Science@NASA Headline News
You may have noticed that the "look and feel" of Science@NASA stories has changed. There's no cause for alarm. Our core product, simply- and clearly-told stories about NASA science, remains the same. The changes are a sign of progress. Recently, the Science@NASA team joined forces with the Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters. Working together, we'll be able to cover a broader range of NASA discoveries and develop "citizen science" opportunities for our readers, while still producing old favorites such as Apollo Chronicles and "looking up" stories about backyard astronomy events. The sky's the limit.
March 17, 2009
Space ShuttleDiscovery launched Sunday, March 15th, on a construction mission to the International Space Station. Perfect timing for sky watchers! The mission coincides with a series of ISS flybys over North American towns and cities. People who go outside after sunset can see the shuttle-station combo with their naked eyes and view the changing outlines of the ISS through backyard telescopes.
March 13, 2009
NASA and U.S. Air Force test pilots have just dropped a 50,000-pound "dummy" rocket booster on the Arizona desert--and stopped it before it crashed. It's all part of NASA's plan to return to the Moon.
March 6, 2009
In a night launch of stunning beauty, NASA's Kepler spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Friday night, March 6th, on a mission to find Earth-like planets circling other stars.
Feb. 26, 2009
The crescent Moon and Venus are converging for a conjunction of rare beauty on Friday evening, Feb. 27th.
Feb. 25, 2009
For the first time, a spacecraft from Earth has captured hi-resolution video of a solar eclipse while orbiting another world.
Feb. 20, 2009
Are there other worlds like ours? Are we alone? NASA's Kepler spacecraft is about to begin an unprecedented journey that could answer these ancient questions.
Feb. 20, 2009
NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has detected a record-setting gamma-ray burst with the greatest total energy and fastest motions ever seen.
Feb. 19, 2009
Something is about to happen on Saturn that is so pretty, even Hubble will pause to take a look. Backyard astronomers can see it, too. Four of Saturn's moons will transit Saturn and cast their shadows on the planet's cloudtops at the same time.
Feb. 10, 2009
NASA spacecraft are monitoring blasts of gamma-ray energy from a star 30,000 light years away. Some of the flares have packed more total energy than the sun puts out in 20 years.
Feb. 6, 2009
Even in space, someone has to clean the bathroom. ISS Astronautsare using a tricorder-like device to help them 'swab the decks.'