Space Breaking News:

Space Exploration

Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth

By NASA/JPL Public Domain

Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth

Voyager Golden Records 40 years later: Real audience was always here on Earth What message would you send to outer space? NASA/JPL-Caltech, CC BY Jason Wright, Pennsylvania State University Forty years ago, NASA launched Voyager I and II to explore the outer solar system. The […]

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity

Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth’s ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five […]

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

This artist's rendering shows Cassini as the spacecraft makes one of its final five dives through Saturn's upper atmosphere in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn’s upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the […]

NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls

Lunar swirls, such as the Reiner-Gamma swirl imaged by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, are strange markings on the moon that a conceptual CubeSat mission would study. Credits: NASA

NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls

NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the moon got its mysterious “tattoos” — swirling patterns of light and dark found at more than 100 […]

Two Weeks in the Life of a Sunspot

A blended view of the sunspot in visible and extreme ultraviolet light reveals bright coils arcing over the active region — particles spiraling along magnetic field lines. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO

Two Weeks in the Life of a Sunspot

Two Weeks in the Life of a Sunspot On July 5, 2017, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory watched an active region — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — rotate into view on the Sun. The satellite continued to track the region as it […]

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown! NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars. On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion […]

NASA Continues to Study Pulsars, 50 Years After Their Chance Discovery

Pulsar animation. Credits: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA Continues to Study Pulsars, 50 Years After Their Chance Discovery

NASA Continues to Study Pulsars, 50 Years After Their Chance Discovery A little bit of “scruff” in scientific data 50 years ago led to the discovery of pulsars – rapidly spinning dense stellar corpses that appear to pulse at Earth. Astronomer Jocelyn Bell made the […]

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

Illustration of the heliophysics system Credits: NASA

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment NASA has selected nine proposals under its Explorers Program that will return transformational science about the Sun and space environment and fill science gaps between the agency’s larger missions; eight for focused scientific investigations and one for technological development […]