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Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity

Wispy clouds float across the Martian sky taken on July 17, 2017, by the Navcam on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/York University

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity

Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth’s ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover. These clouds are the most clearly visible so far from Curiosity, which landed five […]

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

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Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown! NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars. On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion […]

Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any)

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Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any)

Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any) Shutterstock Ian Crawford, UCL The search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this […]

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life

1700km-wide region of Mars including Olympus Mons (upper left) and several other volcanoes of Mars’s Tharsis province. Colour-coded topography. NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum)

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life 4000 km wide view of Mars’ (colour-coded topgraphy) Coprates Chasma. NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum), CC BY-SA David Rothery, The Open University It may seem that Mars was once a much […]

For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

This diagram illustrates the positions of Mars, Earth and the sun during a period that occurs approximately every 26 months, when Mars passes almost directly behind the sun from Earth's perspective. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth’s perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars. NASA will refrain from sending commands to America’s three Mars orbiters […]

How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid

taken during one night of observation by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, the speck of light that moves relative to the background stars is a small asteroid that was, at the time, about as far away as the moon. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CSS-Univ. of Arizona

How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid

How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid On the first day of the year 1801, Italian astronomer Gioacchino Giuseppe Maria Ubaldo Nicolò Piazzi found a previously uncharted “tiny star” near the constellation of Taurus. The following night Piazzi again observed this newfound celestial object, […]

Space farms will feed astronauts and earthlings

Matt Damon as astronaut and exobotanist Mark Watney in the film The Martian grows crops on Mars. (20th Century Fox/Handout)

Space farms will feed astronauts and earthlings

Space farms will feed astronauts and earthlings Matt Damon as astronaut and exobotanist Mark Watney in the film The Martian grows crops on Mars. (20th Century Fox/Handout) Michael Dixon, University of Guelph Editor’s note: Canada Day 2017 marks the sesquicentennial of Confederation. While the anniversary […]

Strict rules around contamination hamper exploration for life beyond Earth

Artist’s impression of Cassini ending its life as a fireball in Saturn’s atmosphere. "NASA/JPL-Caltech

Strict rules around contamination hamper exploration for life beyond Earth

Strict rules around contamination hamper exploration for life beyond Earth Artist’s impression of Cassini ending its life as a fireball in Saturn’s atmosphere. “NASA/JPL-Caltech David Rothery, The Open University NASA’s orbiter Cassini will make a series of decreasing orbits that will end in a fiery […]