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NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft TESS is now on its mission to search for new worlds

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9. NASA Television

NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft TESS is now on its mission to search for new worlds

NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft TESS is now on its mission to search for new worlds NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9. NASA Television Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland The latest of NASA‘s incredible planet-hunting space telescopes was launched […]

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Science Data Pipeline

Credits: Credit: NASA/Ames/Wendy Stenzel

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Science Data Pipeline

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Science Data Pipeline A Science Pipeline to New Planet Discoveries NASA’s ongoing search for life in the universe produces a lot of data. The agency’s new planet-hunting mission, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will collect 27 gigabytes per […]

What in the World is an ‘Exoplanet?’

The Milky Way, our own galaxy, stretches across the sky above the La Silla telescope in Chile. Hidden inside our own galaxy are trillions of planets, most waiting to be found. Credits: ESO/S. Brunier

What in the World is an ‘Exoplanet?’

What in the World is an ‘Exoplanet?’ Step outside on a clear night, and you can be sure of something our ancestors could only imagine: Every star you see likely plays host to at least one planet. The worlds orbiting other stars are called “exoplanets,” […]

NASA launches satellite ‘TESS’ in hunt for exoplanets

TESS will soon be our eye in the sky. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA launches satellite ‘TESS’ in hunt for exoplanets

NASA launches satellite ‘TESS’ in hunt for exoplanets TESS will soon be our eye in the sky. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Coel Hellier, Keele University Previous generations have looked up at the stars in the night sky and wondered whether they are also orbited […]

Tiny Sea Creatures Hold Secrets to Earth’s Climate

A view of the Atlantis, seaborne research vessel for the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study. Credits: Photo courtesy of Nicole Estaphan

Tiny Sea Creatures Hold Secrets to Earth’s Climate

Tiny Sea Creatures Hold Secrets to Earth’s Climate Each new season brings change. Seasonal change on land is something that we’re familiar with and adjust to regularly. But what happens to billions of plankton in the ocean each season? How do they adjust to changing […]

Look up – it’s a satellite!

The ISS sees us on Earth, but look up at night and you may see it, too. NASA , CC BY

Look up – it’s a satellite!

Look up – it’s a satellite! The ISS sees us on Earth, but look up at night and you may see it, too. NASA , CC BY Christopher Palma, Pennsylvania State University I saw my first artificial satellite with my naked eyes during the summer […]

Half of Earth’s satellites restrict use of climate data

Dust storms in the Gulf of Alaska, captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite. NASA

Half of Earth’s satellites restrict use of climate data

Half of Earth’s satellites restrict use of climate data Dust storms in the Gulf of Alaska, captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite. NASA  Mariel Borowitz, Georgia Institute of Technology Scientists and policymakers need satellite data to understand and address climate change. Yet data from more than […]

Space weather threatens high-tech life

A coronal mass ejection erupts from the sun in 2012. NASA

Space weather threatens high-tech life

Space weather threatens high-tech life A coronal mass ejection erupts from the sun in 2012. NASA Roger Dube, Rochester Institute of Technology Shortly after 4 a.m. on a crisp, cloudless September morning in 1859, the sky above what is currently Colorado erupted in bright red […]

Tiangong-1 crash: why it’s so hard to predict where space debris will land and what can be done about it

Tiangong-1. TMRO/youtube, CC BY

Tiangong-1 crash: why it’s so hard to predict where space debris will land and what can be done about it

Tiangong-1 crash: why it’s so hard to predict where space debris will land and what can be done about it Matteo Ceriotti, University of Glasgow The now defunct Chinese space station Tiangong-1 is en route to crash into Earth – completing its “atmospheric reentry phase”. […]

China’s falling space station highlights the problem of space junk crashing to Earth

China’s Tiangong-1 space station is due to hit Earth, and Australia is in the crash landing zone. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

China’s falling space station highlights the problem of space junk crashing to Earth

China’s falling space station highlights the problem of space junk crashing to Earth China’s Tiangong-1 space station is due to hit Earth, and Australia is in the crash landing zone. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation, CC BY-ND Brad E Tucker, Australian National University Any day now, the […]