April 8, 2016
Assembly of the next great space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is now underway at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
March 18, 2016
With its blue skies, puffy white clouds, warm beaches and abundant life, planet Earth is a pretty special place. A quick survey of the solar system reveals … nothing else like it. But how special is Earth, really?
March 12, 2016
When the Space Age began more than 50 years ago, explorers were eager to visit the planets of the solar system. As the years have passed, however, astronomers have realized that the moons of the solar system may be even more interesting.
March 8, 2016
On March 9, 2016, there will be a total eclipse of the sun over Indonesia.
March 7, 2016
On March 8th, 2016 Earth and Jupiter will have a close encounter. The giant planet will be "up all night," soaring almost overhead at midnight and not setting until the sky brightens with the twilight hues of sunrise on March 9th. In July, the Juno mission will give us an even closer look.
Feb. 23, 2016
If your favorite astronaut returns from space wearing horn-rim glasses and funny stockings, don’t be too disappointed. It’s all part of the job. And there’s a logical explanation.
Feb. 18, 2016
In 1947, shortly after the end of World War II, a young radio astronomer in Australia named Ruby Payne-Scott was observing the sun when a tremendous roar of static issued from the loudspeaker of her radio telescope. Almost 70 years later, astronomers are still marveling at the outburst.
Jan. 26, 2016
Earth is enveloped by a vast ocean that covers about 71 percent of our planet. Even tiny changes in this body of water can add up to enormous effects on climate and weather. The Jason-3 satellite, launched on January 17, 2016, will allow scientists to continue a 23-year record aimed at studying Earth's ocean to better understand and forecast our climate, months and years into the future.
Jan. 20, 2016
On August 10th, astronauts on the International Space Station sampled their first space-grown salad and pronounced it “good.” They were treated to freshly harvested red romaine lettuce grown in the “Veggie” plant growth chamber—a special structure designed to make gardens flourish in weightlessness.
Jan. 2, 2016
Researchers have used NASA space telescopes to prove that space-time is much less "foamy" than some models predict. Understanding their result requires a trip into the weird world of quantum physics.