January 15, 2013 In a breathtaking video, astronauts talk of the Overview Effect: how their vision of the Earth — and our role in its future — changed once they saw it from space. It's high time we take their views seriously and act as a species to preserve our future.
December 19, 2012 According to millions of people, the world will end this Friday. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser debunks the doomsday prophecy and reflects on why so many otherwise reasonable people fall prey to such ancient fears.
December 18, 2012 Sub-surface water oceans and surface seas of liquid methane. The solar system just outside our doorstep is rich with possibilities. It's a voyage that astronaut-sailors will, one day, embark upon.
November 22, 2012 Candied yams with a touch of marshmallow cream are what the astronauts on the International Space Station are looking forward to eating for their Thanksgiving feast today. That and a little irradiated smoked turkey, courtesy of NASA.
November 20, 2012 One scientist said it has found something "earthshaking" but wouldn't say what. We're asking you guess.
November 9, 2012 The experiment lays the foundation for an electronic infrastructure that would allow us to communicate through the vast distances of space.
November 6, 2012 If politics erode how the nation values science then the interests being served can't possibly be our own. Commentator Adam Frank outlines advocates the return of science to the heart of our debates on policy.
October 31, 2012 NASA's Kepler Mission has been spotting many "Earth-like" planets within our galactic neighborhood. But what fraction of these Earth-like planets are really like our planet? The more we learn about Earth's remarkable properties, the rarer our planet seems to be. And with it, the life it hosts.
September 21, 2012 Riding piggy-back atop a Boeing 747, the shuttle performed a fly-by at several iconic spots, from Malibu and Santa Monica to the Getty Center, the Griffith Observatory, and Vandenberg Air Force Base.
September 19, 2012 The third of the fleet of four to head off to a retirement home, the shuttle will end its journey in Los Angeles. Along the way it will stop in Houston. There will also be flybys, weather permitting, over San Francisco and Sacramento.
September 17, 2012 U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams is now in command of the International Space Station, after receiving control of the facility this weekend. Three departing astronauts whose capsule left the station early Monday landed safely three and a half hours later.
September 6, 2012 Images taken by an orbiting satellite and by the rover itself offer fascinating views.
September 5, 2012 Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took a spare toothbrush along on a spacewalk today and used it to help clean debris from around some bolts. What do you use them for? (Besides brushing your teeth, that is.)
September 5, 2012 Watch as a massive flare shoots from the sun and stretches a half million miles into space. Friday's event dealt Earth's magnetic environment a "glancing blow," NASA says.