nasa

government shutdown

The Government Shutdown Has Grounded NASA’s Only Flying Telescope

SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, is an observatory built onto a Boeing 747, but the government shutdown has stopped it from flying.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.15.19
antarctica

Antarctica Is Losing Six Times As Much Ice Mass As It Was 40 Years Ago

"As the Antarctic ice sheet continues to melt away, we expect multi-meter sea level rise from Antarctica in the coming centuries."
Becky Ferreira
1.14.19
black holes

Astronomers May Have Seen a Star Turn Into a Black Hole for the First Time

Last year astronomers witnessed an explosion like no other. Now astronomers are debating if what they witnessed was the exact moment a star became a black hole.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.11.19
black holes

Astronomers Discover a Supermassive Black Hole Rotating At Half the Speed of Light

The astronomers took advantage of a fortuitous discovery to measure the rotation of a supermassive black hole with unprecedented accuracy.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.10.19
Space

Scientists Are Automating Plutonium Production So NASA Can Explore Deep Space

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have eliminated a major bottleneck in the production of plutonium-238 for deep space exploration through automation.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.9.19
astronauts

An Astronaut Accidentally Dialed 911 From the International Space Station

Astronauts, they’re just like us!
Sarah Emerson
1.4.19
saturn

Saturn's Rings Are Disappearing, NASA Scientists Say

A new NASA study estimates that Saturn’s famous rings won’t be around forever.
Sarah Emerson
12.18.18
Interstellar

Voyager 2 Joins Its Twin in Interstellar Space

The probe crossed the heliopause, the boundary between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium, on November 5.
Becky Ferreira
12.10.18
Mars

NASA’s InSight Lander Is Already Snapping Amazing Pictures of Mars

On its first sol on the red planet, the mission sent home images of a dusty landscape, a lander selfie, and a wide shot of Mars from space.
Becky Ferreira
11.27.18
iss

Scientists Found Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria In Space

NASA scientists found drug-resistant strains of bacteria in the ISS toilets, but say they pose no threat to the astronauts—for now.
Becky Ferreira
11.27.18
Mars

NASA Successfully Landed Its Digging Robot on Mars

InSight is the first Mars mission to focus on the red planet’s interior, and will drill a hole five meters into its surface.
Becky Ferreira
11.26.18
elon musk

Elon Musk Smoking a Blunt Reportedly Sparks NASA Safety Review

After smoking a blunt on the Joe Rogan Experience in September, NASA officials ordered a safety review of SpaceX and Boeing.
Caroline Haskins
11.21.18
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