Science Mission Directorate

August 12, 2018

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe blasts off on epic journey to ‘touch the Sun’

The probe lit up the night sky as it blasted off at 3:31 a.m. EDT. “It was a really clean launch,” Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator […]
February 21, 2017

NASA to Host News Conference on Discovery Beyond Our Solar System

NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, […]
September 16, 2016

So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? The Insight Mission

So, You’re Still Interested In Astronomy? Hello again. Last time out, we looked at 10 factors that showed how diverse our own Solar System is. This […]
February 22, 2016

Upon Closer Look, NASA’s Exploration Systems are Game-Changers

The costs and benefits of NASA’s deep space exploration and science programs are popular topics in policy circles and social media discussions this election year.  As […]
January 14, 2016

What happens if we find out an asteroid is heading for earth?

If ever there’s a giant space rock headed for our planet, hopefully bureaucracy will save us. Last week, NASA announced the creation of a new office […]
November 12, 2015

Mars' moon Phobos could be headed for destruction

It’s hard to miss the groove marks that crisscross the moon Phobos. But rather than scars from a past encounter with an asteroid or another space […]
August 31, 2015

New Horizons: Pluto probe's next target chosen

Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has a new target to aim for following its historic flyby of Pluto. It is called 2014 MU69, and was one of […]
June 21, 2015

Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

NASA has finished sketching out plans to send a probe to Europa, Jupiter’s most curious moon, and is ready to put the operation into action. “Today […]
May 28, 2015

NASA Kicks Off Mission To Find Life On Jupiter's Moon

NASA has started its mission to discover if Jupiter’s icy moon Europa could potentially harbour an ocean teeming with alien life. The agency has selected nine […]