Putting planets in a petri dish with NASA's Spitzer

Our Milky Way galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets. In addition to our solar system's eight near-and-dear planets, there are more than 800 so-called exoplanets known to circle stars beyond our sun.

NASA: Global warming increases the risk of extreme weather

A NASA-led modeling study provides new evidence that global warming may increase the risk for extreme rainfall and drought.

NASA laptop stuffed full of porn

A Chinese man who was suspected of spying on NASA was pulled off a plane with a stolen laptop.  But instead of the expected state secrets, the laptop was packed full of porn.

NASA's Osiris sets sail to comet Bennu in 2016

NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will visit the asteroid now called Bennu, named after an important ancient Egyptian avian deity.

NASA's LADEE can help us understand other worlds

Earth’s atmosphere is critically important to all of us. In addition to providing us with air to breathe, it protects us from temperature extremes, harmful space radiation, and vast numbers of incoming meteoroids.

NASA's Cassini observes a Saturnian hurricane

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has offered scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole.

Meteors are colliding with Saturn's rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently managed to provide the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn's rings.

This galaxy turns gas into stars

Astronomers have discovered a galaxy transforming gas into stars with almost 100 percent efficiency - a rare phase of galaxy evolution that is the most extreme yet observed.

More smartphones head into space

NASA has put three more smartphones into orbit on board of an Antares rocket. The tiny satellites were built in a standard cubesat frame and they were built using off-the-shelf components. They may very well be the cheapest satellites ever launched, Gizmag reckons.

Hubble offers a closer look at Comet ISON

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has offered astronomers their clearest view yet of Comet ISON, a newly-discovered sun grazer comet that may light up the sky later this year, or come so close to the Sun that it disintegrates.

NASA's Hubble space telescope snaps a horsehead of a different color

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the iconic Horsehead Nebula in a new, infrared light to mark the 23rd anniversary of the famous observatory's launch aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990.

NASA's Kepler discovers three super-Earth-size planets in "habitable zone"

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water.

NASA targets wayward asteroids

Like many of his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days.

Winter comes to Titan

The change of seasons on Titan is creating new cloud patterns at Titan's south pole.

NASA scientist to aid pot growing mission

What do manned missions to Mars and marijuana have in common? Well it seems that NASA’s only way to get to Mars is by getting high and now a former NASA scientist is looking to apply his life-support expertise to marijuana growing.

NASA: Limited Martian atmosphere is still dynamic

Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity indicate.

The light and dust of a starburst galaxy

Visible as a small, sparkling hook in the dark sky, the beautiful object below snapped by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is known as J082354.96+280621.6, or J082354.96 for short.

NASA's Hubble spots a far-away supernova

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has broken its own record in the quest to find the furthest supernova of the type used to measure cosmic distances.

Video: NASA's Swift explores Comet ISON

Astronomers from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) and Lowell Observatory have deployed NASA's Swift satellite to explore comet C/2012 S1 (ISON), which may become one of the most dazzling in decades when it rounds the sun later this year.

NASA pilots Dragon Eye UAV into volcanic plume

NASA researchers recently traveled to Turrialba Volcano, near San Jose, Costa Rica, to fly a Dragon Eye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into the volcano’s sulfur dioxide plume and over its summit crater, to study Turrialba’s chemical environment.