These satellite images could be used to predict the next drought

This is a new kind of satellite image of the Earth, showing nothing but vegetation. It allows us to track just how fecund the planet is — and to spot trouble regions where crop growth may soon be hindered by drought. Soon, images like these could become a crucial part of food security. » 6/25/13 8:20am 6/25/13 8:20am

NASA's rocket-powered light show sets fire to the night!

For close to two weeks now, NASA has been waiting for just the right moment to launch its Anomalous Transport Rocket Experiment (aka ATREX), a mission that will help us better understand the mysterious, high-altitude jet streams located at the edges of Earth's atmosphere. Early this morning, that moment finally came —… » 3/27/12 11:00am 3/27/12 11:00am

Here's how to catch NASA's rocket-powered light show tonight

NASA has scheduled an atmospheric light show for the wee hours of Wednesday morning, when the Agency intends to launch five sub-orbital rockets (complete with luminescent chemical tracers) in an experiment designed to test the flow of jet streams on the edge of space. Best of all? A good portion of the East Coast is… » 3/20/12 12:50pm 3/20/12 12:50pm

Witness the Moon's breathtaking 4.5-billion-year evolution in less than …

When we gaze up at the Moon, we expect a certain degree of consistency. Sure, it moves through its phases, shifting in and out of darkness over the course of the month, but generally speaking, the Moon's surface looks the same to us — night after night, year after year. But the Moon has not always looked the way it… » 3/14/12 1:20pm 3/14/12 1:20pm

The Most Beautiful Video of the Moon We've Seen in Ages

Unless you're an astronaut, we're willing to bet that you have never seen the Moon depicted as stunningly as it is here. For close to three years now, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been snapping high resolution photos of the Moon's surface. Now, the Goddard Visualization Studio has used those images to… » 3/02/12 3:23pm 3/02/12 3:23pm