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.
Radiation exposure on Mars voyage could damage astronauts’ brains Radiation exposure on Mars voyage could damage astronauts’ brains
Kathy Fey - May 01, 2015
Concern for astronauts on long-term missions mounts as a new study reveals the damaging effects of radiation on the brain.
Dead stars might be feeding on neighbors at galaxy's center Dead stars might be feeding on neighbors at galaxy's center
Andrew McDonald - Apr 30, 2015
Scientists have put forward four hypotheses to explain high-energy X-rays detected by NuSTAR.
Russian cargo ship will burn up in Earth's atmosphere Russian cargo ship will burn up in Earth's atmosphere
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 30, 2015
Cause of spacecraft failure remains unknown.
Mars Desert Research Station issues final report
Mars Desert Research Station issues final report
Andrew McDonald - May 01, 2015
The six-person team carried out a series of experiments and adjusted to life in an approximation of a Mars mission.
 
Giant planet orbits small star
Giant planet orbits small star
Andrew McDonald - May 01, 2015
The origins of the huge planet are not yet clear.
 
Radiation exposure on Mars voyage could damage astronauts’ brains
Radiation exposure on Mars voyage could damage astronauts’ brains
Kathy Fey - May 01, 2015
Concern for astronauts on long-term missions mounts as a new study reveals the damaging effects of radiation on the brain.
 
Russian cargo ship will burn up in Earth's atmosphere
Russian cargo ship will burn up in Earth's atmosphere
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 30, 2015
Cause of spacecraft failure remains unknown.
 
NASA’s futuristic EM Drive may allow ‘warp speed’ space travel
NASA’s futuristic EM Drive may allow ‘warp speed’ space travel
Kathy Fey - Apr 30, 2015
NASA’s new engine design appears possible after a recent test.
 
NuSTAR detects ‘zombie stars’ in the center of our galaxy
NuSTAR detects ‘zombie stars’ in the center of our galaxy
Kathy Fey - Apr 30, 2015
Enigmatic X-rays may indicate dead stars feeding off of their neighboring stars.
 
By 2050, 95 percent of very hot days will be caused by human-influenced global warming
By 2050, 95 percent of very hot days will be caused by human-influenced global warming
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 28, 2015
Computer models show potential impact of greenhouse gas emissions.
 
Ground-based telescopes find planetary system 54 light years from Earth
Ground-based telescopes find planetary system 54 light years from Earth
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 28, 2015
Automated telescope capable of running its own observations.
 
Astrophysicists create most complete 3-D map of the universe
Astrophysicists create most complete 3-D map of the universe
Kathy Fey - Apr 28, 2015
The most comprehensive map of the universe completed to date covers nearly two billion light-years of space.
 
Unusual supernova is ‘missing link’ in gamma-ray burst mystery
Unusual supernova is ‘missing link’ in gamma-ray burst mystery
Kathy Fey - Apr 28, 2015
Scientists have found that supernovae with lighter particles and strong polar ejections create bursts of gamma rays.
 
Study says the universe may be a hologram
Study says the universe may be a hologram
Kathy Fey - Apr 27, 2015
Scientists believe the universe may be a two-dimensional construct that only appears 3-D.
 
Falcon 9 launch carries satellite to orbit
Falcon 9 launch carries satellite to orbit
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 27, 2015
This time, no attempt to land rocket at sea.
 
Global warming shown to affect increase in heat waves
Global warming shown to affect increase in heat waves
Kathy Fey - Apr 27, 2015
A new study finds that most extreme heat events can be attributed to global warming.
 
Cosmic tsunamis can regenerate ‘dead’ galaxies
Cosmic tsunamis can regenerate ‘dead’ galaxies
Kathy Fey - Apr 26, 2015
The shockwave formed by colliding galaxy clusters can initiate new star formation.
 
New technology could revolutionize space travel
Laurel Kornfeld - 11 hours ago
New EM drive may eventually make interstellar travel possible.
 
High school students find pulsar with widest known orbit
Kathy Fey - 11 hours ago
A student research team discovered a rare double neutron star system.
 
Dead stars might be feeding on neighbors at galaxy's center
Andrew McDonald - Apr 30, 2015
Scientists have put forward four hypotheses to explain high-energy X-rays detected by NuSTAR.
 
Lasers could one day be used to destroy space debris
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 30, 2015
Development depends on funding for the project.
 
Final farewell: MESSENGER mission ends with impact on Mercury
Andrew McDonald - Apr 30, 2015
The probe's mission has ended after two extensions to continue gathering data.
 
New Horizons spots features on Pluto’s surface, including potential ice cap
Andrew McDonald - Apr 29, 2015
The images were captured from distances of less than 70 million miles and show a full rotation of Pluto and Charon.
 
Russian cargo ship malfunctions after launch
Andrew McDonald - Apr 29, 2015
Attempts are underway to reestablish communications with the Progress 59 spacecraft.
 
Scientists find evidence for coronal heating theory
Kathy Fey - Apr 29, 2015
Superheated flares may be responsible for the temperature discrepancy between the Sun’s surface and its corona.
 
Antarctica’s ‘Blood Falls’ hint at potential for life on Mars
Kathy Fey - Apr 29, 2015
A new study suggests that Antarctica’s desert hides interconnecting ice-cold waterways harboring microbial life, as may exist on other planets.
 
Water was abundant only a billion years after Big Bang
Andrew McDonald - Apr 28, 2015
Water was capable of forming despite lower levels of oxygen.
 
MESSENGER probe faces imminent impact
Andrew McDonald - Apr 28, 2015
The spacecraft will crash into Mercury on April 30.
 
NASA assembles team to find life on exoplanets
Andrew McDonald - Apr 27, 2015
The NExSS endeavor will examine a variety of factors to ascertain whether exoplanets could sustain life.
 
NASA wants your vote on Ceres’ bright spots
Andrew McDonald - Apr 27, 2015
The nature of the bright spots has yet to be elucidated.
 
Communication glitch delays Dawn's science mission at Ceres
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 27, 2015
Delay will not affect spacecraft's overall mission.
 
NASA’s NExSS initiative will search for alien life
Kathy Fey - Apr 23, 2015
NASA is forming a new research team to zero in on habitable exoplanets.
 
Two days remain to submit names for the geography of Pluto and Charon
Andrew McDonald - Apr 22, 2015
The names will be considered by the NASA New Horizons Science Team and International Astronomical Union.
 
Device can detect single electrons
Andrew McDonald - Apr 21, 2015
Researchers hope that the detector will eventually be able to aid in the calculation of the mass of a neutrino.
 
Dawn takes new images of bright spots on Ceres
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 21, 2015
Mission set to reveal the many secrets of this small world.
 
Supermassive black holes are closer than any others observed
Andrew McDonald - Apr 21, 2015
The black holes probably form a gravitationally-bound binary system, formed as two galaxies have coalesced.
 
Astronomers detect merging supermassive black holes
Laurel Kornfeld - Apr 20, 2015
Next generation of telescopes could find thousands of similar phenomena within several years.
 
Lasers could blast space junk out of orbit
Kathy Fey - Apr 19, 2015
A Japanese research team proposes mounting a powerful laser on the ISS to help rid Earth’s orbital space of debris.
 
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.