The Mars rover has delivered what a NASA scientist calls an "oh my gosh moment"—it detected methane on the red planet, reports the New York Times. The discovery is making headlines because the gas had to originate somewhere, and one possibility is that the source is some form of...
Today, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity tweeted some exciting news: Certified organics! I detected organics for the 1st time on the surface of Mars #AGU14 http://t.co/TsMs5LEW8b pic.twitter.com/AVk5Wxp5G0 — Curiosity Rover (@MarsCuriosity)...Show More Summary
It will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers) -- around 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest U.S. reservoir -- to recover from California's continuing drought, according to a new analysis of NASA satellite data.
NASA's Curiosity rover has recently made a surprising find on Mars that could help scientists get one step closer to figuring out if the Red Planet has ever supported life. The 1-ton Curiosity rover also discovered a fleeting spike in the levels of methane at its landing site, Gale Crater. Show More Summary
New data from NASA satellites offer a dour assessment of California's drought
Martian hunters, rejoice: NASA's Curiosity Rover just found evidence of methane gas on Mars. That means there's hope for life up there yet. Last year NASA's Curiosity Rover found no evidence of methane gas on Mars, leading scientists to conclude the planet couldn't sustain life. Show More Summary
The Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced three shock waves. The most recent shock wave, first observed in February 2014, still appears to be going on. One wave, previously reported, helped researchers determine that Voyager 1 had entered interstellar space.
In what can only be described as a prime example of government waste, NASA spent $349 million on a tower in Mississippi that they never even used. The worst part about the project, Congress and NASA knew that the tower would never be used four years before the project finished. Show More Summary
NASA is asking you, dear readers, to help them name five craters on the surface of Mercury - and they want you to name them after awesome people, too.
This satellite image was taken of Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport in September of this year. It shows spec ops C-130s and CV-22s, Navy P-3s and Super Hornets, a lone King Air and one conspicuously bright white plane. It's a WB-57 and technically it belongs to NASA, but it's not there to map the atmosphere or the stars. Read more...
Methane, in small quantities, is a constant on Mars. The scientists behind the Curiosity rover have seen that for years now. But a paper published Tuesday details that NASA is seeing something…
SAN FRANCISCO — Forget about the possibility that a single "atmospheric river" storm could end California's worst drought in at least 1,200 years, NASA researchers said Tuesday Instead, it will take 11 trillion gallons of water, which...Show More Summary
New results from NASA's Curiosity rover are painting a curious picture of the planet's methane. The level of methane found in the Gale Crater is less than expected, based on prediction models. But every once in awhile, it spikes. NASA scientists believe that means that the gas is being produced somewhere nearby -- though they aren't sure where or how.Read full article >>
11 trillion. 11,000,000,000,000. However, you wrap your brain around it, that number is hard to fathom. But that's how many gallons of water California's three-year drought has sucked from the Earth, according to NASA. Read more...
A new analysis of NASA satellite data reveals that it will take about 11 trillion gallons of water (42 cubic kilometers), which is about 1.5 times the maximum volume of the largest reservoir in the USA, to recover from California's continuing drought. Read the rest
This short film gives an inside look at how NASA astronaut Don Pettit captures breathtaking images of Earth's most famous phenomena - aurora, star trails, city lights, and more - from the inside the International Space Station. Produced by Smug Mug Follow Smug Mug: On Youtube Join the conversation about this story »
Six months ago, NASA finished building a brand new $349 million vacuum test chamber—but it was no occasion for celebration. The rocket it was supposed to test was canceled years ago. This huge structure in Mississippi is now just a massive symbol of pork. Read more...
This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars' atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere, implying both types of activity occur on modern Mars.Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SAM-GSFC/Univ. Show More Summary
The Washington Post reports that NASA finished a $349 million construction project in Mississippi this summer — but after the tower was built, it was immediately shut down. In NASA terms, the project, officially called the A-3 test stand, was "mothballed" — a.k.a., closed permanently, without ever being used. Show More Summary