June 3, 2014
Later this year, Europe's Rosetta probe will orbit and land on comet 67P/Churyumov--Gerasimenko. New images of the comet show that it will be a lively place when Rosetta arrives.
June 2, 2014
To test a new technology for landing heavy payloads on Mars, NASA is about to drop a flying-saucer shaped vehicle from a helium balloon high above Earth's surface.
May 19, 2014
The Jason-2 satellite sees something brewing in the Pacific. Researchers say it could be a significant El Niño with implications for global weather and climate.
May 15, 2014
New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope confirm that Jupiter's Great Red Spot is rapidly shrinking. The behemoth storm is now at its smallest size ever measured.
May 12, 2014
A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in irreversible decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.
May 6, 2014
Sky watchers in North America could witness a new meteor shower on May 24th when, for the first time, Earth passes through a cloud of dust from periodic comet 209P/LINEAR.
May 2, 2014
Two years ago, an intense solar storm narrowly missed Earth. If it had hit, researchers say, we could still be picking up the pieces.
April 26, 2014
A new life form is taking root on the International Space Station, and its name is "Outregeous." The space-faring lettuce was delivered to the space station by a SpaceX Dragon capsule on April 20th.
April 25, 2014
NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered a dim, star-like body that surprisingly is as frosty as Earth's North Pole. This "brown dwarf" is only 7.2 light years away, making it one of the sun's nearest neighbors.
April 18, 2014