06 June 2014, 10:14 AM ET
The Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) aboard the International Space Station transmitted a video titled "Hello, World" to Earth. Mission manager Matt Abrahamson of JPL explains how it works.
06 June 2014, 09:15 AM ET
NASA is working on more efficient heating and cooling, longer lasting – nearly maintenance free – systems, more durable fabrics, and more dextrous gloves. New oxygen recovery systems might utilize local planetary materials: ‘in-situ’ consumables.
05 June 2014, 05:07 PM ET
The space agency updates the public on the progress of the first unmanned test flight of the Orion Multi-purpose crew vehicle. Still slated to launch in December 2014.
05 June 2014, 04:00 PM ET
A new supercomputer simulation of how galaxies grow may have illuminated the mysterious lack of matter around the cores of galaxies.
05 June 2014, 02:55 PM ET
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) system will lofted to 120,000 feet, via large scientific balloon. An attached rocket will propel the test article into a test trajectory.
05 June 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Samples from Apollo missions containing isotopic oxygen supporting the theory that a Mars-sized object (called Thea) slammed into Earth setting off a series of conglomeration events that ultimately created the Moon. Story: http://goo.gl/MGfZ0E
05 June 2014, 12:21 PM ET
A plasma filament stretching about half the Sun's length 'danced' above the its surface for nearly 4 days before being sucked onto the surface, igniting a bright eruption, whose image was captured by NASA spacecraft.
04 June 2014, 06:49 PM ET
The Boldlygo Institute (non-governmental, non profit organization) has proposed a mission that would fly about 24 miles above the surface of the Red Planet and collect particles from seasonal Martian dust storms.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
‘First Light’ for the European Southern Observatory's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) is a Centaurus constellation star (HR 4796A). It also took a finely detailed image of Saturn's moon Titan.
04 June 2014, 06:00 AM ET
ESO's Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet REsearch instrument (SPHERE) can pick up the faint polarized light from distant exoplanets revealing their atmospheres’ composition, which may contain biomarkers. FULL STORY: http://goo.gl/WjY4Yb
03 June 2014, 04:33 PM ET
Supermassive black holes at the cores of large galaxies can power bright jets of super-fast gas. Those spitting out the highest amount of energy are called ‘blazars.’ Astronomers believed there were 2 types but new evidence shows close relation.
03 June 2014, 03:44 PM ET
Asteroid 2014 HQ124 was discovered on April 23rd, 2014 and its closest approach (~3 Lunar distances) will occur June 8th. Current estimates show it to be between .25 miles - .56 miles wide, and traveling at 31,000 mph.
03 June 2014, 03:10 PM ET
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) Dragon Mark II capsule is designed to bring crews to the Space Station, then re-enter and land upright on solid ground for rapid reconditioning and reuse.
03 June 2014, 02:35 PM ET
By combining ultraviolet light with visible and near-infrared wavelengths, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UVUDF) project has captured the most comprehensive picture to date of star formation occurring between 5 and 10 billion years ago.
03 June 2014, 09:50 AM ET
From Pres. Kennedy’s moon mission choice to how the Shuttle was run, historian Asif Siddiqi reviews political decisions as a background to today’s impediments to spaceflight.
02 June 2014, 12:31 PM ET
The Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered aircraft designed for extended flights, completed its first flight-test on June 2, 2014. The ultimate goal is to fly the plane around the world in 2015.
02 June 2014, 10:58 AM ET
Although the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably, a survey found that they illicit different reactions in Americans.
30 May 2014, 02:58 PM ET
NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) has the same 2.4m diameter aperture as Hubble but will use 18 fourth-generation images sensors (Hubble has a single ‘first-gen’ sensor).
30 May 2014, 11:15 AM ET
A lopsided square of 4 stars called the 'Keystone', found in he Hercules Constellation, points the way to the Hercules Cluster (M31). Draco (the Dragon) and Boötes (the Herdsman) also highlight June's skywatching.
30 May 2014, 11:04 AM ET
Your best views of Jupiter will come in early June. Venus will be just over the horizon right before sunrise.
30 May 2014, 10:44 AM ET
For the first time, NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) probe captured a coronal mass ejection (May 9th, 2014). The field of view measures 5 Earth-diameters wide by 7.5 tall.
30 May 2014, 08:30 AM ET
Unveiling his company's new Dragon V2 SpaceX founder Elon Musk claims his space taxi may achieve human access to space for under $10 million per seat.The company has been launching unmanned Dragon Version 1 capsules to the space station since 2012.
29 May 2014, 03:38 PM ET
NASA's Morpheus lander ascended to more than 800 feet, flew forward and downward ~1300 feet and landed on May 28th, 2014. It also performed a 78-foot divert to simulate a hazard avoidance maneuver.
29 May 2014, 02:12 PM ET
NASA's Cloudsat mission flew over the storm on May 25th, 2014. It saw heavy to moderate precipitation below the freezing level.
29 May 2014, 09:47 AM ET
The private space company tested the Dragon spacecraft's launch escape system thruster, that will also enable pinpoint propulsive landing on Earth or another planet.
28 May 2014, 03:14 PM ET
Expedition 40's Reid Wiseman of NASA, Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency launched to the International Space Station on May 28th, 2014.
28 May 2014, 12:51 PM ET
Our Milky Way galaxy is a 'magnetic dynamo’ generating a generally spiral-shaped field. ESA's Planck spacecraft’s edge on view makes the whorls of magnetic field lines appear a bit like a fingerprint.
27 May 2014, 03:36 PM ET
The official trailer for the movie, hitting theaters in June 2014, kicks off with an interrogation of man, who has heard the mysterious 'Signal'.
27 May 2014, 10:15 AM ET
To compensate for microgravity aboard the Space Station, printer maker "Made In Space" must alter mechanical configuration liquid handling. The company has taken its prototype on Zero-g flights for testing.
24 May 2014, 08:07 AM ET
NASA camera at Allegheny Observatory near Pittsburgh, PA recorded the meteor burn up. Its ending altitude was 48 miles. Its brightness registered at a magnitude-3 (Jupiter brightness).
24 May 2014, 07:02 AM ET
Slooh.com captured and time-lapsed the Camelopardalids Meteor Shower producing comet. Their broadcast from the Canary Islands supplied the footage.
23 May 2014, 06:04 PM ET
Thomas O'Brien (www.tmophoto.com) compiled his Perseid, Geminid and Leonid meteor shower collections into 2+ minutes of wonder. His blog post outlines 10 tips for photographing meteor shower.