Students worldwide have the opportunity to name the asteroid that NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission will visit. Scheduled to launch in 2016, the mission will return samples from the asteroid for analysis on Earth.
Scientists using the Mini-RF radar on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have estimated that as much as 5-10% of material, by weight, inside the moon's permanently shadowed Shackleton crater could be patchy ice.
The laser altimeter on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has returned data that indicate ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in Shackleton crater at the moon's south pole.
New NASA research suggests that, in space, there is more than one way to make the crucial components of life known as amino acids, and this increases the likelihood that life could have emerged elsewhere in the universe.
The best way to grab a sample of a rotating comet racing through the solar system at 150,000 miles per hour may not be to land on it. So researchers are working on a harpoon that can be fired from a distance.
NASA-funded researchers have evidence that some building blocks of DNA, the molecule that carries the genetic instructions for life, found in meteorites were likely created in space. The research gives support to the theory that a "kit" of ready-made parts created in space and delivered to Earth by meteorite and comet impacts assisted the origin of life.
Some asteroids may have been "factories" capable of churning out life's ingredients, but one appears to have been less like a rigid assembly line and more like a flexible diner that doesn't mind making changes to the menu.