NASA : Fact Sheet
An artist's conception of Curiosity rover's ChemCam laser, which allows scientists here on Earth to examine what Mars is made of.

The Curiosity rover's nuclear-powered laser

NASA's space lab blasted a small boulder on Mars' surface for the first time Sunday using powerful bursts of rock-vaporizing light

NASA : Burning Question
NASA's Bobak Ferdowsi: Note the yellow stars dyed into the shaved sides of his black mohawk, which itself is highlighted with wisps of red and blue.

Who is NASA's 'Mohawk Guy'?

Bobak Ferdowsi, the mission controller for NASA's Curiosity rover, became an overnight superstar thanks to his punk-rock hairdo and anti-corporate vibe

NASA : Analysis
Not wanting to waste any time, NASA's overachieving Curiosity rover beams back images of Mars' surface, with its shadow center, using a "fisheye" wide angle lens.

4 ways of looking at the Curiosity rover's historic landing

Wheels are down! NASA's multi-billion dollar space lab will finally begin its mission to determine if life on Mars ever existed. Here's what its successful touch-down means

NASA : Slideshow
Sally Ride: A visual tribute to the first woman in space

Sally Ride: A visual tribute to America's first female astronaut

As the first U.S. woman sent into space, Ride became an almost literal symbol of women's ability to break the glass ceiling

NASA : Flashback
An artist's concept of Curiosity on Mars: In order to do its job investigating the red planet for traces of microbial alien life, the NASA rover must first survive the landing.

The Mars rover's '7 minutes of terror': A guide to the planned landing

The $2.5 billion Curiosity rover has mere moments to go from 13,000 miles per hour to zero — and one small error could ruin everything

NASA : Opinion Brief
Chinese astronauts, including the country's first female space traveler (left), before liftoff on June 16.

Is China's space program a threat to America's?

The Asian superpower is flexing its muscles with the successful docking of its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. But China has quite a way to go before it catches NASA

NASA : Analysis
AS10, a drink supplement originally designed for astronauts, can now be purchased on health and vitamin websites for $50 for a 25-ounce bottle.

NASA's wrinkle-erasing 'space drink'

With exotic ingredients like cupuacu and yumberry, a new antioxidant-rich beverage helps reverse the withering effects of Father Time

NASA : Forecast
SpaceX's successful launch Tuesday morning proves that NASA is no longer the only game in town, and may inspire a new generation of rocketeers.

SpaceX's successful launch: 4 predictions for what's next

The first privately owned spacecraft is making its inaugural delivery trip to the International Space Station, ushering in a new era of space travel

NASA : By the numbers
If NASA goes into business with SpaceX, the private space company will be expected to make 12 cargo deliveries to the International Space Station over the next several years.

SpaceX's historic launch: By the numbers

On Tuesday the first privately owned spacecraft ever will (again) attempt to blast off and deliver goods to the International Space Station

NASA : Burning Question
The Dragon spacecraft and its Falcon 9 rocket are rolled to the Cape Canaveral, Fla., launchpad for tests ahead of the landmark liftoff scheduled for May 19.

SpaceX: Should we cheer private space flight?

With the first privately-owned spacecraft heading for the International Space Station on May 19, space enthusiasts argue that it's time to stop mourning NASA's decline

NASA : Essay
In the mid-'60s, 4 percent of tax revenue flowed to NASA. Today, that number is one-half of 1 percent.

NASA's dwindling budget: Why has America stopped reaching for the stars?

Space travel inspires us to dream about tomorrow, says Neil deGrasse Tyson. So why did we give up?

NASA : Instant Guide
The Discovery space shuttle hitches a ride aboard a 747 airplane to its final home at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The space shuttle Discovery's bittersweet final flight over D.C.

NASA's oldest surviving shuttle, mounted on top of a Boeing 747, cruises at low altitude over cheering onlookers in the capital as it makes its last journey

NASA : Fact Sheet
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station: Many astronauts who live at the ISS for several months find that their once-excellent vision is damaged by a prolonged zero-gravity stay.

Does space travel damage eyesight?

An increasing number of astronauts who've spent a month or more aboard the International Space Station are visiting the optometrist

NASA : Best Video
The Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff on Jan. 28, 1986, killing all seven crew members on board.

The 'chilling' new home video of the '86 Challenger explosion

A Florida man releases never-before-seen footage of the tragic accident, which killed all seven astronauts onboard

NASA : By the numbers
One of the 48 NASA laptops stolen contained codes that control the International Space Station.

NASA's 'unacceptable' security lapses: By the numbers

Cyber attacks and other breaches cost NASA millions of dollars a year. Why is the space agency such a popular target?

NASA : Burning Question
A team of astronauts show off some of their snacks: In zero gravity, astronauts crave considerably stronger flavors, including wasabi and chile-garlic paste, than they do on the ground.

Why do astronauts crave spicy food?

The fiery kick of Tabasco is a persistent favorite among space explorers, and Earth-bound food engineers are determined to find out why

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