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NASA Selects Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

NASA Selects Mission to Study Space Weather from Space Station

NASA has selected a new mission that will help scientists understand and, ultimately, forecast the vast space weather system around our planet. Space weather is important  because it can have profound impacts – affecting technology and astronauts in space, disrupting radio communications and, at its most severe, overwhelming power grids. The new experiment will, for […]

SUMMERS: What Happens Once People Land On Mars?

SUMMERS: What Happens Once People Land On Mars?

Michael Summers | Professor of Planetary Science and Astronomy . NASA robotic missions to Mars have revealed a world with an amazingly complex history, including periods in which it was much warmer, with oceans, volcanoes, and was habitable for many types of simple Earth life. Even now, Mars still has abundant subsurface water and organic […]

Farewell – NASA’s Record-Setting Rover Mission on Mars Comes to an End this Week

Farewell – NASA’s Record-Setting Rover Mission on Mars Comes to an End this Week

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA’s Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA’s return to the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in […]

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy’s planetary systems. The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer (SPHEREx) mission is a planned two-year mission funded at $242 million […]

The PI’s Perspective: Share the News—The Farthest Exploration of Worlds in History is Beginning!

The PI’s Perspective: Share the News—The Farthest Exploration of Worlds in History is Beginning!

Spend your New Year’s Eve with NASA, as New Horizons conducts the first close-up exploration of any Kuiper Belt object and the farthest exploration of any worlds in space ever attempted — more than 4 billion miles from Earth and a billion miles beyond Pluto! The New Horizons spacecraft is healthy and is now beginning […]

Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

Demonstration Proves Nuclear Fission System Can Provide Space Exploration Power

NASA and the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have successfully demonstrated a new nuclear reactor power system that could enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.  NASA announced the results of the demonstration, called the Kilopower Reactor Using Stirling Technology (KRUSTY) experiment,during a news conference Wednesday at its Glenn Research […]

More surprises on Ceres: astronomers discover an ice volcano

More surprises on Ceres: astronomers discover an ice volcano

  Pictures from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft seem to indicate that the dwarf planet was much more active than we thought. There is probably an ice volcano on Ceres. Image color indicates elevation. Image via NASA. Ceres is the largest body in the asteroid belt – too big to really be an asteroid, but too small […]

Jupiter’s Extended Family? A Billion or More

Jupiter’s Extended Family? A Billion or More

  Our galaxy is home to a bewildering variety of Jupiter-like worlds: hot ones, health cold ones, health giant versions of our own giant, pint-sized pretenders only half as big around. Astronomers say that in our galaxy alone, a billion or more such Jupiter-like worlds could be orbiting stars other than our sun. And we […]

NASA Symposium: Futuristic Space Exploration Concepts in Pasadena

NASA Symposium: Futuristic Space Exploration Concepts in Pasadena

  Proposals Include Wind-Powered Automatons and Icy Volcano Divers Each year, store NASA funds a handful of futuristic concepts to push forward the boundaries of space exploration. These early-stage proposals are selected with the hope of developing new ideas into realistic proofs-of-concept. From Aug. 23 to 25, thumb the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) symposium […]