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NASA Joins Euclid Dark Universe Mission NASA Joins Euclid Dark Universe Mission

NASA announced this week that it has joined the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Euclid mission. The mission will investigate dark matter and dark energy throughout the universe. In 2020, the mission will launch the Euclid space telescope, which will spend …

Mars Rover Curiosity Takes Nighttime Photos Mars Rover Curiosity Takes Nighttime Photos

NASA announced today that Mars rover Curiosity has used the camera on its arm to take pictures at night. The photos were of a rock named “Sayunei,” which Curiosity had purposely scuffed with its left-front wheel to uncover dust-free materials. …

NASA Telescope Finds Evidence of Solar Braiding NASA Telescope Finds Evidence of Solar Braiding

NASA this week announced that it has found the first clear evidence of energy transfer from the sun’s magnetic field to its corona. Called “solar braiding,” the process was only a theory until these new observations. The evidence comes from …

Mars Rover Opportunity Celebrates 9 Years on Mars Mars Rover Opportunity Celebrates 9 Years on Mars

Though the focus of 2012 was the new Curiosity rover, NASA’s Opportunity rover is still exploring the Martian landscape. The rover has now been examining the red planet for nine years. This week NASA revealed that Opportunity is currently examining …

Climate Change is Threatening the Amazon Rainforest, Says NASA Climate Change is Threatening the Amazon Rainforest, Says NASA

A NASA-led study has shown that a part of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California is still suffering from a “megadrought” that began in 2005. Researchers cited this and damage due to drought recurrences in the Amazon during …

Planetary Resources Shows Off Some New Asteroid Mining Tech Planetary Resources Shows Off Some New Asteroid Mining Tech
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Remember Planetary Resources? It’s the startup funded by the Google co-founders, James Cameron and others. The company’s goal is to send mining robots into space and collect valuable minerals and elements from the numerous asteroids that fly around our solar …

Mars Lake May Once Have Filled Martian Crater Mars Lake May Once Have Filled Martian Crater

While Mars Rover Curiosity is busy drilling rocks, NASA‘s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has provided new evidence of a possibly wet underground environment on Mars. The new evidence comes from Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) data of a …

The Moon Landing Wasn’t Faked, But Here’s Another Reason Why The Moon Landing Wasn’t Faked, But Here’s Another Reason Why
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There are still people out there who believe that the 1969 Moon landing was a hoax, perpetrated by the U.S. government and that everyone involved has successfully kept that fact from being exposed and proven for over 40 years. If …

Mapping The Moon And Mars Discussed At Google Mapping The Moon And Mars Discussed At Google

Google put up a new At Google talk with Ross Beyer from the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute and Intelligent Robotics Group at NASA Ames Research Center, who discusses making maps to explore the Earth, the Moon and …

Titan’s Craters Could be Filled With Hydrocarbon Sand, Says NASA Titan’s Craters Could be Filled With Hydrocarbon Sand, Says NASA

New findings from NASA‘s Cassini probe have revealed that Saturn’s moon Titan may look younger than it really is. Dunes of hydrocarbon sand have been slowly filling up the craters that pockmark the moon. “Most of the Saturnian satellites – …

Mona Lisa Beamed to the Moon by NASA Mona Lisa Beamed to the Moon by NASA
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This week NASA announced it has beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to a satellite orbiting the moon. The image treveled almost 240,000 miles from the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging (NGSLR) station at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center …

NASA Looks For the Origin of Life at the Bottom of the Ocean NASA Looks For the Origin of Life at the Bottom of the Ocean

NASA this week revealed that it is simulating the conditions believed to have created the organic molecules that may have been the precursors to life on Earth. An experiment at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is mimicking the conditions observed …

2012 the Ninth Warmest Year on Record, Says NASA 2012 the Ninth Warmest Year on Record, Says NASA

NASA announced this week that 2012 was the ninth warmest year since 1880, the earliest date to which global temperatures can be tracked. 2005 and 2010 rank as the hottest years on record, while all 10 of the warmest years …

Mars Rover Curiosity Drilling Rock Chosen Mars Rover Curiosity Drilling Rock Chosen

For more than a month now, Mars Rover Curiosity has been preparing to test its hammering drill on a Martian rock. The rover team took great pains to scan a low-lying area called “Yellowknife Bay” for the perfect rock specimen. …

NASA Shows Off Its 4K Sun Images NASA Shows Off Its 4K Sun Images

There’s a cost associated with being an early adopter, and it’s not just the higher prices. New media formats consistently outpace the rate at which content creators can adapt to the new formats. As a result, early adopters pay exorbitant …

Rogue Planet Orbit Spotted by NASA’s Hubble Rogue Planet Orbit Spotted by NASA’s Hubble
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New images of the Fomalhaut star system could show evidence of a “titanic planetary disruption.” Astronomers have found that the debris belt in the system is wider than was thought, and that a “rogue” planet has a precarious orbit that …

NASA Picture Shows Largest-Seen Spiral Galaxy NASA Picture Shows Largest-Seen Spiral Galaxy
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Astronomers this week unveiled a new image of the largest spiral galaxy known to exist. A larger version of the image can be seen here. The galaxy, named NGC 6872, was crowned with the title following an examination of archival …

“Doomsday” Asteroid Won’t Hit Earth in 2036 “Doomsday” Asteroid Won’t Hit Earth in 2036
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Earlier this week, astronomers with the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that they were collecting data on the asteroid Apophis as it made its most recent approach to Earth. The data was, among other things, meant to narrow the prediction …

New NASA Video Shows Massive Pulsar Jet in Action New NASA Video Shows Massive Pulsar Jet in Action

NASA this week released footage that shows exactly what a jet of particles shooting out from around a pulsar looks like. Astronomers say the new research could provide new insight into these super-dense objects. The video features the Vela pulsar, …

Vega Asteroid Belt Suggests Multiple Planets Vega Asteroid Belt Suggests Multiple Planets

Astronomers this week announced that they have discovered what could be an asteroid belt around the star Vega. NASA‘s Spitzer space telescope and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Herschel Space Observatory were used to observe the star, which is the …

NASA Spots Weather Patterns on Brown Dwarf NASA Spots Weather Patterns on Brown Dwarf

Astronomers this week announced that they have produced a “weather map” for a brown dwarf that shows planet-sized clouds driven by wind. Brown dwarfs are objects at the edge of becoming a star. They lack the mass to begin hydrogen …