GRAIL Mission Solves Mystery of Moon’s Surface Gravity

NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft. Because of GRAIL’s findings, spacecraft on missions to
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Curiosity Radiation Data Guides Planning for Astronaut Safety

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer An astronaut crew aboard the space voyage that took the rover Curiosity to Mars would have been exposed to an excessive level of radiation, NASA scientists announced May 30. Analysis of data collected by a Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) on board the flight is (more...)

Electric Cars Advance in U.S. as Tesla Motors Repays Loan Early

Cleaner vehicles are part of the federal government’s comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build “clean” industries and reduce the nation’s dependence on imported oil, the Department of Energy says. White House National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said in April that U.S. energy-related greenhouse gas emissions (more...)

Galaxy’s Ring of Fire

Johnny Cash may have preferred this galaxy’s burning ring of fire to the one he sang about falling into in his popular song. The “starburst ring” seen at center in red and yellow hues is not the product of love, as in the song, but is instead a region of (more...)

NASA Works on Long-Term Plan to Send Humans to Mars

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer The U.S. space program is pursuing two goals to expand the dominion of the human race: flying astronauts to an asteroid by the year 2025 and landing astronauts on Mars by the 2030s. NASA Director Charles Bolden called on the space community and the (more...)

Tell Congress “No!” To New Sales Taxes & Burdens For Small Online Businesses

Congress is considering online sales tax legislation that is wrongheaded and unfair, and I am writing to ask for your help in telling Congress "No!" to new sales taxes and burdens for small businesses. Whether you're a consumer who loves the incredible selection and (more...)

Herschel Links Water Around Jupiter to Comet Impact

Astronomers have finally found direct proof that almost all water present in Jupiter’s stratosphere, an intermediate atmospheric layer, was delivered by comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, which famously struck the planet in 1994. The findings reveal more water in Jupiter’s southern hemisphere, where the impact occurred, than in the north. The (more...)

Information Technology Becomes Tool to Stop Human Trafficking

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Human traffickers have been exploiting the innocent for millennia and continue to do so today, even while global moral and legal standards condemn the newest methods of enslavement. Many nations have revised laws to better crack down on trafficking, prevent prosecution of victims (more...)

NASA Invites Public to Fly Along with Voyager

A gauge on the Voyager home page tracks levels of two of the three key signs scientists believe will appear when the spacecraft leave our solar neighborhood and enter interstellar space. When the three signs are verified, scientists will know that one of the Voyagers has (more...)

Scientists Find More “Rain” than Expected on Saturn

A new study tracks the “rain” of charged water particles into the atmosphere of Saturn and finds there is more of it and it falls across larger areas of the planet than previously thought. The study, whose observations were funded by NASA and whose analysis was (more...)

Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic

Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what’s left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members reported diverse findings April 8 at the European Geosciences Union 2013 General Assembly, in Vienna, NASA said in a news release the (more...)

BMW X4 Sport Activity Coupe Concept Would Debut Next Year

BMW confirmed that its long-awaited Concept X4 crossover would debut next year and will be introduces the at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month. "The face of the concept is an attractive blend of the current 3 Series sedan and the X3, while the roofline has (more...)

U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission Science Panel Meets in Moscow

Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John P. Holdren and Russian Minister of Education and Science Dimitry Livanov are co-chairing the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) Working Group on Science and Technology Cooperation April 4 in Moscow. Established (more...)

Nonprofits Rallying Volunteers for 2-month ‘Scrub’ of Schuylkill

Last year, participants in the Schuylkill Scrub organized over 2,000 volunteers at more than 90 sites across the Schuylkill Valley — a six-fold increase over 2011.  This spring, leaders at the Schuylkill Action Network hope to increase participation even more. Anyone hosting a riverside cleanup between April (more...)

“Like a Disco Wonderland for Stars”

NASA says it’s “like a disco wonderland for stars.” The tip of the "wing" of the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC) galaxy is dazzling in pink and purples in a new view from NASA's Great Observatories. The Small Magellanic Cloud is a small galaxy about 200,000 light-years (more...)

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