Space

Rocket lifting off of launch pad (Courtesy of Jeff Spotts/United Launch Alliance)

U.S. launches space plane on scientific mission

The U.S. has successfully launched the X-37B space plane into orbit. Learn more about the space plane's mission and the scientific research it is enabling.
An illustration of a satellite flying in space (NOAA)

New satellite tech speeds response during natural disasters

A U.S. company, Hypergiant Industries, has created a new communications platform that helps governments quickly respond to natural disasters.
Rocket lifting off from launchpad (NASA/Bill Ingalls & Joel Kowsky)

A historic first: NASA sends astronauts to space aboard private craft

NASA and SpaceX sent two astronauts to the International Space Station, marking the first time a private company's craft put humans into Earth's orbit.
Artist's conception of space telescope in front of nebula (© NASA)

NASA names telescope for pioneering female astronomer

Learn how Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer, became a leader in her field — and a powerful champion for women in the sciences.
Illustration showing progressive stages of entry as space probe approaches planet's surface in orange sky (Javid Bayandor)

Check out these futuristic NASA projects

NASA is pursuing futuristic ideas that could transform space missions and lead to scientific breakthroughs as it pushes the boundaries of what is possible.
Astronomical image of nebulas with holes (NASA/ESA/STScI)

Hubble celebrates 30 years by showing a ‘Cosmic Reef’

NASA and the European Space Agency mark the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope with this amazing photograph from a nearby galaxy.
Two astronauts inside flight simulator (SpaceX/NASA)

NASA astronauts set for historic launch from U.S.

A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin in May. Learn about NASA's upcoming launch to the International Space Station.
Woman standing in front of building (© Lowell Observatory Archives)

The math genius behind Pluto’s discovery

American women have long guided U.S. space exploration. Learn more about the female mathematician who helped discover Pluto
Astronomical image with X-ray and radio emissions represented in pink and blue (© X-ray: Chandra: NASA/CXC/NRL/S. Giacintucci, et al., XMM-Newton: ESA/XMM-Newton; Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRT; Infrared: 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF)

Astronomers spot record-breaking black hole explosion

Take a look at the record-breaking explosion created by a black hole 390 million light-years away from Earth that astronomers just discovered.