NASA talks holodecks and motion-controlled rovers at GDC 2013

One of my all-time favorite science fiction series is Star Trek The Next Generation. And to be honest, I've always preferred the episodes where the holodeck played a major role in the storyline.

Saturn's moons and rings are "vintage goods"

A recently completed analysis of data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft suggests that Saturn's moons and rings can best be described as gently worn vintage goods from around the time of our solar system's birth.

NASA kicks off new season of Arctic ice flights

NASA's Operation IceBridge scientists have kicked off another season of research activity over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice - with the first of a series of science flights from Greenland completed this past Wednesday.

Voyager 1 enters a new region of space

35 years after its momentous launch, Voyager 1 appears to have travelled beyond the influence of the Sun and exited the heliosphere.

The leaping lunar dust of our moon

NASA scientists have determined that electrically charged lunar dust near shadowed craters can get lofted above the surface and jump over the shadowed region - essentially bouncing back and forth between sunlit areas on opposite sides.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captures a cosmic ring galaxy

Galaxies have been known to take numerous forms. Indeed, elliptical blobs, swirling spiral arms, bulges, and disks are all known components of the wide range of galaxies astronomers have observed using telescopes like NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA's Swift spots a youthful star wreck

While performing an extensive X-ray survey of our galaxy's central regions, NASA's Swift satellite spotted the previously unknown remains of a shattered star.

NASA says conditions were "once suited" for ancient life on Mars

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover indicates ancient Mars could have supported living microbes long ago.

'Winnipeg moves to Minneapolis' as northern US warms

Northern latitudes are greening up, says a NASA-funded study, increasingly resembling the lusher latitudes of the south.

The blue bursts of hot young stars

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a stunning image illustrating the blue bursts of hot young stars.

Hubble space telescope dates an ancient star

A team of astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken an important step closer to finding the "birth certificate" of an ancient star.

3D image reveals ancient Martian flood

NASA has created a 3D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the surface of Mars, revealing evidence of a catastrophic flood in the last 500 million years.

Curiosity rover suffers major malfunction

The Curiosity ground team has been forced to switch the Mars rover to a redundant onboard computer, thanks to a memory problem.

NASA's Orion test flight is on track for launch

The first NASA spacecraft designed to fly astronauts beyond Earth orbit since the Apollo era of yore is apparently well on its way to making a flight test next year.

The Eye of Sauron is nebula ESO 456-67

It may look like something from "The Lord of the Rings," trilogy (think the Eye of Sauron), but this fiery swirl is actually a real-life planetary nebula known as ESO 456-67 imaged by NASA's Hubble space telescope.

NASA finds third Van Allen belt around Earth

The Earth temporarily gained a third radiation belt last year, NASA's Van Allen Probes mission has revealed.

This stellar glowing jet is from a young star

NASA's Hubble space telescope has captured an image of HH 151, a bright jet of glowing material trailed by an intricate, orange-hued plume of gas and dust.

Arduino Uno spotted at NASA's Swamp Works research facility

Most people would probably expect to find millions of dollars worth of cutting-edge equipment at a NASA research facility. And they would be right, of course, but there may also be some surprises waiting for the unsuspecting visitor. 

Moon-sized planet found orbiting sun-like star

NASA's Kepler mission has found the smallest planet yet around a star similar to our sun.

NASA restores comm links to International Space Station

NASA engineers managed to restore real-time communications with the International Space Station (ISS) after connections were apparently severed following a routine software update.