Stargazer in Italy spots NASA’s DART asteroid impact probe in night sky after launch

An Italian telescope captured NASA’s asteroid-smashing mission shortly after its launch into space this week. A new image and video, taken by the Elena telescope located in Ceccano, Italy, shows NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test mission, also known as DART, separated from the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket which launched the spacecraft from … Read more

NASA’s Mars Insight Lander Uses Wind-Induced Vibrations To Reveal the Red Planet’s Subsurface Layers

An artist illustration of the InSight lander on Mars. InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough check up since it formed 4.5 billion years ago. The mission is looking for tectonic activity and meteorite impacts, studying how much heat is … Read more

NASA’s Rover Curiosity Sends A Beautiful Postcard To Earth

An artistic interpretation of Curiosity’s view atop a Martian mountain was created by mission team members who were impressed by the breathtaking landscape. NASA’s Curiosity rover captured a remarkable image from its most recent position on the Mt. Sharp side of Mars. The mission team was so inspired by the beauty of the landscape that … Read more

NASA’s Powerful New Telescope Could Transform How We Search For Life on Exoplanets

When it finally launches, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will give us our best look yet at the Universe around us – it’s the largest and most powerful telescope humans have ever built, and a new preprint study says it could spot potential signs of alien life in as little as 20 hours of … Read more

NASA’s Curiosity rover shares spectacular views of Mars

(Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) New images snapped by NASA’s Curiosity rover showcase the stunning, expansive landscape of Mars. The robotic explorer, which launched to the Red Planet almost exactly 10 years ago on Nov. 26, 2011, continues to roam the Martian terrain. Recently, the Curiosity rover traveled to the side of Mars’ Mount Sharp, or Aeolis … Read more

NASA’s OPTIMISM – Upgraded Perseverance Mars Rover Twin – Begins Terrain Tests

Updated with new features, the twin of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover arrives at JPL’s Mars Yard garage on October 29, 2021. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech OPTIMISM, the full-scale engineering model of Perseverance, begins a series of rigorous tests to assess the risk of potential driving hazards on the surface of the Red Planet. On a recent day … Read more

ASU team celebrates 20th anniversary of NASA’s Mars Odyssey Orbiter arrival at the Red Planet

November 19, 2021 This year, NASA is observing the 20th anniversary of the 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter, the longest-lived spacecraft at the Red Planet; and a mission that has helped locate water ice, find landing sites and study Mars’ mysterious moons. The spacecraft launched on April 7, 2001, and arrived at the Red Planet on … Read more

NASA’s got a Nebula size challenge for stargazers on social media; Astrophiles accept

NASA Hubble’s Instagram account is brimming with incredible photographs and videos from space. They frequently upload fresh and interesting things on Instagram, and the most recent video post is no exception. NASA conducts a game with the viewers in the video by asking them the names of numerous nebulas that are depicted in the video. … Read more

Extra Energy for Extraterrestrial Science! – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program

This image was taken by Mast Camera (Mastcam) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3291. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Download image › When the operations team logged on today, we were prepared to pick up where Monday’s team had left off in Curiosity’s ongoing drill campaign at Zechstein. But then we received some news: even though … Read more

Blue Origin’s lawsuit dismissed. SpaceX is the only supplier of NASA’s lunar lander

The United States Court of Federal Claims dismissed Blue Origin’s August complaint that it did not accept NASA’s choice of a preferred supplier for a new manned lunar lander. The contractor was SpaceX, although before the announcement of the outcome of the procedure, the American space agency repeatedly declared its intention to select two competitive … Read more