NASA's OSIRIS-REx Begins Long Journey Home with First-Ever Asteroid Sample from Bennu

Artist’s depiction of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft departing the Asteroid Bennu and beginning its long voyage back to Earth. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) mission has completed its in-depth study of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, and has now begun its 2-year journey back to Earth […]

NASA's Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Achieves Historic First Powered Flight on Another World

Success! The Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, took this photo looking down at its own shadow on the surface after liftoff. This is the first time that powered, controlled flight has been accomplished on another planet. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After much anticipation, NASA’s first-ever Mars helicopter, Ingenuity, has successfully completed its first test flight, which took […]

Watch Stunning New Onboard Video of Perseverance's Incredible Landing on Mars

Perseverance’s touchdown on Mars. Photos: NASA/JPL

Since its successful landing on February 18 in Jezero Crater, mission scientists for the Perseverance rover have been providing updates on the status of the rover, and so far everything seems to continue to go well. Today, NASA held a media briefing to show the amazing video footage […]

Touchdown! NASA's Perseverance Rover Lands on Mars to Begin Search for Past Life

The first low-rez raw image sent back by Perseverance from the ancient lakebed in Jezero Crater, showing many small rocks. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After a journey of 292.5 million miles (470.8 million kilometers), NASA’s Perseverance rover has finally reached its destination – an ancient lakebed in Jezero Crater on Mars. The rover, the most […]

The New Search for Life: NASA's Perseverance Rover Aims for Feb 18 Landing on Mars

On Feb. 18, 2021, the Perseverance rover will land in Jezero Crater using the same sky crane technique that the Curiosity rover used in 2012. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s new Mars rover, Perseverance is in the final hours of its voyage to Mars, aiming for a landing in Jezero Crater on Feb. 18, 2021. […]

All Systems Go for OSIRIS-REx Departure from Asteroid Bennu and Historic Sample Return to Earth

Artist’s illustration of OSIRIS-REx leaving the asteroid Bennu on May 10, 2021. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has been a huge success. The spacecraft has been studying the asteroid Bennu in great detail, and last October, it collected samples of rock, sand and […]

NASA Selects Two New SmallSat Atmospheric Science and Solar Sail Technology Missions for Launch in 2025

Illustration depicting the flow of the solar wind from the Sun. Both GLIDE and Solar Cruiser will help scientists study the solar wind and its effects on communications is space and on Earth. Image Credit: NASA

NASA has announced the selection of two new SmallSat missions – the Global Lyman-alpha Imagers of the Dynamic […]

Getting Closer! NASA's Perseverance Rover Less Than 100 Days From Landing on Mars

Artist’s illustration of the Perseverance rover on Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance, is now less than 100 days away from its landing in Jezero Crater on Mars (94 days at the time of this writing). The rover is currently just over 177 million miles (285 million kilometers) from its destination, […]

NASA's SOFIA Observatory Makes First Direct Detection of Water in Sunlit Lunar Soil

Illustration depicting water molecules trapped in lunar soil, along with SOFIA onboard a modified Boeing 747SP jetliner. Image Credit: NASA/Daniel Rutterit

The Moon is generally thought of as a very dry place, with no surface water or even water vapor clouds. Nothing but arid, dusty regolith and rocks. That’s true for the most part, […]

OSIRIS-REx's 'Cup Runneth Over' with Overflowing Asteroid Samples

Series of three images showing that the sample collector head on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is full of rocks and dust collected from the surface of the asteroid Bennu. They also reveal that some particles are escaping into space since the sampler’s mylar flap lid (the black bulge on the left inside the ring) is […]