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The 'man in the moon' may have been created by a massive volcano

The "man in the moon," a.k.a. the moon's 1,800-mile feature, Oceanus Procellarum, may have been formed by a massive volcano, new research suggests. Scientists used data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecrafts in a new study, published in the journal Nature. Show More Summary

The Aral Sea Flotilla--The Warships of a Lost Sea

4 hours agoOdd : Neatorama

(Image: NASA) The Aral Sea is--or was--a large body of water in Central Asia. It is divided between the nations of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. While the Soviet Union existed, the Aral Sea was entirely within its borders. Two rivers, the Amu Darya and Syr Darya, were the primary sources of water for the Aral Sea. Show More Summary

NASA Discovers Secret Behind 'Man in the Moon'

Until recently, it was believed that the 'man in the noon' — the craters that give the moon its human-like features — had been created by asteroid strikes Now, thanks to data from NASA’s GRAIL mission, which aims to create a high-res...Show More Summary

Swirling cloud at Titan's pole is cold and toxic

Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have discovered that a giant, toxic cloud is hovering over the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, after the atmosphere there cooled dramatically. The scientists found that this giant polar vortex contains frozen particles of the toxic compound hydrogen cyanide, or HCN.

Solving the mystery of the 'Man in the Moon': Volcanic plume, not an asteroid, likely created the moon's largest basin

New data obtained by NASA's GRAIL mission reveals that the Procellarum region on the near side of the moon -- a giant basin often referred to as the "man in the moon" -- likely arose not from a massive asteroid strike, but from a large plume of magma deep within the moon's interior.

How the Soviet Union destroyed the fourth biggest lake in the world

13 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

NASA has published these two images of the Aral Sea, which used to be the fourth biggest lake in the world before the Soviet Union plugged into the rivers that fed it to irrigate massive agricultural areas. The photo on the right was taken in 2000. On the left you can see its current state. Read more...

Yikes! This cloud on Saturn's moon Titan is made of icy poison

13 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

A strange cloud that NASA's Cassini spacecraft spotted on Saturn’s moon Titan two years ago appears to be made of icy hydrogen cyanide, a poison that on Earth has been used to kill everything from rats to whales.

NASA reveals details of mission to capture and bring asteroid to Earth

14 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

By the end of the decade, NASA will send a robotic spaceship to grab a 40-foot (12-meter) asteroid and bring it close to Earth, placing it in an orbit around the Moon, and then send astronauts in an Orion spaceship to study it. They just published six papers detailing this historic mission, crucial for humanity's future: Read more...

Ask Hackaday: Help NASA With Their High Altitude Problem

19 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Hack a Day

Unless you’ve been living under a high voltage transformer, you’ve probably heard that NASA has grounded the Space Shuttle fleet. This makes getting stuff to and from the International Space Station slightly more difficult. With theShow More Summary

US, India to Team Up on Mars Exploration

21 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

India's recent Mars success appears to have turned some heads. NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will investigate ways to collaborate on future missions to Mars, officials said Tuesday (Sept. 30). The announcement...Show More Summary

The World's Fourth-Largest Lake Has Nearly Disappeared

The Aral Sea, once the world's fourth-largest freshwater lake, is down to just 10% of its peak capacity. NASA released dramatic photos showing its rapid disintegration over the past 14 years, as the lakebed has given way to cracked soil...Show More Summary

Happy Fiscal Year 2015! Though NASA Still Doesn't Have a Budget

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill before taking off to campaign for re-election, keeping NASA's 2015 budget in limbo for another two months.

Mars Orbiter Mission activates all science instruments as NASA, ISRO form joint Mars working group

Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) began its science activities fully on Wednesday with all five science instruments being activated. And on Tuesday, an ISRO-NASA Mars working group was formed which will "seek to identify and implement scientific and technological goals that NASA and ISRO have in common regarding Mars exploration."

Cassini Observes Strange Feature In Hydrocarbon Seas On Saturn’s Moon Titan

A rather strange-looking “feature” was recently observed forming, and changing, in the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn’s moon Titan by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The interesting feature covers an area of over 100 square miles (260 square kilometers) in Ligeia Mare — one of the biggest seas on Titan. Show More Summary

Saturn Moon's 'Magic Island' Reappears, Stumps NASA

NASA's Cassini spacecraft first spotted a mysterious island-like feature in Ligeia Mare, a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan, in July 2013. When it faded away during later imaging, some scientists dubbed it "Magic Island." Then last month radar images showed that the island has returned, this time twice...

NASA satellite captures red dwarf 'superflare' 60 light years away

The latest "superflare" isn't a return of 1970s-era denim trends — NASA's Swift satellite has captured stunning images of a red dwarf star that's 60 light years away. NASA reports that on April 23, the satellite observed "the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen" from a red dwarf star. Show More Summary

Over Easy: NASA’s Terra Satellite Documents Aral Sea Disappearance

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite began documenting the decline of the Aral Sea in 2000. NASA now says that eastern basin of the South Aral Sea is completely dried for the first year in modern times. “This is the first time the eastern basin has completely dried in modern times,” [...]

The Quiet Chernobyl: NASA Releases Shocking Pictures Of The Loss Of The Aral Sea

These pictures from NASA are being called “the quiet Chernobyl.” It is the Aral Sea as seen in 2000 and as seen this year. The massive decline of water levels is particularly evidence from the black line showing the shoreline in the 1960s. In the United States and other cities, the world is facing a […]

Blood moon tetrad part 2 - Sukkot

COSMIC SYNCHRONICITY WATCH: Is lunar eclipse at Sukkot an ominous sign? (Edmon J. Rodman, JTA). Excerpt:Jeremy Schnittman, a research astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and an observant Jew, is putting...Show More Summary

U.S., India to collaborate on Mars exploration, Earth-observing mission

In a meeting Sept. 30, 2014 in Toronto, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars.

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