| May 16, 2013
| 11:02 AM
Planet-hunting scientists were dealt a major blow Wednesday when NASA officials announced that a crucial wheel on the Kepler space telescope had ceased to function and that the craft had been placed in safe mode.
Even as NASA officials raised the...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 2:19 PM
UFO watchers' eyes were set ablaze recently by reports of what looked like a stony rodent lurking among the rocks on Mars. The so-called Mars rat, spotted in an image taken last year by the NASA rover Curiosity’s Mast Camera, captured imaginations...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 9:59 AM
NASA’s Curiosity rover has breathed in Martian air and sniffed out good news and bad news for alien life: The Red Planet’s atmosphere was likely several times thicker early in its history – but it’s probably been thin for...
| Aug 2, 2012
| 9:22 AM
John Grotzinger is leading a march up a mountain near Death Valley, the rocks around him streaked red, brown and purple-gray.
The geologist has often brought staff members up here, away from the blinking control rooms and glaring light of test beds at...
| Aug 4, 2012
| 11:43 AM
The Curiosity rover is making its final descent to the Martian surface, and all eyes in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's control room are glued to computer screens.
Except for Rob Manning's. The chief engineer for the rover mission is glancing at his...
| Aug 22, 2012
| 4:42 PM
After two weeks of taking stock of its surroundings, the Mars Curiosity rover has taken its first "baby steps" and sent back images of its first tracks, NASA officials said Wednesday.
Engineers sent the commands Tuesday night for this first drive,...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 12:30 PM
For more than eight years, an elite team of drivers has been maneuvering the most unusual of vehicles across treacherous and distant terrain.
The drivers of the Opportunity rover, a 400-pound robot sent to scour the Martian surface for signs of water,...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 4:54 PM
David Oh's eldest son taped aluminum foil over his windows. His daughter painted a sign warning visitors away from the front door. His wife pulled the phone cord out of the wall and turned the couple's cellphones off.
David's time on Earth had come to...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 4:35 PM
NASA’s Curiosity rover has found evidence of strong streams that once gushed across the Martian surface, mission scientists said Thursday.
Curiosity landed in Gale Crater on Aug. 5. But now, less than a couple of months into the Mars Science...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 6:47 PM
NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has paused, wiggled its toes into the sand and is set to break out its scooper for the first time to sample the Red Planet, mission scientists announced Thursday.
Having driven 484 meters from its landing site in Gale...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 1:07 PM
A once-canceled space telescope is set to launch into Earth orbit, where it will search for undiscovered black holes in the Milky Way and at the hearts of other galaxies.
The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array will hunt for black holes that have...