Lucy Is Going to Space!

Lucy is slated to launch in October 2021 and, with boosts from Earth’s gravity, will complete a 12-year journey to eight different asteroids — a Main Belt asteroid and seven Trojans,…

Solar Electric Propulsion Makes NASA’s Psyche Spacecraft Go

The spacecraft will launch in August 2022 and travel about 1.5 billion miles (2.4 billion kilometers) over three and a half years to get to the asteroid, which scientists believe…

Small Satellite, Big Questions: CuPID CubeSat Will Get New Perspective on Sun-Earth Boundary

The proliferation of small, experimental satellite missions has created more opportunities for students to get involved in hands-on engineering projects.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Successfully Cores Its First Rock

From NASA NASA’s Perseverance Rover Successfully Cores Its First Rock The drill hole from Perseverance’s second sample-collection attempt can be seen, in this composite of two images taken on Sept.…

NASA Works to Give Satellite Swarms a Hive Mind

Swarms of small satellites could communicate amongst themselves to collect data on important weather patterns at different times of the day or year, and from multiple angles. Such swarms, using…

NASA Scientists Present Asteroid Deflection Research

NASA Scientists performing experiments on actual Asteroid fragments have presented conclusions about the limits of inbound Asteroid deflection, and the need to plan for multiple “bumps” if the Asteroid is…

Star Trek and NASA: Celebrating the Connection

From NASA Aug 19, 2021 Gene Roddenberry would have been 100 years old on Aug. 19, 2021, and we at NASA celebrate his legacy. As creator of the legendary Star Trek saga, Roddenberry’s…

The Moon: Water ice may be more common than previously thought

Guest “Ice, ice baby!” by David Middleton NASA Study Highlights Importance of Surface Shadows in Moon Water PuzzleAug 02, 2021 The shadows cast by the roughness of the Moon’s surface…

The 50th Anniversary of the Genesis Rock

Guest “How about that, geology fans?” by David Middleton 50 Years Ago: Apollo 15 on the Moon at Hadley-Apennine CrewDavid R. Scott, CommanderJames B. Irwin, Lunar Module PilotAlfred M. Worden,…

NASA Identifies Likely Locations of the Early Molten Moon’s Deep Secrets

Recently, a pair of NASA studies identified the most likely locations to find pieces of mantle on the surface, providing a map for future lunar sample return missions such as…

Clays, Not Water, Are Likely Source of Mars ‘Lakes’

“In planetary science, we often are just inching our way closer to the truth,” Plaut said. “The original paper didn’t prove it was water, and these new papers don’t prove…

ECOSTRESS Data Incorporated Into New Wildfire Response Tool

ECOSTRESS measures surface temperature from the vantage point of the International Space Station, and its ability to observe fires of the Northwest US often twice per day at a high…

Hubble Finds First Evidence of Water Vapor at Jupiter’s Moon Ganymede

For the first time, astronomers have uncovered evidence of water vapor in the atmosphere of Jupiter’s moon Ganymede. This water vapor forms when ice from the moon’s surface sublimates — that…

Hubble Trouble – NASA Working to Patch Their Ageing Space Telescope

Perhaps if they trimmed the climate budget NASA scientists might not have to spend so much time struggling with the ageing Hubble platform.

NASA Rocket, Satellite Tag-Team to View the Giant Electric Current in the Sky

Some 50 miles up, where Earth’s atmosphere blends into space, the air itself hums with an electric current. Scientists call it the atmospheric dynamo, an Earth-sized electric generator. It’s taken…

Claim: NASA Satellites See Upper Atmosphere Cooling and Contracting Due to Climate Change

The sky isn’t falling, but scientists have found that parts of the upper atmosphere are gradually contracting in response to rising human-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Operations Underway to Restore Payload Computer on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

NASA continues to work to resolve a problem with the Hubble Space Telescope payload computer that halted on June 13.

Sentinel-6 Sea Level Rise—A Follow Up

Since the long record differential GPS corrected (for vertical land motion) tide gauges all show about 2.2mm/year and no acceleration, both data products are useless for any SLR climate purpose.

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Begins Its First Science Campaign on Mars

The goal of the campaign is to establish what four locations in these units best tell the story of Jezero Crater’s early environment and geologic history. When the science team…

Microscopic Superheroes to Help Protect Astronaut Health in Space

In the long run, revealing what makes tardigrades so tolerant could lead to ways of protecting biological material, such as food and medicine from extreme temperatures, drying out, and radiation…

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Shining Clouds on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover captured these clouds just after sunset on March 19, 2021, the 3,063rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission. The image is made up of…

Magnetized Threads Weave Spectacular Galactic Tapestry

The new panorama of the Galactic Center builds on previous surveys from Chandra and other telescopes. This latest version expands Chandra’s high-energy view farther above and below the plane of…

New NASA Earth System Observatory to Help Address, Mitigate Climate Change

From NASA NASA’s new Earth System Observatory will guide efforts related to climate change, disaster mitigation, fighting forest fires, and improving real-time agricultural processes – including helping to better understand…

NASA’s Webb to Study How Massive Stars’ Blasts of Radiation Influence Their Environments

In a nearby stellar nursery called the Orion Nebula, young, massive stars are blasting far-ultraviolet light at the cloud of dust and gas from which they were born. This intense…