Rejoice, for comet Lovejoy has survived its close encounter with the Sun! NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured the exact moment it went close in behind the Sun, then out again on the other side, surprisingly more or less intact.
NASA is readying a new kind of space device: a harpoon designed to rapidly fire against comets, easily taking chunks of its surface with surgical precision. It's now being tested by scientists at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
This is Puppis A, the remnants of a violent supernova that exploded 3,700 years ago, glowing red as its shockwaves still heat up the dust around it. But Puppis A is really special because it hides the "Cosmic Cannonball."
I'm surprised that, after three decades of amazing launches, hundreds of outstanding missions, great science and some very sad moments, there's not more stuff celebrating the space shuttle. Thankfully, NASA is coming to the rescue with this free iPad app.
The possibility of alien life has captivated our imaginations for generations. Now that possibility just got a big boost as Kepler's managed to find and confirm a potentially Earth-like planet. It's just 600 light years away and occupies that magic 'habitable zone' around its star, like the Earth does around the sun.
First, there was Neil. Then it was Buzz. And then there was Futura, which, unlike Neil and Buzz, stayed behind in Mare Tranquillitatis as part of a plaque commemorating humanity's first landing on the Moon:
This is the Lunar Module Systems Activation Checklist Book of Apollo 13. The handwritten numbers are part of the calculations made by Commander James Lovell, just two hours after a service module's oxygen tank explosion left them marooned in space.
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.