Perseverance is continuing its littering on Mars in a controlled fashion, as it gets ready to deploy the first helicopter on the Red Planet.
Curiosity has been steadily climbing the 3-mile-high Mount Sharp, located at the center of Gale Crater on Mars, since 2014.
A person suffering from arachnophobia might think their fear would stoked on a trip to Mars. However, there is such a thing known colloquially as a Martian spider. It is much more innocuous than the eight legged animal that strikes fear into the hearts of millions, but its origins have only been theorized until recently. … Continue reading "Mars Spiders Form as Spring Arrives on Mars. But why?"
Set to launch next year, the agencys Psyche spacecraft will explore a metal-rich asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. A major component of NASAs Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the agencys Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the phase known
NASA's long-lasting Mars rover posed with a beautiful Martian rock outcrop.
It's not easy dropping a tiny chopper off on Mars. Follow along as Ingenuity makes it way to the surface.
At the start of March, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover began approaching an impressive rock formation that scientists dubbed "Mont Mercou," a nickname taken from a mountain in France. Standing about 20 feet (6 meters) tall, the outcrop is captured in all its majesty in a new selfie, as well as in a pair of panoramas that offer a 3D view. The selfie shows Curiosity in front of Mont Mercou with a new drill hole nearby at a rock sample nicknamed "Nontron"the mission's 30th sample to
Researchers from Brown University have discovered a previously unknown type of ancient crater lake on Mars that could reveal clues about the planet's early climate.
A recent study found that these dark marks, known as recurring slope lineae, surged following the massive 2018 dust storm that killed NASA's Mars rover Opportunity.
A major component of NASA's Psyche spacecraft has been delivered to the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where the phase known as assembly, test, and launch operations is now underway. Over the next year, the spacecraft will finish assembly and undergo rigorous checkout and testing before it's shipped to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for an August 2022 launch to the main asteroid belt.
Whether for breathing or sending rockets back home, we'll need to make oxygen on Mars. Soon, we'll know if it's possible.
Challenging assumptions about the possibility of modern life on Mars. In a comment recently published in Nature Astronomy, Dr. Nathalie Cabrol, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for Research at the SETI Institute, challenges assumptions about the possibility of modern life on Mars held by many in t
Astronomers have searched the entire Milky Way to identify the safest places to live. It turns out, we're in a pretty good spot.
This spectacular image features spiral galaxy Messier 106 and its diminutive neighbors, as well as a dense field of background galaxies and foreground stars.
Astronomers found a number of baby stars hiding around the center of the Milky Way using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Previous studies had suggested that the environment there is too harsh to form stars because of the strong tidal forces, strong magnetic fields, high energy particles, and frequent supernova explosions. These findings indicate that star formation is more resilient than researchers thought. These observations suggest there is ubiquitous star formation a
When stars are born, large clouds of gas and dust form that are known as circumstellar discs. Research by Ph.D. candidate Francisca Concha-Ramrez shows that strong radiation from neighboring stars soon evaporates the dust in these discs, which can prevent planet formation at an early stage. Ph.D. defence on 6 April.
Astronomers have investigated orbital and stellar parameters of an eclipsing binary known as 2M06464003+0109157. Results of the study shed more light on the nature of this peculiar system. The findings were presented in a paper published March 18 on the arXiv pre-print repository.
MIT astronomers have discovered new and unusual galactic neighborhoods that previous studies overlooked. Their results, published today, suggest that roughly 1 percent of galaxy clusters look atypical and can be easily misidentified as a single bright galaxy. As researchers launch new cluster-hunting telescopes, they must heed these findings or risk having an incomplete picture of the universe.
Clusters of galaxies containing hundreds or even thousands of individual galaxies are held together by gravity. As MIT highlights, they move through a sea of hot gas...
Astronomers found a number of stellar eggs containing baby stars around the center of the Milky Way using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Previous studies had suggested that the environment there is too harsh to form stars. These findings indicate that star formation is more resilient than researchers thought.
The European Southern Observatory just released a mindblowing new video that blasts us from the surface of the Earth to a swirling black hole
Added airglow from orbiting objects crosses astronomical threshold
Stars in the nearby Hyades cluster are disappearing, with many believing that a massive amount of dark matter with the mass of 10 million Suns.
In a series of sonifications by NASA, scientists and musicians translate beautiful astronomical images into compelling soundscapes.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is set to lift off aboard theSoyuz MS-18 spacecraft on an April 9 mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with NASA astronauts Shannon Walker and Kate Rubins, who are currently working aboard the International Space Station. NASA shared a video of the call in honor of Women's History Month.
When SpaceX launches four civilian astronauts on the private Inspiration4 spaceflight, they're going to have the ultimate window.
Sian Proctor was selected by an independent panel of judges and says she plans to teach and create art while in space.
SpaceX is set to make a change to its Crew Dragon spacecraft for its forthcoming history-making all-civilian launch, currently set for September 15. That Dragon will replace its International Space Station docking mechanism with a transparent dome, through which passengers will be able to take in an awe-inspiring surround panorama of space and the Earth […]
Scientists spent almost a year monitoring Captain Scott Kelly on the International Space Station. His heart returned to normal size after he landed.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A billionaires private SpaceX flight filled its two remaining seats Tuesday with a scientist-teacher and a data engineer whose...
In space, your heart gets smaller. In a study published on Monday in the journal Circulation, scientists reported that the largest chamber of the heart of Scott Kelly, who spent...
With NASA preparing to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, researchers are studying the physical effects of spending long periods in space. Now a new study by scientists at UT Southwestern shows that the heart of an astronaut who spent nearly a year aboard the International Space Station shrank, even with regular exercise, although it continued to function well.
A space technology company in southern Nevada is suing NASA, claiming the space agency owes it more than $1 million for work done during months of space station air performance tests last year.
The big ship stuck in the Suez Canal was an instant internet sensation. Even a cosmonaut got in on the obsession. And then the moon swooped in to help with rescue efforts.
Lava tubes on the moon are some of the most interesting, and difficult, places to explore in the solar system. But if humanity plans to eventually have a permanent presence on the moon, the more knowledge we have about the cave systems created by those lava tubes the better. Thats why ESAs current focus on … Continue reading "One Idea for a Lunar Lava Tube Explorer"
High schools must give students the opportunity to explore different fields, the authors, two students write.
The sci-fi thriller game Deliver Us The Moon is getting a free update for next-generation consoles after all, and it's due 'soon'.
The second European Service Module that will power the Orion spacecraft on a crewed flyby of the moon is fitted with a special engine at Airbus facilities in Germany.
In less than three years, astronauts will return to the moon for the first time since the Apollo Era. As part of the Artemis Program, the purpose is not only to send crewed missions back to the lunar surface to explore and collect samples. This time around, there's also the goal of establishing vital infrastructure (like the Lunar Gateway and a Base Camp) that will allow for "sustained lunar exploration."
A study conducted by researchers from Moscow and MIT has determined that a reusable lunar lander is the best option for "returning to the Moon."
By the end of this year, the highly-anticipated Artemis program will kick-off with the launch of the first mission in what is expected to be a very long series. Artemis I is how it's called, and it will not involve any astronauts boarding the Orion spacecraft. Come Artemis II in 2023, things will however change.
Space-based lasers have a number of increasingly realistic applications from energy weapons to clean power delivery systems.
Despite space explorations stirring, pathbreaking history and the incredible possibilities for its future, Sanderss views on space are increasingly common among social-justice activists and may soon control public policy despite the math not adding up.
Sending enough resources to an alien world to allow its proper and in-depth exploration is the biggest challenge for space programs. This is why, for all intents and purposes, in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) is the Holy Grail of this human activity.
Most of the spacecraft humankind has sent into the depths of space use at least in part the energy of Sol, the star that is at the center of our solar system. The only problem is, the farther they move from it, the harder it is to harness this energy.
NASA is exploring new concepts for its long-awaited return to the Moon, one of which promises to "beam" power wherever its needed on the lunar surface.
Our best chance of finding extraterrestrial life could be beneath layers of rock and ice in the subsurface oceans of bodies like Europa or Enceladus.
A newly detected auroral feature on Jupiter bears a striking resemblance to expanding smoke rings, in a discovery made possible by NASAs Juno spacecraft. <meta property=
Researchers now think alien stuff in Earth's mantle comes from the hypothetical protoplanet Theia, which collided with Earth billions of years ago.
A new study by ASU scientists suggests that two giant rock layers in Earth's mantle are actually remnants of an ancient planet called Theia.
A lot, or even most, of Mars' ancient water remains trapped inside the planet's crust instead of being lost to space, according to a new study from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech.
The SwRI-led Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) orbiting Jupiter aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft has detected new faint aurora features, characterized by ring-like emissions, which expand rapidly over time. SwRI scientists determined that charged particles coming from the edge of Jupiter's massive magnetosphere triggered these auroral emissions.
Scientists are evaluating whether a mission to study the solar system's ice giants, Uranus and Neptune, could also catch gravitational waves from massive collisions elsewhere in the universe.
Scientists say that remnants of the protoplanet Theia, which once crashed into Earth, can still be found deep inside our planet.
Buried beneath 20 kilometers of ice, the subsurface ocean of Enceladusone of Saturn's moonsappears to be churning with currents akin to those on Earth. The theory, derived from the shape of Enceladus's ice shell, challenges the current thinking that the moon's global ocean is homogenous, apart
Jovian jet streams above the cloud tops measured using the aftermath of comet collision. Working with a team led by French astronomers, Southwest Research Institute scientists helped identify incredibly powerful winds in Jupiters middle atmosphere for the first time. The team measured molecules
New research could inform where to one day search for signs of life on Saturn's moon Enceladus.
A new study suggests that an alien world that smashed into infant Earth and created the Moon might have left vast remains inside our planet.
KOI-5Ab is a newly discovered planet in a triple-star system. It is a great example of the kind of astonishing discoveries that result from co-operation between large teams of astronomers using different types of telescopes and observation techniques.There is a stereotype that lone genius" scientis...
San Antonio megachurch pastor John Hagee contracted COVID-19 back in October after hosting numerous indoor church services that were lax on pandemic guidelines. Speaking to his congregation in November after he recovered, he suggested to his followers that their faith in Jesus is enough to protect t...
CHICAGO The CEO of Loretto Hospital will be suspended for two weeks without pay, but the disciplinary action is on hold until officials can find a replacement for the Chicago hospitals second-in-command, who resigned last week, a hospital spokeswoman said late Monday. The decision to suspend CEO ...
At a Home Depot in Brooklyn, New York, a suspect approached an Asian man and his girlfriend carrying a 2x4 piece of lumber and threatened to slash him while spewing racist insults, the New York Post reports. "Why you with that little d--k Asian nr?'' the suspect asked the woman who was the 28-year-...
It wasn't all that long ago that humans didn't even know for sure if planets existed outside of our solar system. We can see stars, of course, but spotting planets orbiting those stars? Well, that was impossible for a very long time.
University of Edinburgh astrobiologist Charles Cockell thinks that Earth should be looking for dead worlds to possibly reseed for studying the origins of life
Stars can get in the way and made it look like some transiting exoplanets had those stars' characteristics, but NASA's Pandora mission can solve that.
A NASA spacecraft built to spot alien worlds has completed its first two years of work, and the tally is in: the mission hauled in 2,241 new planet candidates for scientists to study.
For the first time, scientists have found evidence for a secondary atmosphere on an exoplanet, created by volcanism beneath the surface. The planet, GJ 1132 b, is thought to have once been a sub-Neptune, but now is a rocky world the size of Earth.
Publicly available data and collaborations between scientists have led to the discovery of a planet in a triple-star system.
A planetary scientist says subterranean water worlds are likely common in the galaxy and probably even better for life than Earth-like environments. Should an intelligent species arise beneath the frozen crust, however, theyd find themselves in perpetual isolation, in what is a possible solution to the Fermi Paradox. <meta property=
In the quest for habitable planets beyond our own, NASA is studying a mission concept called Pandora, which could eventually help decode the atmospheric mysteries of distant worlds in our galaxy. One of four low-cost astrophysics missions selected for further concept development under NASA's new Pioneers program, Pandora would study approximately 20 stars and exoplanetsplanets outside of our solar systemto provide precise measurements of exoplanetary atmospheres.