Plasma breakthrough indicates a human Mars mission could make its own oxygen
Plasma breakthrough indicates a human Mars mission could make its own oxygen
Rick Docksai - Oct 19, 2017
Mars' atmosphere is almost entirely carbon dioxide. But a new study indicates that a human mission to Mars could use plasma to convert the carbon dioxide into enough breathable oxygen to survive, along with a byproduct that can be used as rocket fuel.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 18, 2017
Spacecraft's final orbits shed light on inner workings and composition of of Saturn's rings and atmosphere.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 18, 2017
Presence of Antarctic lakes in spite of freezing temperatures inspired study of early Mars.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 17, 2017
Ability to observe an event via both gravitational waves and light is a revolution for modern astronomy.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 17, 2017
Scientists cannot predict its landing location until hours before re-entry.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 16, 2017
Discovery may indicate rings around planets and asteroids are more common than previously thought.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 16, 2017
Second launch in two days sends communication satellite into orbit.
Jeremy Morrow - Oct 10, 2017
A string of hydrothermal vents discovered on Mars could help researchers better understand how Earth first began to support life.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 10, 2017
Auroras caused by powerful stellar flares could potentially be seen from Earth.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 06, 2017
Rescheduling could mean two back-to-back launches for the company.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 06, 2017
Gases released by early volcanic eruptions formed an atmosphere and left volatiles behind in surface deposits.
Carmelo Sheppard - Oct 06, 2017
A team of isolated astronauts has found how microbes may act aboard a cramped spacecraft during long missions.
Jackie Flores - Oct 05, 2017
Researchers have found that methane deposits may have allowed Mars to maintain liquid water on its surface.
Ed Mason - Oct 02, 2017
A review of past studies shows that there may be water ice at the Martian equator.
Mae Owen - Sep 30, 2017
Elon Musk has revised his concept Mars spacecraft plan. It will now be a spacecraft capable of flying to Mars, the Moon, and the International Space Station, and might even provide super-fast flights to and from cities here on Earth.
Joseph Scalise - Sep 27, 2017
NASA researchers hope to find ways to protect astronauts against deadly space radiation, which could be a big setback to future deep space travel.
Clint Huston - Sep 27, 2017
The European Space Agency reports that humans could be living on the moon within the next ten to fifteen years.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 25, 2017
Gravity assist will alter its trajectory while saving fuel.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 25, 2017
Project is part of broader vision to transform China into a leader in space exploration.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 25, 2017
Classed as asteroids and comets, both experience water sublimation when exposed to heat from the Sun.
Vicky Webb - Sep 21, 2017
A newly proposed plan aims to use a fleet of small nanosatellites to explore more than 300 asteroids.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 19, 2017
Delayed launch of successor means likely gap in data crucial to climate change studies.
Simon Smith - Sep 16, 2017
A distant, light-absorbing exoplanet is one of the darkest celestial bodies ever found.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 14, 2017
ISS astronauts will continue to use the bulkier suits specifically designed for spacewalks, known as "extravehicular mobility units."
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 12, 2017
A new way is developed.
Wilson Soto - Sep 11, 2017
Researchers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in conjunction with NASA's Curiosity rover has discovered the presence of boron on the surface of Mars, providing further evidence that life once existed on the rocky planet.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 11, 2017
Numbers assigned within the X-class are based on the flares' intensity. X2s have twice the energy of X1s; X3s have three times the energy of X1s, and so on.
Jackie Flores - Sep 06, 2017
For a year, the research team, led by Tomoharu Oka of Keio University in Yokohama, Japan, has studied a strange cloud of molecular gas near the center of the Milky Way.
Chad Young - Sep 01, 2017
The Breakthrough Listen initiative was launched in July 2015 by billionaire businessman Yuri Milner and a group of scientists, including well-known astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
Ed Mason - Aug 22, 2017
The Universe may be a little less lumpy than previously thought, according to the newest, biggest map to date of its structure.
Robert Balkovich - Aug 19, 2017
Some proteins crystallize better in microgravity, where they grow larger and have fewer imperfections. Crystals grown on the space station benefits medical research into radiation damage, bone loss, and muscle atrophy.
Chad Young - Aug 18, 2017
On the other hand, the planets could have thick atmospheres that may have protected them from damaging radiation.
Andrew McDonald - Aug 15, 2017
The reason for that difference is because our planet's core is a dense mix of iron and nickel surrounded by flowing rock. That balance keeps charged particles moving in what is known as a dynamo.
Clint Huston - Aug 11, 2017
The celestial bodies are the closest Earth-like worlds ever discovered, and, at 1.7 Earth masses, they are also the smallest on record.
David Sims - Aug 11, 2017
The number of black holes of a certain mass per galaxy depends on the size of the galaxy, says co-author Manoj Kaplinghat, a UCI professor of physics and astronomy.
Clint Huston - Jul 13, 2017
While humans have been monitoring the great storm since 1830, scientists think it may have been raging for more than 350 years.
Jason Spencer - Jul 04, 2017
Its operators have their sights set on Didymos, a small asteroid that will approach Earth at around that date.
Dirk Trudeau - Jun 26, 2017
By reducing launch costs, space becomes much more accessible to enterprises with limited resources.
Jeremy Morrow - Mar 29, 2017
Billions of years ago, Mars looked very different to the present-day dusty rock.
Dirk Trudeau - Feb 08, 2017
A soccer ball that was on the ill-fated Challenger Space Shuttle has finally made it to space 30 years later.
Jeremy Morrow - Jan 14, 2017
This brings the age old question of if NASA can use the drug why is it illegal?
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 19, 2017
Distribution of organic materials is inconsistent with delivery by comets or asteroids.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 19, 2017
As safest location for astronauts, lava tubes could be ideal sites for constructing Moon bases.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 17, 2017
Shielding, pharmaceuticals, and faster rockets are all being studied for the protections they provide.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 17, 2017
Ten days after Earth gravity assist, MapCam camera looks back on Earth-Moon system.
Kristy Douglas - Oct 16, 2017
The network's test is going well so far and is monitoring the asteroid as expected, according to NASA researchers.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 16, 2017
First nova ever found in Small Magellanic Cloud is studied in multiple wavelengths.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 16, 2017
Fan-shaped regions of alluvial deposits correspond exactly with areas of highest rainfall.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 11, 2017
Origin of coronal X-ray emissions could be key to answering a question that has long baffled scientists.
Dan Taylor - Oct 10, 2017
New research shows the moon had an ancient atmosphere that lasted some 70 million years before dissipating.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 10, 2017
Future of iceberg and Larsen C ice shelf remain uncertain.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 09, 2017
Establishing a lunar base seen as crucial for training astronauts and launching missions to Mars and beyond.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 05, 2017
Latest observation shows dimming is not equal in all wavelengths.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 05, 2017
Disk's chemical composition is strangely similar to that of comets in our solar system.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 05, 2017
Ripples in space-time theorized by Einstein had eluded scientists for a century.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 02, 2017
Comet that originated in Oort Cloud has likely been active for at least four years.
Laurel Kornfeld - Oct 02, 2017
Delay is due to difficulties integrating various parts of the telescope and will not increase its budget.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 29, 2017
High levels of hydrogen detected could exist within subsurface water ice.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 27, 2017
New technology could help maintain future space station's orientation.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 27, 2017
Huge Long March rocket is key to China's ambitious long-term space program.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 27, 2017
Strange features are products of complex geological and climate history.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 27, 2017
Finding is first for new Virgo detector that began operating on August 1.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 27, 2017
Spectroscopy enables scientists to determine cluster's chemical composition.
Ian Marsh - Sep 27, 2017
More high-energy cosmic rays are coming from a specific direction that lies outside the Milky Way galaxy, leading astronomers to conclude they have an extragalactic origin.
Clint Huston - Sep 25, 2017
New research from a team of international researchers could help shed light on the origin of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 25, 2017
Satellites provide crucial data on storm's structure, temperature, and precipitation levels.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 21, 2017
Discovery of large ice deposits lead scientists to suspect many similar, smaller deposits are also present at the poles.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 21, 2017
Planets' relative closeness and brightness make them excellent candidates for study with new James Webb Space Telescope.
James Smith - Sep 21, 2017
For the first time in history, researchers have managed to map the spread of water across the moon's surface.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 19, 2017
Tiny moon Cressida is also causing distortion in one of the planet's rings.
David Sims - Sep 16, 2017
The Hubble Space Telescope has found a pitch black exoplanet that traps almost all visible starlight.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 16, 2017
Researchers often add constraints or adjustments that compensate for the fact that their data cannot include every last detail, to their studies.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 14, 2017
That changed with the final occultation in July, when mission scientists successfully obtained data about the object's shape from observing the event in Patagonia, Argentina, with portable telescopes.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 13, 2017
Numerous exoplanet discoveries with this method have led scientists to question whether hypothetical alien civilizations with the same technological level as Earth could detect our planet passing in front of the Sun.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 12, 2017
The spacecraft will plunge into Saturn by the end of the year.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 11, 2017
Since 2010, the X-37Bs have completed a total of four space missions and have spent increasingly lengthening durations in space.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 11, 2017
Fourteen names for features on Pluto and its five moons submitted by NASA's New Horizons mission have been approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature.
Josh Curlee - Sep 11, 2017
China is spending 400million-yuan ($61.6 million) on the site, which spans 59,000 square miles and is located in the Qinghai province, a northern area of Tibet that is close to the westernmost tip of the Great Wall.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 11, 2017
The element was discovered in mineral veins composed of calcium sulfate, which could have been produced by surface water billions of years ago.
Ed Mason - Sep 08, 2017
On Tuesday, NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum celebrated the 40th anniversary of two Voyager spacecraft, which left Earth in 1977 to explore the cosmos.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 06, 2017
Designated PSR-J0952-0607 or simply J0952, the pulsar is about 1.4 times as massive as the Sun and has a binary companion star of approximately 20 Jupiter masses orbiting it every 6.4 hours.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 06, 2017
Cassini mission chief scientist Linda Spilker worked on the Voyagers' Infrared Spectrometer and Radiometer in her first position after graduating from college.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 05, 2017
Low-energy ultraviolet radiation breaks water up molecules into hydrogen and oxygen through a process known as photo-dissociation.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 05, 2017
Her Houston home, where she lives with her husband Clarence Sams, who works at the Johnson Space Center, has withstood the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Laurel Kornfeld - Sep 04, 2017
This process, which forms an image line by line, is different from that used by standard cell phones and digital cameras, which frame images instantly.
Kathy Fey - Aug 31, 2017
It's common for U.S. manufacturers to outsource production to less-developed countries where the overhead is less, but one California-based startup looks forward to a future where companies may outsource production to low-Earth orbit.
Linda Mack - Aug 31, 2017
Private space-flight company Orbital ATK built the rocket, a five-stage Minotaur IV. Its first three stages are derived from a decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missile.
Josh Curlee - Aug 31, 2017
Vicky Webb - Aug 30, 2017
Optimal launch conditions from Earth to Mars occur every 26 months, which is why the mission was postponed for two years.
Jeremy Morrow - Aug 26, 2017
Spacecraft's science instruments will probe deeply into Saturn's atmosphere.
Clint Huston - Aug 16, 2017
The distant system sits roughly 40 light-years from Earth and, according to the new research, is between 5.4 and 9.8 billion years old.