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Speeded up 28 times, this time-lapse shows NASA's Mars 2020 rover on a spin table at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Aug. 29, 2019. Engineers were looking to establish the rover's center of gravity, or the point at which weight is evenly dispersed on all sides. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA’s Mars 2020 Comes Full Circle

September 13, 2019

Engineers took NASA’s Mars 2020 for a spin on Aug. 29, 2019. The 2,300-pound (1,040-kilogram) Martian vehicle was…
Citizen Scientist Finds Ancient White Dwarf Star Encircled by Puzzling Rings

February 20, 2019

A volunteer working with the NASA-led Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project has found the oldest and coldest known…
One of two Mars InSight's 7-foot (2.2 meter) wide solar panels was imaged by the lander's Instrument Deployment Camera, which is fixed to the elbow of its robotic arm. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA InSight Lander ‘Hears’ Martian Winds

December 8, 2018

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, which touched down on Mars just…
Update on Opportunity Rover Recovery Efforts

October 30, 2018

Updated at 4 p.m. PDT on Oct. 29, 2018 After a review of the progress of the listening…
The Fading Ghost of a Long-Dead Star

August 3, 2018

Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of one of the larger supernova remnants in the…
Complex Organics Bubble up from Ocean-world Enceladus

June 28, 2018

Data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft reveal complex organic molecules originating from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea…
Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, Spotted

April 24, 2018

The color-enhanced image is a combination of three separate images taken on April 1 between 3:09 a.m. PDT…
Saturn: Final Frontier

February 21, 2018

This view of Saturn looks toward the planet’s night side, lit by sunlight reflected from the rings. A mosaic of…
Explorer 1: The Beginning of American Space Science

January 24, 2018

Sixty years ago next week, the hopes of Cold War America soared into the night sky as a…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission Performs First Supersonic Parachute Test

November 16, 2017

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover…
Our Living Planet Shapes the Search for Life Beyond Earth

November 16, 2017

As a young scientist, Tony del Genio of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City…
Hot News from the Antarctic Underground

November 8, 2017

Study Bolsters Theory of Heat Source Under West Antarctica A new NASA study adds evidence that a geothermal…
Pandora, the Would-Be Perturber

November 7, 2017

As Cassini hurtled toward its fatal encounter with Saturn, the spacecraft turned to catch this final look at…
Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks

October 12, 2017

There’s no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy — they’re so distant and…
Large Solar Storm Sparks Global Aurora and Doubles Radiation Levels on the Martian Surface

September 29, 2017

An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions in orbit and…
Legacy of Herschel Space Observatory

September 26, 2017

To celebrate the legacy of ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory, which had significant NASA contributions, the European Space Agency…
Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers A rock outcropping on Fleming Glacier.

September 20, 2017

A NASA study has located the Antarctic glaciers that accelerated the fastest between 2008 and 2014 and finds…
Cassini Makes its ‘Goodbye Kiss’ Flyby of Titan

September 12, 2017

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of…
Top of the World at Saturn

August 29, 2017

These turbulent clouds are on top of the world at Saturn. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this view of…
Puzzled Iapetus

June 13, 2017

Iapetus is a world of contrast, with light and dark regions fitting together like cosmic puzzle pieces. Cassini…
NASA Studying Shared Venus Science Objectives with Russian Space Research Institute

March 11, 2017

A team of NASA-sponsored scientists will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Space Research Institute (IKI) next…
NASA wants to create the coolest spot in the universe

March 7, 2017

This summer, an ice chest-sized box will fly to the International Space Station, where it will create the…
NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

February 23, 2017

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.…
Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become ‘Spiders’

December 21, 2016

Erosion-carved troughs that grow and branch during multiple Martian years may be infant versions of larger features known…
Laser-based Navigation Sensor Could Be Standard for Planetary Landing Missions

November 30, 2016

A laser-guided navigation sensor that could help future rovers make safe, precise landings on Mars or destinations beyond…
Astronomers Discover Colossal ‘Super Spiral’ Galaxies

March 18, 2016

A strange new kind of galactic beast has been spotted in the cosmic wilderness. Dubbed “super spirals,” these…
NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

March 10, 2016

NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of…
NASA Selects Leading-Edge Technology Concepts for Continued Study

July 8, 2015

NASA has selected seven technology proposals for continued study under Phase II of the agency’s Innovative Advanced Concepts…
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