Next Stop, Mars? Life-Detection Gear Passes Test on Earth

A small, lightweight life-detection package has passed a key trial here on Earth, suggesting that it could someday hunt for microbes on Mars or the ocean moons of the outer solar system, researchers say.

NASA Shutdown Plans Follow Familiar Script

As the federal government begins its first shutdown in more than four years Jan. 20, NASA's operating plans are little changed from that earlier shutdown, with most agency employees set to be furloughed.

Marshall Space Flight Center: Test Site for NASA's Rockets

Marshall Space Flight Center plays a significant role in the American space program, from developing the rockets that carried the first U.S. astronaut into space to working on the system that could one day carry astronauts to Mars.

Kilopower Project: NASA Pushes Nuclear Power for Deep-Space Missions

This Thursday (Jan. 18), scientists and officials from NASA and the Department of Energy gathered at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas to discuss the Kilopower project, the next generation of nuclear power plants for future space missions.

Valentina Tereshkova: First Woman in Space

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go into space. She flew Vostok 6 in 1963, spending almost three days in space and orbiting Earth 48 times.

Flat Earth Rocketeer Says He Will Launch in Two Weeks

"Mad" Mike Hughes, a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist, appears to have a new rocket and a new launch date for his mission to prove our oblate spheroid world is actually a disc. (It isn't.)