Aug. 2, 2012
When Curiosity enters the Martian atmosphere on August 6th, setting in motion "the seven minutes of terror" that people are buzzing about, the rover will actually be performing the mission's second daredevil stunt. The first was completed in July.
July 30, 2012
How do you gently lower a massive SUV-sized nuclear-powered rover to the surface of Mars without making an SUV-sized crater? NASA's solution for Curiosity will be attempted for the first time on August 5/6 when they lower the rover to the red sands of Mars using a Sky Crane.
July 29, 2012
On the same night Curiosity lands on Mars, a "Martian Triangle" will appear in sunset skies of Earth. The first-magnitude apparition on August 5th gives space fans something to do while they wait for news from the Red Planet.
July 24, 2012
For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations. Nearly the entire ice cover of Greenland experienced some degree of melting, according to measurements from three independent satellites.
July 20, 2012
Forecasters say solar maximum is still a year away. Earlier this month sky watchers got a taste of things to come when a powerful flare sparked Northern Lights over the United States as far south as Arkansas, Colorado and California.
July 18, 2012
More than 8 years after landing on the Red Planet, Mars rover Opportunity is still running. Indeed, mission planners say the tireless robot is poised to complete a full marathon--the first ever long-distance race on an alien planet.
July 16, 2012
As Curiosity nears the Red Planet for a daring landing on August 5th, NASA has released a suite of video games and virtual experiences for members of the general public who wish to follow the massive rover across the sands of Mars.
July 13, 2012
While scanning the Pluto system for possible hazards to the approaching New Horizons spacecraft, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a fifth moon orbiting the dwarf planet.
July 3, 2012
The brightest planets in the solar system are converging for a beautiful sunrise sky show that begins on the 4th of July.
June 29, 2012
A NASA-sponsored researcher at the University of Iowa has developed a way for spacecraft to hunt down hidden magnetic portals in the vicinity of Earth. These portals link the magnetic field of our planet to that of the sun.