NASA has released satellite images of a new island that reared up from the sea off Pakistan's coast after a powerful earthquake.
NASA scientists are searching for new ways to use the broken planet hunting space telescope Kepler.
Earth appears as a tiny blue dot in a rare photo taken from Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Astronomers have spotted what appear to be two super massive black holes at the heart of a remote galaxy, circling each other like dance partners.
"At first we thought this galaxy's unusual properties might mean it was forming new stars at a furious rate," said Peter Eisenhardt, at NASA, "but on closer inspection, it looks more like the death spiral of merging giant black holes."
Follow-up observations revealed unusual features in the galaxy, including a lumpy tail of matter, or jet, thought to be the result of one black hole causing the jet of the other to sway.
"We think the jet of one black hole is being wiggled by the other, like a dance with ribbons," said Chao-Wei Tsai, "If so, it is likely the two black holes are fairly close and gravitationally entwined."
The findings could teach astronomers more about how super massive black holes grow by merging with each other.
Almost every large galaxy is thought to harbour a super massive black hole filled with the equivalent in mass of up to billions of suns.
NASA has launched a rocket set for Mars to study the red planet's atmosphere.
The Maven spacecraft is due to reach Mars next Autumn following a journey of more than 440 million miles.
Scientists want to unravel the mystery of the planet's drastic radical climate change, with Mars being warm and wet in its first billion years to cold and dry today.
The mission, which has cost $671 million (£417m), is NASA's 21st to the red planet since the 1960s but it is the first dedicated to studying the Martian upper atmosphere.
A Briton has been charged with hacking into computer systems of the US military, NASA and other federal agencies.
Lauri Love, 28, is accused of working with two other people in Australia and one in Sweden, who have not been charged, according to the Associated Press.
The US government said the purpose of the Briton's hacking was "to disrupt the operations and infrastructure" of the federal government.
Astronomers say they have detected the most distant galaxy to date after spotting it through NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
The galaxy, which has the code name z8-GND-5296, is made up of stars whose light began travelling to Earth 700 million years after the so-called 'Big Bang'.
Studies have revealed the galaxy is rich in metal, generating a huge number of new stars.
Scientists say the discovery will enable them to study the earliest formation of galaxies and explore how they've evolved throughout the age of the universe.
NASA has released footage of a cargo ship being grabbed by the International Space Station.
New unmanned commercial cargo ship Cygnus was grabbed by a robotic arm operated by astronauts.
Although it brings more than half a ton of meals for astronauts onboard, Cygnus is on a demonstration mission to prove its technology..
A gold record containing greetings in 55 earth languages was placed on Voyager 1, back in 1977 when it left earth. The record contains friendly, peaceful greetings from Earth, should the aircraft interact with other interstellar space dwelling creatures.
Voyager has now become the first man-made open to leave our solar system and enter interstellar space.
NASA discovered that Voyager 1 had left our solar system and entered interstellar space, or "the space between the stars" by analysing the radio wave transmissions from the aircraft.
An instrument on board is capable of measuring the density of the ions outside the aircraft and in March 2012 there was a massive erruption of the sun, which eventually reached Voyager causing the ions to vibrate in a particular tone.
By measuring the soundwaves, NASA scientists could measure the density of the soundwaves, which is how they discovered the aircraft had left the solar system.
Interstellar, or deep space, is described by NASA as "the space between the stars." It is dominated by plasma, or ionized gas that was ejected by the death of nearby giant stars, millions of year ago. NASA defines interstellar space as:
The space between the stars, comprised of dust, gas and plasma, which is ionized gas.
Interstellar space lies outside of the three zones of our solar system:
- Heliosphere, known as the solar bubble, which is the bubble of plasmas that the sun blows around itself. Beyond the heliosphere are the Oort Cloud, a theoretical band of material containing icy bodies at the edge of our solar system from which long-period comets emerge
- Heliosheath, the turbulent outer layer of the heliosphere
- Heliopause, the final boundary that divides the heliosphere and the interstellar space
The Voyager 1 spacecraft has become the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
Scientists now believe the Voyager 1 left the solar system in August 2012, but unexpected data has only just confirmed the news.
NASA described the moment as "mankind's historic leap into interstellar space".