Jupiter’s Cloud Tops: From High to Low

From NASA Jupiter’s Cloud Tops: From High to Low This view from NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures colorful, intricate patterns in a jet stream region of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere known as “Jet N3.” Jupiter’s cloud tops do not form a simple, flat surface. Data from Juno helped scientists discover that the swirling bands in the atmosphere…

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NASA’s Planetary Protection Review Addresses Changing Reality of Space Exploration

From NASA Oct. 18, 2019 RELEASE 19-084 NASA’s Planetary Protection Review Addresses Changing Reality of Space Exploration NASA released a report Friday with recommendations from the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB) the agency established in response to a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report and a recommendation from the NASA Advisory…

How the Universe Stopped Making Sense

From Space.com By Rafi Letzter We’re getting something wrong about the universe. By Rafi Letzter 6 Science & Astronomy We’re getting something wrong about the universe. It might be something small: a measurement issue that makes certain stars looks closer or farther away than they are, something astrophysicists could fix with a few tweaks to…

New Organic Compounds Found in Enceladus Ice Grains

From NASA In this image captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft in 2007, the plumes of Enceladus are clearly visible. The moon is nearly in front of the Sun from Cassini’s viewpoint. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech Full image and caption New kinds of organic compounds, the ingredients of amino acids, have been detected in the plumes bursting from…

Finding Intermediate-Sized Black Holes

From NASA In our vast universe, the heaviest black holes grew from seeds. Nourished by the gas and dust they consume, or by merging with other dense objects, these seeds grow in size and heft to form the centers of galaxies, such as our own Milky Way. But unlike in the realm of plants, the…

The Moon and Mercury May Have Thick Ice Deposits

From NASA Earth’s Moon and Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, may contain significantly more water ice than previously thought, according to a new analysis of data from NASA’s LRO and MESSENGER spacecraft. The potential ice deposits are found in craters near the poles of both worlds. On the Moon, “We found shallow craters…

An Infrared View of the M81 Galaxy

Located in the northern constellation of Ursa Major, which also includes the Big Dipper, nearby galaxy Messier 81 is easily visible through binoculars or a small telescope. M81 is located at a distance of 12 million light-years. M81 was one of the first publicly released datasets soon after the launch of the Spitzer Space Telescope…

NASA and SpaceX: Dragon Crew Extraction Rehearsal

From NASA [Lots of us have our issues with Musk, but %#%&&, look what he’s done for spacesuit style.~ctm] Aug. 15, 2019 On August 13, 2019, NASA at the Trident Basin in Cape Canaveral, Florida, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Bob Behnken work with teams from NASA and SpaceX to rehearse crew extraction from SpaceX’s…