Items tagged with NASA

From intense solar storms, to helping reveal the history of the Red Planet, the Mars Curiosity rover has led a very interesting life thus far. Now, a new finding has left NASA scientists shocked after the Curiosity rover cracked open a rock it ran over and unveiled something never before seen on the Red... Read more...
NASA has made the difficult decision to cancel its VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) project amidst numerous launch delays and rising costs. The space agency added the increased costs would have also threatened to bring about the end of other Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS). VIPER... Read more...
The European Space Agency is preparing to rendezvous with an asteroid that is "about the size of a cruise liner" as it makes an exceptionally close flyby of Earth in 2029. Researchers will use the Rapid Apophis Mission for Space Safety (Ramses) to study the asteroid as Earth’s gravity alters its physical... Read more...
A group of scientists using data from a 2010 NASA lunar mission believe they have confirmed the existence of an accessible rock tunnel beneath the lunar surface. The team analyzed a series of images from 2010 with recently developed complex signal processing technologies to come to their conclusion. The surface of... Read more...
As NASA and other space agencies move closer toward humans traveling to, and inhabiting the Moon and Mars, researchers are looking at how astronauts and future space dwellers can be more comfortable during longer stints in space. With that in mind, a group of researchers developed a prototype urine collection and... Read more...
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope celebrates its two-year science anniversary with a spectacular image of a pair of interacting galaxies. The eloquent cosmic embrace of the spiral galaxy at the center of the image above, known as the Penguin, and the compact elliptical galaxy to the left, known as the Egg, are... Read more...
Nearly 40 years after NASA’s Voyager 2 probed Uranus, three planetary scientists believe they may have cleared up a perplexing problem surrounding the methane rich planet and its weaker-than-anticipated radiation belts. A new study by the scientists suggests it may be explained by the unique magnetic field structure... Read more...
A new image comprising more than 500 images from NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope spanning two decades of the innermost region of Omega Centauri provides new evidence for the existence of an intermediate black hole. Astronomers believe elusive intermediate black holes (IMBHs) could hold the ‘missing link’ in black hole... Read more...
Astronomers using data collected by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope have identified an exoplanet as a “promising super-Earth” and unlike the one JWST spotted earlier this year, it looks like a giant eyeball peering into the Universe. Exoplanet LHS-1140b shows signs of having a global ocean covered in ice, with an... Read more...
Astronomers at Johns Hopkins University say there is something rotten in the Universe. Using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the group found evidence that Jupiter-like exoplanet HD 189733 b has trace amounts of hydrogen sulfide, a molecule that gives off the stench of rotten eggs. To make matters worse, the... Read more...
NASA’s Mars analog mission team emerged from their simulated Mars habitat after spending more than a year separated from family, friends and everyday life here on Earth. During their time in NASA’s CHAPEA (Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog) habitat, the four team members took part in activities such as... Read more...
Scientists with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) tracked two near-Earth asteroids recently, one with a moon of its own, and the second having only been detected 13 days prior to its closest approach to Earth. The data collected during the radar observations will provide valuable practice for planetary defense... Read more...
Scientists have come up with a new theory about what is causing mysterious swirls on the Moon’s surface. The latest theory involves underground lava, magnetized rocks, and magnetic anomalies. Lunar swirls have baffled astronomers and scientists since they were first discovered in the 1600s. Scientists believe these... Read more...
A new image from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope captured a cosmic firework display just ahead of the 4th of July, otherwise known as Independence Day in the US. At the center of the celestial pyrotechnics is a protostar surrounded by a molecular cloud, named L1527. As Americans prepare for all the cookouts... Read more...
As Webb continues changing how astronomers and scientists view the Universe, its ability to capture objects in high-resolution has aided in unveiling new features in spots studied for decades. Such is the case with Jupiter’s Great Red Spot and a new feature that took astronomers by surprise. In an image captured by... Read more...
An asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza, discovered just two weeks ago, makes a close approach to Earth today. While the asteroid, named 2024 MK, poses no danger to Earth, it is a stark reminder of how large asteroids can escape detection until it could be too late. The idea of a large sized asteroid... Read more...
NASA Astronauts Butch Wilmore and Suni Williams will not be returning to Earth this week, as NASA reported the team needs more time to review propulsion system data. As of now, the earliest return for the two astronauts is next Tuesday, July 2, 2024. After years of delays, the Boeing Starliner successfully launched... Read more...
NASA is being sued by a family in Florida after a piece of space debris from a battery pallet crashed through their home. Lawyers representing the family remarked this could be “a precedent setting case that sets the standard for the future of space debris claims in both the public and private sectors.” It is an... Read more...
NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducted the fifth biennial Planetary Defense Interagency Tabletop Exercise this week. The tabletop exercise gathering aimed “to inform and assess the ability as a nation to respond effectively to the... Read more...
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently celebrated its 21st anniversary of deployment into space. Even after so many years of service, Hubble is still astounding those back on Earth with beautiful images. Such is the case with one of Hubble’s latest, a mesmerizing photo of baby stars in a distant nebula. Nebula RCW... Read more...
As June brings the heat of summer, it also brings the Strawberry Moon, and the earliest summer solstice in 228 years. The last time the summer solstice arrived this early was in 1796, when it took place at 1:45pm ET on June 20. The summer solstice will begin at 4:50pm EDT on Thursday, June 20 (today), and with it... Read more...
According to NASA, there are several airplane-sized asteroids hurtling toward Earth this week. The largest of the five is estimated to be 110 feet in size, while the closest will come within 447,000 miles of Earth. It is not uncommon for large asteroids to go zipping by Earth at a safe distance. This week, however... Read more...
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