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New NASA Technology --"One of Earth's Largest Volcanoes Helps Set the Stage for Human Exploration of Other Worlds"

On the rust-colored north flank of one of Earth's largest volcanoes, a backpack-sized instrument monitors our atmosphere and, at the same time, helps set the stage for possible human exploration of other worlds. Designed and built at NASA's Goddard Space...        

NASA Alert: Cassini Takes 1st Dive Through Narrow Gap Between Saturn & its Rings Today --"A Region No Spacecraft has Ever Explored"

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017. Because that gap is a region no spacecraft has ever explored, Cassini will use its dish-shaped high-gain...        

NASA spacewalking suits in short supply, report finds

A new report finds that NASA's spacewalking suits are in short supply. The suits were developed more than 40 years ago, and a replacement is still years away. That's despite nearly $200 million spent on new suit technology for Mars and other future space travel.

Spacecraft flies between Saturn and rings in historic first

NASA's Cassini spacecraft ventured Wednesday into the never-before-explored region between Saturn and its rings.

'Iceball' planet discovered through microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun. The planet is likely far too cold to be habitable for life as we know it, however, because its star is so faint. But the discovery adds to scientists' understanding of the types of planetary systems that exist beyond our own.

Sun's eruptions might all have same trigger

Large and small scale solar eruptions might all be triggered by a single process, according to new research that leads to better understanding of the Sun's activity.

'Cold Spot' Anomaly Billions of Light Years Across --"Caused By a Collision With Another Universe"

"This means we can't entirely rule out that the Spot is caused by an unlikely fluctuation explained by the standard model. But if that isn't the answer, then there are more exotic explanations. Perhaps the most exciting of these is...        

'Ageless' silicon throughout Milky Way may indicate a well-mixed galaxy

As galaxies age, some of their basic chemical elements can also show signs of aging. This aging process can be seen as certain atoms "put on a little weight," meaning they change into heavier isotopes—atoms with additional neutrons in their nuclei.

Sequencing the station: Investigation aims to identify unknown microbes in space

(NASA/Johnson Space Center) Building on the ability to sequence DNA in space and previous investigations, Genes in Space-3 is a collaboration to prepare, sequence and identify unknown organisms, entirely from space.

The Crazy Scale of Human Carbon Emission

Want some perspective on how much carbon dioxide human activity produces? Here it is. -- Read more on

NASA Out of Cassini Spacecraft Radio Contact Before Final Ring Dives and Death Plunge --"Will Gather Amazing New Data About This Huge World"

Controllers and scientists must wait until Thursday to hear from the Cassini spacecraft that was due early on Wednesday to make the first of 22 dives in between Saturn's cloud tops and the inner edge of its spectacular rings designed...        

"Mystery of Instant Life" Microbes Appear Out of Nowhere To Colonize a Volcano Eruption

Researchers have discovered just that, identifying a new species of furry white bacteria covering a submerged volcano 130 meters (426 feet) below sea level in the Canary Islands that appeared to have started colonizing the volcano as soon as the...        

A good Week for ISS passes, including seeing the ISS shoot through Orions Belt (27 April - 2 May)

The ISS passes almost over ? Orion, as seen from Melbourne on the evening of Sunday 30 April at 19:28 AEST. Simulated in Stellarium (the ISS will actually be a bright dot), click to embiggen. The ISS passes almost over Alnitak, as seen from Adelaide on the evening of Saturday 29 April at 18:56 ACST. Show More Summary

Detector delivery marks another Euclid milestone

ESA's Euclid mission has passed another important milestone with the delivery of the first three state-of-the art detectors for the Near-Infrared Spectrometer and Photometer instrument.

Satellite Eye on Earth: March 2017 – in pictures

Mount Etna, India’s ship graveyard and trees in Africa are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month The Mackenzie river system is Canada’s largest watershed, and the 10th largest water basin in the world. Show More Summary

Designing the hanging gardens of Mars

NASA is all about solving challenges, and the goal of having a prolonged presence in space, or a colony on Mars or some other world, is full of challenges, including the necessity of growing food. Scientists at Kennedy Advanced Life Support Research are working on the Prototype Lunar/Mars Greenhouse Project to try and meet that challenge.

NASA balloon mission launches, with goal of breaking flight record

NASA on April 24 launched a football-stadium-sized, super-pressure balloon on a mission that aims to set a record for flight duration while carrying a telescope that scientists at the University of Chicago and around the world will use to study cosmic rays.

The first Space Launch System flight will probably be delayed

NASA's new heavy lift rocket is currently scheduled to launch the Orion spacecraft on a test flight next year. But all signs are pointing to a probable delay.

The way we were

Technology image of the week: Preparing ESA’s Geos-1 satellite for its launch back in April 1977

The discovery of alien life may be close. How will religion survive it? | Santhosh Mathew

Encounters with new worlds and new life will present religions with the ultimate theological conundrum. But they will adapt, as they have done before About two decades ago, it was quite uncertain whether stars other than our own sun even hosted their own planets. Show More Summary

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