The Earth And The Moon, In A Single Frame

China's Chang'e 5 test vehicle captured this rare glimpse of the Moon's far side yesterday, from just past the halfway point on its lunar-looping test flight. Incredibly, the spacecraft managed to include Earth in the frame as well, producing what is destined to become an iconic image of our planet and its natural… » 10/29/14 6:00pm 10/29/14 6:00pm

The Earth and Mars As Seen From The Moon

The Lunar Reconnoissance Orbiter usually investigates the moon, but in May, the opportunity to photograph both the Earth and Mars in a single shot captured its electronic eye. Here's the story on how the spacecraft pulled of the technical challenge of catching two planets more than 110 million kilometers apart. » 10/12/14 4:40pm 10/12/14 4:40pm

Six More Small Satellites to Study Earth and Space Weather

Six tiny satellites have been approved to join the CubeSat program for NASA's 2014 fiscal year. Although each satellite measures just 30 by 10 by 10 centimetres, they're capable of big science. The projects will collect data on terrestrial and space weather, with two particularly focusing on plasma bubbles. » 6/21/14 4:37am 6/21/14 4:37am

An Astronaut And His Robot Companion Are Photobombed By A Watery Planet

Commander Koichi Wakata poses before a Cupola window aboard the International Space Station. The Canadarm2's Latching End Effector looks on from the other side of the glass. Meanwhile, in the background, Earth hangs almost modestly, all but obscured by the photo's fore- and middleground subjects. » 4/02/14 5:15pm 4/02/14 5:15pm

Imagining the Earth through the eyes of China's Yutu rover

The Yutu rover is now scouring the lunar surface on a three-month mission to explore the dark lava plains of the Bay of Rainbows. The Chinese probe is also set to leave behind a powerful telescope. Here's what Yutu will see when it peers towards Earth — and what the eclipse of April 15th, 2014, might look like. » 12/20/13 7:20am 12/20/13 7:20am

NASA Captures Unprecedented View of Moon Orbiting Earth

On October 9th, NASA's Juno spacecraft made a close pass of Earth on its way to Jupiter. The flyby, which helped boost Juno's speed by almost 9,000 miles-per-hour, was captured from the spacecraft's perspective by a low-res camera optimized to track faint stars, giving us a never-before-seen view of the moon orbiting… » 12/12/13 3:20pm 12/12/13 3:20pm

Watch ten years' worth of global weather unfold in just three minutes

When NASA decommissioned the GOES-12 on August 16th, the weather satellite had been locked in geostationary orbit around Earth for a little over 12 years, snapping regular photos of the western hemisphere. Here now are a decade's worth of captured images, compressed into a three-minute stop motion masterpiece. » 9/04/13 7:30am 9/04/13 7:30am