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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Is Able to Drill Holes Into Rocks Again NASA’s Curiosity Rover Is Able to Drill Holes Into Rocks Again

That’s one small hole for a probe, but one giant leap for NASA. This past weekend, the space agency jerry-rigged Curiosity’s malfunctioning drill, allowing the rover to bore into Martian rock for the first time in over a year.

NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image

On the way to its final orbit around Earth, NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has sailed by the moon and snapped its first picture of space. We’ve said several times that TESS would be able to look at 200,000 stars in the 300 light-years around the Earth—but maybe this new shot will…

How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS How NASA Will Unlock the Secrets of Quantum Mechanics Aboard the ISS

An Antares rocket launched from Virginia before sunrise this morning and is on its way to the International Space Station. Its 7,400 pounds of cargo include an experiment that will chill atoms to just about absolute zero—colder than the vacuum of space itself.

Hubble's Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We've Ever Seen Hubble's Latest Batch of Space Porn Is Some of the Best We've Ever Seen

Space is mind-bogglingly vast, and it’s practically impossible for our puny brains to comprehend just how huge it really is. Using the Hubble Space Telescope, an international team of astronomers has completed an exhaustive survey of star-forming galaxies in the local Universe. The resulting catalog won’t help you…

Curiosity Rover's Busted Jackhammer Could Soon Get a Fix Curiosity Rover's Busted Jackhammer Could Soon Get a Fix

In late 2016, the drill used by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity began to malfunction due to an apparent mechanical failure. This Saturday, NASA will test a new method that could restore the drill’s critical jackhammering capability, and by consequence, the rover’s ability to analyze Martian rock samples.

Here's Why NASA Is Sending a Miniature Helicopter to Mars Here's Why NASA Is Sending a Miniature Helicopter to Mars

NASA will be testing heavier-than-air flight on Mars by sending miniature robot helicopter with the upcoming Mars 2020 rover.

Grab Your Telescope: Jupiter Will Shine Its Brightest Tonight Grab Your Telescope: Jupiter Will Shine Its Brightest Tonight

This weekend I got to experience the dark skies over a nameless lake somewhere between Grand Forks, North Dakota and Bemidji, Minnesota. It was my first time seeing the faint band of our own Milky Way. But we had our telescope pointed on something we could have seen just as easily from a Brooklyn stoop: Jupiter, the…

Infuriating Fog and Exhilarating Geophysics: Behind the Scenes of NASA's InSight Launch to Mars Infuriating Fog and Exhilarating Geophysics: Behind the Scenes of NASA's InSight Launch to Mars

On Saturday, for the first time, a rocket blasted off from the US West Coast to fling its payload on an interplanetary trajectory. Despite being at Vandenberg Air Force Base for Mars InSight’s historic launch atop an Atlas V rocket, I never saw the spacecraft before it tore free from Earth’s greedy grasp.

Simulated Moon Dust Kills Cells and Alters DNA, Signaling Trouble for Future Lunar Colonists Simulated Moon Dust Kills Cells and Alters DNA, Signaling Trouble for Future Lunar Colonists

Astronauts hoping stay on the moon for long-term missions have another reason to worry about moon dust: It could be quite harmful if inhaled, as demonstrated in a new study.

NASA's InSight Lander Is On Its Way to Mars NASA's InSight Lander Is On Its Way to Mars

NASA’s robotic lander InSight officially started its journey to Mars following a successful predawn launch aboard an Atlas V rocket Saturday morning. The launch took place at 4:05am local time from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

How Engineers Tested the Super-Sensitive Seismometer That Will Detect Quakes on Mars How Engineers Tested the Super-Sensitive Seismometer That Will Detect Quakes on Mars

If all goes according to plan, NASA’s Mars InSight mission will launch this weekend from California. Onboard the Atlas V-401 rocket is the InSight lander, a nearly 800-pound machine loaded up with cameras, a robotic arm, a heat probe, and a seismometer that, for the first time, will allow us to examine the inner…

NASA’s Mini Fission Reactor Could Help Humans Survive on Mars, and It Just Cleared Early Tests NASA’s Mini Fission Reactor Could Help Humans Survive on Mars, and It Just Cleared Early Tests

NASA announced today that it has completed tests of its Kilopower portable nuclear fission reactor, a device designed to one day power bases on Mars or the moon. The tests met or exceeded expectations on all metrics, which means the device can now go on to more serious flight testing.

Why NASA's Next Mars Lander Will Launch from California Instead of Florida Why NASA's Next Mars Lander Will Launch from California Instead of Florida

NASA is set to launch its next Mars lander, InSight, early Saturday morning. But something’s different about this launch. It’s taking place on the West Coast, at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Forgotten Data From 1996 Sheds New Light on Jupiter’s Mysterious Moon Ganymede Forgotten Data From 1996 Sheds New Light on Jupiter’s Mysterious Moon Ganymede

Twenty-two years ago, the Galileo spacecraft made its first flyby of Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. Scientists with NASA have taken a new look at the data collected during that historic encounter, providing tantalizing new details about this strange celestial object, its unique magnetic shield, and its unusually…

Boeing Brags About Size of Its Rocket, Says SpaceX's Is Too Small for NASA's Needs Boeing Brags About Size of Its Rocket, Says SpaceX's Is Too Small for NASA's Needs

SpaceX’s rocket just isn’t big enough to please NASA, Boeing says. Shouldn’t a big, important space agency be looking for a longer, more powerful rocket to fulfill its deep-space desires?

Gorgeous Photo of Martian Landscape Is Just the Beginning for ExoMars Mission Gorgeous Photo of Martian Landscape Is Just the Beginning for ExoMars Mission

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has released the first images from its new orbit, taken on April 15 from 400 kilometers above the Martian surface. Here’s the uncropped composite image:

NASA and ESA Are Getting Serious About Bringing Martian Soil to Earth NASA and ESA Are Getting Serious About Bringing Martian Soil to Earth

Earlier today, officials with NASA and the European Space Agency signed a statement of intent to explore the various ways in which Martian soil samples can be collected and delivered back to Earth. Sounds great, but a complex project of this nature won’t be easy, as it would involve the first-ever rocket launch from…

Upcoming Video Series Explores the Retro-Futuristic Space Colonies of NASA Artists Upcoming Video Series Explores the Retro-Futuristic Space Colonies of NASA Artists

There’s a new documentary series in development called Artist Depiction about NASA artists and their visions for the future. Or, in many cases, their past visions of the future. And it all looks incredible.

Asteroids Really Could Have Brought Water to Earth, Experiment With Giant Rock Blaster Shows

You may have heard the theory that asteroids are responsible for Earth’s water. You may also have thought, hah, there’s no way that asteroids could have brought all that water to Earth. But fake asteroid impacts are now demonstrating that, yeah, maybe they did.

Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honor Its 28th Anniversary Hubble Releases Mind-Blowing New Images of the Lagoon Nebula to Honor Its 28th Anniversary

NASA has released incredible new images of the Lagoon Nebula taken by the Hubble space telescope, in honor of its 28th anniversary and presumably 4/20. Dude... have you ever like... thought about how small we are... and how big the universe is...?

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