| Sep 20, 2014
The former president of a Connecticut children's museum will begin commanding the Virginia Air and Space Center this November.
Robert Griesmer was named Friday as the new executive director of the museum in downtown Hampton.
He previously led the...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 6:50 AM
Stardust, a 770-pound NASA spacecraft about the size of an office desk, zoomed around space in the early 2000s collecting space dust — a remarkable achievement in itself that involved the use of a dried gel known as aerogel.
The gel, which feels...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 3:46 PM
Eureka! Astronomers say they’ve discovered clear skies and water vapor on a Neptune-sized exoplanet named HAT-P-11b -- which, at roughly four times the Earth's radius, is the smallest planet yet known to host water in its atmosphere.
| Sep 20, 2014
| 11:19 AM
A NASA spacecraft designed to investigate how Mars lost its water is expected to put itself into orbit around the Red Planet on Sunday after a 10-month journey.
After traveling 442 million miles from Earth, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 7:29 PM
A satellite that has been hurtling toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes Sunday night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere — and hopefully collect evidence that Mars might once...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 8:18 PM
A NASA robotic spacecraft fired its braking rockets on Sunday, ending a 10-month journey to put itself into orbit around Mars and begin a hunt for the planet's lost water.
After traveling 442 million miles, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution,...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 9:10 AM
NASA is set to launch a time capsule to an asteroid in 2016, and is inviting people from around the world to submit short messages and images on social media to tuck away inside.
The subject of those messages and images? Thoughts about space exploration...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 3:12 PM
A recently discovered asteroid about the size of a house will make a relatively close pass by Earth on Sunday, flying just past the communication satellites that circle the planet, scientists said.
NASA said the asteroid, known as 2014 RC, poses no...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 1:23 PM
New video provides an amazing view of a recent solar eruption captured by a NASA spacecraft orbiting the sun. Material can be seen bursting from the surface of the sun in an M-class coronal mass ejection.
What makes this footage particularly intriguing,...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 2:24 PM
As NASA’s New Horizons mission heads to Pluto, scientists could get an idea of what to expect by studying Triton, Neptune's strange icy moon.
New Horizons marked a major anniversary on Monday when the Pluto-bound spacecraft crossed the orbit of...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 5:55 PM
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has passed up a chance to drill a rock nicknamed "Bonanza King" because of its worrying wobble, officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory say.
The one-ton robot geologist was set to pull a sample out of a rock that...