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How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world

A solar eclipse observed over Grand Canyon National Park in May 2012. Grand Canyon National Park

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world

How eclipses were regarded as omens in the ancient world A solar eclipse observed over Grand Canyon National Park in May 2012. Grand Canyon National Park Gonzalo Rubio, Pennsylvania State University On Monday, August 21, people living in the continental United States will be able […]

NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls

Lunar swirls, such as the Reiner-Gamma swirl imaged by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, are strange markings on the moon that a conceptual CubeSat mission would study. Credits: NASA

NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls

NASA Studies Tethered CubeSat Mission to Study Lunar Swirls A novel mission concept involving two CubeSats connected by a thin, miles-long tether could help scientists understand how the moon got its mysterious “tattoos” — swirling patterns of light and dark found at more than 100 […]

When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse

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When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse

When the sun goes dark: 5 questions answered about the solar eclipse NASA’s projection of the August 21 solar eclipse. NASA Shannon Schmoll, Michigan State University Editor’s note: A total solar eclipse will be visible across the U.S. on Monday, August 21. Shannon Schmoll, director […]

Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network

The safe flyby of asteroid 2012 TC4 as it passes under Earth on Oct. 12, 2017. While scientists cannot yet predict exactly how close it will approach, they are certain it will come no closer than 4,200 miles (6,800 kilometers) from Earth's surface. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network

Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network NASA scientists are excited about the upcoming close flyby of a small asteroid and plan to use its upcoming October close approach to Earth as an opportunity not only for science, but to test NASA’s network […]

The Dark Side of the Crater: How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It

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The Dark Side of the Crater: How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It

The Dark Side of the Crater: How Light Looks Different on the Moon and What NASA Is Doing About It Things look different on the Moon. Literally. Because the Moon isn’t big enough to hold a significant atmosphere, there is no air and there are […]

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind

Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong working at an equipment storage area on the lunar module. This is one of the few photos that show Armstrong during the moonwalk. Credits: NASA

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind

July 20, 1969: One Giant Leap For Mankind July 1969. It’s a little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out. It is only seven […]

The new space race: why we need a human mission to Mars

A view from the ‘Kimberley’ formation on Mars taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating flow of water toward a basin that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The new space race: why we need a human mission to Mars

The new space race: why we need a human mission to Mars A view from the ‘Kimberley’ formation on Mars taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating flow of water toward a basin that […]

Fly me to the Moon? Why the world should be wary of Elon Musk’s space race

Fly me to the Moon? Why the world should be wary of Elon Musk’s space race

Fly me to the Moon? Why the world should be wary of Elon Musk’s space race Fe Ilya/Flickr, CC BY-SA Alan Marshall, Mahidol University Want to fly to the moon? Well, now you won’t have to bother with all those years of rigorous astronaut training […]

Moon found to be periodically showered with oxygen ions from Earth

Moon found to be periodically showered with oxygen ions from Earth

Moon found to be periodically showered with oxygen ions from Earth January 31, 2017 by Bob Yirka report (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in Japan, examining data from that country’s moon-orbiting Kaguya spacecraft, has found evidence of oxygen from Earth’s atmosphere making […]

Astronomers detect hydrogen corona of Jupiter’s moon Europa

Jupiter's icy moon Europa. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SETI Institute

Astronomers detect hydrogen corona of Jupiter’s moon Europa

Astronomers detect hydrogen corona of Jupiter’s moon Europa (Phys.org)—Using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), astronomers have spotted an atomic hydrogen corona around Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. The discovery which could improve our understanding of Europa’s tenuous atmosphere was published Jan. 13 in the Astronomical Journal. […]