For International Women's Day, flashback to the early days of NASA. Fundamental research in aerodynamics using wind tunnels and the very earliest push into supersonic flight piling up stacks of data. All that data went through computers, the women who performed data transcription and reduction. Read more...
NASA wants to visit Jupiter's moon Europa. Why's that exciting? In a word: Water. As this visualization shows, the icy moon may look tiny next to our own planet, but it's got 2- to 3-times as much H 2 O as we have here on Earth. That "little" moon is packing quite the store of water — and with it, scientists think, a significant chance of harboring life. Read more...
But probably couldn't have saved the Corvettes in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Since 2012, a monstrous sinkhole in Bayou Corn Louisiana has been swallowing up land in giant, tree-sized gulps, growing to a whopping 25-acres. Now, analyses of NASA radar data indicate the land showed signs of collapsing before the sinkhole opened. This raises a pressing question: Could sinkholes like Bayou Corne's be predicted before they happen? Read more...
This is a cake. Really. BethAnn Goldberg of Studio Cake can make a cake look like anything you want. But then again, she’s a former NASA engineer, so she could probably make anything she wants. See her cakes that would be mistaken for real shoes, cameras, books, sandwiches, board games, and more at My Modern Met.
Artist Kim Keever dumps industrial paint into a 200-gallon tank then photographs what happens. Before switching to the creative life in the 1970s, artist Kim Keever worked as a thermal engineer on NASA projects. Perhaps this is why his abstract imagery has the air of a particularly thrilling science experiment. Read Full Story
After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."
Using data from NASA's Van Allen Probes, researchers have tested and improved a model to help forecast what's happening in the radiation environment of near-Earth space -- a place seething with fast-moving particles and a space weather system that varies in response to incoming energy and particles from the sun. read more
NASA is preparing to test new satellite refueling technology on the International Space Station. It names human exploration of distant space as a motivator.
There are two developing areas of tropical low pressure that lie east and west of Queensland, Australia. System 96P and System 98P, respectively. The MODIS instrument that flies aboard both NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites captured images of both tropical trouble-makers as each satellite passed overhead on March 7. read more
New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La., that year. The findings suggest such radar data, if...Show More Summary
This series of images shows the asteroid P/2013 R3 breaking apart, as viewed by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in 2013. This is the first time that such a body has been seen to undergo this kind of break-up. The...
Asteroids are known to break up near the sun. NASA's Hubble space telescope has now captured images of an asteroid breaking up in the asteroid belt, an event that astronomers expected was possible but had never seen.
In a rather intriguing twist, it appears that NASA is now mandated by law to fly a robotic mission to Jupiter's watery moon Europa. Europa is an incredibly exciting science target, as it's believed to have a 100-kilometer-thick (62 miles) outer layer of water, with water ice on top (it's very cold out there) and a liquid water ocean beneath that. Show More Summary
Asteroids are known to break up near the sun, but never in the asteroid belt. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured this never-before-seen event.
Astronomers say that magnetic storms in the gas orbiting young stars may explain a mystery that has persisted since before 2006. Researchers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to study developing stars have had a hard time figuring out why the...
Europa, one of Jupiter’s 67 moons (not a typo!), is one of the most interesting bodies in our solar system. It’s covered with a thick, mostly smooth layer of ice with dark streaks crisscrossing the entire surface. What NASA finds most interesting is the fact that there is an ocean of liquid water under the ice.
Five years ago today, on March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies to find planets around other stars within a field of view 1/400th of the Milky Way in search of potentially habitable worlds. Since....
Asteroids are often seen breaking up near the sun, but never in the asteroid belt -- until now
New analysis adds an interesting wrinkle to our understanding of the nature of the so-called warming hiatus. (Astronaut photograph ISS015-E-10469, courtesy NASA/JSC) New analysis concludes the hots are still getting hotter. The so-called...Show More Summary