Parker Solar Probe: The Science of 'Touching the Sun'

In only a few days, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will be launched to “Touch the Sun.” Image Credit: NASA

With the upcoming launch of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe (PSP) scientists are about to reach out and “touch the Sun” for the first time ever. The probe will fly through the incredibly hostile atmosphere of […]

New Horizons Team Successfully Observes New Stellar Occultation of Ultima Thule

Paul Maley and Ted Blank, of the International Occultation Timing Association, observe the occultation of Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule on the morning of June 3, 2017, from the Karoo desert near Vosburg, South Africa. Photo Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Henry Throop

Astronomers have just completed another observation of New Horizons’ next flyby target, Ultima Thule (aka […]

TESS Begins Hunt for Other Earths, Opening New Chapter in Exoplanet Research

Artist’s illustration of TESS is space. Image Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

The next big chapter in exoplanet research has begun – NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has started its science observations. This is exciting since TESS will be searching for rocky, Earth-like and potentially habitable planets orbiting nearby stars. TESS is […]

NASA's First Spacecraft to 'Touch the Sun' Ready For August 6 Launch on Delta IV Heavy

Parker Solar Probe sits in a clean room on July 6, 2018, at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, after the installation of its heat shield. Photo Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Ed Whitman

In a scenario reminiscent of Icarus in Greek mythology, who flew too close to the Sun, with his wings melting as a […]

Kepler Enters Hibernation Mode, Downlinks Latest Science Data Before Fuel Runs Out

Artist’s conception of the Kepler Space Telescope in space. Fuel is now running very low and the spacecraft has downlinked its latest science data to Earth. Image Credit: NASA/AP

The end is nigh – that appears to be the case at least for NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope which is now running very low on […]

NASA Hopeful Opportunity Rover Will Survive Raging Dust Storm on Mars

Series of images showing the gradually darkening skies at Opportunity’s location. The current darkest view is on the right side. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/TAMU

If you felt a bit apprehensive about this morning’s media teleconference from NASA, you’re not the only one. The very long-lived Opportunity is facing its most dire predicament yet – a […]

Juno Gets Science Mission Extension and Solves Electrifying Mystery on Jupiter

This image is a combination of a JunoCam image with artist’s conception of lightning distribution in Juno’s northern hemisphere. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/JunoCam

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has shown Jupiter in ways never seen before, not only sending back incredibly detailed images of the beautifully turbulent atmosphere, but also new data on what the giant planet […]

Curiosity Rover Makes Intriguing New Discoveries About Martian Organics and Methane

“Self-portrait” of the Curiosity rover on Vera Rubin Ridge. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Is there or has there ever been life on Mars? We still don’t know the answer for sure, but two new findings announced this morning by NASA during a live discussion provide more tantalizing clues. The new results come from the Curiosity […]

Ceres Up-Close: Dawn Prepares for Lowest (and Last) Science Orbit Around Dwarf Planet

Recent new image of Ceres from Dawn, one of the first sent back in over a year. Image was taken on May 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 270 miles (440 kilometers). Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA is about to get its closest-ever look at the dwarf planet Ceres – a world which has […]

‘Drill, Baby, Drill!’: Curiosity Rover Successfully Tests New Drilling Technique on Mars

Curiosity has successfully tested a new drilling technique in a rock target called Duluth. This is the first successful drilling since December 2016 after mechanical problems with the drill. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

After many months of testing and devising new techniques since experiencing mechanical problems, NASA’s Curiosity rover is finally drilling again! The latest […]