News Articles

Space Experiments
Sep 18, 2020
NASA announces the award of 18 grants for exciting new Space Biology research that will advance NASA’s understanding of how living systems respond, acclimate, and adapt to the space environment in support of human space exploration.
Universe
Aug 18, 2020
We’ve never met some of the Sun’s closest neighbors until now. In a new study, astronomers report the discovery of 95 objects known as brown dwarfs, many within a few dozen light-years of the Sun. They’re well outside the solar system, so don’t experience heat from the Sun, but still inhabit a... Read More
the white dwarf and a brown dwarf companion
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Aug 17, 2020
Several years ago, planetary scientist Lynnae Quick began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known planets beyond our solar system might resemble some of the watery moons around Jupiter and Saturn. Though some of these moons don’t have atmospheres and are covered in ice, they are... Read More
This illustration shows NASA's Cassini spacecraft flying through plumes on Enceladus in October 2015.
Earth, Ice
Aug 17, 2020
Researchers on the NASA-funded Community Snow Observations (CSO) project recently found a new way to use data from citizen scientists. This project asks volunteer to measure the depth of the snow in mountain environments and uses those data to improve snowpack models.
Ryan Crumley measures snow depth in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Solar System
Aug 11, 2020
The Catalina Sky Survey has been collecting images of the night sky for over twenty years. Today you’ll have the chance of a lifetime---the chance to find a new TNO.
Catalina Outer Solar System Survey logo with asteroid
Solar System
Aug 3, 2020
What are some skywatching highlights in August 2020? See the Moon posing with various planets throughout the month, plus catch the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower.
What's Up in the Solar System
Solar System, Mars
Jul 30, 2020
The Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter have launched successfully and are on their way to Mars! They will land in February of 2021.
Launch of Mars Perseverance
ISS
Jul 24, 2020
Those striving to develop their products and conduct research beyond Earth’s atmosphere are seeing their visions come to life through the International Space Station National Lab and partnerships with NASA. NASA, in turn, is gaining new resources to aid in its mission of exploration and discovery.... Read More
Jul 24, 2020
Comments on the draft text for ROSES-2020 Amendment 39 releases for community comment draft text for E.9 Citizen Science Seed Funding Program are due July 30, 2020.
citizen science
Earth
Jul 24, 2020
“I have always been interested in teaching people how to use remote sensing technology in different cultural contexts with different knowledge systems" - NASA Ames research scientist Dr. Cindy Schmidt
Jul 23, 2020
NASA and Zooniverse will work together to engage participants in projects that span the wide range of NASA’s science divisions: astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science, and earth science.
Zooniverse and NASA partnership
Jul 22, 2020
We’re going to Mars! NASA’s Perseverance rover will head to Mars this summer to search for signs of ancient life. Christina Hernandez and Mitch Schulte tell us all about Mars Perseverance in this special edition episode of NASA’s Curious Universe.
Jul 21, 2020
Citizen science efforts are frequently used to groundtruth or analyze remotely collected data, with impressive results in fields as diverse as archeology to climatology. On the flip side, citizen scientists have amassed impressive data sets of observations. These data sets may hold heretofore... Read More
Summer of Citizen Science video still
Solar System
Jul 16, 2020
Comet NEOWISE is visible in an aurora-filled sky in this photo by Aurorasaurus Ambassador Donna Lach. The photo was taken early on July 14, 2020, in western Manitoba, Canada. The purple ribbon-like structure to the left is STEVE, an aurora-related phenomenon discovered with the help of citizen... Read More
Comet NEOWISE appears in a sky streaked with purple and green aurora
Space Experiments
Jul 16, 2020
Most of the energy and power used on Earth comes from burning fossil fuels. Combustion sparked the industrial revolution, and today it provides us with reliable power, clean water, a stable food supply and a whole lot more. Unfortunately, one downside of all that progress is pollution, which leads... Read More
Astronaut David St. Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency works on the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) used in the ACME Flames Project.