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Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world

Photo courtesy of Michael Studinger, Operation IceBridge project scientist. Caption adapted from content by Adam Voiland, NASA Earth Observatory.

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world Chris Fogwill, Keele University; Chris Turney, UNSW, and Zoe Robinson, Keele University Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has […]

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 […]

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

This artist's concept shows the most distant supermassive black hole ever discovered. It is part of a quasar from just 690 million years after the Big Bang. Credits: Robin Dienel/Carnegie Institution for Science

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Found: Most Distant Black Hole Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass of our Sun, which is astonishingly large for its young age. Researchers report the find […]

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 […]

Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA

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Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA

Metal asteroid Psyche is all set for an early visit from NASA NASA/JPL Christian Schroeder, University of Stirling Three times further away from the sun than the Earth lies an enormous lump of metal. Around 252km in diameter, the metallic “M-class” asteroid 16 Psyche is […]

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 […]