What’s that big metal doughnut on the ceiling? Actually, it’s part of NASA’s forthcoming Orion Service Module, about to be tested to ensure it can withstand the vibrations it will be exposed to during launch and travel. Read more >>
Engineers at NASA’s Ames Research Center have finished testing of their brand-new flexible heat shield designed for future Mars exploration vehicles. Also included? This amazing image of one test. Read More >>
Dwarf planet Ceres’s bright spots have been a winking mystery for months, but NASA finally thinks it’s solved the riddle: No, we’re not looking at a giant alien ice rink. More likely, enormous piles of salt. Read more >>
The NASA Discovery Program is sorting through suggestions for the agency’s next spaceflight investigation, and it's released a shortlist of just five missions — one or two of which should launch by 2021.