• Curiosity traveled to Mars in the belly of a space capsule akin to human-crewed capsules (Left-MSL, Right-Orion capsule)

    Curiosity's First Daredevil Stunt

    08.02.12 - Curiosity is equipped with an instrument that measures space radiation, which was turned on shortly after launch on Nov. 26, 2011. The instrument has been sending back data during its trip to Mars.

  • Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

    Newest NASA Mars Mission Connects Past and Future

    08.02.12 - NASA's newest Mars mission, landing in three days, will draw on support from missions sent to Mars years ago and will contribute to missions envisioned for future decades.

  • SDO captured this image of the M6.2 class solar flare on July 28, 2012.

    New Sunspot 1532 Emits M6.2 Solar Flare

    On July 28, 2012, the sun emitted a mid-level flare, categorized as an M6.2 flare. The flare is visible here in the lower left-hand side, coming from an active region on the sun named AR 1532. This im...

  • SDO captured this image of the M6.2 class solar flare on July 28, 2012.

    Sun Emits a Medium-Intensity Solar Flare

    07.30.12 - The sun emitted a mid-level flare, peaking at 4:55 PM EDT on July 28, 2012. This flare is classified as a M6.2 flare. M-class flares are the weakest flares that can still cause some space weather effects near Earth.

  • Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

    NASA Announces News Activities for Mars Landing

    07.30.12 - The public is invited to tune in for a series of news briefings from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., for the upcoming landing of NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars.

  • Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft during cruise, artist's concept

    Curiosity Rover on Track for Early August Landing

    07.28.12 - Eight days before reaching Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft performed a flight-path adjustment scheduled more than nine months ago.

  • An artist's rendition of what Geotail looks like in space.

    Geotail: 20 Years in Space

    07.27.12 - On July 24, 1992, a joint JAXA/NASA mission launched, becoming the vanguard for a set of coordinated missions to study Earth's magnetic environs.

  • Morpheus engine test

    NASA Tests Project Morpheus Engine at Stennis

    07.26.12 - Stennis engineers conducted tests on a new liquid methane, liquid oxygen engine used to power the Project Morpheus lander.

  • Artist's concept of excess left-hand aspartic acid created in asteroids and delivered to Earth via meteorite impacts

    How Life Turned Left

    07.25.12 - Life can't function with a mix of left- and right-handed amino acids; scientists want to know how life got set up with the left-handed ones.

  • Partial interior assembly of Degradation Free Spectrometers (DFS) sounding rocket

    DFS Launches Successfully

    07.24.12 - The DFS rocket launched successfully on July 24, 2012 from White Sands, NM with nominal data from 3 of the 4 spectrometers aboard. It's primary goal is to significantly advance the state of the art in short wavelength observing solar spectrometers.