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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for the U.S. space program, including space travel, research and military aerospace programs. The agency was established in 1958.

Jupiter's moon Ganymede playing a game of "peek-a-boo."

NASA Is Building a Tiny Mothership to Explore Distant Lunar Oceans

June 19, 2014 In a new approach to planetary science, a small satellite would rain even smaller satellites on Jupiter's moon.

A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars in the Missile Assembly Building at the U.S Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility.

NASA's Supersonic Parachute Is Running Out of Time

June 12, 2014 Before humans can land on Mars, scientists have to wrestle with atmospheric conditions back home.

The Atlas V rocket carrying the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program-19 spacecraft Thursday April 3, 2014.

America Just Launched a Rocket on a Secret Mission Into Space

May 23, 2014 An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, equipped with a "classified satellite" for the National Reconnaissance Office.

Our Mars Orbiter Looked Down and Saw Our Mars Rover

April 18, 2014 From space, the U.S. Curiosity rover looks scarab-like.

NASA's Morpheus lander

The NASA Rocket That Hovers Like a Helicopter (But Could Land on Mars)

March 7, 2014 Today, Florida. Tomorrow, Mars.

A World of Water, Seen From Space

March 3, 2014 Space agencies across the planet launch the most ambitious plan yet to understand how the world's water works.

NASA's Satellites Are Watching the Rim Fire Creep Into Yosemite

August 28, 2013 Nighttime images show the gradual spread of the tremendous wildfire, which is burning brighter than the city lights of Reno.

Researchers have spent the last six months in a dome on the slope of a volcano in Hawaii.

Good News, Future Colonists! Mars Meals May Feature Nutella

August 15, 2013 And also seafood chowder ... and curried noodles ... and Spam.

This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager.

How Curiosity Became an Astronaut

August 6, 2013 From the earliest years of the space program, the exploration of other worlds has been a source of the same techno-anxieties we have today.

The Next Big Thing for Exploring the Distant Universe: Balloons

July 8, 2013 A way to get 99 percent of the way into space, at 1 percent of the cost of a satellite

Here You Go, Taxpayers: A Billion-Pixel Image of Mars

June 21, 2013 Nearly 1,000 frames, combined into a single Martian mosaic.

Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in a view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars.

A Robot Just Broke the Human Record for Miles Driven in Space

May 17, 2013 Another victory for Opportunity, the spunky little rover driving on Mars

What Became of the Parachute That Delivered Curiosity to Mars?

April 4, 2013 It sits on the Red Planet, flapping hauntingly in the wind.

The "Tintina" rock Curiosity cut through in its travels

Curiosity's Hit-and-Run Leads to Another Martian Discovery

March 20, 2013 Behold: "One of the whitest things" we've seen on the Red Planet

The Curiosity rover holding a scoop of powdered rock on Mars. The rover recently drilled into a Martian rock for the first time and transferred a pinch of powder to its instruments to analyze the chemical makeup.

There Could Have Been Life on Mars

March 12, 2013 NASA's Mars Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and found that it contained a clay-like material.

A gravitational map of the moon, depicting newly quantified lunar mass: Red indicates more massive areas and blue indicates less mass.

Via the Moon, a theory of life on Mars

December 11, 2012 NASA captures, quite literally, gravity's rainbow.

Newly forming stars as seem from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Is there life beyond Earth? 'I think absolutely,' says NASA JPL Director

October 31, 2012 "We have the same laws of chemistry, physics. If there are any locations where there are the basic ingredients, there should be the basic ingredients for life."

The CSA's Robot Explorer is designed to collect soil samples from Mars.

Curiosity's cousins: Meet the rover fleet of the Canadian Space Agency

October 24, 2012 A fleet of vehicles ready to explore lunar and Martian terrains

Curiosity, the sequel: What's in store for NASA's next Mars lander

August 22, 2012 Planned for 2016, NASA's next mission to Mars will examine the planet's geophysics.

NASA is the government's one true viral hit factory

August 6, 2012 There are reasons the space agency is so popular on the Internet.