NASA Sets A 2018 Launch Date For The Rocket That Will Take Us To Mars

Three years after its unveiling, NASA managers have approved the development of the rocket that will carry astronauts into deep space. Called the Space Launch System (SLS), the heavy-lift rocket will be the most powerful ever built, and is designed to launch the next generation of space explorers to deep-space… » 8/30/14 8:30am Today 8:30am

Newly Announced Super-Earth May Be The Closest Exoplanet Discovered Yet

Gliese15Ab is a newly discovered planet roughly five times the mass of Earth. Researchers aren't sure what the planet's atmosphere is like, and it's close enough to its parent star to heat it past the boiling point of water. But the most interesting thing about Gliese 15Ab isn't how close it is to its star. It's how… » 8/29/14 9:45am Yesterday 9:45am

What Lit Up The Universe? Astronomers May Be On The Brink Of An Answer

Most scientists can see, hear, smell, touch or even taste their research. But astronomers can only study light — photons traveling billions of light-years across the cosmos before getting scooped up by an array of radio dishes or a single parabolic mirror orbiting the Earth. » 8/28/14 9:20am Thursday 9:20am

Watching this Video Feels Like Landing on Mars at Breakneck Speed

This video takes you on a virtual descent from orbit into the so-called Distributary Fan on Mars, located just northeast of Holden Crater. Using imagery from the Mars Orbiter and the Mars Global Surveyor, this visualization shows where liquid water probably flowed across the Martian surface in the past. » 8/26/14 7:00pm Tuesday 7:00pm

​It's Time To Get Serious About Exploring Uranus. (Stop Snickering!)

Do names determine our destiny? Certainly, Uranus (properly pronounced, yur-an-us) makes a strong case for that theory. The planet has been repeatedly ignored by space missions, aside from a Voyager 2 flyby in 1986. But, a group of planetary scientists say Uranus has fascinating traits that merit investigation. » 8/26/14 3:20pm Tuesday 3:20pm

China's High-Res Satellite Gave Us Some Awesome New Images

High-resolution images from a Chinese satellite were released last week, and I must say they are absolutely amazing! China launched the satellite back in April of last year, and it paid dividends for the Chinese government who used the satellite to identify illegal border-crossings and crack down on marijuana farmers. » 8/26/14 2:41pm Tuesday 2:41pm

New Photos Highlight One Of Our Galaxy's Grandest Star Factories

This spectacular image was captured by the Wide Field Imager at the La Silla Observatory in Chile, and released today by the European Southern Observatory. To the right of the photograph is nebula NGC 3576. On the left is star cluster NGC3603, home to the Milky Way's highest known concentration of massive stars. » 8/20/14 1:39pm 8/20/14 1:39pm

A Rare Chunk Of Giant Asteroid Vesta Has Been Stolen

Giant asteroid Vesta is the second-biggest object in our solar system's asteroid belt, and the origin of an estimated 5% of Earth's meteorites. Yesterday, an especially rare chunk of Vesta recovered from the Netherlands in 1925 was reported stolen from the Sonnenborgh Museum and Observatory in Utrecht, Netherlands. » 8/20/14 12:26pm 8/20/14 12:26pm

Here's What It Looks Like When You Throw Out the Garbage in Space

A few days ago, the Cygnus spacecraft, which had ferried supplies to the space station, was filled with debris and released into space, later burning up in Earth's atmosphere during a destructive reentry. The ESA has just posted video of the release maneuver. Taking out the trash has never looked so exciting. » 8/20/14 10:27am 8/20/14 10:27am