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An Atmosphere Around the Moon? NASA Research Suggests Significant Atmosphere in Lunar Past and Possible Source of Lunar Water

Artistic impression of the Moon, looking over the Imbrium Basin, with lavas erupting, venting gases, and producing a visible atmosphere. Credit: NASA MSFC

An Atmosphere Around the Moon? NASA Research Suggests Significant Atmosphere in Lunar Past and Possible Source of Lunar Water

An Atmosphere Around the Moon? NASA Research Suggests Significant Atmosphere in Lunar Past and Possible Source of Lunar Water Looking up at the Moon at night, Earth’s closest neighbor appears in shades of gray and white; a dry desert in the vacuum of space, inactive […]

How we discovered gravitational waves from ‘neutron stars’ – and why it’s such a huge deal

Artist’s illustration of two merging neutron stars. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet., CC BY-SA

How we discovered gravitational waves from ‘neutron stars’ – and why it’s such a huge deal

How we discovered gravitational waves from ‘neutron stars’ – and why it’s such a huge deal Artist’s illustration of two merging neutron stars. National Science Foundation/LIGO/Sonoma State University/A. Simonnet., CC BY-SA Martin Hendry, University of Glasgow Rumours have been swirling for weeks that scientists have […]

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra. […]

Space Radiation Won’t Stop NASA’s Human Exploration

Artist depiction of a satellite orbiting Mars. NASA scientists are studying ways to keep future astronauts safe from radiation on an exploration to Mars. Credits: NASA

Space Radiation Won’t Stop NASA’s Human Exploration

Space Radiation Won’t Stop NASA’s Human Exploration While it’s true that space radiation is one of the biggest challenges for a human journey to Mars, it’s also true that NASA is developing technologies and countermeasures to ensure a safe and successful journey to the red […]

Hubble’s Compact Galaxy with Big-Time Star Formation

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

Hubble’s Compact Galaxy with Big-Time Star Formation

Hubble’s Compact Galaxy with Big-Time Star Formation As far as galaxies are concerned, size can be deceptive. Some of the largest galaxies in the Universe are dormant, while some dwarf galaxies, such as ESO 553-46 imaged here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, can produce […]

NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth’s Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike

The last El Nino in 2015-16 impacted the amount of carbon dioxide that Earth’s tropical regions released into the atmosphere, leading to Earth’s recent record spike in atmospheric carbon dioxide. The effects of the El Nino were different in each region Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth’s Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike

NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth’s Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth’s tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years. Scientists suspected the 2015-16 El […]

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law

Off to court… D Mitriy/wikipedia, CC BY-SA

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law Off to court… D Mitriy/wikipedia, CC BY-SA Gbenga Oduntan, University of Kent Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their “journey to […]

Reconstructing Cassini’s Plunge into Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is shown during its Sept. 15, 2017, plunge into Saturn's atmosphere in this artist's depiction. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Reconstructing Cassini’s Plunge into Saturn

Reconstructing Cassini’s Plunge into Saturn As NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems. While analysis of […]

Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks

This artist's rendering shows a large exoplanet causing small bodies to collide in a disk of dust. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks

Giant Exoplanet Hunters: Look for Debris Disks There’s no map showing all the billions of exoplanets hiding in our galaxy — they’re so distant and faint compared to their stars, it’s hard to find them. Now, astronomers hunting for new worlds have established a possible […]