New video recorded during the return of NASA’s Orion through Earth’s atmosphere this month provides a taste of the intense conditions the spacecraft, and the astronauts it carries, will endure when they return from deep space destinations on the journey to Mars.
With 2014 marking the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic first step on the moon, NASA outlined plans for America's next giant leap in space exploration— to send astronauts to Mars.
Here’s a look at some of the top NASA stories of 2014 Neil Armstrong-Apollo 11: “That’s one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind.” With 2014 marking the 45th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s historic first step on the moon, NASA outlined plans for America's next giant leap in space exploration -- to send astronauts to Mars. To prepare for that leap, NASA stepped up development in 2014 of many game-changing technologies and capabilities.
It's been a holiday decoration staple for decades, and it turns out that silver stuff hanging from your tree has quite a storied past. Tinsel has been made out of everything from real silver to lead.
Satellite data shows that around many major U.S. cities, nighttime lights shine 20 to 50 percent brighter during Christmas and New Year's when compared to light output during the rest of the year. And, in some Middle Eastern cities, nighttime lights shine more than 50 percent brighter during Ramadan, compared to the rest of the year.
It's something your mother told you time and time again at the dinner table: "Eat your carrots, they'll help you see better!" So, was she right?
New research provides what the authors think is the first comprehensive picture of how Greenland’s ice is vanishing. It suggests that current ice sheet modeling studies are too simplistic to accurately predict future sea level rise, and that Greenland may lose ice more rapidly in the near future than previously thought.
Nowadays, most of food packaging is derived from petrochemicals and not always biodegradable. Moreover, consumers often find that there is more packaging than content. To address these problems, researchers are producing packaging made from PBS, which is based on vegetable biomass.
Human speech is complex, communicating not only words but also tone, as well as information about the speaker such as their gender and identity. To what extent can a dog pick up on these different cues? Sometimes it may seem like your dog doesn’t want to listen. But, in a new study, researchers found that he may understand more than he lets on.
The world’s oldest African penguin, a Zoo resident named Tess, dove effortlessly into her pool this week and swam for the first time since veterinarians used specialized radiation to treat an aggressive form of skin cancer on the penguin’s face. Making her dip more meaningful, Tess represents an endangered species expected to vanish from the wild within two decades.
“Here’s some of the stories trending This Week at NASA!” Orion is back! The hugely successful first flight test on Dec. 5 of NASA’s Orion spacecraft took it farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years – with people around the country keeping a close eye on its spaceflight.
Could there finally be tangible evidence for the existence of dark matter in the Universe? After sifting through reams of X-ray data, scientists believe they may have identified the signal of a particle of dark matter.
A new app brings molecules to life in a handheld device. Through the app, people can use up to 11 fingers to examine in great detail more than 350 molecules, which they can also twist, turn and tie into knots.
Scientists have developed a method for producing biological crystals that has allowed scientists to observe, for the first time, DNA double chain breaks. They have also developed a computer simulation that makes this process, which lasts in the order of millionths of a second, visible to the human eye.
Research is exploring a promising new method of forecasting bioluminescence, which may improve the monitoring of movements in the ocean, such as fish shoals and internal waves.