Category: Technology

Ancient Mars Lake Had Multiple Environments That Might Have Supported Life

Ancient Mars Lake Had Multiple Environments That Might Have Supported Life

The lake that once filled much of Mars’ huge Gale Crater featured multiple potentially habitable environments segregated by depth, as some water bodies here on Earth do, a new study based on observations by...

How Cassini Managed to Live Such a Long and Useful Life at Saturn

How Cassini Managed to Live Such a Long and Useful Life at Saturn

Mission scientists gathered at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Sept. 15 to say goodbye to the probe and watch its final plunge. JPL was the lead institute on designing and building Cassini, and the probe...

Arecibo Observatory: Watching for Asteroids, Waiting for E.T.

Arecibo Observatory: Watching for Asteroids, Waiting for E.T.

Arecibo Observatory, which is in Puerto Rico, is the location of the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope. Because radio telescopes can work at all times of day and in all kinds of weather, the...

Life Inside a Secret Chinese Bitcoin Mine

Life Inside a Secret Chinese Bitcoin Mine

The town itself is so high up in the mountains that you have to bring your own cans of oxygen. Mobile phone signals frequently disappear around the mountains and valleys that surround the township....

Stellar Duo’s Spectacular Explosive Dance Illuminated Via 3D-Printed Model

Stellar Duo’s Spectacular Explosive Dance Illuminated Via 3D-Printed Model

The double-star system V745 Sco is about 25,000 light-years from Earth, and consists of a big, aging red giant star and a small stellar core called a white dwarf. As they orbit each other, material from the...

Space Lung Tissue Experiment Returns to Earth

Space Lung Tissue Experiment Returns to Earth

Little is known about how conditions in space affect astronauts’ lungs, according to Joaquin Cortiella, director of the Lab of Tissue Engineering and Organ Regeneration of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at...

Halley’s Comet: Facts About the Most Famous Comet

Halley’s Comet: Facts About the Most Famous Comet

Halley’s Comet is arguably the most famous comet. It is a “periodic” comet and returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years, making it possible for a human to see it twice in his...

Enhanced NASA Images Show Potential for Buried Ice Near the Martian Equator

Enhanced NASA Images Show Potential for Buried Ice Near the Martian Equator

NASA made headlines around the world back in 2015 when it discovered evidence of briny water flowing on the surface of Mars. The agency detected hydrated salts flowing within recurring slope lineae, or RSLs,...

Curiosity Rover Spies Sand Dunes on Mars & Ancient Freshwater Deposits (Photos)

Curiosity Rover Spies Sand Dunes on Mars & Ancient Freshwater Deposits (Photos)

The Curiosity rover’s first five years on Mars have been full of drama and scientific accomplishment.  The six-wheeled robot then began making its way toward the 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) to study...

Mars Curiosity: Facts and Information

Mars Curiosity: Facts and Information

The Mars Science Laboratory and its rover centerpiece, Curiosity, is the most ambitious Mars mission yet flown by NASA. The rover’s primary mission is to find out if Mars is, or was, suitable for...