Comet ISON To Be Photographed From Mars As It Passes By This Tuesday

Comet ISON, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in April. The comet was near Jupiter’s orbit at the time. Photo Credit: NASA

This Tuesday, Oct. 1, NASA will again attempt to do something that has never been done before: photograph a comet from another world. Various spacecraft on the surface and in orbit […]

NASA's Comet-Chasing Deep Impact Mission Is No More

An artist’s concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft flying past a comet. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/UMD/Pat Rawlings

Nine years ago NASA launched a spacecraft to do something that had never been done at any point in recorded history: to visit a comet and punch a hole in its face to investigate the surface and […]

JPL Attempting to Reestablish Communication With Comet Hunter Deep Impact

The Deep Impact spacecraft, depicted here in flight, is feared lost after a period of no communication since Aug. 8. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

NASA announced Tuesday, Sept. 10 that ground controllers have lost contact with its flagship comet-hunting probe Deep Impact, which is part of the Discovery Program managed at Marshall Space Flight […]

Comet ISON Fizzes Like a Soda Pop

Photo Credit: NASA / SST

Coming soon to a region of space near you: comet ISON, which is expected to put on a spectacular show toward the end of the year. Currently, ISON is about 258 million miles from the Sun, between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars. Its tail already stretches out […]

See Comet PanSTARRS As It Becomes Visible Across North America

Comet PanSTARRS visits the inner solar system this month, possibly becoming bright enough to see with the naked eye. Video Credit: ScienceAtNASA

Comet C/2011 L4, better known as PanSTARRS, made its debut in the skies of the northern hemisphere this week. The comet, however, is proving to be much more difficult to […]

NASA's Deep Impact Spies Comet ISON

NASA’s Deep Impact spacecraft is seen here in this NASA illustration observing one of the comets it has studied since it was launched in 2005. Currently, Deep Impact is investigating the ISON comet, which was discovered last year. Image Credit: NASA / JPL

Deep Impact, the spacecraft that sent an impactor into the […]