Just as perfume lingering in the air of an empty room offers hints about a previous occupant, the cloud of oxygen the Cassini spacecraft encountered as it first approached Saturn turned out to be a calling card from another celestial presence, the tiny moon Enceladus.
Start with lots and lots of dark matter, then stir in gas. Let the mixture sit for a while, and a galaxy should rise up out of the batter.
Sea level isn't, well, level. Nor is the rate by which sea level has been rising over the past few decades, but the trend is clearly up.
Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and other telescopes think they've found the source of the dust that permeates the universe. New observations indicate the dust comes from supernovas, violent explosions of massive stars.
A NASA instrument designed primarily to measure winds on the ocean surface is turning out to have other abilities over land that may help in both flood and drought situations.
On Saturn, it may be a very long wait for the calm after a storm.
"That's one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." That famous communique from Apollo 11 during the historic first-ever moon walk was brought to you by the 64-meter antenna at NASA's Deep Space Network in Goldstone, Calif.
For the first time ever, NASA's Deep Space Network has used a pair of smaller antennas to successfully send two simultaneous signals to a spacecraft in deep space that were combined at the spacecraft to yield greater signal power.
Tracy Drain ticks off the complex chain of mission planning and software programming required for NASA's latest Mars orbiter to reach its destination.
Norman Ahmad has a really cool job working on a new lunar rover project.
A student-built buoy, launched this month, will send back data on ocean temperatures that will be available to scientists and students around the world.
The last few hours of the Stardust mission will be filled with significant milestones.
Mined from the Galaxy Evolution Explorer's Survey of Nearby Galaxies data, these cosmic gems were collected with the telescope's sensitive ultraviolet instruments.
After a remarkable 13-year voyage of discovery, Topex/Poseidon, the first great oceanographic research vessel to sail into space, ended its mission this month.
Astronomers used Spitzer's heat-seeking infrared eyes to gaze at the dust-drenched plane of our galaxy.
As Opportunity opened her robotic eyes for the first time, it was clear Meridiani Planum was unlike any place NASA ever visited before.
Look for Mars in the night sky on December 12, 2005, and wish Opportunity a Happy One Martian Year Anniversary!
Planets are everywhere these days. They have been spotted around more than 150 stars, and evidence is growing that they also circle "failed," or miniature, stars called brown dwarfs.
NASA has selected eight new members for the Mars Exploration Rovers' science team.
Sitting in the tranquility of space is the pale moon Dione, looking as if it's posing for a painter.