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NASA’s Opportunity Rover completes its mission on Mars

From its landing on Mars on January 24, 2004 to the mission's end, announced on February 13, 2019, NASA's Opportunity rover has been a wonder of space exploration. For almost 15 years, the golf-cart-size explorer trek...

Matthew Henson’s historic expedition to the North Pole

Six men on dog sledges are in the record books for being the first to reach the geographic North Pole on April 6, 1909: Four Inuit guides named Egingwah, Ooqueah, Ootah, and Seeglo, and two long-time partners in explo...

Perijove 16: Passing Jupiter

Set to Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, one of the seven movements in Gustav Holst's 1916-ish orchestral suite entitled The Planets, Op. 32, this is what it's like for NASA's Juno spacecraft to zoom by the largest pla...

Planet-changing ‘invisible’ microbes on the deep sea floor

"We're making progress at a rate that's outpacing the textbooks. We can't write textbooks fast enough to cover all of the really fundamental discoveries that are happening in the field of microbial ecology right now.....

The NASA-JPL engineers behind Mars InSight & MarCO

NASA-JPL's Mars InSight robotic lander is scheduled to touch down on Mars on November 26th, 2018 after a six-month voyage. Its mission: Gather data on the Red Planet's interior structure and help us better understand ...

Raccoon and the Light

What happens when a raccoon finds an abandoned flashlight in the woods? Explore the dark and discover some of the creatures that live in it with Raccoon and the Light, an animated short by CalArts student Hanna Kim. ...

How deep is the ocean?

How deep is the ocean? How far down have humans traveled and what did we find when we went there? This Tech Insider animation shows us the "vast distance between the waves we see and the mysterious point we call Chall...

The Mars Helicopter, NASA’s small autonomous rotorcraft demonstration

Launching in 2020 on the belly of NASA's next Mars Rover, this small rotorcraft will be an autonomous asset from above the Red Planet, taking photos of the landscape and scouting for its rover. The pair are scheduled ...

How NASA’s InSight Will Plumb the Depths of Mars

Propelled by a predawn rocket launch from California, NASA’s InSight spacecraft is now on a voyage of some six months to Mars to study the deep interior of the red planet. “The science that we want to do with this ...

The 90-year-old armchair archaeologist

Space archaeologist Sarah Parcak is a modern-day Indiana Jones. She analyzes satellite imagery in order to find ancient sites hidden from view. With GlobalXplorer, an online platform using the power of the crowd to fi...

MIT CSAIL’s robotic fish can independently swim with real fish

A 3-D printed head full of electronics, flexible plastic, silicone rubber, a camera, a motor, and a lithium polymer battery like the one found in smartphones all help this lightweight robotic fish explore the ocean fo...

Incredible first footage of a deep-sea anglerfish pair

Behold this incredible first footage of a deep-sea anglerfish pair—a female Caulophryne jordani or fanfin angler and a dwarf male attached to her side. Those long 'whiskers' are filaments that may help her sense preda...

Are there aliens out there?

Life began on the Earth around 3.5 billion years ago. Has the same thing happened somewhere else in the universe? On an icy moon? On a planet in the Goldilocks zone of a distant star? Imagine if hypothetical aliens we...

How to Make a Navigational Chart

Called Mattangs, Medos, and Rebbelibs, these ancient stick charts were made from the midribs of coconut fronds by the master navigators of what's now known as the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. The intersections of s...

How to Find a Living Planet

The more we see other planets, the more the question comes into focus: Maybe we're the weird one? Decades of observing Earth from space has informed our search for signs of habitability and life on exoplanets and even...

Into the Deep Unknown with deep sea biologist Diva Amon

In the summer of 2017, a team of scientists led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ventured a thousand kilometers off the coast of Brazil to explore the seafloor around a little-known cluster of islets called...

How did Polynesian wayfinders navigate the Pacific Ocean?

Imagine setting sail from Hawaii in a canoe. Your target is a small island thousands of kilometers away in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — a body of water that covers more than 160 million square kilometers. For tho...

Postcards from Saturn: The incredible images that Cassini sent home

For over a decade, Cassini has orbited around Saturn 294 times, collected more than 600 GB of data, visited over a dozen moons and discovered at least seven new ones. It has sent over 400,000 images back home. Skun...

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