Category: General

HOW NASA’S PERSEVERANCE MARS TEAM HAS ADJUSTED TO WORK IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS

From the moment the mission began in 2013, the women and men working on what would become NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover knew they’d encounter unexpected challenges on their way to Mars. After all, no NASA mission to the surface of the Red Planet has done otherwise. But with its launch period opening on July 17, the team, ...

7 Major Earth Changes That Are Happening Right Now That Everyone Needs To Know About

There has never been a time in modern human history when our planet has been changing as rapidly as it is changing right now.  The sun is behaving very strangely, freakishly cold weather is breaking out all over the world, ocean temperatures continue to rise, volcanoes all over the globe are shooting ash miles into ...

The Solar Retrograde Cycle And Little Ice Ages

Jupiter and Saturn are about to do something not seen since the year 1226. The two largest planets in the solar system have fascinated astronomers for hundreds of years. But the gas giants will do something later this month not seen since the Middle Ages — they will look like a double planet. The rare ...

Putting the Universe under the Telescope over the Next Decade

We humans are a curious, questing lot, and the 2020s will see us continue to observe the Universe around us, trying to understand more about fundamental particles, forces, objects and relationships from both ground and space-based instruments. At the same time, our interest and technological capacity to push the boundaries of space exploration in the ...

NASA collectibles and gift ideas for space lovers

For some of us, the universe’s celestial bodies and astronomy are the centers of the world. Almost all space lovers are fascinated by the great cosmos and find our world’s hidden mysteries awe-inspiring. Not knowing what lies beyond our planet can keep us forever hooked on space ventures and information. If you happen to know ...

Stewart pitched for Space Force site

As the Trump Administration is developing its newest branch of the military, the Space Force, there is a movement underway to pitch New York Stewart International Airport as a site for one of its monitoring centers. Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said the main facilities will likely be at the Kennedy and Johnson space centers, ...

Florida’s Space Coast ranks high in bid for $1B U.S. Space Command headquarters

Nine Florida municipalities are among competitors from 26 states bidding to serve as headquarters for the newly created U.S. Space Command. Congress created the U.S. Space Force in December 2019 at President Donald Trump’s request. It is the newest of 11 combatant commands and separate from the U.S. Air Force and NASA, the civilian space ...

NASA Removes Offensive Nicknames Given to Planets, Galaxies, and Other Heavenly Bodies

NASA has announced it will be removing the offensive nicknames given to planets, galaxies, and other heavenly bodies in the bid to achieve cosmic diversity, equity, and inclusion. According to NASA’s Associate Administrator for Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Stephen Shih, the nicknames have cultural connotations that offend the sensibilities of many people across the world. ...

Capturing an Avalanche on Mars

Hi-RISE, the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured this avalanche plunging down a 1,640-foot-tall (500-meter-tall) cliff on May 29, 2019. The image also reveals layers at Mars’ north pole during spring. As temperatures increase and vaporize ice, the destabilized ice blocks break loose and kick up dust. Learn more as we mark the 15th anniversary since ...

Are Planets with Oceans Common in the Galaxy? It’s Likely, NASA Scientists Find

Several years ago, planetary scientist Lynnae Quick began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system, might resemble some of the watery moons around Jupiter and Saturn. Though some of these moons don’t have atmospheres and are covered in ice, they are still among the top targets ...