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Solar System
Sep 15, 2021
By studying the topography and mineral composition of a portion of the Arabia Terra region in northern Mars, scientists recently found evidence for thousands of “super eruptions,” which are the most violent volcanic explosions known.
Space Experiments
Sep 14, 2021
Four pepper plants growing in the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) aboard the International Space Station have sprouted several flowers in the past week.
Sep 14, 2021
Gravitational waves are minute ripples in space-time caused by the most energetic events in the universe—like the collision of two supermassive black holes. To detect gravitational waves, we will measure the tiny variations in the motion of purely free-falling test masses housed in three Sun-... Read More
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Universe
Sep 14, 2021
Finding the biggest collisions in the universe takes time, patience, and super steady lasers.
Earth
Sep 13, 2021
On August 8, NASA’s TROPICS Pathfinder satellite captured global first light images as well as a look inside the structure of Hurricane Ida before and after it made landfall.
Universe
Sep 13, 2021
Astronomers have added a solid prediction of an event happening deep in intergalactic space: an image of an exploding star, dubbed Supernova Requiem, which will appear around the year 2037. Although this rebroadcast will not be visible to the naked eye, some future telescopes should be able to spot... Read More
Space Experiments, Space Biology
Sep 10, 2021
The measurement of the effects of space-relevant stresses on organisms, and fundamental research into the underlying mechanisms of those effects, are core components of NASA's Space Biology Program. These stresses include galactic cosmic radiation (GCR), solar particle events (SPEs), and reduced... Read More
Space Experiments, Space Biology
Sep 10, 2021
NASA announces the award of 10 grants or cooperative agreements for exciting new Space Biology research that will advance NASA’s understanding of how living systems respond, acclimate, and adapt to the space environment in support of human space exploration.
Sun
Sep 10, 2021
Launching with Landsat 9, a joint mission of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, are four CubeSats – compact, cube-shaped satellites used for space research projects. One of the CubeSats launching with Landsat 9 is the Cusp Plasma Imaging Detector, or CuPID.
Sep 8, 2021
Do aliens exist? Extraterrestrial life has never been discovered. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And at NASA, astrobiologists like Dr. Lindsay Hays are trying to answer one of the most profound questions ever: Is there life beyond Earth?
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Solar System
Sep 8, 2021
​Is there weather on Mars? Short answer: yes!
Solar System
Sep 8, 2021
Will an asteroid ever hit Earth? There are no known impact threats, but tiny meteoroids disintegrate in Earth’s atmosphere all the time.
Earth, Climate Change
Sep 8, 2021
Seasonal summer rains have done little to offset drought conditions gripping the western United States, with California and Nevada seeing record July heat and moderate-to-exceptional drought according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Now, new NASA research is showing... Read More
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Earth
Sep 8, 2021
The risk of severe single-year and long-term droughts will increase in the future as Earth’s temperature continues to rise, even if emissions are reduced, according to a new study from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City and funded by the National Oceanic and... Read More