Dust storms linked to gas escape from Mars atmosphere

Dust storms linked to gas escape from Mars atmosphere

Two 2001 images from the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor orbiter show a dramatic change in the planet’s appearance when haze raised by dust-storm activity in the south became globally distributed. The images were taken about a month apart. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> […]

Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features

Saturn’s moon Titan sports Earth-like features

From Science Daily Using the now-complete Cassini data set, Cornell astronomers have created a new global topographic map of Saturn’s moon Titan that has opened new windows into understanding its liquid flows and terrain. Two new papers, published Dec. 2 in Geophysical Review Letters, describe the map and discoveries arising from it. Creating the map took […]

Bright areas on Ceres suggest geologic activity

Bright areas on Ceres suggest geologic activity

The bright areas of Occator Crater — Cerealia Facula in the center and Vinalia Faculae to the side — are examples of bright material found on crater floors on Ceres. This is a simulated perspective view. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> If you could fly aboard NASA’s […]

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission performs first supersonic parachute test

A 58-foot-tall Black Brant IX sounding rocket launches from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Oct. 4. This was the first test of the Mars 2020 mission’s parachute-testing series, the Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment, or ASPIRE. Image credit: NASA/Wallops br /> › Larger view › Larger view”/> Landing on Mars is difficult and not […]

NASA Mars orbiter views rover climbing Mount Sharp

NASA Mars orbiter views rover climbing Mount Sharp

The feature that appears bright blue at the center of this scene is NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover amid tan rocks and dark sand on Mount Sharp, as viewed by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on June 5, 2017. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona › Full image and caption › Full image and […]

NASA’s asteroid-hunting spacecraft a discovery machine

NASA’s asteroid-hunting spacecraft a discovery machine

This movie shows the progression of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) investigation for the mission’s first three years following its restart in December 2013. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/JHU › Full image and caption › Full image and caption”/> NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey […]

Not much dust as Cassini flew through between Saturn and its rings

Not much dust as Cassini flew through between Saturn and its rings

What lies in the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings? According to new data from Cassini, the answer is — not much. NASA scientists are reporting that the Cassini spacecraft has encountered less dust than expected in this formerly unexplored region. This is great news for the mission’s engineers, who worried that even a […]

NASA is designing small away-from-home-ecosystems to make space exploration sustainable

NASA is designing small away-from-home-ecosystems to make space exploration sustainable

Researchers at NASA and the University of Arizona, Tucson will be working together to bring long-term sustainability to our space pioneers – one greenhouse at a time. The prototype greenhouse housed at the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. Image credits University of Arizona Astronauts have already shown the world their green thumbs by […]

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