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.
The race to Mars is on, it seems, and Boeing's CEO believes the megarocket his company is helping build for NASA will deliver astronauts to the Red Planet before billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX.
Safety standards and other norms need to be in place to fuel investments and research in space applications.
NASA has moved up a test of the Orion human spacecraft's launch-escape system (LES) and is working on safety measures for the vehicles first crewed flights.
It's been 45 years since a crewed spacecraft journeyed toward the moon with a "trans-lunar injection," but NASA plans to make that happen again in just a few years.
NASA is getting ready to send humans back to the moon again, through an uncrewed test of its Orion spacecraft in deep space. Here are the key steps of Exploration Mission 1.
Spectacular footage from a NASA rocket engine test shows a larger than life cloud of smoke pouring across a field as spectators look on.
Legendary rock band Styx and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center have teamed up for a Space Launch System music video featuring the song "Gone Gone Gone."
The Aerojete Rocketdyne RS-25 rocket engine for NASA's future megarocket, the Space Launch System, was test-fired for 8.5 minutes on Tuesday (July 25).
If you're excited about the possibility of Mars exploration, there's now a theme song just for you: The Mars Society has released a new anthem calling for humanity to explore the Red Planet.
To make moon flights cheaper, a new paper proposes that NASA use an electrically powered lunar space tug that would operate between Earth and the moon.
The outpost NASA plans to build near the moon could serve as a stopover point for extraterrestrial samples headed to Earth for analysis, in addition to its other duties.
NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson, Chris Cassidy, Christina Koch and more welcome the space ageny's 2017 class
After reviewing a record-breaking flurry of applications from would-be space travelers, NASA is ready to announce the new astronaut class of 2017.