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Articles By NASA

  • Launch, docking returns International Space Station crew to full strength

    July 23rd, 2015

    Three crew members representing the United States, Russia and Japan have arrived at the International Space Station following a successful launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrone. Their mission is to continue important research at the orbiting laboratory meant to advance NASA's journey to Mars.

  • New Horizons team responds to spacecraft anomaly

    July 5th, 2015

    The New Horizons spacecraft experienced an anomaly [on] the afternoon of July 4 that led to a loss of communication with Earth. Communication has since been reestablished and the spacecraft is healthy.

  • NASA spacecraft detects impact glass on surface of Mars

    June 11th, 2015

    NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO ) has detected deposits of glass within impact craters on Mars. Though formed in the searing heat of a violent impact, such deposits might provide a delicate window into the possibility of past life on the Red Planet. 

  • Samantha Cristoforetti prepares for the journey home

    June 8th, 2015

    European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti checks her Sokol pressure suit in preparation for the Expedition 43 crew’s departure from the International Space Station after 6 1/2 months in space. Since Saturday, June 6, 2015, Cristoforetti holds the record for the longest single spaceflight for a woman, a record previously held by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams […]

  • Fresh crater near Sirenum Fossae region of Mars

    June 7th, 2015

    The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a “fresh” (on a geological scale, though quite old on a human scale) impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars on March 30, 2015.

  • Rockets for Commercial Crew launches begin to come together

    March 23rd, 2015

    The codes AV-073 and AV-080 may not mean much to many, but they mean a whole lot to former astronaut Chris Ferguson and the team of engineers and technicians who will assemble the first Atlas V rocket to launch a crew to the International Space Station. That test and a precursor flight without crew are part of […]

  • New ‘brain’ for RS-25 engine is no technological flashback to the ’80s

    December 27th, 2014

    Take a look at your current devices. Can you imagine swapping that smartphone for a gigantic cellphone from the 1980s? Surfing the Internet with dial-up speed? Working out to your favorite music with a cassette player?

  • NASA invites public to submit messages for asteroid mission time capsule

    September 3rd, 2014

    NASA is inviting the worldwide public to submit short messages and images on social media that could be placed in a time capsule aboard a spacecraft launching to an asteroid in 2016.

  • NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

    August 31st, 2014

    NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

  • NASA’s twin radiation detecting probes celebrate two years in orbit

    August 30th, 2014

    NASA’s twin Van Allen Probes will celebrate two years of studying the sun’s influence on our planet and near-Earth space today. The probes, shortly after launch in August 2012, discovered a third radiation belt around Earth when only two had previously been detected.

  • Orion launch abort system rotated to vertical position

    July 28th, 2014

    The completed launch abort system for Orion’s first launch in December was rotated into a vertical position on July 25, making room in the facility for the scaffolding that will allow it to be stacked on top of Orion’s crew and service modules this fall.

  • Herschel spies budding stars and a giant, strange ring

    June 14th, 2014

    The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a weird ring of dusty material while obtaining one of the sharpest scans to date of a huge cloud of gas and dust, called NGC 7538. The observations have revealed numerous clumps of material, a baker’s dozen of which may evolve into the most powerful kinds of stars in […]

  • Hubble Team Unveils Most Colorful View of Universe Yet

    June 5th, 2014

    Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope. Researchers say the image, in new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, provides the missing link in star formation. The Hubble […]

  • How NASA builds a space laser

    June 4th, 2014

    To build a satellite that will measure all the bumps and dips of our dynamic Earth, engineers started with a black box, built of a composite honeycomb material to make it as light as possible.

  • Hidden Greenland canyons mean more sea level rise

    May 20th, 2014

    Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have found that canyons under Greenland’s ocean-feeding glaciers are deeper and longer than previously thought, increasing the amount of Greenland’s estimated contribution to future sea level rise. said Mathieu Morlighem, a UCI associate project scientist who is lead author of the new research paper. The […]