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Astronomers Spot ‘Bridge’ of Hot Gas Connecting Galaxy Clusters

Astronomers using the Planck space telescope have confirmed the presence of a bridge of hot gas bridging the 10 million light-years of intergalactic space between two galaxy clusters. “Planck is helping to reveal hidden material between galaxy clusters that we …

Mars Rover Curiosity On the Move Again, With Rumors of a “Big” Discovery
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After spending weeks stationed at the “Rocknest” site scooping up soil samples, Mars rover Curiosity this past week got the chance to once again drive across the surface of Mars. NASA announced today that over the weekend the rover first …

NASA Study Finds Global Sea Level Rising Once Again

Though the world’s oceans have been steadily rising at a rate of 3.2 mm per year for decades now, NASA scientists reported last year that the global sea level had actually dropped sharply between early 2010 and summer 2011, by …

NASA May Have Found A New Most Distant Galaxy
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NASA today announced that astronomers have found a candidate for the new most distant galaxy ever seen. This comes just after a similar announcement in September, when a different red blob took the record. The object, dubbed MACS0647-JD, is observed …

Mars Rover Curiosity Measures Wind, Radiation Patterns on Mars

NASA announced today that, aside from scooping and analyzing Martian soil, Mars rover Curiosity’s measurements of wind and radiation patterns on Mars are helping researchers better understand the environment near the surface of Mars. Researchers with the Mars Science Laboratory …

Mars Rover Curiosity Chemically Analyzes Martian Soil

Mars rover Curiosity has placed the first solid sample of Martian soil into its Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. The sample’s chemical makeup has been analyzed, looking specifically for compounds found in environments that can support life. The results …

NASA’s Mars Odyssey is Back Up and Running
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NASA announced today that the Mars Odyssey orbiter has switched to a set of redundant equipment and has resumed its observational and relay duties. The equipment that was switched on, which included the orbiter’s backup main computer, had not been …

NASA Study Grades Climate Models, Finds Higher Temperatures Likely

NASA today announced the results of a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. It shows that climate model projections that predict a greater rise in global temperature are more likely to be accurate than those predicting a …

Mars Rover Curiosity Team Switches to Earth Time
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NASA announced today that the Mars rover Curiosity team will be switching back to Earth time. The team has spent the three months since Curiosity landed on Mars operating on Martian time. Mars has a day (called a “sol” by …

Mars Rover Curiosity Reveals Loss of Mars’ Atmosphere

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is now helping scientists understand how much of its original atmosphere the red planet may have lost. The data could help researchers predict whether Mars was ever habitable. Using its on-board Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) …

Angry Birds and NASA Detail Mars Rover Curiosity’s Mission

Anyone who has played Angry Birds Space knows that the game contains a satellite that links to a NASA mobile web page that educates kids on the effects of microgravity and that Angry Birds celebrated the landing of NASA’s Curiosity …

NASA’s Dawn Discovers ‘Young’ Surface on Asteroid
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NASA announced today that data from its Dawn probe show the giant asteroid Vesta is constantly “stirring” its surface, presenting a “young” appearance. The type of weathering that occurs on airless bodies, such as the moon, does not alter Vesta’s …

Mars Rover Curiosity’s First Mineralogy Analysis Shows Basaltic-Like Soil
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NASA today announced the results of Mars rover Curiosity’s initial analysis of the soil it has been scooping now for weeks. The results show that the Martian soil around the “Rocknest” area resembles weathered basaltic soils of volcanic origin in …

Mars Rover Curiosity Still Scooping Away
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Mars rover Curiosity continued to sample soil at the dusty “Rocknest” location on Mars this week. The rover has been stationed at the site for nearly one Earth month. The rover this week used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) …

NASA Develops a 3-D Imaging Radar For Oil Spills

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) researchers have developed a method of using a specialized 3-D imaging radar to “characterize” the oil in oil spills. This represents the first time it has been demonstrated that such a radar system can be …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Fourth Scoop
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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity took its fourth scoop of Martian soil over the weekend and yesterday was issued commands to place a bit of the sample into the rover’s Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument. Another sieved portion of the scoop …

Mars Rover Curiosity’s Third Scoop Being Analyzed
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Earlier this week, NASA announced that Mars rover Curiosity had taken its third scoop of Martian soil. Based on a previously announced plan, the third scoop was to be the first sample analyzed by Curiosity’s on-board equipment. Today NASA announced …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes a Third Scoop of Martian Soil

NASA has announced that Mars rover Curiosity will take its third scoop of Martian soil sometime today. While this may be the third scoop for the rover, it’s the first one that will be placed into its on-board equipment for …

Jovian Trojan Asteroids’ Secrets Uncovered by NASA’s WISE
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NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) may have been decommissioned last year, but the data it has provided is continuing to reveal clues about our solar system. NASA today announced that researchers using data from WISE have discovered a bit …

Mars Rover Curiosity Preparing to Analyze Martian Dirt

NASA researchers have begun preparing Mars rover Curiosity to scoop up Martian soil for testing. The rover was designed to be capable of placing soil into its analytical instruments, but these capabilities have not been tested since its arrival on …

Mars Rover Opportunity to Thoroughly Examine Matijevic Hill

While Mars rover Curiosity might be getting all the attention these days, Mars rover Opportunity is still active during it’s ninth year on Mars. Starting this week, Opportunity will spend weeks or months investigating the unique geological feature of a …