Euro-U.S. Space Mapping Reveals Older Universe

A new map of the oldest light searing through space reveals that the universe is older than previously believed — about 100 million years older. The findings come from the Planck Space Observatory, a European Space Agency
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NASA Rover Finds Traces of Habitable Environment on Mars

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer Seven months after the rover Curiosity landed on Mars, scientists announced March 12 that they’ve found what they were looking for: an environment that could have supported microbial life. Analysis of powdered material drilled out of a sedimentary rock in the Gale Crater landing site (more...)

NASA, ESA Help Solve Riddle of Black Hole Spin

This is an artist’s conception of a supermassive black hole with millions to billions times the mass of the sun. Two X-ray space observatories, NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, (more...)

Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

NASA’s Curiosity rover, for the first time, has used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock (more...)

NASA Tracks Record-Sized Rock Zooming By Earth

By Charlene Porter Staff Writer An asteroid about the length of an Olympic pool is going to zip past Earth February 15. Amateur astronomers in Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia will be able to see the flyby with a moderately powered telescope. The Near-Earth Object Program at NASA announced the flyby February 7, (more...)

NASA’s Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

In a new paper that provides the most detail yet about the life and death of a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm on Saturn, scientists from NASA’s Cassini mission describe how the massive storm churned around the planet until it encountered its own tail and sputtered out. It (more...)

Cool, New Views of Andromeda Galaxy

Two new eye-catching views from the European Space Agency’s Herschel space observatory are fit for a princess. They show the elegant spiral galaxy Andromeda, named after the mythical Greek princess known for her beauty. The Andromeda galaxy lies 2 million light-years away, and is the closest large (more...)

Got a Space Station Idea? NASA Wants to Know

Are you mulling an idea to improve the International Space Station? NASA wants to hear your proposal for advancing or improving exploration technologies. You might have a brainstorm on improving the football-field-sized orbiting outpost, or some thoughts on tools to use the station as a springboard (more...)

NASA Joins European Space Agency’s “Dark Universe” Mission

NASA has joined the European Space Agency’s Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy. Euclid will launch in 2020 and spend six years mapping the locations and measuring the shapes of as many as 2 billion galaxies spread (more...)

Martian Crater May Have Held Groundwater-Fed Lake

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to a complex picture of the red planet’s early evolution. The new information comes from researchers analyzing spectrometer data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which looked down on the floor of (more...)

Astronomers Reveal Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy

The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest-known spiral, based on archival data from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission. Measuring tip-to-tip (more...)

Herschel Spacecraft Eyes Asteroid Apophis

Scientists using the European Space Agency’s Herschel Space Observatory made new observations of asteroid Apophis as it passed near Earth January 9. The data show the asteroid to be bigger than first estimated, and less reflective. Discovered in 2004, Apophis was initially thought to have a 2.7 percent (more...)

Billions and Billions of Planets

Look up at the night sky and you’ll see stars, sure. But the sky is also filled with planets — billions and billions of them at least. That’s the conclusion of a new study by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, which provides yet more (more...)

NASA Mars Rover Explores “Yellowknife Bay”

After imaging during the holidays, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed driving January 3 and pulled within arm's reach of a sinuous rock feature called Snake River, shown in the lower center of the mosaic of images above. Snake River is a thin curving line of darker rock cutting (more...)

Explore Your Curiosity with Rover-Themed Badge on Foursquare

NASA and the mobile application Foursquare have teamed up to help the public unlock its scientific curiosity with a new rover-themed Curiosity Explorer badge. Users of the Foursquare social media platform can earn the badge (seen above) by following NASA and checking in at a NASA visitor center (more...)

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