July 3, 2008
Mercury's magnetic field is "alive." Volcanic vents ring the planet's giant Caloris basin while the planet itself is surrounded by a plasma nebula of unexpected complexity.
July 1, 2008
Look beyond the fireworks on 4th of July weekend. A trio of worlds is converging for a pretty sunset sky show.
June 30, 2008
Yeast packets are retrieved by a team of sled dogs to test the hardiness of microbes to extreme conditions.
June 30, 2008
One hundred years after the Tunguska event in Siberia, scientists review what they've learned about the mysterious blast from the heavens.
June 26, 2008
This summer, NASA engineers will try to realize a dream older than the Space Age itself: the deployment of a working solar sail in Earth orbit. The name of the device is NanoSail-D and it is scheduled for launch onboard a SpaceX Falcon 1 rocket as early as July 29, 2008.
June 20, 2008
In 1967, Surveyor 3 landed on the Moon. Two years later, Apollo Astronautsvisited the little unmanned spacecraft and brought pieces of it home to Earth. Now, a portion of Surveyor's robotic arm, the scoop it used to sample moondust, is teaching researchers some long-lost secrets.
June 16, 2008
Sometimes you just can't believe your eyes. This week is one of those times. Check out the full Moon on June 18th and prepare to be deceived!
June 11, 2008
NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope left Earth today onboard a Delta II rocket. "The entire GLAST Team is elated," reports program manager Kevin Grady of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "The observatory is now on-orbit and all systems continue to operate as planned."
June 10, 2008
NASA has a daring new mission on the drawing board: Solar Probe Plus, a spacecraft tough enough to visit the sun itself.
May 29, 2008
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found a bizarre ring of material around the magnetic remains of a star that blasted itself to smithereens. Although rings and spheres of material are common in the universe, this one is not like any ring astronomers have ever seen before.