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.

Buckyballs found in another galaxy

Astronomers have discovered buckyballs in another galaxy for the first time, lending weight to the theory that they may have been responsible for the arrival on Earth of chemicals key to the origin of life.

Astronomers look 10,000 years into the future

Astronomers have long used powerful telescopes to peer into the past. But now, NASA and ESA are using the Hubble Space Telescope to look thousands of years into the future.

Human error caused space balloon crash, says NASA

NASA says the crash of a space balloon earlier this year was caused by human error - and that mistakes like an inability to remember the phone number of the Australian emergency services contributed to the danger.

Commander checks in to Foursquare from ISS

International Space Station commander Doug Wheelock has become the first person to check in from space on Foursquare.

Moon's resources could sustain human base

NASA has concluded that there may be enough water on the moon to sustain a manned lunar base.

Boy and dad shoot iPhone to space, capture video

The interpid duo put the phone into an insulated capsule which was then attached to a weather balloon. The balloon soared until it went outside the planet and then, at 100,000 feet above its deployment, the balloon burst.

NASA approves mission to investigate Martian atmosphere

NASA has given the green light to the development and 2013 launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) mission, which aims to investigate how Mars lost so much of its atmosphere.

Solar system's cosmic ray shield weakens faster than expected

The 'force field' shielding our solar system from cosmic rays has declined in intensity by 10 to 15 percent over the last six months.

House approves new direction for spaceflight

The US Congress has approved NASA's budget for 2011, funding plans to develop commercial rockets and add one more shuttle flight to the two already scheduled.

Global Hawk flies through the eye of the storm

NASA pilots have successfully flown an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft through the eye of several hurricanes.

Nvidia GPUs track solar changes

Lockheed Martin (LM) astrophysicists are using Nvidia-powered GPUs to help track ongoing changes in the Sun.

Martian moon Phobos created by huge blast

Mars' largest moon, Phobos, may have been blasted off into space by some catastrophe on the planet's surface, say two different scientific studies.

Discovery prepares for last spaceflight

Space shuttle Discovery is now at the launch pad in preparation for its final flight.

New moon map sheds light on Earth's early history

The moon was blitzed by two different sets of asteroids or comets in its youth, according to new results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

Boeing wants you to vacation in space

Forget about traveling to another country for vacation! Boeing and Space Adventures have a much more interesting destination in mind for you: the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit (LEO).

Water 'abundant' in Mars' recent past

There's been liquid water on the Martian surface throughout the planet's history, measurements by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suggest.

Duck, everybody: two asteroids to zip close by Earth today

Later today, two asteroids will swing so close to the Earth that they pass between us and the orbit of the moon.