Moldovans Preserving 9,000-Year-Old House with U.S. Help

Although improving transportation in Moldova is a high priority for the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), preserving the country's cultural sites is just as important. When MCC-funded contractors in Moldova recently uncovered the remnants of an ancient house
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NOAA Uses Earth’s Colors for Forecasting

The oceans’ deep blue dominates most Earth images taken from space. But NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have a new video that makes Earth’s green the starring attraction. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is the latest generation (more...)

Aging Opportunity Still Delivers New Findings from Mars

A pioneering craft in planetary science soon will celebrate its 10th anniversary. The rover Opportunity roams the surface of Mars alone, but its creators on Earth remain enthralled with what the craft discovers. Opportunity left Earth in 2003 and landed on Mars for what was planned (more...)

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 other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in (more...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

“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...)

Europe’s Herschel Hunts Massive Stars

In this new view of a vast star-forming cloud called W3, the Herschel space observatory tells the story of how massive stars are born. Herschel is a European Space Agency mission with NASA contributions. W3 is a giant gas cloud containing an enormous stellar nursery, some 6,200 (more...)

Saturn Is Like an Antiques Shop, Cassini Suggests

A new analysis of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft suggests that Saturn’s moons and rings are gently worn vintage goods from around the time of the solar system’s birth. Though they are tinted on the surface from recent “pollution,” these bodies date back more than 4 billion years. (more...)

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