The genius lads and ladies over at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have been so kind as to set up a webcam in their state-of-the-art clean room, the very same one where they're assembling the Curiosity Mars rover. Tonight? They're working...
Last year, NASA blasted a hole in the moon looking for water. Some water sprayed up, but just how much hasn't been known until now. Turns out, it was 41 gallons, way more than anyone was expecting.
In early 2010, NASA took this gorgeous shot of Houston, Texas. Captured at night from the international space station, this image "depicts the roughly 100 kilometers (approximately 62 miles) east-west extent of the Houston metropolitan area."
Put away the mothballs! President Obama has signed the bi-partisan NASA reauthorization bill into law, charting a new direction for the space agency over the next few years. In addition to setting long-term goals for human exploration of both Mars and asteriods, the new plan extends the life of the Space Shuttle by at least one flight.
Up until now, NASA's only sent slow-moving rovers and stationery landers to the surface of Mars. So here's the new plan: a rocket-powered, robotic plane that would soar a mile over the Martian landscape at 450 miles per hour, exposing hundreds of miles of unexplored country.
There's only one Space Shuttle launch left, which lends significance to nearly every part of the process of getting it ready. Including lifting up the external tank that contains all of the liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen that powers the three main space shuttle engines during liftoff.
Exploring distant worlds is a slow, tricky business. Right now, rovers and landers are our best bet, but both suffer from the same shortfall: low mobility. A new class of exploratory craft that hops could accomplish in a few days what it's taken rovers years.
I know you all have been wondering what it would look like if Jupiter and the sun, uh, got it on. Fortunately, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) anticipated you and captured exactly that.
If you ever wanted your very own piece of genuine NASA space equipment, now is your big chance. This robotic hand complete with space glove and associated electronics, is up on eBay with a "buy it now" price of $18,750.
If you're an astronomy buff, you know about the Pioneer anomaly: that two NASA space probes have been drifting slightly off course for decades in a way that goes against everything we know about how gravity works. Now we may finally have the answer, and it's a doozy: a brand new fundamental force.