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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Curious Kids: Do astronauts get space sick when they travel from Earth to the International Space Station?

Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson suits up ahead of a spacewalk. Vomiting inside a spacesuit during a spacewalk could be fatal for astronauts. NASA, CC BY

Curious Kids: Do astronauts get space sick when they travel from Earth to the International Space Station?

Curious Kids: Do astronauts get space sick when they travel from Earth to the International Space Station? Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson suits up ahead of a spacewalk. Vomiting inside a spacesuit during a spacewalk could be fatal for astronauts. NASA, CC BY Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University […]

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 […]

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is a snapshot of about 10,000 galaxies in a tiny patch of sky, taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Credits: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), the HUDF Team

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy

NASA’s Webb Telescope to Witness Galactic Infancy Scientists will use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to study sections of the sky previously observed by NASA’s Great Observatories, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope, to understand the creation of the universe’s first […]

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 […]