NASA Wants Mars Curiosity Rover to "Drive Less And Do More Science"

NASA plans to extend seven of its ongoing planetary missions, a review panel announced yesterday. Two of the missions, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars rover Opportunity, were at risk of being shut down, but it was Mars rover Curiosity that drew the least-favorable reviews, and the harshest criticisms. » 9/04/14 9:20am 9/04/14 9:20am

Happy 5th Anniversary, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter!

Five years ago today, NASA launched its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into space. It's been snapping high-resolution images of the moon's surface ever since, revealing secrets about its true "dark side," scouting out landing sites for future missions, and returning gorgeous images the likes of which have never been… » 6/18/14 11:28am 6/18/14 11:28am

The first entirely new globe of the Moon's surface in more than 40 years

I don't think I've ever been been this excited about a globe in my life. Don't get me wrong, globes are great, but according to the folks over at Sky & Telescope Magazine, we've just reached a major milestone for Moon globes — what they claim is the first major update to a physical lunar likeness in more than forty… » 4/10/12 2:59pm 4/10/12 2:59pm

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

This is HiRISE, the most powerful camera we've ever sent to another…

The University of Arizona's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera is an incredible piece of equipment. Currently circling the Red Planet aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the instrument is capable of capturing photographs of the Martian surface at unprecedented resolution, averaging about… » 1/11/12 9:15am 1/11/12 9:15am

Evidence of extraterrestrial life could be sitting on the Moon at this…

When you consider the utter vastness of space, it isn't hard to accept that, somewhere out there, extraterrestrial life probably exists. That being said, one can just as soon reason that the Universe is so immense, the odds of us actually finding evidence for the existence of alien organisms are probably pretty slim.… » 12/28/11 7:00am 12/28/11 7:00am