It's not New Year's Eve, but just beneath the ball's usual spot sits a screen which will feature NASA's coverage of the landing of its Mars probe, Curiosity, on Sunday night. Other sites around the country will also provide viewings of the landing.
NASA's car sized Curiosity Mars Science Lab fired its thrusters to set in on course for its scheduled touchdown in the Red Planet's Gale Crater, where, if the landing goes well, it will begin searching for signs of habitability.
William Shatner and Wil Wheaton, the 'Star Trek' icons who portrayed Captain Kirk and Wesley Crusher, appear in two new NASA videos promoting the Curiosity Mars rover, which is scheduled to land on Mars on Aug. 5.
After its automated docking system failed the first time, the Russian Progress 47 cargo ship successfully passed its second test on Saturday. Now it has un-docked, and is scheduled to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere.
Researchers have found new evidence of modern culture's beginnings in a cave in South Africa. These findings may indicate that 'modern behavior as we know it' has existed for longer than previously thought.
The search for life on Mars has captivated the imaginations of many, but it is costly. Some say it's time to cut spending on NASA's Mars missions, while others say the research is important in the quest for understanding the 'meaning of life.'
Or at least they would be if the moon had an atmosphere, which it doesn't. New images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera reveal that some of the American flags planted during the Apollo missions of the 1970s are still standing.
In a week, if the landing goes as planned, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will be looking for signs of methane and other organic compounds in the atmosphere and the soil, which could turn up new clues in the search for life there.
The American flags planted on the moon by Apollo astronauts are still standing, according to new photographs from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The only one that is not standing is the one from Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon.