View Apollo 11's descent side by side with the broader panorama reconstructed from LRO data.
NASA completed another successful test Wednesday of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the spacecraft’s orbital flight test in 2014.
Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry and landing.
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on July 19, 2012, beginning at 1:13 AM EDT and peaking at 1:58 AM. Solar flares are gigantic bursts of radiation that cannot pass through Earth's atmosphere to harm humans on the ground, however, when strong enough, they can disrupt the atmosphere and degrade GPS and communications signals.
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what a planet two-thirds the size of Earth. The exoplanet candidate, called UCF-1.01, is located a mere 33 light-years away, making it possibly the nearest world to our solar system that is smaller than our home planet.
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured images of last year’s storm on Saturn, the largest storm seen up-close at the planet, with bluish spots in the middle of swirling clouds. Those bluish spots indicate flashes of lightning and mark the first time scientists have detected lightning in visible wavelengths on the side of Saturn illuminated by the sun.
Scientists know that the intensity of the lightning flash is comparable to the strongest flashes on Earth.
A cloud forms as this F/A-18 Hornet aircraft speeds up to supersonic speed. Aircraft flying this fast push air up to the very limits of its speed, forming what's called a bow shock in front of them.
Understanding this mysterious world of plasma is not easy. With its complex rules of motion, the study of plasma is rife with minute details to be teased out.
The unexpected slowing of NASA’s Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft – the so-called “Pioneer Anomaly” – turns out to be due to the slight, but detectable effect of heat pushing back on the spacecraft, according to a recent paper.
The results were published on June 12 in the journal Physical Review Letters.
NASA researchers are in Hawaii this week analyzing effective ways to incorporate space resources into their spacecraft designs. The research helps improve spacecraft efficiency and guarantee the survival of hardware and people in space.
This practice of harnessing resources at the exploration site is called in-situ-resource utilization (ISRU).
NASA astronaut Suni Williams, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko joined their Expedition 32 crewmates at the International Space Station early Tuesday.
The docking occurs 37 years to the day after the first ever docking of American and Russian spacecraft during the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz mission.
A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto.
The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6-15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other satellites in the system.