic sea ice cover. Strength and direction of winds are seen in this visualization. Red Vectors = fastest winds, Blue Vectors: slowest winds.
19 September 2012, 01:43 PM ET
The retired Space Shuttle landed at Ellington Field in Texas for an overnight stay. It rounds out its intinerary with a flight to its final destination - Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 20th. It will go on display at the California Science Center..
19 September 2012, 08:44 AM ET
The retired Space Shuttle began its journey from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Los Angeles atop a retrofitted 747 on September 19th, 2012. It is set to go on display at the California Science Center.
18 September 2012, 06:35 PM ET
The peak in solar activity is predicted for early to mid 2013. The space-based X-Ray Telescope (XRT) aka Hinode mission has been fixated on the Sun for years and the increase in activity is truly stunning.
18 September 2012, 05:34 PM ET
The retired Space Shuttle and the NASA Shuttle Carrier Aircraft were joined together for its final ferry flight to California. It will be placed on display at the California Science Center.
18 September 2012, 02:39 PM ET
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured imagery of a very active region of the Sun from September 12-14, 2012. Magnetic forces were interacting to create the stunning movement of super-heated plasma in the area.
17 September 2012, 05:24 PM ET
ISS Commander Suni Williams completed the 2012 Malibu Triathlon using exercise equipment on the Space Station.
17 September 2012, 03:41 PM ET
The space shuttle Endeavour completes final preparations for its trip to the California Science Center where it will begin a new career inspiring visitors to the wonder of space exploration.
14 September 2012, 01:03 PM ET
In 1771, comet hunter Charles Messier cataloged 45 objects easily confused with comets. Over time that list grew to 110 nebulae, galaxies and star clusters. Amateur astronomers can observe them all in a single night around the vernal equinox (March).
14 September 2012, 12:49 PM ET
Using the rover's drill (the first brought to Mars) and scoop, mission scientists, like CalTech’s John Grotzinger, may better understand Mars’ water story as written in its minerals. Curiosity will drill for that history as it climbs Mount Sharp.
14 September 2012, 12:38 PM ET
NASA's Laser Communication Relay Demonstration (LCRD) - launching in 2017 - is a major step in the technological development of high data rate optical systems. This could move data up to 100X faster than conventional radio frequency transmission
13 September 2012, 04:30 PM ET
Gianluca Masi (www.virtualtelescope.eu) captured telescope video of asteroid 2012 QG42 on September 11, 2012. It will pass 1,739,839 miles from Earth on September 14th and is about the size of three football fields.
13 September 2012, 03:59 PM ET
Engineers mounted a 1909 penny is mounted on the rover for calibration purposes. The Curiosity team laboring on Mars time is explained.
13 September 2012, 01:24 PM ET
See how JP Aerospace of California raised funds through Kickstarter to launch 1,000 PongSats (ping pong balls) to the edge of space on a balloon.