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Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

An artist’s rendition depicts a solar storm hitting Mars and stripping ions from the upper atmosphere. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets

Mars Mission Sheds Light on Habitability of Distant Planets How long might a rocky, Mars-like planet be habitable if it were orbiting a red dwarf star? It’s a complex question but one that NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission can help answer. “The MAVEN […]

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is expected to reach its asteroid destination in 2018. Credit: NASA

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu

Mission Status Update – Cruising Toward Asteroid Bennu OSIRIS-REx is continuing outbound cruise operations, en route to arrival in August of 2018 at the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft is currently 29.6 million miles (47.6 million kilometers) from Earth and is executing a program designed to […]

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars

The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. David Rothery, The Open University Today Mars has only a thin atmosphere, and […]

Curious Kids: Where does the oxygen come from in the International Space Station, and why don’t they run out of air?

Astronaut Peggy Whitson aboard the International Space Station. NASA

Curious Kids: Where does the oxygen come from in the International Space Station, and why don’t they run out of air?

Curious Kids: Where does the oxygen come from in the International Space Station, and why don’t they run out of air? The first piece of the International Space Station was launched in 1998. Wikimedia Commons/NASA, CC BY Michael J. I. Brown, Monash University This is […]

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

Each Voyager spacecraft carries a copy of the Golden Record, which has been featured in several works of science fiction. The record's protective cover, with instructions for playing its contents, is shown at left. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Voyagers in Popular Culture

The Voyagers in Popular Culture Whether you’re traveling across cities, continents or even oceans this holiday season, there is no long-haul flight quite like that of the Voyagers. Sit back and enjoy the view from the Voyagers’ epic journey through the solar system. See iconic […]

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

The twin Voyager spacecraft are celebrating 40 years of continual operation in August and September 2017. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years

Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years If you tried to start a car that’s been sitting in a garage for decades, you might not expect the engine to respond. But a set of thrusters aboard the Voyager 1 spacecraft successfully fired up Wednesday […]

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

Composite, enhanced-color image of Pluto (lower right) and its largest moon Charon (upper left) taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015. Pluto and Charon are shown with approximately correct relative sizes, but their true separation is not to scale. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds

An Orbital Dance May Help Preserve Oceans on Icy Worlds Heat generated by the gravitational pull of moons formed from massive collisions could extend the lifetimes of liquid water oceans beneath the surface of large icy worlds in our outer solar system, according to new […]

Flying chariots and exotic birds: how 17th century dreamers planned to reach the moon

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Flying chariots and exotic birds: how 17th century dreamers planned to reach the moon

Flying chariots and exotic birds: how 17th century dreamers planned to reach the moon kdshutterman/Shutterstock.com Maria Avxentevskaya, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science People have been dreaming about space travel for hundreds of years, long before the arrival of the spectacular technologies behind […]

Three new reports add clarity to Australia’s space sector, a ‘crowded and valuable high ground’

Three new reports examine Australia’s existing space capabilities, set them in the light of international developments, and identify growth areas and models for Australia to pursue. [email protected]/flickr , CC BY

Three new reports add clarity to Australia’s space sector, a ‘crowded and valuable high ground’

Three new reports add clarity to Australia’s space sector, a ‘crowded and valuable high ground’ Three new reports examine Australia’s existing space capabilities, set them in the light of international developments, and identify growth areas and models for Australia to pursue. [email protected]/flickr , CC BY […]

Five reasons India, China and other nations plan to travel to the Moon

A view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft, showing the Earth rising above the moon’s horizon (July 1969). NASA

Five reasons India, China and other nations plan to travel to the Moon

Five reasons India, China and other nations plan to travel to the Moon A view from the Apollo 11 spacecraft, showing the Earth rising above the moon’s horizon (July 1969). NASA Marc Norman, Australian National University and Penelope King, Australian National University No human has […]