Pluto just 4 weeks, 20 million miles away for spacecraft
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto's doorstep, following an incredible journey of nine years and 3 billion miles.
Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy
They wouldn't float like balloons or give you the chance to talk in high, squeaky voices, but planets with helium skies may constitute an exotic planetary class in our Milky Way galaxy. Researchers using ...
NASA prepares for first interplanetary CubeSats on agency's next mission to Mars
When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars – a stationary lander in 2016 – the flight will include two CubeSats. This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space. If this ...
SpaceX rocket destroyed on way to space station, cargo lost (Update)
An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, the third cargo mission to fail in eight months.
Mars camera makes 60,000 orbits of Red Planet
Next week, a visual and infrared camera designed at Arizona State University will pass 60,000 orbits of the Red Planet.
SpaceX capsule to deliver new parking spot for space station
SpaceX stands ready to launch a much-needed load of supplies to the International Space Station this weekend on the heels of a failed supply run by Russia.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover studies rock-layer contact zone
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is examining a valley where at least two types of bedrock meet, for clues about changes in ancient environmental conditions recorded by the rock.
Ceres spots continue to mystify in latest Dawn images
The closer we get to Ceres, the more intriguing the distant dwarf planet becomes. New images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped ...
NASA leads development of a new system to manage low-altitude drones
"The sky could become increasingly crowded as personal and commercial uses of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, become more popular." That's the assessment of Parimal Kopardekar, manager ...
Robotic tunneler may explore icy moons
A robotic "cryobot," designed to tunnel down through thick ice caps and penetrate subterranean seas, is undergoing tests on the Matanuska glacier in Alaska. It paves the way towards one day exploring the ...
Supersonic NASA parachute torn to pieces in latest test
NASA scientists working toward putting people on Mars said Tuesday a supersonic parachute they are developing to slow a vehicle's approach to the Red Planet partially deployed in a test, but immediately ripped ...
Researchers growing ice to support mission to Pluto
As a worldwide audience awaits images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto on July 14, NAU scientists already are supporting astronomers' understanding of the dwarf planet's surface.
NASA's reliance on outsourcing launches causes a dilemma for the space agency
The spectacular failure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket last week underscores a growing problem for NASA: its reliance on private companies and Russia in order to launch many of its crucial missions. ...
NASA, Microsoft collaborate to bring science fiction to science fact
NASA and Microsoft are teaming up to develop Sidekick, a new project using commercial technology to empower astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).