NASA On this day in 1977, Voyager 1, a NASA-launched spacecraft, took the first photo of the Earth and moon together in a single frame. Thirty-six years later, Voyager 1 became the first manmade object to ever reach interstellar space.
Photo by NASA A still camera on a sound trigger captured an intriguing photo of an airborne frog when NASA’s LADEE spacecraft launched from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
Photo coutesy of NASA/JPL/CalTech. NASA’s NuSTAR X-Ray telescope found 10 supermassive black holes last week, almost by accident. “We found the black holes serendipitously. We were looking at known targets and spotted the black holes in the background of the … Continue reading
The Associated Press profiled an amateur group of astronomers in Britain who watch the skies for asteroids and meteors that may one day prove a possible danger to Earth.
The U.S. has explored space with telescopes, robotic rovers and its shuttle. Now facing budget cuts and reduced resources, NASA has had to reassess its ambitions while heeding the call for new discovery. Judy Woodruff talks to Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post about a new program that aims to capture a small asteroid. Continue reading
Since its launch in 2009, the Kepler space telescope has discovered more than 3,500 possible planets, but it will soon go dark forever. NASA has confirmed the spacecraft is beyond repair. As astronomers begin to look at Kepler’s legacy, Judy Woodruff speaks with space and science writer Michael Lemonick. Continue reading
President Barack Obama announced he would posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sally Ride, the first woman in space. NewsHour’s science correspondent Miles O’Brien reflects on Ride’s legacy and her impact as an educator who encouraged young women to study science, technology, engineering and math. Continue reading
Paul Davies of Independent Television News reports that 10-ton meteor that fell over Russia with atomic bomb power. The meteor caused a fireball, blowing out windows and injuring 1,000 people. Continue reading
On the same day as a meteor hit Russia, an asteroid careened towards Earth. Jeffrey Brown talks to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson about this cosmic coincidence, how the meteor and asteroid came so close to Earth, what risks it poses and why this is a ‘wake-up call.’ Continue reading
Spencer Michels has the story of NASA’s newest rover vehicle, aptly named "Curiosity," and its mission to Mars. Curiosity has made some new discoveries, begging the age-old question, does life exist on the red planet? Continue reading