Scientists scouring the Red Planet using NASA’S Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter say they’ve found direct chemical evidence of transient saltwater flowing on the surface today.
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A U.S. spacecraft sailed past Pluto on Tuesday, capping a 3 billion mile journey to the solar system’s farthest reaches, NASA said.
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Washington (AFP) — The company — or companies — that will build America’s next space taxi to carry astronauts to low Earth orbit and back is to be revealed Tuesday. NASA, which has been unable to send astronauts to space since the retirement of the shuttle in 2011, said the announcement would be made at […]
By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times After wandering in the Martian desert for 25 months, NASA’s Curiosity rover has finally arrived at its promised land: the base of Mount Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in the middle of Gale Crater. The arrival marks the beginning of the Mars Science Laboratory rover’s original mission: to read the […]
By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Home, supercluster home. Astronomers studying the skies have found that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is part of an enormous supercluster of galaxies that has been named Laniakea, which comes from the Hawaiian words for “immeasurable heaven.” Laniakea, described in the journal Nature, stretches roughly 500 […]
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — NASA’s Messenger spacecraft has swung around its namesake planet for three years, beaming observations of Mercury back to Earth, but next March it will smash into the cratered surface it has been studying from afar. The satellite’s oblong orbit around the solar system’s innermost planet brings it […]
Washington (AFP) — Orbital Sciences Corporation’s unmanned Cygnus cargo ship left the International Space Station Friday on its way to a fiery re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. The spacecraft was released from the orbiting lab at 6:40 a.m,. NASA said in a live broadcast of the event. “Cygnus is free of the International Space Station,” a […]
By Chad Garland, Los Angeles Times SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off early Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., after its initial launch attempt was scrubbed with less than a minute on the countdown clock. It was the fourth orbital launch for the Hawthorne, Calif-based rocket company so far this year and the 11th Falcon 9 […]
Washington (AFP) – Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according […]
By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times Over his career as an astronaut, Henry “Hank” Hartsfield Jr. spent many years in training and only 20 days in orbit — but they were very good days. “I’ve never had so much fun,” he once said of his first mission, a test flight of the shuttle Columbia that […]
Washington (AFP) — Orbital Sciences Corporation’s unmanned cargo ship arrived Wednesday at the International Space Station carrying a load of food and equipment for the six-man crew at the research outpost. The vessel called Cygnus was grabbed by the space station’s robotic arm at 6:36 am (1036 GMT) and will complete its latch-on operation to […]
By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times NASA has reached a milestone in its development of the Space Launch System, or SLS, which is set to be the most powerful rocket ever and may one day take astronauts to Mars. After completing a critical design review, Boeing Co. has finalized a $2.8 billion contract with the […]
By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times If life existed on Mars in the recent past, the best spot for it could have been on a giant volcano once encrusted with a glacier, according to a team of Brown University scientists using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Microbial life could potentially have thrived for a […]