50 years have passed since NASA’s Apollo 8 mission circled the moon for the first time — here is every Apollo mission explained

NASA NASA’s Apollo missions in the late 1960s and early 1970s succeeded in putting the first humans on the moon. Apollo 8, the first mission to orbit the moon, launched almost exactly 50 years ago — on December 21, 1968. Humans have not stepped foot on the moon in more than 45 years. But NASA […]

NASA’s InSight lander just took its first selfie on Mars — take a look

NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight lander has taken its first selfie on Mars. The selfie, released on Tuesday and shown above, is made up of 11 images that were stitched together. The resulting photo shows InSight’s solar panels and deck, along with the scientific instruments on top of the deck and the lander’s weather sensor. See the rest […]

NASA’s InSight lander may not be as sexy as a Mars rover, but here’s why the mission matters for Earthlings

Lockheed Martin/YouTube NASA’s Insight lander has landed safely. The robot will soon start beaming back information about quakes and wobbles on Mars. Mars doesn’t have tectonic plates like Earth, but learning more about how volatile the planet may be could help scientists better understand how Earth developed to sustain life. A former NASA chief says scientists […]

NASA’s daring asteroid mission unfurls its sampling arm for the first time

Enlarge / This image, taken Wednesday, shows the OSIRIS-REx Touch-and-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism sampling head extended from the spacecraft at the end of the robotic arm. (credit: NASA) NASA officials confirmed Friday that a test of a key component of the space agency’s mission to sample an asteroid was completed successfully. On Wednesday, for the […]

NASA’s ICON mission launches to the ionosphere at 3:05 AM ET

Need something else to watch after all the results come in? Tonight NASA’s launching a mission to explore Earth’s ionosphere, but this isn’t the average rocket launch. The Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) will take off on a Northrop Grumman Pegasus XL rocket — in use since the 90s, and scheduled for use with the giant […]

NASA’s Chandra telescope follows Hubble into a shutdown

NASA sure hasn’t been having a great time with its telescopes. The Chandra X-ray Observatory has gone into safe mode and halted all its science operations a few days after Hubble shut down due a gyroscope failure. According to the agency, Chandra’s transition into safe mode was possibly triggered by an issue that also has […]

NASA’s public CO2 challenge could help astronauts endure on Mars

NASA would really prefer that Mars astronauts produce their materials on Mars, but that’s not so easy when resources we take for granted on Earth are hard to get on the Red Planet. The administration has an idea as to how it might accomplish that feat, though — and it wants your help. It’s launching […]

NASA’s new climate science satellites switch on their lasers

NASA’s new climate-monitoring satellites, which SpaceX ferried to orbit in May, are almost ready to keep an eye on our planet’s ice sheets, atmosphere and ocean levels. On June 13th, the twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites switched on their lasers in search of one another for the first time. Those lasers […]