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NASA Tests Orion’s Fate During Parachute Failure Scenario

A test version of NASA’s Orion spacecraft successfully landed under two main parachutes in the Arizona desert Aug.

Eclipse By Fire! Smoky Haze Pervades Night Sky, Darkens Moon

The Full Moon at 10:30 p.m. last night (Aug. 30). Even at 25 degrees altitude, it glowed a deep, dark orange caused by heavy smoke from western forest fires.

Watch Where You Point That ‘Scope: Police Mistake Telescope for a Gun

Levi Joraanstad, a student at North Dakota State University displays his telescope, which police mistook for a rifle.

NASA and New Horizons team pick post-Pluto target … and serve up an awesome video

An artist’s conception shows the New Horizons spacecraft flying past a Pluto-like object in the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy material that lies billions of miles away from the sun.

August Full Moon Anticipates September’s Total Lunar Eclipse

A Full Moon in all its horizontal glory. When near the horizon, refraction squeezes the lunar disk into an oval.

Orbital ATK on the Rebound With Antares Return to Flight in 2016

Two RD-181 integrated with the Orbital ATK Antares first stage air frame at the Wallops Island, Virginia Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF).

Ceres’ “Pyramid” Gets a Closer Look, But Bright Spots Remain a Mystery

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers).

Ice Giants at Opposition

Moons at opposition… check out the amazing captures of the moons of Uranus and Neptune! Image credit and copyright: Efrain Morales It seems as if the planets are fleeing the evening sky, just as the Fall school star party season is getting underway.

Carnival of Space #420

Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. The tent is up! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog.

Astro-Challenge: Splitting 44 Boötis

44 Boötis from the Palomar Sky Survey. Note the multiple nature of the system is much to close to be resolved in this shot.

‘One Direction’ Heads to Space in new NASA Themed Music Video – ‘Drag Me Down’

When it comes to space exploration it’s resoundingly clear that rock band ‘One Direction’ is headed in the right direction – To Infinity and Beyond!

Danny – First Atlantic Hurricane of 2015 as Seen from Space Station by Scott Kelly

NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly took this picture of Hurricane Danny on August 20 at 6 a.m. EDT from aboard the International Space Station.

Curiosity Snaps Stunning One of a Kind Belly Selfie At Buckskin Mountain Base Drill Site

This low-angle self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called “Buckskin.” The MAHLI camera on Curiosity’s robotic arm took multiple images on Aug.

How to Find Rosetta’s Comet In Your Telescope

While you won’t see it this close, Comet 67P/C-G is now at its best in the morning sky. This sequence of images, taken with Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera from 115 miles (185 km) away on July 30, 2015, show a boulder-sized object close to the nucleus of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The object measures anywhere between 3 – 165 feet across (1- 50 meters) across.

NASA Invites Public to ‘Send Your Name to Mars’ on InSight – Next Red Planet Lander

Sign up to send your name to Mars on InSight, NASA’s next mission to Mars launching in March 2016. Credit: NASA Calling space fans worldwide: Now is your chance to participate in NASA’s human ‘Journey to Mars’ initiative and NASA’s next robotic mission to Mars – the InSight lander launching to the Red Planet next spring.

Cassini’s Farewell Look at Dione

The mottled surface of Dione, with the rings of of Saturn in the background during the June 16th 2015 flyby.

Watch the You-Know-What Out Of This New Trailer for The Martian

The second full trailer for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming film The Martian dropped this morning and it looks like a whole red-planetful of awesome space adventure!

Watch HTV-5 Chase the International Space Station From Your Backyard

LIFTOFF! JAXA’s H-IIB rocket departs Tanegashima Space Center in a dramatic night shot. Image credit: JAXA/NASA TV It’s away… and the hunt is on.

More Evidence That Comets May Have Brought Life to Earth

Halleys Comet, as seen in May 1986. Credit and copyright: Bob King. The idea of panspermia — that life on Earth originated from comets or asteroids bombarding our planet — is not new.

Indian Mars Orbiter Shoots Spectacular New Images of Sheer Canyon and Curiosity’s Crater

This view over the Ophir Chasma canyon on the Martian surface was taken by the Mars Colour Camera aboard India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).