Watch How NASA Beautifully Visualized Airflow Over Years Of Flight Tests

This jaw dropping video spans many decades of NASA flight testing which is cool in itself, but the fact that it concentrates on clips where the normally unseen movement of air is documented makes it downright wondrous. It also acts as a strong reminder of just what the first 'A' stands for in NASA. » 1/25/15 11:50am Yesterday 11:50am

NASA's Opportunity Has Now Explored the Martian Surface for 11 Years

Eleven years ago today—in fact, at this very minute (12:05 am ET)—NASA's Opportunity rover touched down on Mars for what was supposed to be a 90-day mission. Since then, Opportunity has proven to be an engineering marvel by traveling almost 26 miles on the Martian surface, more than any other off-Earth surface vehicle. » 1/25/15 12:05am Yesterday 12:05am

New Horizons is carrying the ashes of Pluto's discoverer to Pluto 

Later this week, NASA's New Horizons probe will finally be close enough to Pluto to begin observing the dwarf planet and its moons. Along with a bevy of scientific instrument, the probe has also been carrying a sentimental payload: a tiny tin of the ashes belonging to Clyde Tombaugh, also known as the man who… » 1/13/15 6:02pm 1/13/15 6:02pm

There's Poop on the Moon

It should come as no surprise that the Apollo astronauts left a few things behind after landing on the moon. Since the lunar module could only lift so much weight off the surface, they swapped out unwanted goods and gear for moon rocks. Among those unwanted goods were all kinds of weird things. What kinds of weird… » 1/12/15 5:46pm 1/12/15 5:46pm

8 Dumb Quotes About Science From New NASA Overseer Ted Cruz

The new Republican-led Congress is currently busy picking people to chair its many committees and subcommittees. Guess what! Tea Party hero Senator Ted Cruz is the new chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness. That means he will oversee NASA. Yep—the climate-denying Tea Party hero who tried to… » 1/12/15 12:07pm 1/12/15 12:07pm

Here Are Two Galaxies With Supermassive Black Hole Hearts Colliding

Hey there, human, want to feel some awe? Look at this newly released NASA image set of two galaxies, each with a supermassive black hole at its heart, colliding in a violent spiral of star stuff. Space is awesome, and thanks to improved telescope technology, we're seeing more and more of it every day. » 1/09/15 11:15am 1/09/15 11:15am

NASA and Nissan Are Building a Self-Driving Car For Cities… and Space

NASA and Nissan just announced a five-year partnership in the development of a self-driving car that will not only tackle city streets but also alien planets. Most of the research will take place in Silicon Valley, where both organizations already have research facilities. And believe it or not, NASA wants to learn… » 1/09/15 9:30am 1/09/15 9:30am

The mysterious eye of the cosmos is watching you

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day is back with a winner: Saturn's crescent phase captured by Cassini with its rings and the moon Rhea. It looks like a menacing eye from a colossal evil being from another dimension opening in the darkness of space, watching all of us. There's an amazing movie too: » 1/08/15 10:23pm 1/08/15 10:23pm

NASA to Send Messenger on a Final Trip So Close to Mercury It Could Melt

Over a decade ago, NASA shot Messenger into space, and in 2011, it became the first probe to orbit around Mercury, sending back our first closeups of the planet. But all good things must come to an end, and Messenger is running out of fuel. In one last tour, Messenger will fly lower than ever over Mercury—so close… » 1/05/15 4:15pm 1/05/15 4:15pm

What Would Happen If the Earth Stopped Its Orbit? (Nothing Good)

Welcome to Reading List. Another year and another week means another roundup of great stories that might have squeaked by during the holiday. We've got some speculative doom and gloom, a look into the future of one of NASA's Mars rovers, and a profile of a man who is clickbait personified. Happy New Year and happy… » 1/04/15 2:00pm 1/04/15 2:00pm