News Articles

Dr. Roy Maizel
Dec 7, 2018
Roy Maizel, the Science Mission Directorate’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Management since 2007, has announced he will retire from the Agency in April 2019 after a 37-year career with NASA.
Solar System
Dec 7, 2018
December brings the Geminids, a visible comet, and a fond farewell.
What's Up in the Solar System
Earth
Dec 6, 2018
GEDI will provide the first high-resolution observations of forest vertical structure at a global scale.
SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launches to the International Space Station at 1:16 p.m. EST Dec. 5, 2018
Solar System
Dec 3, 2018
After traveling through space for more than two years and over two billion miles, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at its destination, asteroid Bennu, on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The spacecraft will spend... Read More
This series of images taken by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft shows Bennu in one full rotation from a distance of around 50 miles (80 km). The spacecraft’s PolyCam camera obtained the thirty-six 2.2-millisecond frames over a period of four hours and 18 minutes.
ISS
Nov 19, 2018
While 3D printers are technology that many people are familiar with, there’s one 250 miles above us on the International Space Station (ISS) that’s unlike anything currently found on Earth. It’s known as the Refabricator, a hybrid 3D printer that can recycle its hard, polymer plastic numerous times... Read More
The In-Space Refabricator Poster
Sun
Nov 7, 2018
Editor's note: The Nov. 7 launch attempt has been scrubbed. The next launch opportunity will be Thursday, Nov. 8.
Solar System
Nov 5, 2018
What's Up for November? Planets, asteroid Juno, comet 46P, and a morning meteor shower.
What's Up in the Solar System
Universe
Oct 26, 2018
Two vastly different NASA spacecraft are about to run out of fuel: The Kepler spacecraft, which spent nine years in deep space collecting data that detected thousands of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system, and the Dawn spacecraft, which spent 11 years orbiting and studying the main... Read More
Dawn and Kepler spacecrafts
Solar System, Planets of Our Solar System
Oct 23, 2018
Lightning is as beautiful as it is powerful – a violent, hotter than the surface of the Sun electrical marvel. But might lightning on other planets be even more astonishing?  Consider this. When Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter in 1979, its imager captured areas nearly as big as the U.S. lit up by... Read More
Lightning Across the Solar System Poster
Solar System
Oct 9, 2018
What's Up for October? International Observe the Moon Night!
What's Up in the Solar System
Earth, ISS
Oct 5, 2018
Did you ever notice how the air can seem cooler when you enter a forest? Humans aren’t the only living things that sweat to cool off. When trees and plants “sweat,” they cool themselves andcan cool the surrounding air.Through a process called transpiration,water and nutrients are taken up by plant... Read More
Sweating Can Be Cool Poster
ISS
Oct 2, 2018
In August 1984, President Ronald Reagan announced NASA’s plan to send “one of America’s finest—a teacher” to space aboard space shuttle Challenger. Of 11,000 aspirants for the adventure, 37-year-old high school teacher Christa McAuliffe from Concord, New Hampshire, was chosen. As the first teacher... Read More
Reach For It Poster
ISS
Sep 26, 2018
Most people picture a glovebox as the small space on the passenger side of your car. But if you’re an astronaut floating 250 miles up, you might picture a large glass enclosure that allows you to conduct experiments that could change how we live both on and off Earth. 
Earth, Ice
Sep 7, 2018
One of the key elements of Earth’s climate system is the cryosphere – the many forms of ice found on Earth. Two new NASA missions use different technologies to help scientists better understand how frozen water is affecting our planet. Both will continue satellite data records that have greatly... Read More
Solar System
Sep 4, 2018
What's Up for September? Set your sights beyond the solar system, and take a late summertime road-trip along the Milky Way.
What's Up September 2018