NASA: Meteor explosion in Russia had nothing to do with asteroid flyby

The scientific community is aflutter after reports, images, and video of a massive meteor explosion in Russia clogged the Internet early Friday morning.

Rare explosion may have created Milky Way's youngest black hole

New data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that a highly distorted supernova remnant may contain the most recent black hole formed in our Milky Way galaxy.

Middle Eastern fresh water disappearing fast

The Middle East has lost fresh water reserves equivalent to the entire Dead Sea over the last ten years, data from NASA satellites shows.

Next-generation Earth satellite lifts off

NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) made a textbook launch at 1:02 pm EST yesterday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Curiosity drills into Martian rock

NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used the drill on its robotic arm to bore into a rock on Mars and extract a sample for analysis.

The moment a galactic light went out

The further away scientists look, the further back in time they see. Astronomers use this method to study the evolution of the Universe by analyzing nearby and more distant galaxies and comparing their features.

NASA launches next-generation tracking and comms satellite

NASA's ability to track satellites and orbiting spacecraft is about to get a big boost, following the launch last night of a next-generation communication satellite.

Video: NASA resurrects mighty F-1 engine

This past week, NASA resurrected the stalwart F-1 engine that powered the Saturn V rocket, test firing its gas generator at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

NASA joins mission to investigate dark matter

NASA has signed up to join the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Euclid mission, a space telescope due to launch in 2020 and designed to investigate dark matter and dark energy.

Low-cost telescope reveals sun's tumultuous 'braids'

In some dramatic images, astronomers have for the first time observed magnetic braids of super-hot matter on the surface of the sun, the first clear evidence of energy transfer from its magnetic field to the solar atmosphere or corona.

Martian crater may once have held lake

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has found evidence that McLaughlin Crater once contained a lake fed by flowing groundwater.

Mona Lisa beams at NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA scientists have successfully beamed an iconic image of the Mona Lisa to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft from Earth.

Hubble flirts with the Great Attractor

A rather busy patch of space was recently snapped by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Scattered with many nearby stars, the field boasts numerous galaxies in the background.

Fresco explores the cosmos from your Android smartphone

If you're a fan of astronomy or simply enjoy looking up at the nighttime sky, you probably are already familiar with a number of space-related apps for smartphones, such as Google's Sky Map.

NASA tests inflatable pod on space station

Call it a bouncy castle at your peril: it's an expandable space habitat, don't you know. And it's to be the next big addition to the International Space Station, arriving in 2015 for a two-year trial.

ESA teams with NASA for manned moon orbit

The European Space Agency is teaming up with NASA for a mission that will take human beings beyond Earth orbit for the first time in 40 years - and eventually, it says, further than ever before.

2012 was US's hottest year on record

Last year was the ninth warmest since 1880, say NASA scientists, and the warmest recorded by far for the continental US.

Curiosity set to drill its first rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is on the road again, driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that the team says could help shed light on Mars' watery past.

Earth safe from 2026 asteroid strike, says NASA

NASA scientists are now certain that the asteroid Apophis won't, as feared, hit the Earth during a flyby in 2036.

NASA tests robotic satellite-servicing

NASA is conducting its first round of tests to develop robots capable of repairing and refueling satellites in space.