The Dawn spacecraft has been hard at work orbiting Ceres, and over the last week, it’s sent back some stunning images of our closest dwarf planet.
We’ve reached the point of no return.
Right now, here’s how close we are to the events of Andy Weir’s novel The Martian actually happening: Not very. NASA believes we’re probably about 20 years away from putting an astronaut on Mars, but as the movie about a astronaut being stranded on Mars hits theaters, 20 years feels longer than it sounds.
The Cassini Orbiter captures a different view of Saturn, in which the planet and its rings seem to vanish into darkness.
Europa, Jupiter's sixth-closest moon, has long been a source of fascination and wonder for astronomers. Not only is it unique amongst its Jovian peers for having a smooth, ice-covered surface, but it is believed that warm, ocean waters exist beneath that crust – which also makes it a strong candidate for …
Brian Trease, a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is working with researchers at Brigham Young University to construct a solar array that uses origami principles for deployment.
As we move further out into space, these robots — including a sticky-sided grasping robot and a hedgehog-inspired hopping cubebot — could be the ones exploring that terrain for us.
The landing was a bit rough, but NASA is calling the test flight of its flying saucer shaped, low-density supersonic decelerator a success. Mika McKinnon has the details on the primary mission – which began at 120,000 feet and ended with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean – after the jump.
Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity have rolled their way into a special place in our hearts, as the first of our rovers to kick-off our exploration of other planets. But this six-limbed, flying rover with the ability to break apart into two separate robots definitely has us intrigued.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is an unconventional place with some equally unconventional signs and warning labels.
Allyn B. "Happ" Hazard just looks so dang happy in his space suit, that it seems a shame JPL claims no responsibility for it. NASA never developed his design, but toy manufacturer Mattel knew it was too cute for words.
Everyone loves a gorgeous rocket launch, but the story of getting from the first sputtering attempts to the modern day marvels is completely unreal. The Jet Propulsion Laboratories took it up a notch, giving mad scientists their epic reputation.
Since 2012, a monstrous sinkhole in Bayou Corne Louisiana has been swallowing up land in giant, tree-sized gulps, growing to a whopping 25-acres. Now, analyses of NASA radar data indicate the land showed signs of collapsing before the sinkhole opened. This raises a pressing question: Could sinkholes like Bayou Corne's…
Could this meteorite show evidence of ancient water and life on Mars? That's one possibility raised in a new paper led by NASA and including members of a team who made a contentious claim about Martian microfossils in another meteorite 18 years ago.
NASA's Curiosity Rover spent 8 months traveling over 300-million miles to get to Mars. It spent another year getting its bearings, making several major discoveries along the way. Now it has its sights set on 18,000-foot Mount Sharp, its primary scientific target, which features prominently in this recently released…
Last week, researchers released the first-ever geological map of Ganymede, Jupiter's largest moon. Here's the map again, flattened into a 2D, rectangular map.
Check out this outstanding photo of NASA's intrepid Opportunity rover. The Agency's HiRISE camera caught a rare glimpse of the spacecraft on Valentine's day while orbiting high above the "Murray Ridge" section of the western rim of Mars' Endeavour Crater. Can you spot it?
Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei observed Ganymede in orbit around Jupiter. This week, a team of planetary scientists unveiled the first global geological map of our solar system's largest moon.