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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next

Images of the lost Beagle 2. Author provided

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next Images of the lost Beagle 2. Author provided John Bridges, University of Leicester The last picture taken of the Mars lander Beagle 2 showed it being successfully ejected from […]

This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Oct. 12 Close Approach

On Oct. 12, 2017, a small (15-30 meter) asteroid known as 2012 TC4 will safely fly past Earth. Based on continuing observations, scientists have determined that it will pass the Earth at a distance of about 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Oct. 12 Close Approach

This is a Test: Asteroid Tracking Network Observes Oct. 12 Close Approach On Oct. 12, a small asteroid designated 2012 TC4 will safely pass by Earth at a distance of approximately 26,000 miles (42,000 kilometers). This is a little over one-tenth the distance to the […]

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

This view of a portion of the Eridania region of Mars shows blocks of deep-basin deposits that have been surrounded and partially buried by younger volcanic deposits. The image was taken by the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and covers an area about 12 miles wide. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. A recent international report examines observations by NASA’s […]

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries

Olympus Mons, biggest volcano in the Solar System. Justin Cowart, CC BY-SA

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries Olympus Mons, biggest volcano in the Solar System. Justin Cowart, CC BY-SA Ben Cohen, University of Glasgow Mars famously has the largest volcanoes known to science. The largest is Olympus Mons, pictured […]

Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

NASA's InSight lander will travel to Mars next year. When it does, it will be carrying two microchips bearing the names of members of the public. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA’s InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments — along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public. In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed […]

ALMA and Rosetta Detect Freon-40 in Space

Organohalogen methyl chloride (Freon-40) discovered by ALMA around the infant stars in IRAS 16293-2422. These same organic compounds were discovered in the thin atmosphere surrounding Comet 67P/C-G by the ROSINA instrument on ESA's Rosetta space probe. Credit: B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF); NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

ALMA and Rosetta Detect Freon-40 in Space

ALMA and Rosetta Detect Freon-40 in Space Observations made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and ESA’s Rosetta mission, have revealed the presence of the organohalogen Freon-40 in gas around both an infant star and a comet. Organohalogens are formed by organic processes on […]