Freakishly Old System Of Planets Hint At Ancient Alien Civilizations

Kepler scientists have discovered the oldest known system of rocky, Earth-sized planets in the Milky Way. This suggests that terrestrial planets have appeared throughout most of the Universe's 13.8 billion year history — a potential indication of just how ancient some extraterrestrial civilizations could be. » 1/27/15 12:40pm Today 12:40pm

A Look at How Mini Helicopters Could Help NASA's Future Rovers

Driving on the surface of Mars pretty much sucks. Even though the Opportunity rover celebrated its 11th anniversary on the Martian surface today, that robust little craft has also ran into tricky sand dunes and other perplexing surface anomalies. It sure would be nice if some aerial reconnaissance could identified… » 1/26/15 1:18am Yesterday 1:18am

Valentino's Pre-Fall Collection: My God, It's Full of Stars

Valentino's 2015 pre-fall collection is full of all sorts of things — hearts, plants, butterflies — but its the eight space looks that make me wish I could afford any of these clothes. Look at that planet skirt! And that moon and stars cape. AND THE SPACE GOWN. Give them all to me! » 1/23/15 12:51pm Friday 12:51pm

An Unexpected Discovery On The Surface Of Rosetta's Comet

Scientists have presented their initial observations of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in seven articles published Thursday in the journal Science. Among the more surprising finds: images of ripples and dunes on the comet's surface, unexpected given that the comet lacks an atmosphere (and therefore wind) and… » 1/22/15 10:57pm Thursday 10:57pm

How NASA Plans to Explore Mars With Microsoft's Holographic Goggles

During Microsoft's demo of its fascinating holographic headset HoloLens today, the company barely mentioned the coolest way it's already using it: to develop software with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory that will let scientists explore and work on the Red Planet remotely. » 1/21/15 9:19pm Wednesday 9:19pm

Here's How Close SpaceX Came To Landing A Rocket On A Barge In The Ocean

On Saturday, SpaceX tried to land its reusable Falcon 9 rocket on an autonomous spaceport drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. But the rocket came in a little too hot, and the touchdown was more impact than landing. Now, SpaceX has released footage of the landing attempt, as shot from the landing barge. » 1/17/15 12:11am 1/17/15 12:11am

There's Poop on the Moon

It should come as no surprise that the Apollo astronauts left a few things behind after landing on the moon. Since the lunar module could only lift so much weight off the surface, they swapped out unwanted goods and gear for moon rocks. Among those unwanted goods were all kinds of weird things. What kinds of weird… » 1/15/15 4:35pm 1/15/15 4:35pm

Here's What It Looks Like To Fall To Titan From Space

In honor of the Huygens probe's historic 2005 landing on the surface of Titan (Saturn's largest satellite, and the only moon in our solar system with a dense atmosphere), NASA has released a movie that recreates, with data collected by Huygens and the Cassini orbiter, a dramatic approach of the moon's surface from… » 1/15/15 11:35am 1/15/15 11:35am