NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet

From NASA March 4, 2020 NASA’s Curiosity rover captured its highest-resolution panorama of the Martian surface between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Full image and caption NASA’s Curiosity rover has captured its highest-resolution panorama yet of the Martian surface. Composed of more than 1,000 images taken during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday and…

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#BeAnAstronaut: NASA Seeks Applicants to Explore Moon, Mars

From NASA NASA’s new class of astronauts – the first to graduate since the agency announced its Artemis program – appear on stage during their graduation ceremony at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Jan. 10, 2020. The class includes 11 NASA candidates, as well as two Canadian Space Agency (CSA) candidates, selected…

NASA Selects New Instrument to Continue Key Climate Record

From NASA Feb. 26, 2020 RELEASE 20-020 NASA Selects New Instrument to Continue Key Climate Record Earth’s outgoing longwave, or heat, radiation shown here as the average from 2000 to 2015 were measured by the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES) instruments on NASA’s Aqua and Terra satellites. Bright yellow and orange indicate…

NASA Flights Detect Millions of Arctic Methane Hotspots

From NASA Feature | February 18, 2020 The image shows a thermokarst lake in Alaska. Thermokarst lakes form in the Arctic when permafrost thaws. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech By Esprit Smith, NASA’s Earth Science News Team The Arctic is one of the fastest warming places on the planet. As temperatures rise, the perpetually frozen layer of soil,…

’Pale Blue Dot’ Revisited

From NASA Feb. 12, 2020 Full image and caption More About the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ 10 things you might not know about the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ image Print your very own poster of the ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Learn more about Voyager’s ‘Family Portrait’ of the solar system For the 30th anniversary of one of the…

NASA to Industry: Send Ideas for Lunar Rovers

From NASA Feb. 6, 2020 As NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program mounts toward a robust decade of modern science, research, and human exploration at the Moon, the agency is asking American companies to think about how to get around on the lunar surface. NASA issued two separate Requests for Information (RFI) seeking industry approaches for…

How ESA-NASA’s Solar Orbiter Beats the Heat

From NASA Feb. 4, 2020 When Solar Orbiter launches on its journey to the Sun, there’s one key piece of engineering making this ESA-NASA mission possible: the heat shield. Seeking a view of the Sun’s north and south poles, Solar Orbiter will journey out of the ecliptic plane — the belt of space, roughly in…

Active Volcanoes on Venus?

Guest geology by David Middleton Recent analyses of data collected by ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft indicates that some of the lava flows on Venus might be very young… RESEARCH ARTICLE PLANETARY SCIENCEPresent-day volcanism on Venus as evidenced from weathering rates of olivine Justin Filiberto1,*, David Trang2, Allan H. Treiman1 and Martha S. Gilmore3 Abstract At least some of Venus’…

Morocco’s Anti-Atlas Mountains

Dec. 26, 2019 The Anti-Atlas Mountains of Morocco formed as a result of the collision of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates about 80 million years ago. This collision destroyed the Tethys Ocean. The limestone, sandstone, claystone and gypsum layers that formed the ocean bed were folded and crumpled to create the Anti-Atlas Mountains. In…