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.

NASA sees birth of black hole

NASA's Chandra telescope has found evidence of the youngest black hole in our area of the universe - just 30 years old at the point of observation.

Solar blast on its way towards Earth

A large sunspot has erupted, sending a coronal mass ejection hurtling towards Earth.

Huge structure discovered at Milky Way's heart

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has discovered a massive structure spreading halfway across the Milky Way.

Discovery launch delayed till end of month

After a week in which the final launch of space shuttle Discovery has been postponed on an almost daily basis, NASA has announced that it won't be taking off until at least the end of the month.

NASA plans to develop hypersonic plane

NASA's planning to spend $5 million a year over the next three years on the development of a hypersonic vehicle that could fly at five times the speed of sound.

Deep Impact craft gets close to second comet

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft got a closeup view of comet Hartley 2 yesterday, getting within 435 miles of the comet.

Mars mission gets cloud computing boost

NASA is using cloud computing to optimize the efficiency of two rovers currently exploring the Martian landscape.

Genetically enhanced humans could explore the stars


A prominent scientist who decoded the human genome has hypothesized that recruiting genetically enhanced astronauts could help boost NASA's manned spaceflight program into warp speed.

NASA wants to build a 100-year Starship

NASA and DARPA are teaming up to examine the feasibility of designing a "100-year Starship" capable of interstellar travel.