Step aside, bloated and inefficient government agency: private industry is rapidly tearing down what was once the domain of only the most powerful of nations. NASA has surrendered to progress by contracting out suborbital flights to a handful of commercial space companies.
Not too long ago it was feared that the SETI project's Allen Telescope Array, which is made up of 42 networked radio telescopes, was destined to switch off forever. While the array is currently down, it's scheduled to be reactivated — and soon.
In the late 1960s, NASA's Lunar Orbiter 2 spacecraft was circling the moon, spotting potential landing sites for the Apollo missions. In 1969, the probe was commanded to crash into the moon's far side, and we don't know for sure what happened after that. This new picture may be the answer.
NASA's Mars rover Opporunity is headed for its final destination: the gigantic Endeavour crater, one that holds the promise of clay minerals and older geographic deposits never seen up close.
In a rare moment of thinkingaheadedness, scientists have deployed a ring of antiprotons in an effort to stave off sneak attacks by spaceships equipped with cloaking devices. Actually, that's not at all true. Except for the bit about the ring of antiprotons surrounding the Earth. 'Cause we've got one of those.
We live inside a universe, that much is (more or less) certain. What's less certain is what exists outside our universe, but scientists now think that they might have spotted evidence of other universes, four of which seem to have smashed into us.
We've known for a while now that there's water ice on Mars, and we've seen lots of tantalizing suggestions that liquid water may have once existed on the surface in huge rivers and oceans. Today, NASA announced that for the first time, they may have actually spotted some flowing, liquid water, and here are the pics to prove it.
This lovely shot of Vesta's three craters are nicknamed "Snowman"…and I'm sure you can see why. Located in the northern hemisphere of this large asteroid, NASA's Dawn spacecraft snapped Vesta on July 24 from about 3,200 miles away.
Take this impossibly gorgeous night sky and the alien huts below and you might mistake this for a movie set. But, this otherworldly scene is actually a site of historic significance…in Nevada:
Not to be outdone by the rest of the world's fancy schmancy International Space Station or whatever, the Chinese are getting ready to launch the first piece of their own space station into orbit later this year.