• NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is only a year away from Pluto. Researchers are buzzing with anticipation as NASA prepares to encounter a new world for the first time in decades.

  • As fans around the world tune into World Cup 2014, a few fans out of this world will be watching, too. United States astronauts Reid Wiseman and Steve Swanson and German astronaut Alexander Gerst will be cheering on their teams from some 230 miles above Earth aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

  • How studying a comet can help us learn about life in the solar system. Credit: NASA/JPL

  • NASA has a long history of transferring technologies from their original mission applications to secondary uses. For example, Mars continues to be a rich destination for scientific discovery and exploration, and NASA’s missions there have inspired a variety of practical, terrestrial benefits. Spinoff 2013 features stories about some of these technologies, including a wind turbine that could one day be used to provide energy for a human exploration mission on the Red Planet, and is being used today in harsh environments here on Earth. Credit: NASA

  • NASA and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Media held public events at the museum to commemorate 10 years of roving across Mars. Credit: NASA / Smithsonian

  • In 2013, NASA had a long list of accomplishments, including many relevant to astrobiology. This includes humankind’s first trip beyond our solar system, and a new mission to Mars.

  • This colorized movie from NASA’s Cassini mission takes viewers over the largest seas and lakes on Saturn’s moon Titan. The movie is made from radar data received during multiple flyovers of Titan from 2004 to 2013. Credit: NASA JPL

  • LeVar Burton Shares MAVEN’s Story in a New NASA Public Service Announcement from NASA Television.

  • This is an excellent overview of the terrain that NASA’s Curiosity rover has explored so far on Mars. The video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is narrated by project scientist John Grotzinger.

  • Billions of years ago when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a thick atmosphere that was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water – a critical ingredient for life. The animation shows how the surface of Mars might have appeared during this ancient clement period, beginning with a flyover of a Martian lake. From NASA Goddard

  • NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discusses results of the Kepler mission, which are being discussed at a dedicated conference held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA.

  • Actress Sandra Bullock and NASA astronaut Cady Coleman discuss preparations for the movie Gravity, and the ease of movement in microgravity aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This is awesome because astronaut Karen Nyberg then gives a demonstration of exactly what they’re talking about!

  • What is your message to Voyager as it departs our solar system for interstellar space? Share your #MessageToVoyager. Post a video or tweet @NASAVoyager

  • NASA scientists have discovered a new way to use satellites to measure what’s occurring inside Earth’s land plants at a cellular level.

  • NASA’s MAVEN mission is set to launch later this year. At Mars, MAVEN study the interaction of neutral gases and ions in the Martian atmosphere with the solar wind, helping scientists to understand how Mars has lost its atmosphere over time.