For the past year, two spacecraft the size of washing machines have been orbiting the Moon in formation, mapping out gravitational anomalies by precisely measuring the distance between them. Now they're all done, and to celebrate, NASA is about to slam 'em both into a lunar mountain at a couple thousand miles an hour.
Fifty years ago today NASA launched Relay 1 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
While we'll never really be happy about the retirement of the space shuttle, NASA is completely over it and looking towards the future of space transportation, which is going to be commercial. The agency announced today its selection of three companies which it hopes to certify to take its astronauts up to the ISS and back within the next five years.
Yesterday we posted a newly released satellite image of the United States from NASA, but there are even more dizzyingly gorgeous photos from the same nighttime series that you don't want to miss.
Thanks to the photographers and cameras on the International Space Station there's no shortage of amazing space imagery, most of which is easily accessible online. One film student from Italy decided to take some of that footage and create a time-lapse masterpiece.
NASA's gone and done it again. Here's a beautiful new image of the United States at night, courtesy of the the Suomi NPP satellite.
NASA has had quite a year. The Curiosity rover, aside from an unidentified discharge, has been an huge success. So much of a success in fact, that the next Mars rover, launching in 2020, will be based almost entirely on Curiosity's design.
Curiosity has been on Mars for 118 days now, but she's still just getting warmed up. Since October, the rover has sampled and analyzed its first five scoops of Martian soil, and NASA announced the results (which aren't these results) at a press conference this morning.
Stop and listen while I elaborate on NASA's latest discovery: Mercury might have water ice hidden in craters up around its north pole. No fakin'.
NASA has a huge arsenal of equipment set up to monitor the Earth's atmosphere. Satellites, balloons bearing instruments and ground devices all take up to 30 million observations every day. That alone provides interesting and important data but they are just pieces of the puzzle; a complete picture of all the activity in the Earth's atmosphere is only visible after the various data is layered together through climate modeling.