Firms pitch new rocket to NASA for manned flights

Two major rocket companies - ATK and Astrium - are in talks with NASA about a new vehicle which would carry out manned flights to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA discovers first exoplanets that could support life

NASA believes it's discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanets - and five of them are in the 'Goldilocks zone' where conditions are considered favorable for life.

Asteroid impact caused huge scar on Jupiter

A massive scar that appeared in Jupiter's atmosphere last summer was caused by an asteroid 'the size of the Titanic', says NASA.

A month late, solar sail unfurls

To the delight of NASA engineers, the NanoSail-D nanosatellite has unfurled its 100-square-foot polymer sail in low-Earth orbit and is operating as planned after a month of inactivity.

NASA plans final shuttle flight for June

NASA is pressing ahead, its fingers crossed, for a third and final shuttle flight this year.

More types of asteroid could have kick-started life on Earth

Many types of asteroid could have created the kind of amino acids used by life on Earth to build proteins and regulate chemical reactions, according to new NASA research.

NASA shows off the aircraft of 2025

NASA's released images of three commercial aircraft designs that it says could be appearing in the skies by 2025.

Sex on Mars? Yes, please!

A California researcher is urging NASA to (seriously) study the effects of space on human sexual behavior and procreation.

NASA finds its most distant galaxy yet

Astronomers at NASA are peering ever further away into the universe, and have now discovered their most distant galaxy yet.

Hubble snaps glowing green space cloud

Hubble scientists have released a picture of a strange green blob floating near a neighboring spiral galaxy.

NASA tries to reopen communication with stuck Martian rover

NASA's having another shot at regaining communication with the Mars rover Spirit, bogged down in a Martian crater for the last eighteen months.

NASA lists most ludicrous sci-fi movies

2012 was the worst science fiction movie ever, say NASA scientists fed up with having to explain that, no, the world isn't really going to end next year.

New cracks shouldn't delay shuttle flight, says NASA

NASA has found four more cracks in the Discovery shuttle's fuel tank, but says it believes it can repair them in time to launch on February 3 as planned.

NASA illuminates dark side of the moon

NASA is working on a topographic map of the moon showing its mysterious dark side in greater detail than ever before.

To X-37B or not to X-37B? 



Back in May 2010, shortly after it was launched, I wrote a speculative piece about the military's X-37B experimental unmanned craft.

NASA's wrist slapped for security breach

NASA's a little red-faced today, after an inspection showed that a sell-off of thousands of PCs in a fund-raising exercise left it wide open to hackers.

Miniature satellite ejected in space

Yesterday, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite, marking a big step forward for efforts to clear space junk using solar sails.

This microorganism thrives on toxic arsenic

NASA scientists have discovered the first known microorganism (GFAJ-1) on Earth capable of reproducing and thriving on a highly toxic chemical known as arsenic.

NASA observes cometary snowstorm

Rather appropriately for the time of year, NASA's EPOXI team says that the mission's recent encounter with comet Hartley 2 observed a flurry of snow streaming out from the comet.

Scientists eye radioactive Martian hoppers

Scientists are examining the feasibility of constructing hopping vehicles powered by radioactive material to more effectively explore the rugged surface of Mars.