NASA might soon be ending its efforts to recover Opportunity. The principal investigator behind the mission said that while they have not given up hope yet, it might also be the end of the 15-year-old explorer.
Space January 28, 2019
NASA continued its attempt to recover Opportunity months after the rover had gone silent because of June's dust storm. Engineers at JPL started sending new commands in the hopes of addressing the issues preventing the rover from contacting Earth.
Space January 26, 2019
In a recent study, microbiologists investigated the presence of five strains of bacteria onboard the International Space Station. While the Enterobacter strains were known to be highly resistant to antibiotics, the study assured that astronauts are not in danger.
Space November 26, 2018
NASA engineers took a time off from developing spacecrafts and rovers and, instead, spent their energy making out-of-this-world pumpkin creations. This has been a yearly tradition at the NASA HQ.
Space October 31, 2018
Mars has started to get clearer skies after a planet-wide dust storm covered it with a crimson-hued haze. NASA revealed plans to communicate to Opportunity, which has remained silent in the past several weeks.
Space September 3, 2018
By hiring Waymo and NASA engineer Jaime Waydo, Apple’s self-driving software project gains a speed boost. With her expertise, she could reorient Apple’s problematic venture into autonomous driving.
Apple June 16, 2018
Since the Mars Curiosity Rover hit a snag in 2016 that broke its ability to drill the Red Planet’s surface, NASA has been hard at work trying to fix it. Now, the space agency may finally be on to something.
Space March 2, 2018
Robot-controlled drone against human-controlled drone and scores in accuracy and consistency. JPL researchers positive after AI's performance in drone flying.
Computers November 25, 2017
It's no Europa but Mt. Erebus’s ice caves do good work simulating the frozen environments that could be present in alien worlds in the outer solar system, providing NASA with suitable conditions to test its tools in.
Robotics February 15, 2017
New Horizons has imaged the surface of Pluto like never before, and likely never again within decades. What does this magnificent new photograph show?
Space May 29, 2016
Seasonal cycles on Mars have now been observed over the course of two Martian years. What has the Curiosity rover seen on the surface of the Red Planet?
Space May 15, 2016
Saturn is seen in a stunning new image from the Cassini spacecraft. What is next for this hardy space observatory?
Space April 5, 2016
The video was first presented on the Rover's Facebook page last week.
Robotics February 8, 2016
The original expedition was expected to last for three months.
Space January 28, 2016
NASA is studying carbon absorption - the 'other half' of the Earth's carbon dioxide problem - to help scientists figure out the amount of carbon dioxide Earth's ecosystems can take in. The effort is also to prevent that rate going beyond the natural tipping point before it's too late.
Earth/Environment November 13, 2015
The asteroid passed by Earth on Halloween morning, missing us by a distance equal to seven Earths.
Space November 4, 2015
An annual 'portrait' of the giant planet shows its famous Red Spot is shrinking. Images also capture unique atmospheric waves, similar to ones sometimes seen on Earth.
Space October 13, 2015
Will NASA be headed to Uranus or Neptune next? The agency is in the process of studying its options to decide on its next flagship mission.
Space August 26, 2015
Mars rover uses a robotic arm as a 'selfie stick' to capture a dramatic image of its surroundings on the Red Planet. The image was taken while Curiosity drilled yet another Martian rock for analysis.
Space August 20, 2015
Engineers turn to nature and the 'sticky feet' of geckos as inspiration for robots that could climb around the International Space Station. Unlike adhesive tape or Velcro, the feet of such robots would never wear out or lose their 'stickyness,' they say.
Space August 17, 2015
The space agency created Web-based tools to allow the public to take part in explorations of the Red Planet. Two websites, Mars Trek and Experience Curiosity, can take citizen scientists on a unique virtual journey.
Space August 7, 2015
NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft is on the verge of completing 60,000 laps around the Red Planet. Odyssey has done important planetary science and has served as a 'call home' link for rovers on the Red Planet's surface.
Space June 23, 2015
The Odyssey orbiter circling Mars is about to complete its 60,000th trip around the red planet. The veteran spacecraft has a history of accomplishments, and its future is still bright.
Space June 20, 2015
Planets unlike anything in our own solar system may be common in the Milky Way, a study suggests. What would make the 'warm Netpunes' so distinctive is an atmosphere of helium, researchers say.
Space June 12, 2015
A flyover video of the dwarf planet Ceres is available from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 1:15 minute film contains images from the first mapping orbit flights, with a star background added. Here's how to watch.
Space June 8, 2015
Scientists have made new discoveries about the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet’s surface and atmosphere, using the Alice spectrograph aboard the Rosetta spacecraft.
Space June 3, 2015
If successful, the new landing technology could pave the way for human exploration of Mars, Venus and Saturn’s moon Titan in the future.
Space May 20, 2015
A huge floating Antarctic ice shelf is nearing collapse and could disappear within a few years. The likely result may be an increase in the rise of sea levels around the world, researchers say.
Animals May 18, 2015
Highly detailed maps of recent California megafires, created with data from airborne NASA instruments, can improve restoration efforts, researchers say. The understanding of how such fires start and spread may be improved using such maps, they believe.
Geek April 13, 2015
The Pi Day this year is extra special because it stretches 3.14 to 3.1415 and this will never happen again until the next century. Here are ways math enthusiasts and ordinary folks celebrate the day.
March 14, 2015
A short circuit on the drill of the Curiosity rover's arm halted some tasks for the mission, but NASA reported that the rover has once again used its robotic arm to deliver a rock powder sample.
Space March 13, 2015
Exoplanets may be ways away from the solar system but they intrigue researchers just the same. A recent study has found an exoplanet with four parent stars, only the second to be discovered so far.
Space March 5, 2015
New, sharper images of dwarf planet raise more questions than answers, astronomers say. Scientists eagerly await the arrival of the Dawn spacecraft at Ceres in March.
Space February 18, 2015
Hoping to catch a glimpse of the next asteroid to zip past the Earth? A small telescope or even a good pair of binoculars could give you a ring-side seat, astronomers say.
Space January 25, 2015
Robots used to explore volcanoes on Earth could lead to similar explorations on other planets or our moon, researchers at JPL say. Small VolcanoBots can explore small fissures to help understand how volcanoes erupt, they say.
Space January 13, 2015
Wondering what it would be like to travel to a distant exoplanet? NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released 'travel posters' to help you imagine it.
Space January 9, 2015
The Smap satellite will launch into orbit to study soil moisture around the globe. How could this observatory help reduce damages from flooding?
January 9, 2015
Space telescope turn its gaze from the edges of the universe toward our own sun. X-ray instrument is ideal for uncovering mysteries of our star, scientists say. Thanks to NuSTAR, now we can look at the Sun in all its magnificence.
Space December 26, 2014
Presence of methane gas on Mars once again suggests an intriguing possibility, that the Red Planet is harboring some kink of life. Mysterious "spike" in methane levels recorded by NASA's Curiosity rover on the planet's surface.
Space December 16, 2014
Astronomers say recently discovered asteroid has orbital path that will keep it from threatening Earth. Computer projections show no risk for at leas the next 150 years.
Space December 9, 2014
Scientist find mineral on Mars that may hint at the Red Planet's past habitability. Remotely operating instruments millions of miles away makes for interesting work, one researcher says.
Space November 6, 2014
California utility company adopting NASA hardware to help ensure safety of natural gas pipeline. Methane detecting technology is taken straight from instruments on the Mars rover Curiosity.
Space October 8, 2014
NASA funds research teams to look for the where, how and why of extraterrestrial life. Space agency dedicated almost $50 million to the search.
Space October 7, 2014
An asteroid passed by Earth at just a tenth of the distance of the moon. Dubbed "Pitbull," the space rock approached our planet at a distance of 21,000 miles away.
Space September 9, 2014
Asteroid around 60-feet long will make close flyby of Earth. Small telescopes will be able to spot it, and a couple of webcasts will follow it live.
Space September 4, 2014