NASA Science Live
We’re taking you behind-the-scenes alongside our experts to explore the secrets of the universe. From remote locations on Earth to the depths of outer space, join the conversation live each month to interact with NASA experts and watch as they reveal the mysteries of our solar system and beyond. Viewers will be able to submit questions on social media using the hashtag #askNASA or by leaving a comment in the chat section on Facebook.
Episode 44 - Webb's First Full-Color Images Explained | Never Before Seen View of the Universe
NASA will release the first full-color images and data from the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12. These images will demonstrate Webb’s capability to unfold the universe and provide views of the cosmos that humanity has never seen before. What questions do you have about these historic images?
Episode 43 - Watch a Total Lunar Eclipse
Join NASA experts to learn about this incredible natural phenomenon, look through telescope views across the world, and hear about plans to return humans to the lunar surface with the Artemis program.
Episode 42 - We Just Opened a 50-Year-Old Moon Sample
When Apollo astronauts began bringing samples from the Moon to Earth over 50 years ago, NASA chose to keep some samples unopened and untouched for future scientists to study. Now, NASA has opened the final pristine core sample of the Moon from the Apollo 17 mission to be studied in state-of-the-art laboratories with the most up-to-date technologies. Have questions?
Episode 41 - What's Next for the James Webb Space Telescope?
The past month has been an exciting one for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — from launch in tropical French Guiana, to the two-week unfolding of this intricately-packed telescope, the observatory has gone through a huge transformation in space. What’s next for Webb as it cools down over the next five months and looks to #UnfoldTheUniverse?
Episode 40 - We're Crashing a Spacecraft into an Asteroid...on Purpose!
DART is a spacecraft designed to impact an asteroid as a test of technology. DART’s target asteroid is NOT a threat to Earth. This asteroid system is a perfect testing ground to see if intentionally crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid is an effective way to change its course, should an Earth-threatening asteroid be discovered in the future.
Episode 39 - Launching Lucy to the Trojan Asteroids
Going where no spacecraft has gone before, NASA’s Lucy mission will embark on a 12-year journey to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids. As time capsules to the early solar system, these ancient remnants could give scientists vital clues about how the planets formed 4.5 billion years ago.
Episode 38 - Landsat: A Legacy of Seeing Earth from Space
Earth is changing, and these changes can be seen from space. A series of satellites built by NASA and operated by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have been monitoring and tracking changes across our planet for almost 50 years. Adding to this legacy circling the globe every 99 minutes and collecting images of the Earth landscapes and coastal regions, Landsat 9 will continue to answer the many questions we have about Earth’s climate change, population growth and even your very own food supply.
Episode 37 - Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge
NASA Science Live is back and we’re LIVE from the Moon to Mars Ice & Prospecting Challenge. Ten teams from across the country have been tasked with one goal: to extract ice beneath a simulated lunar or Martian surface. As we look forward to NASA’s Artemis program to the Moon and even one-day crewed missions to Mars, ideas from challenges like this will be essential in creating technology to access resources like water for humans to survive on other worlds.
Episode 36 - National Intern Day
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at NASA? Across the country, NASA interns from high school to graduate students are using their creativity and innovation to work on real NASA missions.
Episode 35 - International Asteroid Day
At NASA, every day is asteroid day. From the many missions journeying to asteroids in our solar system – some even returning samples to Earth – to the efforts to find, track and monitor near-Earth objects and protect our planet from potential impact hazards, NASA and its partners are always looking to the skies.
Episode 34 - Engineering Human Tissue
Teams across the country have been competing for years to be the first to engineer functional human tissue in a lab. Now, scientists have accomplished this medical feat by creating thick vascularized human organ tissue, which could have profound implications both on Earth and off.
Episode 33 - We're Going to Venus - NASA Selects Two New Missions
Venus, our planetary neighbor, is a hot, hellish unforgiving world. Its toxic atmosphere and sweltering surface make it a challenging place to study, and it’s been over 3 decades since NASA visited Earth’s evil twin...until now! NASA is sending two bold new missions to study this inferno-like world: DAVINCI+ and VERITAS.
Episode 32 - Mars Helicopter and the Future of Extraterrestrial Flight
On April 19, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter became the first spacecraft to achieve powered, controlled flight on another world. This historic flight on Mars has implications for how we will explore other worlds. Join experts from the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter team and upcoming Dragonfly mission to learn about the future of extraterrestrial flight.
Episode 31 - Connected By Earth
This year at NASA, EarthDay is about connections—to our planet and to each other. Our planet is home to over 7 billion people of diverse backgrounds and experiences, but we are all #ConnectedByEarth.
Episode 30 - Modern-Day Explorers Search for Life Beyond Earth
Is there life beyond Earth? NASA has been sending spacecraft to the far reaches of our solar system in search of an answer. But extreme forms of life on our own planet might reveal secrets of how life could form beyond Earth. Meet two NASA women who have ventured on remote expeditions and traversed Earth’s most extreme landscapes in the name of science and astrobiology.
Episode 29 - We Landed on Mars
A new chapter of Mars exploration has officially begun! On Feb. 18, 2021, NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed on Mars. What’s next? The rover will prepare to explore its new Martian home, search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to be returned by a future mission.
Episode 28 - Continuing a Legacy of Trailblazers
Behind every NASA success story are the people who make the impossible, possible. Join us as we celebrate Black History Month and the contributions of African American trailblazers and those following in their footsteps as they help NASA reach new heights for the benefit of all humankind.
Episode 27 - How to See Saturn and Jupiter's Great Conjunction
Have you noticed two bright objects in the sky getting closer together with each passing night? It’s Jupiter and Saturn doing a planetary dance that will result in the Great Conjunction on Dec. 21. On that day, Jupiter and Saturn will be right next to each other in the sky -- the closest they have appeared in nearly 400 years! Want to learn when and where to look up? Join our expert astronomer Dr. Henry Throop on #NASAScience Live.
Episode 26 - You Too Can Do NASA Science
No matter who you are or where you are, YOU can participate in the science done at NASA and make new discoveries alongside NASA scientists. Watch #NASAScience Live on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 3:00 p.m. EST to hear from people around the globe about how they’re doing NASA science and learn how you too can get involved with NASA’s citizen science projects.
Episode 25 - Lucy in the Sky with Asteroids
Asteroids are prehistoric treasures that hold the lost tales about the origin of our solar system. We are slowly starting to unfold this story and NASA’s Lucy mission will launch in about a year to venture on a 12-year tour studying diverse primordial worlds. Join mission experts on #NASAScience Live and learn about the first ever spacecraft to study the swarm of asteroids associated with Jupiter, known as the Trojans.
Episode 24 - Rising Seas
Sea levels across the globe are rising as a result of a changing climate — and the rate at which they are rising is accelerating. Watch NASA Science Live Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 12:30 p.m. EST to meet NASA researchers studying these changes, and learn how the next mission launching to space will continue the nearly 30-year record of monitoring Earth’s ocean from space.
Episode 23 - Our First Attempt to Sample Asteroid Bennu
NASA has touched the surface of asteroid Bennu to collect the agency’s first ever asteroid sample, which will one day shed new insights on the history of our solar system… so what’s next? Join NASA's OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission experts and ask them your questions! Submit them using #ToBennuAndBack and tune in today at 6:15 p.m. ET as they walk you through new images and videos captured by the spacecraft as it descended down to the asteroid's surface.
Episode 22 - Celebrating Hispanic Heritage
Diversity brings strength to our missions and goals, and with a range of perspectives and backgrounds, we are able to achieve the impossible. Join as we celebrate our many amazing NASA employees with Hispanic Heritage and the valuable ideas and skills they bring to the agency.
La diversidad enfortece a nuestras misiones y metas, y con una variedad de perspectivas y experiencias podemos lograr lo imposible. Únete a nosotros mientras celebramos a nuestros increíbles empleados de la NASA con herencia hispana y las valiosas ideas y habilidades que aportan a la agencia.
Episode 21 - Our Next Solar Cycle
The Sun goes through regular cycles of activity approximately every 11 years, and tracking these cycles is a key part of better understanding the Sun and mitigating its impacts on human technology and astronauts in space. Join NASA and NOAA experts Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 3:00 p.m. EDT as they discuss predictions for the upcoming solar cycle. Send in your questions by commenting below or by using #askNASA.
Episode 20 - Perseverance Mars Rover and the Search for Ancient Life
Millions of miles from Earth lies a dusty, cold, desert world with a very thin atmosphere. You know this planet as Mars…but it hasn’t always been this way. There’s evidence that the Red Planet was much wetter and warmer, with a thicker atmosphere, billions of years ago. Could it also have supported life? NASA’s Perseverance rover launches next week and will explore the Red Planet to collect rock and soil samples, which may preserve ancient signs of life. Join experts on #NASAScience Live Wednesday, July 22 at 3:00 p.m. EDT, to learn more about this robotic astrobiologist.
Episode 19 - How to Spot Comet NEOWISE
Have you seen Comet NEOWISE in the sky? ☄️ Visiting from the most distant parts of our solar system, it made its once-in-our-lifetimes close approach to the Sun on July 3, 2020 and will cross outside Earth’s orbit on its way back to the outer parts of the solar system by mid-August. Join experts on #NASAScience Live Wednesday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to learn more about this comet and how you can spot it before it’s gone. Set a reminder to tune in!
Episode 18 - Science in the Time of Coronavirus
Our planet is facing an unprecedented crisis as we continue to wrestle with the impacts of coronavirus. With its unparalleled technical and scientific expertise, NASA has joined the fight against the pandemic. Join us Thursday, June 25 at 3 p.m. EDT on #NASAScience Live to learn about the ideas and developments that NASA has contributed to confront this global health crisis.
Episode 17 - Expanding Our View of the Universe
NASA’s WFIRST mission will explore the universe, seeking answers to some of its biggest mysteries. From understanding the nature of dark energy to studying planets outside our solar system, this mission will expand our view of the cosmos. Join experts Wednesday, May 20 at 11 a.m. ET for an exciting announcement about the WFIRST mission.
Episode 16 - On Ice
Join NASA ice experts as we discuss important science about Earth's icy regions, and how it can impact us here in warmer environments. NASA’s ICESat-2 mission uses a laser instrument on a satellite to precisely measure ice and just released new findings about how Earth’s ice is changing. Scientists discovered that enough ice has melted from Antarctica and Greenland to rise sea level about half an inch over the last 16 years. We’ll talk to these researchers to see what that means, and then take you to the coast of Virginia to see the real-world impacts of Earth's melting ice.
Episode 15 - Asteroid Close Approach
Have you heard about an asteroid close-approach happening on April 29? Asteroid 1998 OR2 poses no threat to our planet, but we can still learn a lot by studying it. Don't miss a special Planetary Defense episode of NASA Science Live on Monday, April 27 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to learn how we find, track and monitor asteroids and near-Earth Objects.
Episode 14 - Earth Day at Home
Happy Earth Day! Join NASA experts on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as we explore important discoveries made about our planet, talk with teams creating green technology that benefits life on Earth, explore a new type of aircraft making flight greener and cleaner, and hear from a NASA inventor who has turned coral reef science into an interactive app that allows you to participate in science from home. Celebrate #EarthDayatHome with NASA.
Episode 13 - OSIRIS-REx: X Marks the Spot
OSIRIS-REx – NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission – has spent the last year studying asteroid Bennu. The mission has extensively mapped Bennu in order to better understand the asteroid and to choose the optimal site for sample collection. The team is now ready to reveal its final primary and back-up sample collection sites. Join experts as they make this exciting announcement and discuss the mission’s plans for the next year leading up to the sampling event, which is scheduled for summer 2020. Watch NASA Science Live at 1:00 p.m. EST, Thursday, Dec. 12. Have questions? Use #askNASA or comment below.
Episode 12 - New Discoveries from Our Mission to Touch the Sun
What mysteries about our star is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission uncovering as it journeys closer to the Sun than any human-made object ever before? Watch this episode of #NASAScience Live as experts discuss some of the first discoveries made by the spacecraft.
Episode 11 - Black Hole 101
How do we study black holes if we can’t even see them? Could a black hole “eat” an entire galaxy? What would happen if you fell into a black hole? Join experts on #NASAScience Live as we take a journey to explore these mysterious objects that can be found all over the universe.
Episode 10 - Galaxy of Horrors
This Halloween, we’re taking you on a journey to the darkest corners of our universe – where invisible forces draw galaxies together, and dark energy rips them apart. We’ll travel to worlds with unimaginable conditions and hear sounds that float eerily through the emptiness of space. Stop, listen, look up and join us for a tour of our Galaxy of Horrors! Have questions you want answered during the show? Submit them by commenting below!
Episode 9 - A Telescope Like a Time Machine
Join experts as we discuss the most complex telescope ever created by humans – the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb will be like a powerful time machine with infrared vision that will peer back over 13.5 billion years to see some of the first stars and galaxies forming out of the darkness of the early universe.
Episode 8 - A World of Fires
At any given time, there is a fire burning somewhere on Earth. Join experts Thursday, September 12 at 3 p.m. EDT for a closer look at how fires are part of our changing planet. As the climate warms, it has directly affected the way fires occur, with longer fire seasons and more extreme fires that are harder to suppress. With a fleet of satellites orbiting Earth, NASA has a unique perspective to keep an eye on these fires, the impact they have on ecosystems, and how smoke degrades air quality for local communities and populations downwind from biomass burning. Learn more on the next episode of #NASAScience Live. Have questions? Submit them in the comment section below to have them answered live during the show.
Episode 7 - 50 Years of Apollo
From the historic Apollo splashdown to the future Artemis landing, we’re celebrating 50 years of human exploration and science on the Moon. This special edition of NASA Science Live will take viewers onboard the aircraft carrier that recovered the Apollo 11 capsule after splashdown – the USS Hornet. Join experts for a behind-the-scenes tour of this historic location where President Nixon first greeted the Apollo 11 crew. Discover what it takes to reenter Earth’s atmosphere and learn about the crew’s journey back to Earth. Splashdown may have been the conclusion of the crew’s mission, but it was just the beginning for the science. Hear from experts about what we learned from the Apollo missions, what we’re still uncovering today and what we hope to discover with future Artemis missions to the Moon. Have questions? Ask them in the comment stream and we'll answer them live during the show!
Special Edition - NASA's Next Solar System Explorer
Our new NASA solar system mission, #Dragonfly, will send a rotocraft-lander to explore Saturn's moon, Titan! Why Titan? This ocean world is unique in the solar system, with organic compounds that could teach us about the origin of life itself. Watch this special edition of NASA Science Live to learn more and meet mission experts!
Special Edition - Next Steps to Science on the Moon
Moon news! We announced the next major step in the Artemis program’s exploration plans for the lunar surface. Meet the first three American companies that will land spacecraft on the Moon with NASA science and technology onboard.
Episode 4 - Storms Across the Solar System
Did you know that there are storms churning all across our solar system and beyond? Watch as we tour some of the storms in our planetary neighborhood – from supersonic winds on Venus to dust storms on Mars. Then, we bring things closer to home to take a look at how NASA studies weather on Earth.
Episode 3 - Our Weird Home
The third episode of NASA Science Live highlights our weird home: Earth. Liquid water, a protective atmosphere and an active core that gives our planet a defensive shield. These features, plus more, make our home one of the most unique places in the solar system. Watch as we explore these features that make our planet special in celebration of Earth Day.
Episode 2 - Going Interstellar
The second episode of NASA Science Live will take you to the very edge of our solar system where interstellar space begins. Starting with the Voyager mission at the boundary and traveling on to some of the closest and brightest stars, we'll answer questions like: What does "going interstellar" mean, how are we currently exploring outside our solar system and what plans do we have for the future of interstellar space travel? Tune in live on Wednesday, March 27 at 3 p.m. EDT (12 p.m. PDT) and post your questions to have them answered during the show!
Episode 1 - To the Moon, and Beyond
This inaugural episode of NASA Science Live explores how science conducted on the lunar surface in the past informs current missions studying the Moon and future plans to send science, robots and humans to our nearest celestial neighbor.