Mars rover landing guru makes 'Best of 2012' list
December 19, 2012, 2:20 p.m. by Mike Wall, SPACE.com
Adam Steltzner helped to develop the rocket-powered sky crane that lowered the 1-ton rover to the Martian surface.
American, Canadian, Russian astronauts lift off for space station
December 19, 2012, 7:45 a.m. by Clara Moskowitz, SPACE.com
The bulk of the spaceflyers' work will involve carrying out the 110 science experiments in the International Space Station.
Backlit Saturn shines in stunning new photo
December 18, 2012, 4:15 p.m. by Mike Wall, Space.com
The Cassini spacecraft took the photo on Oct. 17, while looking back toward the sun from a spot within Saturn's shadow.
Space research holds promise for aging treatments on Earth
December 18, 2012, 3:49 p.m. by Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com
Astronauts will study stiff arteries and blood pressure rates in microgravity and regular gravity situations.
Troubled Japanese Venus probe set for 2015 comeback
December 18, 2012, 2:36 p.m. by Mike Wall, SPACE.com
The spacecraft still has to survive a half-dozen close solar approaches before it can achieve a viable orbit around Venus.
NASA spoofs 'Gangnam Style' video
December 18, 2012, 11 a.m. by Miriam Kramer, SPACE.com
The video highlights some of the work researchers do at the Johnson Space Center campus, which is home base for NASA's astronaut corps.
Moon probes' crash site named after Sally Ride
December 18, 2012, 9:33 a.m. by Mike Wall, SPACE.com
Ride had led Grail's MoonKAM project, which allowed schoolkids around the world to select lunar sites for the probes Ebb and Flow to photograph.
Space station to get insomnia-fighting light bulbs
December 17, 2012, 11:45 a.m. by Elizabeth Howell, SPACE.com
NASA will replace the orbiting lab's fluorescent bulbs with an array of LEDs switching between blueish, whitish and reddish light, according to the time of day.
Stunning Geminid meteor shower wows skywatchers
December 14, 2012, 7:30 a.m. by Mike Wall
Experts had predicted that viewers in rural areas might see 100 meteors per hour early Friday morning — and perhaps even more.
Ancient galaxy may be most distant ever seen
December 12, 2012, 4 p.m. by Mike Wall, Space.com
The potential record-holding galaxy, known as UDFj-39546284, likely existed when the universe was just 380 million years old.
North Korea successfully launches satellite
December 12, 2012, 8 a.m. by SPACE.com
The rogue nation has a history of making such claims even after failed liftoffs, but it appears to be telling the truth this time.
Stargazer stocking stuffers: Holiday gift guide
December 12, 2012, 8 a.m. by Geoff Gaherty, Space.com
Is there an amateur astronomer on your holiday shopping list? There are plenty of great gifts you can give them without breaking the bank.
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