10 July 2014, 03:58 PM ET
“Parent satellite” Prox-1 will watch its offspring, LightSail-1, as it deploys 32 sq. meters of Kapton polymide fabric in an act of cosmic origami in reverse.
10 July 2014, 03:44 PM ET
The Planetary Society’s citizen-funded mission, LightSail-1, will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy in 2016. It will test solar sails to propel low-cost “cube-sats,” with technology that could open highways to the planets. STORY: http://goo.gl/7tf4Tf
10 July 2014, 03:08 PM ET
Like "beads on a string" star formation can be compared to droplets of rain New imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope merging elliptical galaxies reveals 19 compact clumps of young stars making up the string. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/nWUiIt
09 July 2014, 11:52 AM ET
ESA's Space Technology Advancements by Resourceful, Targeted and Innovative Groups of Experts and Researchers’(StarTiger) program has developed the prototype to land a rover using hazard detection and avoidance technology.
09 July 2014, 11:18 AM ET
#RosettaAreWeThereYet is a European Space Agency sponsored photo contest to support the last leg of the probe's journey to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Learn more about it and enter the contest here: http://goo.gl/1N4wqX
08 July 2014, 03:49 PM ET
On 12 July, 10 August and 9 September 2014, a full moon will occur when the satellite is closest to Earth in orbit. Called a ‘perigee moon’ its brightness is increased and size enlarged due to proximity to Earthbound skywatchers.
08 July 2014, 03:38 PM ET
An M6-class flare erupted from sunspot AR2113 on July 8th, 2014. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the fireworks in multiple wavelengths.
08 July 2014, 01:13 PM ET
NASA's Aquarius mission, whose main mission is ocean salinity measurement, has been multitasked to deliver soil observations. It shows how seasons and weather change the moisture in the first 2 inches of soil around the globe.
08 July 2014, 12:11 PM ET
From 1838 to 1945, the star Eta Carinae spewed nearly 40x the Sun’s mass, creating the Homunculus Nebula. Astronomers have now created a high-res 3D model of the 2-lobed cloud of gas and dust. -- Can be 3D printed with this file: http://goo.gl/juFz3p
08 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Tell astronaut Buzz Aldrin your story – or help your elder record theirs – then post it with the hashtag #Apollo45. Google, YouTube, NASA and SPACE.com will all spread it around the world.
07 July 2014, 03:21 PM ET
Unusual arms, revealed in x-ray light, dive through the plane of NGC 4258, ejecting enormous amounts of gas and choking the ability for new stars to form.
07 July 2014, 01:02 PM ET
NASA STEREO-A and STEREO-B solar probes' orbits will take them out of view from Earth at different times in 2015 making communication very difficult.
07 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
NASA's NEOWISE snapped a series of infrared images of C/2012 K1 (aka Pan-STARRS) in May 2014, when the comet was ~143 million miles away. The spiral galaxy, NGC 3726, is 55 million light years away. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/bzopex
03 July 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Researchers have used data from satellites and ground-based observations to study young stars' oscillation. They have determined that the stars pulse faster as they grow older. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/f9Wg10 Credit: Pieter Degroot (KU Leuven), ESO
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