May 31, 2016
For the first time, researchers have identified a genetic marker associated with a spaceflight medical issue. It is in the enzymes associated with the "1 carbon pathway."
May 18, 2016
Mars and Saturn are getting together in the constellation Scorpius for back-to-back oppositions in May and June 2016.
May 3, 2016
On May 9, 2016, they will see a strange spot on the sun--a dark circle moving across the solar disk. This is no ordinary sunspot. It's the planet Mercury, making a rare transit of the sun.
April 8, 2016
Assembly of the next great space observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), is now underway at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
March 18, 2016
With its blue skies, puffy white clouds, warm beaches and abundant life, planet Earth is a pretty special place. A quick survey of the solar system reveals … nothing else like it. But how special is Earth, really?
March 12, 2016
When the Space Age began more than 50 years ago, explorers were eager to visit the planets of the solar system. As the years have passed, however, astronomers have realized that the moons of the solar system may be even more interesting.
March 8, 2016
On March 9, 2016, there will be a total eclipse of the sun over Indonesia.
March 7, 2016
On March 8th, 2016 Earth and Jupiter will have a close encounter. The giant planet will be "up all night," soaring almost overhead at midnight and not setting until the sky brightens with the twilight hues of sunrise on March 9th. In July, the Juno mission will give us an even closer look.
Feb. 23, 2016
If your favorite astronaut returns from space wearing horn-rim glasses and funny stockings, don’t be too disappointed. It’s all part of the job. And there’s a logical explanation.
Feb. 18, 2016
In 1947, shortly after the end of World War II, a young radio astronomer in Australia named Ruby Payne-Scott was observing the sun when a tremendous roar of static issued from the loudspeaker of her radio telescope. Almost 70 years later, astronomers are still marveling at the outburst.