Science

Sun seen through haze above city (© Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP Images)

The United States works with Thailand to improve its air

Air pollution affects countries across Southeast Asia. Learn more about how the U.S. and Thailand are working together to reduce pollution.
Man helping astronaut get out of his spacesuit (© AP Images)

60 years ago, Alan Shepard became the first American in space

Learn how astronaut Alan Shepard's 15-minute sub-orbital flight 60 years ago opened the door to lunar landings and other space missions.
Astronaut leaning on one arm while wearing space suit (© AP Images)

Remembering Michael Collins, trailblazing astronaut

Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who died April 28, made history during the 1969 moon landing. Learn about his public service legacy.
Illustration of rocket on launch pad (NASA)

Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and...

The United States is advancing multilateral plans to return to the moon and explore Mars. Learn about upcoming NASA missions.
Gigi Hadid (© Antonio Calanni/AP Images)

Get to know 5 notable Arab Americans

In the United States, an estimated 2.1 million people reported Arab ancestry. Meet five Arab Americans who are making a difference in the world.
Illustration of Mars rover with blank name tag stuck on it and marker gripped in its robotic arm, poised to write (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Who names NASA’s Mars rovers?

Naming contests for NASA’s Mars rovers tap into youthful creativity and boost students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
Lisa Gelobter sitting and posing for a portrait (© An Rong Xu/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Black women who changed our world

African American women have invented modern conveniences and deepened our understanding of our world. Learn about the contributions of several Black women.
Buildings and person with umbrella reflected in water (© Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)

What’s the future of clean water in India and the world?

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai partnered with the Smithsonian Institution and Care Earth Trust to educate the public on sustainable water management.
A whale swimming (NOAA Fisheries)

Scientists find mysterious whale is a species all its own

U.S. scientists have determined that a critically endangered whale is actually a new species. Learn more about the discovery of Rice's whale.