Astronomers Reach Verdict On Distance From Earth To Sun, Finally
September 18 2012 12:21 PM
A new fixed figure replaces the complicated equation that served as the previous definition of an astronomical unit..
NASA Spacecraft Captures Spectacular Photos of Saturn And Titan, Show Seasonal Shifts On The Ringed Planet [PHOTOS]
September 01 2012 2:41 AM
Scientists have released spectacular photos of the ringed planet Saturn and its largest moon Titan, captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Watch Slooh Space Camera Video Of Blue Moon August 2012 Here [LIVE STREAM]
August 31 2012 5:50 PM
The Slooh Space Camera is offering a free live stream of the month's second blue moon. You can check out the second full moon in the month of August, courtesy of Slooh, below.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Sends Back First Full-Color Panorama Of Mars
August 30 2012 3:48 PM
NASA's Curiosity rover is really beginning to pay off. Since setting up its high-definition cameras, the Mars rover has been sending back amazing views of the fourth planet. Now, NASA has assembled a high-quality panorama of the Martian surface, and the results are amazing.
Blue Moon Friday To Take Place August 31, Will Be Last Chance To Watch Until 2015 [PHOTO]
August 30 2012 10:01 AM
Friday, Aug. 31 will be the last chance that people get to see the much talked about blue moon, until the year 2015.
Sugar In Space: Astronomers Find Sweet Spot In Ophiuchus Constellation
August 29 2012 2:04 PM
In the stellar nursery near the star Rho Ophiuchi, located in the constellation Ophiuchus, researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute detected signatures of the simplest possible sugar in nature, glycolaldehyde.
Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Crewmate Of Armstrong And Aldrin, Quietly Carries The Fire
August 27 2012 7:40 PM
Michael Collins, sometimes called the "forgotten astronaut," flew with Buzz Aldrin and the late Neil Armstrong in Apollo 11, but never set foot on the moon.
Technology Focus: How To Label Tech In 2012? A-n-t-i-c-i-p-a-t-i-o-n
August 26 2012 9:56 AM
Now that 2012 is two-thirds over, it’s already time to label it, like the Asians do. Unlike 4709, it’s not the Year of the Dragon. It’s the Year of Anticipation.
Neil Armstrong's Death Inspires Stirring Tributes Across Twitter And The Web
August 25 2012 4:35 PM
When news of Armstrong's death broke, Twitter erupted in a sea of memorial tweets, as the phrases "RIP Neil Armstrong," "Apollo 11" and "First Man" immediately began trending on the social media site. NBC News, which first broke the story, also became a trending topic.
NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Makes First Movement On Red Planet, Begins Driving From Landing Site [PHOTO]
August 23 2012 4:53 AM
Being the first ever movement on the Martian surface, Curiosity's drive combined forward, turn and reverse segments, placing the rover approximately 20 feet (6 meters) from the spot where it landed Aug. 5.
Big Bang? More Like Big Freeze, Physicists Claim
August 22 2012 5:29 PM
A new paper hypothesizes that the early universe was liquid-like but then "crystallized' into our current universe, with three spatial dimensions and one time dimension.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Gears Up For Test Drive, Identifies Broken Sensor
August 22 2012 5:20 AM
NASA's Curiosity rover geared up for its first test drive August 22 over billion-year-old Mars rocks. This apart, the device's broken wind sensor was identified while scientists assured that it would not jeopardize Curiosity's mission of determining whether life could exist there.
Planets Balanced On Giza Pyramids? Not So Fast, Astronomer Says
August 21 2012 1:09 PM
Perhaps you've seen a Photoshopped picture showing three planets in our solar system perfectly aligned with the tips of Egyptian pyramids. One astronomer explains how the celestial event scheduled for later this year won't be quite as dramatic as advertised.
NASA Announces New InSight Mars Mission For 2016: Robot To Drill Red Planet To Study Deep Interior [VIDEO]
August 21 2012 3:54 AM
NASA has announced a new Mars mission that will measure the red planet's subterranean geology by looking deep into its interior. The new mission, named InSight, is set to launch on March 27, 2016 and will examine the deep interior of Mars to see why the Red Planet evolved so differently from Earth as one of our solar system's rocky planets.
Mars Rover Curiosity Blasts Martian Rock With Laser For Science [VIDEO Of Landing]
August 19 2012 8:54 PM
When Curiosity hit the rock with its laser, atoms on Coronation were transformed into plasma, allowing the rover's ChemCam to use a specialized device called a spectrometer to determine the chemical makeup of the rock.
Oh Family Switches To Life On Martian Time, Keeping Up With Curiosity Rover
August 19 2012 5:35 PM
Life has become other-worldly for NASA flight director David Oh?s family, after switching their biological clocks to ?Mars time.? The change is protocol for a cadre of scientists who spend the first three months of every Martian mission living longer days, but it?s unusual for an entire family to jump along.
India Plans Trip To Mars, But Ancients May Have Already Been There
August 16 2012 6:22 AM
Two of ancient India’s most important and grandest Sanskrit epics, The Mahabharata and The Ramayana, vividly describe giant, magnificent space vessels which took fantastic voyages to distant stars and planets.
Mars Rover Curiosity Pictures: Panoramic Photo Turns Into Interactive Graphic To Let You Navigate Martial Surface
August 15 2012 7:31 AM
The world has been spellbound by the striking images of the never-before seen region of the Red Planet sent by NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover. But here's something that would stun you even more by allowing you to experience a virtual tour of Mars.
Technology Focus: Curiosity On Mars Another Legacy Of JFK
August 12 2012 10:04 AM
Last week’s successful landing of the Mars Science Laboratory, better-known as Curiosity, represented a triumph in aeronautical and electrical engineering. Now the nine-foot, six-wheeled rover will use its instruments to make “Mars-shaking” discoveries in geology, meteorology and chemistry.
Perseid Meteor Shower Attracts Astronomers, Skygazers; Meteor Shower 2012 First Images (PHOTOS)
August 12 2012 6:42 AM
The Perseid Meteor shower peaked Saturday night above the US skyline with rates as high as 100 per hour offering spectacular views of shooting stars as meteors entered Earth's atmosphere.