Ray Bradbury on Mars

Ray Bradbury's now officially part of the galaxy. 

These satellites are powered by Google Nexus smartphones

Putting a satellite into orbit is a rather expensive endeavor that typically costs millions of dollars.

Dozens of new exoplanets discovered

Two teams of astronomers using NASA's Kepler space telescope have discovered 41 new transiting planets in 20 star systems. They up the total number by more than 50 percent, to 116 planets in 67 systems.

Van Allen belt probe launch delayed

Launch managers at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida scrubbed the launch of NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes early this morning, just four minutes before takeoff.

NASA prepares to explore Van Allen Radiation Belts

Countdown preparations for NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) kick off tonight at 8:52 p.m. EDT.

Dino footprint found at space center

As the Curiosity rover searches for signs of ancient life on Mars, it's been discovered in NASA's own back yard.

Planet-eating star points to our own future

NASA scientists have caught a star in the act of swallowing up a planet, the first time such a thing has ever been observed.

NASA's next Mars mission set for 2016

NASA's announced plans for another visit to Mars, this time to check out its interior.

'Solid smoke' is world's lightest material

A new aerogel could be used for insulated clothing, refrigerators with thinner walls and building insulation, thanks to a series of breakthroughs.

Curiosity rover starts firing laser

Yesterday, an invader from another planet fired off a laser 30 times, in what we have to hope won't be seen as an act of aggression by any overlooked Martian inhabitants.

These star clusters are on a collision course

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently observed two clusters full of massive stars that appear to be in the early stages of merging.

Room-temperature maser could change space communication

A group of scientists have found a way to produce a solid-state maser that operates at room temperature.

Helium found in moon's atmosphere

Observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have revealed the presence of helium in the thin atmosphere surrounding the moon.

Mysterious 'sprites' caught on film

The strange bursts of lightning known as sprites, which flash red, white or green 50 miles above Earth during thunderstorms, are very rarely seen.

Mars rover gets new orders

NASA's in the final stages of a series of software updates to the Curiosity Mars rover designed to optimize it for surface operations.

NASA prototype crashes and burns, literally

It was not a successful test down at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Perseid meteor shower will hit peak on Saturday

If you want a good look at a meteor shower, you'd better head outside this Saturday.

Microbial life like you've never seen it before

The vast but largely unexplored world of microbial organisms is the subject of new and exciting research in the world of microbiology.

NASA releases Curiosity landing images

Stunning images are already being beamed back from the Curiosity Mars rover as it undergoes a series of health checks before beginning its mission of exploration.

Global warming blamed for extreme summer heat

A recent statistical analysis conducted by NASA concludes that Earth's land areas have become much more likely to experience an extreme summer heat wave than they were in the middle of the 20th century.