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Rover's Discovery Raises Hopes of Life on Mars

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...

NASA Mars Rover Has Found Organic Molecules In Martian Soil For The First Time

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

NASA data underscore severity of California drought

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.

Curiosity discovers methane and organic compounds on Mars

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

NASA: California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain

4 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

New data from NASA satellites offer a dour assessment of California's drought

Methane gas on Mars could mean signs of life

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

NASA Voyager: 'Tsunami wave' still flies through interstellar space

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.

NASA Spends $349 Million On Tower, Closes It The Day It Is Finished Never To Be Used

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

There’s A Contest To Name A Crater On Mercury After Someone; We Believe Only One Name Will Do

4 days agoOdd : Geekosystem

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.

Why There's A NASA Jet At A Massive Military Complex In Africa

4 days agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

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...

Martian methane spikes could hint at life (but probably not)

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…

California will need 11 trillion gallons of water to end epic drought, NASA says

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

Curiosity readings point to mysterious, pulsing source of methane on Mars

4 days agoHealth : The Checkup

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 >>

Drought Cost California 11 Trillion Gallons of Water

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from ongoing drought

4 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

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

NASA Astronaut Reveals His Favorite Part Of The Job

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 »

NASA Spent $349 Million on a Test Tower It Has No Plans to Use 

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

On Mars, NASA rover discovers mysterious methane emissions

4 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

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

NASA built a $349 million tower only to shut it down before it was ever used

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

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