Extraterrestrial life might be discovered within a generation
Andrew McDonald - Apr 07, 2015
Extraterrestrial life might be discovered within a generation
The profusion of potentially habitable worlds in our solar system and beyond, and the development of new observational technologies are driving the search for life.
NASA selects five proposals for future radiation protection NASA selects five proposals for future radiation protection
Andrew McDonald - Apr 17, 2015
The entries detail new ways to protect crews from galactic cosmic rays.
Astrophysicist advocates building huge space telescope to search for alien life Astrophysicist advocates building huge space telescope to search for alien life
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 17, 2015
Space agencies worldwide should start planning project now.
Pacific Ocean can slow down global warming process Pacific Ocean can slow down global warming process
Kathy Fey - Apr 16, 2015
Pacific winds appear to be the cause of a temporary slowdown in global warming.
Messenger spacecraft will crash into Mercury
Messenger spacecraft will crash into Mercury
Kathy Fey - Apr 17, 2015
NASA’s Messenger will complete its mission with a crash landing on Mercury in just two weeks.
 
Astrophysicist advocates building huge space telescope to search for alien life
Astrophysicist advocates building huge space telescope to search for alien life
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 17, 2015
Space agencies worldwide should start planning project now.
 
Pacific Ocean can slow down global warming process
Pacific Ocean can slow down global warming process
Kathy Fey - Apr 16, 2015
Pacific winds appear to be the cause of a temporary slowdown in global warming.
 
Saturnian moon emits long tendrils
Saturnian moon emits long tendrils
Andrew McDonald - Apr 16, 2015
The tendrils originate from geysers on the surface of Enceladus.
 
Asteroid named after 2014 Nobel Prize winner
Asteroid named after 2014 Nobel Prize winner
Andrew McDonald - Apr 16, 2015
The asteroid has been named in honor of Malala Yousafzai.
 
Methane storms on Titan could account for strange dunes
Methane storms on Titan could account for strange dunes
Kathy Fey - Apr 15, 2015
Saturn’s largest moon has unusual dunes that may be formed by rare and violent storms.
 
Extremely distant exoplanet discovered
Extremely distant exoplanet discovered
Andrew McDonald - Apr 14, 2015
The planet was found by a collaborative effort between the Spitzer telescope and a ground-based telescope in Chile.
 
Curiosity finds evidence for liquid water on Mars
Curiosity finds evidence for liquid water on Mars
Kathy Fey - Apr 13, 2015
New data from NASA’s Curiosity rover suggests that Mars may have recurring deposits of liquid water on its surface.
 
New study to investigate asteroid that caused mass extinction event
New study to investigate asteroid that caused mass extinction event
Kathy Fey - Apr 13, 2015
Scientists seek to answer questions involving a huge crater’s creation and the extinction of the dinosaurs.
 
The universe may be expanding more slowly than previously thought
The universe may be expanding more slowly than previously thought
Kathy Fey - Apr 11, 2015
Observations of supernovae may indicate a universe with less dark energy than previously calculated.
 
Smartphones could provide warnings of earthquakes
Smartphones could provide warnings of earthquakes
Andrew McDonald - Apr 11, 2015
The phones' GPS receivers would be able to pick up ground movement during a quake.
 
The Sun formed after our galaxy’s busiest period of star formation
The Sun formed after our galaxy’s busiest period of star formation
Andrew McDonald - Apr 10, 2015
A new survey of spiral galaxies has shown that their periods of fastest star formation occurred within their first five billion years.
 
NASA unboxes 3D printed items from the ISS
NASA unboxes 3D printed items from the ISS
Kathy Fey - Apr 09, 2015
NASA engineers inspect the first objects made in space with a 3D printer.
 
Organic molecules observed in nascent star system
Organic molecules observed in nascent star system
Andrew McDonald - Apr 09, 2015
Hydrogen cyanide and methyl cyanide have been found in the disk surrounding a million-year-old star.
 
ESA satellite reveals thickness of Arctic sea-ice in near-real time
Andrew McDonald - Apr 17, 2015
The CryoSat mission obtains continuous radar readings of the sea-ice thickness.
 
Dawn gets first look at Ceres’ north pole
Andrew McDonald - Apr 17, 2015
The spacecraft is in the process of establishing its first science orbit.
 
Russia may be planning its own space station
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 17, 2015
Putin's is latest in contradictory statements about Russia's future in space.
 
NASA selects five proposals for future radiation protection
Andrew McDonald - Apr 17, 2015
The entries detail new ways to protect crews from galactic cosmic rays.
 
Debris still a threat as New Horizons approaches Pluto
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 16, 2015
Impact unlikely but mission team members are taking all possible precautions.
 
Astronomers search 100000 galaxies for signs of life
Kathy Fey - Apr 15, 2015
A massive scan for heat signatures across the cosmos has turned up no signs of highly advanced civilizations.
 
Space Launch System cryogenic tank ready for testing
Andrew McDonald - Apr 14, 2015
The huge tank first had to be moved from a NASA center to a Dynetics Inc. facility.
 
Scientists create revealing dark matter map
Kathy Fey - Apr 14, 2015
The new map showing the distribution of dark matter reveals some of the unseen structure of the universe.
 
Rosetta finds surprising lack of magnetism on comet 67P
Kathy Fey - Apr 14, 2015
Measurements from Rosetta’s comet may shake up some theories about our solar system’s formation.
 
MESSENGER probe’s altimeter helps keep mission going
Andrew McDonald - Apr 14, 2015
The instrument is being employed to keep careful track of the spacecraft's position relative to the surface of Mercury.
 
Latest SpaceX cargo run delayed
Andrew McDonald - Apr 14, 2015
The new launch window is 4:10 p.m. on April 14.
 
Solar eruptions affect planets without magnetospheres
Kathy Fey - Apr 11, 2015
A new study from NASA shows that Earth’s magnetosphere has protected its life-sustaining atmosphere from solar emissions.
 
ISS experiment will study effects of microgravity on bone
Andrew McDonald - Apr 11, 2015
The analysis will focus on osteocyte cells, and could lead to innovations to prevent bone mass reduction in future missions.
 
NASA chooses ultra-lightweight material proposals for future missions
Andrew McDonald - Apr 10, 2015
Three proposals have been selected for further funding and development.
 
NASA probe reaches 1,000 orbits around Mars
Andrew McDonald - Apr 09, 2015
The MAVEN mission is intended to explore Mars upper atmosphere.
 
Glacier belts on Mars contain vast amounts of water
Kathy Fey - Apr 08, 2015
Glaciers buried under the Martian surface may contain enough water to cover the entire planet.
 
Collision between Earth and Theia created the moon
Kathy Fey - Apr 08, 2015
New insight on Earth’s violent past points to a moon formed from Earth’s collision with a “little sister” planet.
 
Extraterrestrial life might be discovered within a generation
Andrew McDonald - Apr 07, 2015
The profusion of potentially habitable worlds in our solar system and beyond, and the development of new observational technologies are driving the search for life.
 
Hot and hotter; The sun has seasons too.
Andrew McDonald - Apr 07, 2015
A two-year cycle of magnetic surges drives most of the most dramatic solar flare activity.
 
Construction pause will facilitate dialogue about Mauna Kea telescope
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 07, 2015
Native groups oppose placing telescope on sacred land.
 
At global hackathon, NASA and IBM will focus on space apps
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 07, 2015
MIcrosoft, Google, and Intel will also take part in the competitions.
 
ALMA telescope captures Einstein ring image of ancient galaxy
Kathy Fey - Apr 07, 2015
The image taken by ALMA is the most detailed example of the Einstein ring effect ever captured.
 
New Horizons studying interaction between solar wind and Pluto's atmosphere
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 06, 2015
Data is already providing insights into the region's "weather."
 
Opportunity to name Pluto features extended to April 24
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 06, 2015
Submissions have come from nearly every country in the world.
 
Lava tubes could provide shelter for moon missions
Kathy Fey - Apr 06, 2015
Lunar lava tunnels may be useful for long-term occupation of the moon.
 
ESA to examine ways to defend Earth against asteroids
Andrew McDonald - Apr 02, 2015
ESA probe will observe as a NASA impactor strikes a small asteroid in 2022.
 
Curiosity rover finds intriguing mineral veins on Mars
Kathy Fey - Apr 02, 2015
Protruding mineral veins on the Martian surface hint at a watery past.
 
Total lunar eclipse on April 3 and 4
Andrew McDonald - Apr 01, 2015
The eclipse will be visible from the Pacific Ocean and surrounded landmasses.
 
Hundreds of baby galaxies discovered! Clues to cluster formation revealed
Andrew McDonald - Apr 01, 2015
The objects were detected through combined observations by the Planck Satellite and Herschel Observatory.
 
Black hole collisions could jumpstart gravitational astronomy
Kathy Fey - Mar 31, 2015
Analysis of the energy released from merging black holes could bring new insight into the formation of gravitational waves.
 
Opportunity rover endures “amnesia event”
Andrew McDonald - Mar 30, 2015
The rover had received updates five days prior that mission control hoped would help solve the problem.
 
NASA reports Hubble telescope successor is within budget and not delayed
Kathy Fey - Mar 30, 2015
NASA officials report that the massive James Webb Space Telescope is on track to launch as scheduled.
 
NASA to test saucer-shaped craft
Andrew McDonald - Mar 30, 2015
The vehicle will test new technologies for setting down large payloads.
 
Dark matter unaffected in galactic collisions
Laurel Kornfeld - Mar 30, 2015
Lack of interaction with other dark matter stymies researchers.
 
Nitrogen found on Mars is a key ingredient for life
Kathy Fey - Mar 24, 2015
The Curiosity rover finds another building block for life on the Red Planet.