Feb 26, 2014
Feb. 26, 2014: As Arthur C. Clarke once remarked, "How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean." Indeed, Earth is a water world. The dry land most of us call home covers less than a third of the planet’s surface. Water moves around Earth with a... Read More
Feb 26, 2014
Feb. 26, 2014: Years ago, before the launch of NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, astronomers were thrilled when they discovered a single planet. Today, the Kepler team announced 715. Kepler has always been good at finding planets. Even before the announcement, the observatory... Read More
Feb 21, 2014
NASA and JAXA are about to launch a new satellite that can see through storms, tracking rain and snow around the globe better than any previous observatory. The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory is scheduled to lift off from Japan on Feb. 27th.
Feb 19, 2014
Feb. 19, 2014: A longstanding mystery of astronomy, how supernovas explode, might finally have been solved with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR). The high-energy X-ray observatory has mapped radioactive material in the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A... Read More
Feb 14, 2014
Feb. 14, 2014: What if a rock that looked like a jelly doughnut suddenly appeared on Mars? That's just what happened in front of Mars rover Opportunity last month. Researchers have since determined that the "doughnut" is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the rover's wheels in... Read More
Feb 14, 2014
Feb. 14, 2014: A lot can happen in 10 years. Over the past decade an international laboratory, widely known but often under-appreciated, has been producing results at an extraordinary rate. Using its unique capabilities,
Feb 13, 2014
With the space station no longer "under construction," the world's most advanced orbital laboratory is open for business. The station has just received a 10-year extension from NASA, giving researchers the time they need to take full advantage of its unique capabilities.
Feb 7, 2014
Feb. 7, 2014: California is supposed to be the Golden State. Make that golden brown. The entire west coast of the United States is changing color as the deepest drought in more than a century unfolds. According to the US Dept. of Agriculture and NOAA, dry conditions have... Read More
Feb 6, 2014
California is experiencing a historic drought--by some measures the deepest in more than 100 years. NASA researchers are investigating a number of explanations for what the underlying cause may be.
Feb 4, 2014
Feb. 4, 2014: Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.
Jan 30, 2014
NASA researchers plan to create the coldest spot in the known Universe--inside the International Space Station. The device, known as the Cold Atom Lab, could discover new forms of matter and novel quantum phenomena.
Jan 30, 2014
Jan. 30, 2014: Everyone knows that space is cold. In the vast gulf between stars and galaxies, the temperature of gaseous matter routinely drops to 3 degrees K, or 454 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.It’s about to get even colder.NASA researchers are planning to create the coldest spot in the known... Read More
Earth, Solar System
Jan 22, 2014
Jan. 22, 2014: Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, dwarf planet Ceres. "This is the first time water vapor has been unequivocally detected on Ceres or any... Read More
Jan 21, 2014
Jan. 21, 2014: NASA scientists say 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since 1880, continuing a long-term trend of rising global temperatures. With the exception of 1998, the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with 2010 and 2005... Read More