Tag: NASA

NASA’s newly landed OSIRIS-REx probe discovers water on asteroid.

December 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA’s newly landed OSIRIS-REx probe discovers water on asteroid.

Recently analysed data from NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has revealed water locked inside the clays that make up its scientific target, the asteroid Bennu. During the mission’s approach phase, between mid-August and early December, the spacecraft travelled 1.4 million miles (2.2 million km) on its journey from Earth to […]

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Voyager 2 goes interstellar.

December 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Voyager 2 goes interstellar.

For the second time in human history, an artificial Terran object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun. Comparing data from different instruments aboard the trailblazing spacecraft, mission scientists determined the probe crossed […]

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Mars or Bust! InSight Lander probes the Red Planet.

November 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Mars or Bust! InSight Lander probes the Red Planet.

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with […]

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NASA will look for Martian life with 2020 Rover.

November 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
NASA will look for Martian life with 2020 Rover.

NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search. The rover mission is scheduled to launch in July 2020 as NASA’s next step in exploration of the Red Planet. It will not only seek signs of ancient habitable conditions – and past microbial […]

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Ancient organics found on Mars by NASA! Current “mysterious methane” signature announced, today.

June 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
Ancient organics found on Mars by NASA! Current “mysterious methane” signature announced, today.

NASA’s Curiosity Rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red Planet. While not necessarily evidence of life itself, these findings are a good sign […]

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Life on Europa? Chances tick up with new evidence in Europa’s plumes.

May 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Life on Europa? Chances tick up with new evidence in Europa’s plumes.

Scientists re-examining data from an old mission bring new insights to the tantalizing question of whether Jupiter’s moon Europa has the ingredients to support life. The data provide independent evidence that the moon’s subsurface liquid water reservoir may be venting plumes of water vapor above its icy shell. Data collected by NASA’s Galileo spacecraft in […]

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How Mars was made?

May 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
How Mars was made?

NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars to study for the first time what lies deep beneath the surface of the Red Planet. InSight launched this Saturday 5th May 2018 from Vandenberg Air Force Base. “The United States continues to lead the […]

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Exoplanets: meet the new hunter …

March 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Exoplanets: meet the new hunter …

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (aka TESS) is undergoing final preparations in Florida for its April 16th 2018 launch to find undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbour life. “One of the biggest questions in exoplanet exploration is: If an astronomer finds a planet in a […]

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NASA eyes the future.

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
NASA eyes the future.

NASA has selected 399 rather scifi-sounding research and technology proposals that will help enable NASA’s future missions into deep space. Selected proposals aim to support the development of technologies in the areas of aeronautics, science, human exploration and operations, and space technology. This includes: High temperature superconducting coils for a future fusion reaction space engine. […]

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By Jupiter! Juno space probe arrives at the big’un.

July 5, 2016 | By | Reply More
By Jupiter! Juno space probe arrives at the big’un.

After an almost five-year journey to the solar system’s largest planet, NASA’s Juno spacecraft successfully entered Jupiter’s orbit during a 35-minute engine burn. Confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 8:53 p.m. PDT (11:53 p.m. EDT) Monday, July 4. “Independence Day always is something to celebrate, but today we can add […]

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