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A Change In Congress Has Increased The Chances Of A Europa Mission

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) is now chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. His Houston district is close to the Johnson Spaceflight Center, so he's enthusiastic about NASA—and he's especially excited about a mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa. Read more...

Europa, extreme shrimp, and the search for alien life

6 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab just published two interesting new videos about the search for life beyond Earth. Read the rest

Jupiter's moon Europa, as you've never seen it before

6 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

NASA has issued a new image of Jupiter's moon, Europa. Read the rest

New View of the Solar System’s Most Fascinating Moon

NASA's reprocessed picture of Jupiter's Europa gives us a fresh look at the likeliest place in the solar system for extraterrestrial life.

BEAM ME UP: NASA Just Set a New Quantum Teleportation Record of 15 Miles. Of course, if you coul…

BEAM ME UP: NASA Just Set a New Quantum Teleportation Record of 15 Miles. Of course, if you could actually teleport human-sized objects, we’d probably start with warheads....

Discussion Section: Let's Discuss Control Rooms as 'Highly Charged Mythic Spaces'

The Mission Operations Control Room in NASA's Mission Control Center during the Apollo Soyuz docking in 1975. Photo via Wikimedia Commons Because it's Friday and YOLO and the Europeans landed on a comet last week, let's all take a trip...


NASA Computer Model Provides a New Portrait of Carbon Dioxide Patrick Lynch, November 17, 2014 (NASA) “An ultra-high-resolution NASA computer model has given scientists a stunning new look at how carbon dioxide in the atmosphere travels...Show More Summary

A New NASA Map Depicts 20 Years Of Fireball Events Across The Globe

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Bolides, more commonly known as fireballs, are small asteroids that impact Earth's atmosphere and create very bright meteors as they disintegrate. NASA has compiled data on each and every impact around the world since 1994. Read mor...

A Mission to Europa Just Got a Whole Lot More Likely

Rep. John Culberson, an outspoken supporter of Europa exploration, will assume leadership of an influential congressional committee that funds NASA.

Warmest October On Record GISS NASA

The data for October has just been added to the NOAA GISS instrument record, which runs from 1880 to the present. October was the warmest on record, just beating out 2005. Overall, it is looking increasingly likely that 2014 will tie or beat the record for warmest year in the instrumental record, in terms of…

An Incredibly Detailed Geologic Map Of Giant Asteroid Vesta

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Appearing in the December issue of the journal Icarus, this beautiful geologic map of big ol' asteroid/minor-planet Vesta was created by a team led by planetary scientist David Williams, from data collected by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its 15-month orbit of the oblong object between 2011 and 2012. Read more...

Gizmodo Visits NASA: Taking Virtual Reality To A Whole New Level

We’ve seen how NASA recreates the vacuum of space right here on Earth, but what about the gravity of space? What about the forces of inertia? When large objects move and behave so differently, how to you train for a mission so you know what to expect when you get there? Like this. More »      

This bizarre drone decomposes upon impact

While we wait for Amazon to figure out how to drone-deliver our next order of energy drinks or iPhone cases, NASA has been busy coming up with a way to make sure when a quadcopter crash-lands somewhere there will no … Read more ›

25 Years of Photographing NASA’s Abandoned Launch Sites

last weekArts : Hyperallergic

Photographer Roland Miller has spent 25 years gaining access to abandoned NASA sites across the United States, capturing their history and strange imagery before they disappear.

Riddle of the missing stars: Hubble observations cast further doubt on how globular clusters formed

Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, some of the most mysterious cosmic residents have just become even more puzzling. New observations of globular clusters in a small galaxy show they are very similar to those found in the Milky Way, and so must have formed in a similar way.

How does space affect men and women differently?

Image by NASA/NSBRI On Earth, human bodies share many similarities, yet also possess many differences, including factors influenced by both sex and gender. However, what happens to those factors when you put the human body in space? A...Show More Summary

NASA's Swift mission probes an exotic object: 'Kicked' black hole or mega star?

Astronomers have discovered an unusual source of light in a galaxy some 90 million light-years away. The dwarf galaxy Markarian 177 (center) and its unusual source SDSS1133 (blue) lie 90 million light-years away. The galaxies are located in the bowl of the Big Dipper, a well-known star pattern in the constellation Ursa Major.

GPM measured Tropical Storm Adjali's rainfall before dissipation

Moderate rainfall was occurring around the center of Tropical Storm Adjali before it dissipated, according to data from NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM satellites. Adjali became the first named storm of the Southwest Indian Ocean 2014/2015 cyclone season when it formed on November 16, 2014. Show More Summary

Deserted Space: Photos Document NASA’s Abandoned Launch Pads

The race for space has shifted gears in recent years with the rise of private programs, leaving a series of amazing space-related graveyards around the United...

NASA's Voyage to Asteroid Bennu --"A Pristine Time Capsule of Our Origins" (VIDEO)

Born from the rubble of a violent collision, hurled through space for millions of years and dismembered by the gravity of planets, asteroid Bennu had a tough life in a rough neighborhood: the early solar system. "Bennu's Journey," a new...

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