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  • Abundant Ammonia in Ancient Asteroid

    Abundant Ammonia in Ancient Asteroid

    March 4, 2011

    Scientists have discovered large amounts of ammonia in samples of a primitive meteorite. Ammonia in meteorites could have provided the early Earth with a sustained source of reduced nitrogen, which is essential for the chemistry of life. This study provides further evidence that meteorites may have been linked to life's origin on Earth.

  • Assumptions about Exo-Oceans

    Assumptions about Exo-Oceans

    March 4, 2011

    Some estimates indicate that 25% of Sun-like stars have Earth-like planets. A new study now shows that these planets are almost certain to have oceans if they are located in the right temperature zone around their host stars.

  • NASA'S Glory Satellite Fails To Reach Orbit

    NASA'S Glory Satellite Fails To Reach Orbit

    March 4, 2011

    At a news conference following the unsuccessful attempt to place the Glory spacecraft in orbit, a team from NASA and Orbital Sciences Corporation, maker of the Taurus XL rocket, discussed the failure of the rocket's fairing to separate.

  • Glory Launch Set for March 4

    Glory Launch Set for March 4

    March 3, 2011

    The Glory spacecraft is set to launch from California at 5:09 a.m. EST on Friday, March 4. Data from the Glory mission will allow scientists to better understand how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles called aerosols affect Earth's climate.

  • Radiation No Concern for Space Crops?

    Radiation No Concern for Space Crops?

    March 3, 2011

    Flax seeds can grow in radioactive soil near the contaminated site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident without much change to their proteins, experiments show. This study may point the way to growing crops in space, on the Moon, or on Mars.

  • Researchers Crack the Mystery of the Spotless Sun

    Researchers Crack the Mystery of the Spotless Sun

    March 3, 2011

    In 2008-2009, sunspots almost completely disappeared for two years. It was a big event, and solar physicists openly wondered, where have all the sunspots gone?

  • Time to Fly: SAGE III - ISS Prepped for Space Station

    Time to Fly: SAGE III - ISS Prepped for Space Station

    March 2, 2011

    After nine years in a clean room, the SAGE III instrument returns to service measuring the Earth's atmosphere and ozone layer.

  • Monster Prominence Erupts from the Sun

    Monster Prominence Erupts from the Sun

    March 2, 2011

    When a rather large M 3.6 class flare occurred near the edge of the Sun on Feb. 24, 2011, it blew out a gorgeous, waving mass of erupting plasma that swirled and twisted for 90 minutes.

  • How Severe Can the Climate Get?

    How Severe Can the Climate Get?

    March 1, 2011

    New research shows that modern climate change could become worse than anything known in written history. Could we be facing megadroughts in the future?

  • NASA Spacecraft Images New Zealand Quake Region

    NASA Spacecraft Images New Zealand Quake Region

    March 1, 2011

    Two new images from NASA’s Terra spacecraft show the region devastated this week by New Zealand’s most destructive earthquake in 80 years.