Space

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Image Reveals Sand Dunes On Red Planet

Mars is a sandy place. So it is to be expected that the planet's russet terrain would be littered with numerous sand dunes, shaped and eroded by …

Solar System

SpaceX will try to prove its rockets are reusable with second launch

SpaceX will attempt to land a flight proven Falcon 9 rocket for the next launch of a commercial communications satellite from Kennedy Space Center. Wochit<p>All those cool rocket landings SpaceX has pulled off over the past year or so?<p>They’ll amount to little more than expensive stunts unless the …

SpaceX

The fictional NASA in Life is run by a bunch of psychopaths and idiots

In space, no one can hear your calculus<p><i>Life</i>, or as stylized during the opening credits, <b>L I F E</b>, is about six astronauts aboard the International Space Station for a fictional “Mars Pilgrim Mission” sometime in the very near future. As you can tell from the title, the film is partly about the …

NASA

Boeing and Lockheed Could Lose Billions of Dollars of Business This Year

Billions of space-launch contracts come up for grabs in the next few months -- but United Launch Alliance can no longer compete on price.<p>Last week, …

SpaceX

Distant Dust-Obscured Galaxy Is Forming Stars Much Faster Than Previously Thought

The universe we live in is an extremely dusty place. This "star stuff," as Carl Sagan once called it, is all around us and even within us — and it …

Astronomy

The debate over Pluto will never die. Here’s the latest argument for why it’s a planet.

Scientists’ new definition of “planet” includes Pluto — and at least a 100 other objects in the solar system.<p>In 2006, Pluto was demoted from a full-fledged planet to a dwarf planet. The reason: Pluto wasn’t special anymore.<p>Astronomers had discovered many other Pluto-size objects in Pluto’s section …

Solar System

ALMA Captures Dying Red Giant Star in Its Final Moments

The phenomenal site of a dying red giant star’s final act was captured by a team of international astronomers using the Atacama Large …

Astronomy

Road Transportation Emerges as Key Driver of Warming

NASA News & Feature Releases<p>Road Transportation Emerges as Key Driver of Warming<p>For decades, climatologists have studied the gases and particles that …

Climate Change

Ask Ethan: How bright is the Earth as seen from the Moon?

You know how bright the full Moon is. Well, from the Moon, how would the ‘full Earth’ compare?<p><i>“I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb</i> …

Astronomy

'We've left junk everywhere': why space pollution could be humanity's next big problem

With satellites under threat from collisions, a former lieutenant is now focused on technology that can remove space debris<p>Jason Held rekindled his love for space while lying in a ditch in Bosnia in 1996, where he was one of 16,500 US troops deployed on a peacekeeping mission at the end of the …

Spacecraft

NASA's SDO discovered that the Sun turned spotless!

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) recently sent some images of Sun, which appears to be spotless for 15 days -- the longest duration so far.<p><b>Also Read: NASA's Cassini gets up close and personal with Saturn's 'UFO-shaped' Pan moon</b><p>This phenomenon is referred to as solar minimum, and the last …

Astronomy

2017 March 26 - Tardigrade in Moss

<b>Tardigrade in Moss</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Nicole Ottawa & Oliver Meckes / Eye of Science / Science Source Images<p><b>Explanation:</b> Is this an alien? …

Astronomy

'Rocket Man': Astronaut Chris Hadfield performs with Victoria Symphony

Famed astronaut Chris Hadfield performs space tunes alongside the Victoria Symphony<p>In space, no one can hear you sing — unless you're Commander Chris …

Chris Hadfield

One of the biggest mysteries in science: why is the universe dominated by matter?

<b>Why the universe is dominated by matter today, instead of being comprised of equal parts matter and antimatter, is one of the most intriguing</b> …

Cosmology

Trump touts NASA reauthorization in video

President Trump praised NASA's history as he reiterated the administration's commitment to "exploration and discovery" during his weekly White House …

James Webb Space Telescope

Hopping rockets and flying washing machines in wacky race to moon

Five competitors remain in a $20m Google contest to land a probe on the lunar surface by the end of the year, but all their craft are untested, rudimentary, or look like R2-D2<p>By the end of the year, space engineers hope to fulfil one of their greatest dreams. They plan to land a privately funded …

Space Travel

Stuyvesant High junior's DNA experiment wins NASA contest

This city student’s big dream is headed to the stars.<p>Stuyvesant High School junior Julian Rubinfien will soon travel to Cape Canaveral to see NASA …

NASA

Trip of the Week: Russian Space Program

TRIP OF THE WEEK<p>Each week, the Travel team highlights an interesting travel package sent to our inboxes.<p>Inside the Russian Space Program<p>MIR CORP., …

NASA

Solar eruptions have a direct impact on Earth’s global temperature

A team of scientists from the National Space Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Space) and the Racah Institute of Physics at the …

Climate Change

Dot | Watch Kids Videos

All Shows > All Dot > Lights Out<p>Description<p>When an electromagnetic storm makes viewing the Northern Lights from her own backyard a real possibility, …

Chris Hadfield

This blue-sky image of Pluto is absolutely stunning

Pluto’s surface features become clear at the terminator, under the twilight Sun.<p>Even though all of the New Horizons spacecraft data taken during its …

Pluto

Big Bang Evidence: Higgs, Gravity Waves, with Lawrence Krauss

It’s near impossible to comprehend the size of our universe without busting a mental cog or spraining your sense of awe. However, the origins of our …

Physics

This rogue black hole is flying through space, eating everything in its path

Supermassive black holes are one of the scariest, most destructive and utterly intimidating forces in the universe, but the good news is that they …

Black Holes

Commercial Spaceships Poised To Take People To The Stars

Space Travel

NASA's Juno Preps For Fifth Jupiter Flyby, All Science Instruments To Be Switched On

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is being prepped for its fifth close flyby of Jupiter. The solar-powered spacecraft, at the time of its closest approach of …

Solar System

Alma Telescope Discovers Emerging Galaxies Far, Far Away

<b>By J. Xavier Prochaska, University of California, Santa Cruz</b><p>How does a galaxy like our own Milky Way form? Until now there’s been a lot of inferring …

Astronomy

Here's why The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik wants people to stop calling grown women "girls"

"It implies that they're inferior to men."<p><i>The Big Bang Theory</i>'s Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah-Fowler) has just gone viral after posting a video that asks …

Cosmology

Critics have it all wrong about the new 'Mass Effect' game

I'm a huge "Mass Effect" fan, and I've been looking forward to "Andromeda" for a good five years. Like so many other devotees to the series, I wanted this game to be good.<p>So when the reviews dropped this week, my heart sank a bit.<p>My colleague Ben Gilbert called "Andromeda" the worst game in the …

Game Development

Why Our Plans to Colonize the Universe Haven't Come to Fruition (Yet)

Inspired by the space race and landing on the Moon, years of research in the 1970s went into creating colonies that could transport large populations of humans into the stars. But that never happened. What went wrong with our plans to colonize the universe?

Universe

Photon Rockets Might Make Mars A Three Minute Trip

Planck photon rocket drives — which in theory could hit velocities equal to 99.999 percent the speed of light — might eventually offer propulsion engineers a way to drastically reduce interstellar travel times without trashing the laws of physics as we currently understand them. A hypothetical …

Space Travel