News Articles

NASA's Sounding Rockets Poster
Sun, Earth’s Space Environment
May 16, 2017
The spectacle of a mammoth rocket ‘breaking the surly bonds of Earth’ takes our breath away. Equally amazing are the secrets revealed to us by science missions these rockets have launched – and NASA puts careful thought into what kind of mission will best achieve that science. Sometimes a large,... Read More
May 15, 2017
How does media enhance science learning? Fifty teachers tested prototypes in their classrooms.
collage of faces
Sun, Sky Watching, Eclipses
May 15, 2017
Join NASA, other federal agencies, and science organizations for a nationally-televised event on the upcoming total solar eclipse.
Total eclipse image taken Mar. 20, 2015 at Svalbard, Norway
Earth, Climate Change
May 12, 2017
Water is a critical resource in the western U.S. NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory is giving California water agencies the first complete measurements of the water available in the Sierra snowpack along with data on when the snow will melt.
Image of airplane scanning snow fall in landscape
Solar System
May 8, 2017
"If you don't spend time thinking about the don't have that future." NASA Planetary Science Director Jim Green challenges us to think big at the Vision 2050 Conference in Washington, D.C.
Rocket exiting the clouds
May 8, 2017
Satellite image of a flood
Solar System, Sky Watching
Apr 21, 2017
Comets are some of the most interesting objects in the solar system. Water that filled the ancient oceans of Earth might have been delivered by comets. And there is growing evidence that many comets (as well as some primitive asteroids) contain molecules key to life. NASA has sent space probes to... Read More
Close Approach Comets Poster
Apr 17, 2017
The most sophisticated space science telescope ever constructed – the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – is targeted to launch in October 2018. With a primary mirror three times as wide as The Hubble Space Telescope and a special sensitivity to penetrating infrared radiation, Webb will peer into... Read More
Universe, Earth, Sun, Solar System
Apr 13, 2017
Earth. A world dominated by water. Trillions of gallons flow freely across the surface of our blue-green planet. While we once thought oceans made our planet unique, we’re now coming to realize that ‘ocean worlds’ are all around us.  
Ocean Worlds Poster
Apr 10, 2017
NASA invites people around the world to help us celebrate Earth Day 2017 by "adopting" one of 64,000 individual pieces of Earth as seen from space.  
Title image with map in background
Solar System, Sky Watching
Apr 5, 2017
Stop what you’re doing and mark your calendar: When: Sunset on April 7, 2017 to sunrise on April 8, 2017 What: Jupiter at opposition  
Mar 27, 2017
NASA will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 to engage the public in the Agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet. Download a high resolution of our Earth Day poster.
Solar System
Mar 23, 2017
NASA has selected ten studies under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) program, to develop mission concepts using small satellites to investigate Venus, Earth’s moon, asteroids, Mars and the outer planets.
artist rendition of sun and planets in solar system
Earth, Sun
Mar 20, 2017
The earliest satellites of the Space Age were small. Sputnik, for instance, weighed just 184.3 lbs. America’s first satellite, Explorer 1, was even smaller at only about 30 lbs. Over time, satellites grew to accommodate more sensors with greater capabilities, but thanks to miniaturization and new... Read More
NASA Embraces Small Satellites Poster
Solar System
Mar 9, 2017
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center lost four of its greatest minds in the past several months. Phil Sabelhaus, Marty Davis, Neil Gehrels and Piers Sellers made indelible contributions to space exploration during their decades of service to NASA. This video honors the legacies of these individuals... Read More
screenshot of video tribute to four scientists