First Images from a New Satellite That Measures Rain and Snowfall

The new NASA-JAXA precipitation satellite works! The spacecraft was launched in February as part of an effort to improve global rain and snowfall measurements. You can see its first images, which are of a cyclone east of Honshu Island, Japan. » 3/25/14 3:43pm 3/25/14 3:43pm

Astronauts Installing a Live Version of Google Earth Today on ISS

Imagine a version of Google Earth that uses real-time imagery instead of years-old satellite data. This is the premise behind UrtheCast – a camera that Russian astronauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy will be mounting today outside of the International Space Station. Watch the installation-spacewalk live, here on… » 12/27/13 7:15am 12/27/13 7:15am

Record-setting rocket launch puts on a show for America's East Coast

Last night, the U.S. Air Force launched 29 satellites into orbit from Virginia's eastern shore. The record-setting payload achieved liftoff atop a Minotaur-1 rocket at 8:15 p.m. ET, and was visible from the entire length of America's Eastern Seaboard, and as far west as Kentucky. » 11/20/13 6:55am 11/20/13 6:55am

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

Falling to Earth this weekend: Russia's ill-fated Phobos-Grunt…

Phobos-Grunt was the chosen one. It was said that it would bring an end to Russia's Martian curse, not extend it. But now, Russia's once-promising spacecraft — the country's first bid at interplanetary exploration in 15 years — is coming home earlier than planned. » 1/13/12 8:50am 1/13/12 8:50am