It's finally ready -- NASA's two-year delayed, car-sized center piece of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Curiosity rover, is prepped and set for launch this Saturday, November 26th, from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.
Before you think about emigrating to the US and applying to NASA, you might want to take some time to peruse the original Lunar Rover Operations Handbook. Even though it dates back to April 19, 1971, a working knowledge of Apollo equipment couldn't hurt your chances.
How close did asteroid 2005 YU55 get to Earth? Not close enough to endanger our civilisation, but close enough to take some fun videos. Like this short film of its trajectory recorded by NASA Swift's satellite.
You might think NASA's not doing a lot these days, what with the dismantling of the manned space program and everything, but they're still making explosions. Now there's video: the J-2X, which NASA says is our next ticket to space.
This weird glowing spiral is located four hundred light years away from Earth, in the constellation Lupus. You may think it's a spiral galaxy, like our Milky Way. It's not. It's the strangest star ever found, a new kind.
You're looking at Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica. It pushes more ice to the sea than any other glacier in the world. See that gigantic 18-mile-long canyon? That's the birth point of a new gargantuan iceberg.
This image was taken by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico on April 2010. It shows an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier on direct interception course with Earth's orbit. The arrival day: November 8. This is its trajectory.
This one is straight out of the annals of Star Trek -- NASA wants to make tractor beams a reality using lasers. They want to trap and pull in small samples remotely, and its not quite as farfetched as it sounds.
The universe is full of incredibly beautiful sights, but they're all designated with dull official codes like NGC 281. Thankfully some stargazers have a little imagination, and have nicknamed the nebula above after the original dot-chomper, Pac-Man. Can you see it?
Our Sun's energy is the source of all life on the planet, sure. But what if it was also the source of the first organic compounds that gave rise to life itself? A team of Hong Kong researchers believe they've proved just that.
Today NASA launched its first weather and climate-forecasting satellite. It's designed to collect environmental data, monitor weather patterns, natural disasters and surface temperatures -- all in the aid of better weather and climate prediction.