NASA flyovers to measure pollution in major cities

NASA has confirmed plans to conduct extensive flyovers over Maryland next week as part of an initiative to study air pollution in major cities.

Sun and planets built of different materials

Our sun and its inner planets may not have formed from the same materials, as previously thought, samples returned by NASA’s Genesis mission indicate.

Black holes have existed since the dawn of time

In an X-ray image looking further into the past than ever before, NASA astronomers have discovered that massive black holes were common in the early universe and grew much more aggressively than previously thought.

NASA to launch robotic gas station into orbit

Refueling your spaceship at the local robot gas station may not just be a piece of science fiction movies anymore.

Meteorite sheds light on start of life on Earth

New tests on what's considered the best-preserved meteorite in the world have shed light on the way asteroids may have served up a varying menu of the building blocks of life.

Solar eruption promises dramatic aurorae

Sky-watchers in high latitudes could be in for a good light show tonight, following a spectacular coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun yesterday.

Solar system shaped by Jupiter's travels

A new model of the early solar system shows Jupiter rocketing about the place, moving toward the center of the solar system and back out again.

Moon has much more water than thought

The moon appears to be far richer in water than previously believed, following the discovery of 'melt inclusions' in rocks brought back from the Apollo mission in 1972.

NASA to collect samples from near-Earth asteroid

NASA's announced that it's to launch an unmanned ship to an asteroid in 2016, gathering samples that could help to explain how life began.

NASA reveals design for deep space vehicle

NASA's announced its plans for the US spacecraft it hopes will take human beings into deep space.

TinKode claims NASA hack

A serial hacker known as "TinKode" claims to have successfully breached an FTP site belonging to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Endeavour ready for final launch

Space shuttle Endeavour is ready to go, says NASA, in what will be its last launch and the second-to-last for any shuttle.

Magma ocean lies beneath Io's surface

There's a vast ocean of molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's moon Io, NASA scientists have found.

Crab Nebula emits unexplained superflare

Astronomers have observed a massive 'superflare' from the Crab Nebula - but are scratching their heads to try to explain it.

NASA picks project shortlist for next Discovery mission

A mission to sail the seas of Titan is one of three projects shortlisted by NASA for its next Discovery mission.

Gravity probe results confirm theory of relativity

Einstein famously pointed out to an admirer that while a thousand experiments couldn't prove him right, a single one could prove him wrong.

Sea levels could rocket as Arctic ice melts

Arctic sea ice concentration was at its second-lowest ever in March, according to data from NASA.

This iPhone app is shooting for the moon

A startup company known as Moon Express Inc. has deployed a new app developed by CrowdOptic to give researchers and fanboys an augmented reality experience of shuttle launches.

Endeavour launch postponed at least a week

The launch of space shuttle Endeavour, originally planned for last Friday, will be delayed at least until following the discovery of problems with a heater on a fuel line.

Bill calls for US return to the moon

A Florida congrssman has introduced a bill calling for a US manned moon mission by 2022. Bill Posey's bill - H.R. 1641, the Reasserting American Leadership in Space Act - says that a return to the moon would benefit the country through everything from new technologies to improved natinal security.