With the help of the Hubble Space Telescope, a NASA team has discovered a patch of low-mass brown dwarf planets in the Orion Nebula with water in their atmospheres, according to a release from NASA. The population of brown dwarfs is the largest known to researchers and they’re all surrounded by a...
The last time astronauts were able to get a direct flight from the U.S. to the stars was in 2011 when Space Shuttle Atlantis flew its last mission. That could change soon with both Boeing and SpaceX working to convince NASA that they...Show More Summary
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's JPSS-1 satellite provided a visible image of the tropical storm after it made landfall along the Pilbara Coast in the northwestern part of Western Australia.
NASA scientists discovered eight instances of ice exposed on the Martian surface. While scientists have long known about the red planet's sub-surface ice sheets, this is the first time ice has been seen exposed and easily accessible. The...Show More Summary
This is a video created by NASA using actual visible-light observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and infrared-light observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope and combining them along with some CGI to create a beautiful speed-of-light fly through the Orion Nebula. Show More Summary
NASA has a lot to consider before assigning crews to the first flights.
In a technology first, a team of NASA engineers has demonstrated fully autonomous X-ray navigation in space -- a capability that could revolutionize NASA's ability in the future to pilot robotic spacecraft to the far reaches of the solar system...
Skylights are just as hot an amenity on the moon as on Earth.
We've known for years that there is at least some water ice on Mars, but it's been hard to pin down where it is and how easy it would be to extract. New data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicates it could be almost everywhere. The post NASA Finds Vast Deposits of Ice Just Under Martian Surface appeared first on ExtremeTech.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter satellite has found clues to possible lava tubes on the Moon that could provide ready-built accommodation and supplies for future astronauts. The post NASA finds possible lava tubes that could support lunar colonies appeared first on Skymania News. Show More Summary
A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping concentrations of key carbon gases from a new vantage point: geostationary orbit. Show More Summary
NASA’s plan to routinely ferry astronauts into orbit using private spacecraft—initially slated to start last year—has slipped until at least the spring of 2019 and unresolved hazards threaten further delays.
Oh, the places we'll go!
The year just gone was a momentous one for furthering our understanding of the universe. SpaceX now routinely lands its rockets, NASA's Cassini craft crashed into Saturn in a spectacular and invaluable mission finale and researchers proved once and for all the existence of gravitational waves. Show More Summary
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has spied a unique object in the debris-filled asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: a pair of asteroids — orbiting tightly around each other — that also show comet-like characteristics, including a bright halo of ice and dust known as a coma and a long tail of dust. Show More Summary
"Being able to fly through the nebula's tapestry in three dimensions gives people a much better sense of what the universe is really like," explained the Space Telescope Science Institute's visualization scientist Frank Summers, who led the team that developed...
Mars may not be as dry as it looks. NASA and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) have used instruments onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) to analyze the vertical structure and thickness of buried ice sheets, which preserve...Show More Summary
Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts. While scientists already knew that about a third of the surface...
If future astronauts need to mine water on Mars, they may not even have to dig. Thanks to erosion wearing away the Martian surface, scientists using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have spotted thick deposits of ice in the planet’s mid-latitudes that extend hundreds of feet deep. The discovery,...
Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region.