Are Water Plumes Spraying from Europa? NASA’s Europa Clipper is on the Case

From NASA Finding plumes at Europa is an exciting prospect, but scientists warn it’ll be tricky, even from up close. In 2005, images of a brilliant watery plume erupting from…

Hubble Witnesses Shock Wave of Colliding Gases in Running Man Nebula

Hubble observed this region to look for stellar jets and planet-forming disks around young stars, and examine how their environment affects the evolution of such disks.

NASA, USGS Release First Landsat 9 Images

Landsat 9’s first images capture critical observations about our changing planet and will advance this joint mission of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey that provides critical data about Earth’s…

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 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…

Drought Makes its Home on the Range

From NASA As Tracy Schohr goes about her day, water is always on her mind. She’s thinking of it as she rides an all-terrain vehicle around the pasture, looks up…

Mapping the Universe’s Earliest Structures with COSMOS-Webb

When NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope begins science operations in 2022, one of its first tasks will be an ambitious program to map the earliest structures in the universe. Called…

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…

Salts Could Be Important Piece of Martian Organic Puzzle, NASA Scientists Find

“The fact that there’s organic matter preserved in 3-billion-year-old rocks, and we found it at the surface, is a very promising sign that we might be able to tap more…

A New Space Instrument Captures Its First Solar Eruption

Solar Orbiter has already taken the closest picture of the Sun to date, and it will only get closer. Solar Orbiter’s official mission begins in November, when SoloHI and the…

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid Sample

After nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and…

Claim: Direct Observations Confirm that Humans are Throwing Earth’s Energy Budget off Balance

The new technique is computationally faster than previous model-based methods, allowing researchers to monitor radiative forcing in almost real time. The method could be used to track how human emissions…

Peering into a Galaxy’s Dusty Core to Study an Active Supermassive Black Hole

What, precisely, is happening at its core to cause all this activity? Upcoming observations led by Nora Lützgendorf and Macarena García Marín of the European Space Agency using NASA’s James…

In First, Scientists Trace Fastest Solar Particles to Their Roots on the Sun

“Normally, you have to infer this kind of thing – you’d say, ‘look we saw an SEP and a solar flare, and the SEP probably came from the solar flare,’”…

Serendipitous Juno Spacecraft Detections Shatter Ideas About Origin of Zodiacal Light

From NASA Look up to the night sky just before dawn, or after dusk, and you might see a faint column of light extending up from the horizon. That luminous…

NASA Scientists Complete 1st Global Survey of Freshwater Fluctuation

“We’re now able to measure all of these lakes and reservoirs with the same ‘ruler,’ over and over again,” Neumann said. “It’s a great example of another science application that…

NASA Missions Make Unprecedented Map of Sun’s Magnetic Field

A major goal of heliophysics – the science of the Sun’s influence on space, including planetary atmospheres – is to predict space weather, which often begins on the Sun but…

NASA-funded Network Tracks the Recent Rise and Fall of Ozone Depleting Pollutants

Due in large part to effective monitoring, and subsequent reaction to the 2018 report, data and analysis in these two papers (published in February 2021) suggest that both the renewed…

Exploring the Solar Wind With A New View of Small Sun Structures

Scientists have combined NASA data and cutting-edge image processing to gain new insight into the solar structures that create the Sun’s flow of high-speed solar wind, detailed in new research…

Hubble Views a Galactic Waterfall

Interacting galaxies, such as these, are so named because of the influence they have on each other, which may eventually result in a merger or a unique formation. Already, these…

NASA supercomputing study breaks ground for tree mapping, carbon research

Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and international collaborators demonstrated a new method for mapping the location and size of trees growing outside of forests, discovering…

NASA’s ICESat-2 Measures Arctic Ocean’s Sea Ice Thickness, Snow Cover

From NASA May 14, 2020 Arctic sea ice helps keep Earth cool, as its bright surface reflects the Sun’s energy back into space. Each year scientists use multiple satellites and…

Telescopes and Spacecraft Join Forces to Probe Deep into Jupiter’s Atmosphere

From NASA May 7, 2020 NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and the ground-based Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have teamed up with the Juno spacecraft to probe the mightiest storms in the…

Hubble Finds Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole

From NASA March 31, 2020 Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as “intermediate-mass,” which betrayed…