Discovery

December 4, 2016

New SpaceShipTwo Flies Free for the First Time

Dozens more test flights will follow for the Virgin Galactic spaceplane “Unity” before paying passengers are aboard. Virgin Galactic’s new six-passenger SpaceShipTwo made its first glide […]
December 2, 2016

So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? Sun's galore – part 2

Hello again. Last time out, we took a little peek at the InSight mission to Mars and the implications that might have on the search for […]
December 1, 2016

Mystery of 'Flickering' Galaxy Solved: It's Starving for Food

A decades-old galactic mystery has just been solved — new research has revealed why a distant galaxy has brightened and dimmed like a flickering candle flame […]
November 30, 2016

Massive Ice Reservoir on Mars Could Keep Settlers Alive

The subsurface supply of ice covers an area bigger than the state of New Mexico and could be tapped by future Mars explorers for all their […]
November 28, 2016

NASA wants you to help astronauts deal with their poo in space

GOING to the bathroom in zero-gravity can be a tricky task — and NASA wants your help to make it a little bit easier for its […]
November 27, 2016

Spire deploys four satellites from Cygnus

WASHINGTON — An Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo spacecraft deployed four small satellites for Spire Global Nov. 25, the first time a cargo vessel deployed satellites above […]
November 26, 2016

Mars' Methane Scout Takes Test Run to Sniff out Life

Following up on measurements by NASA’s Curiosity rover, the newly arrived European Trace Gas Orbiter will scan for atmospheric methane, which on Earth is strongly tied […]
November 25, 2016

ASA Launched Its Most Powerful Weather Satellite

An exciting milestone for space weather analysis occurred this past weekend. The most powerful space weather instrument known to man launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on […]
November 24, 2016

NASA Is Planning for Thanksgiving Dinner 2023

When Americans venture out to Mars and other destinations beyond Earth orbit, one thing they won’t have to leave behind is Thanksgiving dinner. NASA scientists are […]