Getting soil samples from Mars to Earth will give scientists a chance to learn a lot more about the red planet. A project to do this has taken a big step forward after Airbus agreed to build a rover to help retrieve the samples.
Few things instill a sense of wonder quite like the final frontier. The best space photos show off the beauty of Earth, our solar system, and the far corners of the universe. Here are our current favorites.
A two-ton rock from the depths of space just plunged into the Pacific Ocean, and researchers want to find it. Fortunately, an oceanic research vessel is nearby, and it’s ready to deploy its high-tech array to aid in the search.
Now scheduled to launch in 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope will be the most powerful telescope in existence, replacing NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, capturing infrared light from the first galaxies of the ancient universe.
Although the possibility of such a catastrophic event is very small, a new report outlines some of the steps that government agencies can take to prepare for the possibility of an apocalyptic collision with an asteroid or comet.
An international group of scientists reported that dozens of planetary candidates have been identified by measuring light fluctuations using K2, the mission that followed up NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
A massive dust storm that is about the size of our continent has shrouded Mars and covered Opportunity for the last seven days. Not only is much of the planet in the dark, but so too is Earth about Opportunity's whereabouts.
It's been six years since the Mars rover Curiosity landed on the Red Planet, and now, the space vehicle has some news. NASA published papers detailing how Curiosity found compounds that are the building blocks of life.
Three astronauts will whiz around Earth 34 times before reaching the space station on Friday, June 8. It usually requires far fewer orbits, but positioning requirements mean it's going to take a little longer this time.
Humans won't visit alien planets beyond our solar system for many decades, but NASA has provided the next best thing -- an interactive VR visualization of what you might see if you were standing on the surface of a faraway world.
While SpaceX has a pretty good track record for recovering first-stage rocket boosters, it has yet to perfect the fairing recovery process. Catching a fairing (the "nose cone" of the rocket) is completely different than landing a booster.
A routine calibration test on NASA's exoplanet mission has produced a stunning image, capturing more than 200,000 stars in the southern sky. Future images will provide even more details as we search for signs of alien life.
When a NASA astronaut on the International Space Station went outside to check the spacecraft, he couldn't use a GoPro video camera. In conversation with Mission Control, the astronaut showed he needs more practice with GoPros.
NASA has revealed that the Mars 2020 mission will include a remote-control "marscopter" along with the rover. If the tests of the tiny dual-rotor helicopter are successful, it will be the first atmospheric flight on another planet.