NASA, for some reason that the agency has chosen not to share, is quite interested in just exactly what it takes to set off a Type Ia supernova. Thanks to a series of X-ray and ultraviolet observations from the SWIFT satellite, NASA says that "we have a clearer picture of what's required to blow up these stars." Oh, good.
Mars500, a 520-day simulation conducted by the European Space Agency and Russia's Roscosmos, wrapped up late last year. Mars500 took place here on Earth; NASA, looking to conduct a similar test, is thinking of taking the project onto the International Space Station for more accurate conditions.
NASA has just released a stunning new map of the heavens that catalogs over 560 million objects captured by the Wide-field Survey Explorer(WISE), NASA's infrared space telescope. Many of the objects were first discovered by WISE as scientists studied the 2.7 million images and 15 trillion bytes of data it generated.
Videos of space shuttles launches are pretty much in a genre of their own. This particular video has a leg up, however: it's from footage collected from an HD camera mounted on the shuttle's Solid Rocket Booster, and features sound mixed by Lucas's own Skywalker Sound.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has given scientists a wealth of new detail about the structure of the moon, which the Goddard Space Flight Center has used to compile this new animated film, showing how the moon came to look the way we know it today.
When astronaut Dan Burbank and Robonaut shook hands last month, the 'bot didn't crush every bone in Burbank's hand. That's because NASA and GM designed Robonaut to be able to work in a human environment. One handy byproduct of that research: the Human Grasp Assist device, or Robo-Glove.
A couple of years go we ran a story about a home video of the Challenger shuttle explosion that had surfaced after a whopping 24 years in the can. Now we have more rediscovered amateur footage, and this time it's from a much closer perspective.
When boring people like you and I go on vacation, we might go camping in the woods or something. But not NASA. NASA goes camping on a virtual asteroid. And the worst part is that NASA didn't actually have to take any time off: asteroid camping (among other things) is what it does for a living. Asteroid camping. Not fair.
With four million Flickr views under its belt, NASA's recent release of the most detailed composite image of Earth is proof that the space dream is still very much alive, despite the end to the Shuttle program. Here's 16 more images showcasing the evolution of Earth's "Blue Marble" composites over the last 50 years.
It still blows my mind that people (like this guy) have walked on the freakin' Moon, and I'm not the only one: NASA has sent its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter dangerously low to snap some new pics of astronaut footprints on the surface of another little world.