Inside the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way's cosmic neighbors, is a Mickey Mouse-shaped cloud of dust and gas that is riddled with bright, newborn stars.
NASA is the space agency run by the United States to oversee American space exploration, research and technology. NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was founded in 1958 as a civilian agency for U.S. space exploration. Prior to 1958, the agency's progenitor was known as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. NASA develops, builds and launches missions to study the Earth, moon and sun, as well as the entire solar system and beyond. The agency has its headquarters in Washington D.C., with major centers in Florida (the Kennedy Space Center for launches) and Houston (the Johnson Space Center, home of the astronaut corps). Other centers are spread across the country for scientific research, test flights and spacecraft manufacturing. NASA's current chief is Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who is leading the agency's mission of returning astronauts to the moon and sending them on to Mars. See the latest NASA news.
NASA wants to return astronauts to the moon by 2028 and will hold an industry forum today (Feb. 14) with private companies. Watch it live here!
Some parts of the dwarf planet Ceres harbored pockets of near-surface water for millions of years in the recent past, a new study suggests.
This week, NASA made a formal request for private companies to propose future lunar technologies, with responses due by the end of next month.
NASA is launching a new research partnership to tackle the search for life beyond Earth, including life that may look very different from the kinds we're familiar with.
Despite what you may have heard, the Valentine’s Day sky won't provide a glimpse of our impending doom. (Unless you're a star-crossed lover, of course.)
The final photos that NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped of Ultima Thule during the probe's epic Jan. 1 flyby reveal the distant object to be much flatter than scientists had thought.
NASA and pop star Ariana Grande exchanged tweets today (Feb. 8) after her new album included a song titled with the space agency's acronym.
President Donald Trump on Thursday (Feb. 7) honored the service and sacrifice of astronauts who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration during NASA's annual Day of Remembrance.
A Japanese asteroid probe will snag samples of its target space rock just two weeks from now, if all goes according to plan.
The first commercial landers to touch down on the moon should do so by the end of 2021, and they have a long list of scientific questions to tackle when they do.
It's official: 2018 was the fourth hottest year on record, scientists at NASA and NOAA confirmed in a report released today (Feb. 6).
SpaceX’s new astronaut taxi won’t make its inaugural trip to the International Space Station (ISS) this month after all.