NASA takes first step to allow computers to decide what to tell us in search for life on Mars

Scientists from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre have announced first results from new intelligent systems, to be installed in space probes, capable of identifying geochemical signatures of life from rock samples. Allowing these intelligent systems to choose both what to analyse and what to tell us back on Earth will overcome severe limits on how information is transmitted over huge distances in the search for life from distant planets.

NASA: Exoplanets With Oceans Likely Common

Guest “if we could only book oil & gas reserves like this” by David Middleton June 18, 2020 Are Planets with Oceans Common in the Galaxy? It’s Likely, NASA Scientists Find Several years ago, planetary scientist Lynnae Quick began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system,…

Astronomers find cosmic golden needle buried for two decades

Discovery sheds new light on famous Einstein ring; social distance science made possible with public W. M. Keck Observatory and NASA archive data W. M. Keck Observatory Maunakea, Hawaii – Determined to find a needle in a cosmic haystack, a pair of astronomers time traveled through archives of old data from W. M. Keck Observatory…

Geologic Map of Moon

USGS: First “Unified Geologic Map of the Moon”

Guest “how about that geology fans?” by David Middleton USGS Releases First-Ever Comprehensive Geologic Map of the Moon Release Date: APRIL 20, 2020 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –  Have you ever wondered what kind of rocks make up those bright and dark splotches on the moon? Well, the USGS has just released a new authoritative map to help explain the 4.5-billion-year-old history of our nearest neighbor in space. For the first time, the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped and uniformly classified by…

Exoplanets: How we’ll search for signs of life

Arizona State University Whether there is life elsewhere in the universe is a question people have pondered for millennia; and within the last few decades, great strides have been made in our search for signs of life outside of our solar system. NASA missions like the space telescope Kepler have helped us document thousands of…

Mars: Noachian River System May Have Flowed >100,000 Years

Noachian (4.1 – 3.7 billion years ago) The Noachian Period is named after Noachis Terra, an ancient highland region located between the huge Argyre and Hellas impact basins of the southern hemisphere. This was still a period of heavy bombardment, with numerous asteroid and comet impacts. These created the Hellas, Isidis and Argyre basins, the…

Trump administration drafting ‘Artemis Accords’ pact for moon mining

From Reuters Exclusive: Trump administration drafting ‘Artemis Accords’ pact for moon mining – sources Joey Roulette WASHINGTON(Reuters) – The Trump administration is drafting a legal blueprint for mining on the moon under a new U.S.-sponsored international agreement called the Artemis Accords, people familiar with the proposed pact told Reuters. The agreement would be the latest…

Mars Magnetic Dynamo: New Timeline

Guest “remote astro-geology” by David Middleton It’s very well established that in the distant past, Mars had enough surface water to erode and deposit a wide range of fluvial sedimentary features, including mudstone (a pretty good indication of past life). In order for Mars to have had liquid water at the surface, it would have…