Tagged: mission

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...

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...

In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We’ll Need Better Telescopes

In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We’ll Need Better Telescopes

The idea of mining asteroids for precious mineral deposits has gained steam in recent years, with space mining startups focusing on logistics and governments like Luxembourg positioning themselves as big funders of the sector....

NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission’s ‘Grand Finale’

NASA Prepares to Crash Cassini Probe Into Saturn for Mission’s ‘Grand Finale’

NASA’s veteran Cassini mission will officially kick off its farewell tour of the Saturn system on April 22 with a final close encounter of the ringed planet’s largest moon, Titan. Five months later, on...

NASA Astronomers: “Pluto is a Planet, So is Jupiter’s ‘Ocean’ Moon Europa”

NASA Astronomers: “Pluto is a Planet, So is Jupiter’s ‘Ocean’ Moon Europa”

Johns Hopkins University scientist Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: Regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. So, he says, is Europa, commonly known...

“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”

“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”

One of the greatest fears of the world’s space is a real-life Andromeda Strain, the chilling movie about a US research satellite carrying a deadly extraterrestrial microscopic organism that crashes into a small town in...

Mud Cracks on Mars Suggest a Watery Ancient Past

Mud Cracks on Mars Suggest a Watery Ancient Past

NASA’s Curiosity rover has photographed shallow crevices on Mars that may have formed from ancient mud cracks, yet more evidence that the planet had a watery past. In addition to the network of cracks...

Lawmakers Call for 1st NASA SLS Rocket to be Named for Last Man on Moon

Lawmakers Call for 1st NASA SLS Rocket to be Named for Last Man on Moon

Two U.S. lawmakers have authored new legislation to name the first of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rockets after the last man to leave footprints on the moon. Culbertson and Aderholt introduced their bill in...