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.

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.