Killer flares won't destroy Earth, says NASA

NASA's explained - with some weariness, one imagines - that next year really isn't going to see the release of any massive solar flares which could destroy the Earth.

Delayed ISS crew launches successfully

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft blasted off successfully for the International Space Station late last night, carrying one American and two Russian astronauts.

NASA material is blacker than black

NASA engineers have produced the blackest stuff ever created - a material that absorbs more than 99 percent of the ultraviolet, visible, infrared, and far-infrared light that hits it.

NASA's Hubble observes "tiny" galaxies bursting with stars


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has identified 18 "tiny" galaxies which existed 9 billion years ago and are brimming with star birth.

NASA animates Orion test flight

NASA has released an animated clip depicting the proposed 2014 test flight of its Orion spacecraft.

NASA eyes 2014 for Orion test flight

NASA is planning to conduct an unmanned flight test of its Orion spacecraft in early 2014.



NASA snaps asteroid as it approaches Earth

NASA's Deep Space Network antenna has captured new radar images of Asteroid 2005 YU55 as it approaches Earth in what's set to be the closest approach of a big asteroid ever recorded.

NASA’s Cassini approaches Enceladus

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on track to acquire the first detailed radar images of Saturn's moon Enceladus during a flyby on Sunday, November 6.


Spaceflight can damage vision permanently, says NASA

If astronauts make it to Mars, they may not be able to see it very well, a NASA study has shown.

NASA tracks massive crack in Antarctic ice shelf

NASA is conducting aerial surveillance missions to monitor a massive crack that cuts across the floating ice shelf of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica.

NASA evaluates tractor beams for sample collection

A team of NASA scientists is looking at ways of using Star Trek-style tractor beams to reel in scientific samples in space.

Feds nab granny for trying to sell moon rock

If you have any moon rocks at home you may want to forget about ever trying to sell them. A California grandma learned the hard way that the feds don’t like it when you try to sell moon rock dust.

NASA solves ancient supernova mystery


NASA telescopes have helped solved an ancient mystery that began nearly 2,000 years ago when Chinese astronomers witnessed what turned out to be an exploding star in the sky.

Antarctic ozone layer still has big hole

There's still a considerable hole in the Antarctic ozone layer, say scientists, with this year's peak the ninth largest in the 26 year record.

Star's spiral arms point to possible planets

Astronomers have for the first time spotted a disk of gas and dust around a sun-like star that shows spiral-arm-like structures.

Comet storm rages in Eta Corvi

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected evidence of icy bodies raining down in an alien solar system. 



SpaceShipTwo to host NASA research missions

NASA has hired Virgin Galactic to fly up to three charter flights on its flagship SpaceShipTwo.

NASA’s Hubble telescope maps dark matter

NASA scientists are using data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope to map the distribution of dark matter in 25 massive clusters of galaxies.



NASA preps instruments for Solar Orbiter mission

NASA is currently developing a Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) and Heavy Ion Sensor (HIS). Both instruments will be placed on the European Space Agency’s newly selected Solar Orbiter mission.

Brush up that resume: NASA's recruiting astronauts

NASA's announced that, in early November, it will start looking for  its next class of astronaut candidates.