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Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself

Saturn's rings are younger than scientists thought and appeared within the last 10 to 100 million years, according to research published Thursday based on findings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The sixth planet from the Sun formed about 4.5 billion years ago, along with the rest of the planets in our solar system, and spent the bulk of its existence without the characteristic rings it is known for today. Astronomers have long believed the rings could be young, and perhaps formed by collision...
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Earth was probably purple billions of years ago, says NASA

Our blue-green Earth might have actually been a different color, thanks to this molecule.
Tags: Science, News, Nasa, Earth


Saturn's Rings Could Have Formed During the Dinosaur Age, New Analysis Suggests

Saturn’s rings might have formed relatively recently—like, in the past hundred million years or so—according to new research.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Nasa, Physics, Saturn, Cassini, Saturns Rings


Hubble Space Telescope team hits ‘reset’ to get balky camera back to doing science

NASA says the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 is back to doing science observations, a week after it went dark due to a telemetry glitch. Basically, engineers hit the reset button to clear up the telemetry problem. After going through tests and calibration, the camera completed its first science observations just after noon ET (9 a.m. PT) today, NASA said in a status update. Hubble’s three other main instruments — the Advanced Camera for Surveys, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hubble Space Telescope


Relativity Space gets a historic place to use for its Cape Canaveral launch pad in Florida

Relativity Space, the California-based rocket startup that got its start in Seattle, has won Air Force clearance to build its Florida launch facility on a site that saw service during NASA’s Apollo and Gemini programs in the 1960s. The lease agreement gives Relativity Space exclusive use of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Launch Complex 16 — which was first used for Titan missile launches, and then for Gemini crew processing and static firing tests of the Apollo service module’s propulsion en...
Tags: Florida, Science, California, Nasa, Air Force, Seattle, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station


SwRI scientists study moon craters to understand Earth's impact history

Using images and thermal data collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Southwest Research Institute scientists and their collaborators have calculated the ages of large lunar craters across the moon to be less than 1 billion years. By comparing the impact history of the moon with Earth's craters over this interval, they discovered that the rate of sizable asteroid collisions has increased by a factor of two to three on both bodies over the last 290 million years.
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'Wet Sidewalk Effect' Solves Mystery of Rain on Saturn's Moon Titan

Scientists have found evidence of seasons on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan, thanks to observations akin to sunlight reflecting off of wet pavement.Read more...
Tags: Weather, Astronomy, Space, Science, Nasa, Saturn, Titan, Cassini, Space Weather


Hubble Space Telescope team hits ‘reset’ to get balky camera back in business

NASA says the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 has been brought back into operation, one week after it went dark due to a telemetry glitch. Basically, engineers hit the reset button to clear up the telemetry problem. The return to normal operations is proceeding despite the partial government shutdown, and the camera could resume making science observations by the end of the week, NASA said in a status update on Monday. Hubble’s three other main instruments — the Advanced Camera for ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Hubble Space Telescope


Lights, camera, action! Tumbling space snowman in film debut

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tumbling space snowman is making its out-of-this-world film premiere. Scientists from NASA’s New Horizons mission on Tuesday released the first stitched together animation of Ultima Thule (TOO-lee), the most distant object ever explored by humans. The small, icy object is shown spinning end-over-end like a propeller. It is about 4 billion […]
Tags: Science, News, Washington, Ap, Nasa, Nation, Ultima Thule


NASA, TSA Workers In Houston Protest Shutdown: 'Make America Work Again'

Dozens of furloughed federal workers rallied outside NASA's Johnson Space
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Wine on Mars? The World's Oldest Wine-Making Country Wants to Make It Happen

The first human colonists on Mars will have to forgo many of the creature comforts of Earth -- things like enjoying an ozone layer, for example, or opting out of rearing genetically engineered Martian babies. Fortunately, one essential earthly amenity these hardscrabble colonists may not have to give up is wine. Georgia, a country with an 8,000-year-old viticulture tradition, is putting its top space and wine scientists to work figuring out how to grow grapes on Mars. The project, named IX Mil...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Washington Post, China, Georgia, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Iss, The Washington Post, Tbilisi, Chang, Ardmore, International Space Station ISS, Red Planet


Antarctica’s once sleepy ice sheets have awoken. That's bad.

Antarctica -- home to the greatest ice sheets on Earth -- isn't just melting significantly faster than it was decades ago. Great masses of ice that scientists once presumed were largely immune to melting are losing ample ice into the sea.  In a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers illustrate that the ice-clad continent is losing more than six times as much ice as it was in the 1980s. A "major contributor," the scientists emphasiz...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Antarctica, European Space Agency, Manhattan, Columbia University, Greenland, Bell, Antarctic, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, East Antarctica, Willis, Antartica, Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory


Antarctica’s once sleepy ice sheets have awoken. That's bad.

Antarctica — home to the greatest ice sheets on Earth — isn't just melting significantly faster than it was decades ago. Great masses of ice that scientists once presumed were largely immune to melting, are losing ample ice into the sea.  In a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers illustrate that the ice-clad continent is losing more than six times as much ice as it was in the 1980s. A "major contributor," the scientists emphasiz...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Netherlands, Antarctica, European Space Agency, Manhattan, Columbia University, Greenland, Bell, South Pole, Antarctic, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, East Antarctica, Willis


China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side landing

BEIJING (AP) — China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval.
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SpaceX Dragon cargo carrier leaves the ISS

The SpaceX-CRS-16 Dragon cargo craft departed from the International Space Station on Sunday setting up the first night splashdown and recovery of a Dragon vehicle, NASA said.
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China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side of moon

BEIJING (AP) — China’s space agency says it worked with NASA to collect data from the far side of the moon. The state-run China Daily said this was the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior congressional approval. The deputy director of the national […]
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SpaceX’s Dragon cargo ship leaves space station and splashes down in the dark

SpaceX’s robotic Dragon cargo ship splashed down in the Pacific Ocean tonight, bringing science experiments and used hardware from the International Space Station back to Earth after dark. The Dragon delivered nearly 3 tons of food, supplies and experiments to the station on Dec. 8, and it took more than four weeks to unload the cargo and reload the Dragon with payloads for the return trip. NASA delayed the Dragon’s descent by several days due to concerns about weather in the recovery area. The ...
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10 science photos that made history and changed minds

Science has given humanity an incalculable boost over the recent centuries, changing our lives in ways both awe-inspiring and humbling. Fortunately, photography, a scientific feat in and of itself, has recorded some of the most important events, people and discoveries in science, allowing us unprecedented insight and expanding our view of the world. Here are some of the most important scientific photos of history: 1. Hubble's "eXtreme Deep Field" This photo, released on September 25th, 2012, c...
Tags: Photography, Science, London, Tesla, History, Nasa, Earth, Chemistry, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Nuclear Weapons, Manhattan, Albert Einstein, Planets, Trinity


Tethers Unlimited space venture lays off 20 percent of staff due to NASA shutdown

Bothell, Wash.-based Tethers Unlimited Inc. has laid off about 20 percent of its workforce due to a cash crunch brought on by the partial government shutdown, the company’s CEO says. Tethers Unlimited snared an impressive lineup of contracts from NASA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, for work on innovative spacecraft thruster systems and space-based fabrication systems. But it can’t get paid for the work it’s done over the past three months, CEO Rob Hoyt told GeekWire...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Darpa, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Hoyt, Bothell Wash, Rob Hoyt, Tethers Unlimited Inc


The International Space Station will release its SpaceX cargo ship this weekend

Both SpaceX and NASA are eager to get the Dragon cargo spacecraft back to Earth now that it has fulfilled its duties in bringing much-needed supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station. The ship was originally expected to be released from the ISS earlier this week but plans have since changed, and NASA now expects the space station to bid farewell to the Dragon on Sunday afternoon instead. Prior to this latest change, the most recent schedule would have seen the ISS release the ...
Tags: Spacex, Science, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Iss, Pacific, Pacific Ocean, International Space Station Program


President Trump's Government Shutdown Is Breaking Federal Websites

Dozens of federal government websites are not working correctly due to the ongoing government shutdown, BuzzFeed News reported on Friday, including ones for the Seventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals and some NASA and Department of Justice webpages. According to BuzzFeed, these sites and others appear to be…Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Privacy, Nasa, Cybersecurity, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Shutdown, Federal Government, Trump, BuzzFeed News, Seventh Circuit of the U S Court of Appeals


Who's Who in NASA's Next Space Race

NASA just named nine companies as preferred providers of tech needed to land on the moon.
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Elon Musk shows off newly-assembled Starship

NASA might still be waiting for its first real test of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft -- which was recently pushed back into February for unspecified reasons -- but that's not the only spacecraft SpaceX has been working on. Starship, the forward-looking concept thought to be the future of the company's space exploration ambitions, has appeared in brief teases as it slowly inches its way towards testing. Now, SpaceX boss Elon Musk has taken to Twitter to show off the very first full...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Nasa, Mars, Musk, Starship, SpaceX Texas


NASA announces delay of SpaceX Crew Dragon test launch

SpaceX's Crew Dragon is one of the spacecraft that NASA will eventually use to ferry astronauts into space, but it's not quite there yet. Unfortunately, an anticipated January test flight has now been pushed back for unspecified reasons, and NASA now says that Crew Dragon won't life off until February at the earliest. SpaceX has been working to fill NASA's need for a crew-capable ship that it can launch on its own terms without relying on Russia's Soyuz rockets, but the comp...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, Nasa, International Space Station, Demo, Falcon, Kennedy Space Center, Eastern Range


SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Orbit, Then Sticks Rocket Landing

Update for 11:45 a.m. EST: All 10 Iridium Next satellites were successfully deployed. A used SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies. The rocket lifted off from Space Launch Complex 4E at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 7:31 a.m. local time (10:31 a.m. EST, 1531 GMT) during an instantaneous launch window. If all goes well, satellite deployment will begin about an...
Tags: Spacex, Science, California, Nasa, Earth, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Falcon, Cooper, SpaceX Falcon, Iridium, John Insprucker, Insprucker, Desch, Meghan Bartels, Matt Desch, Aireon


Bitcoin is a ‘Fad,’ But Even NASA is Investing in Blockchain

Bitcoin birthed the concept of blockchain technology, and now even organizations as technologically advanced as NASA are considering its benefits. Yet cryptocurrency is often described as a fad, a bubble, and even worthless. NASA Eyes Hyperledger Blockchain for Air Traffic Management Ronald J. Reisman, an aero-computer engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center, has put
Tags: Science, Nasa, Blockchain, NASA Ames Research Center, Ronald J Reisman


NASA Publishes Proposal for Air Traffic Management Blockchain Based on HyperLedger

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has proposed an air traffic management blockchain, according to a paper published on the agency’s official website on Jan. 10. The proposed system would employ an open-source permissioned blockchain to enable secure, private and anonymous communication with air traffic services.
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Elon Musk shows off SpaceX's Tintin inspired 'Starship'

It may look like something straight out of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century or Tintin's Destination Moon but, according to Elon Musk, the pictures he tweeted of his latest SpaceX creation are very much real. Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and electric car-maker Tesla, revealed that assembly of the 'Starship Hopper' test-flight rocket was complete and that the pictures of the shimmering, stainless steel construction were 'not a rendering'. The Tintin comparison is not an accident. In ...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Tesla, Nasa, International Space Station, Mars, Musk, Hopper, Grasshopper, Vtol, Boca Chica, Starship, Yusaku Maezawa, Big Falcon Rocket, Musk SpaceX


How will we travel to another star?

Eventually, humanity will want to travel to a new solar system to propagate the human race, explore, and maybe find signs of alien life.But our closest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, is so far away that current methods could take tens of thousands of years.How will we surmount this incredible distance and the other challenges associated with interstellar travel? None Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to our own, isn't actually close at all. While light takes 8 minutes to travel from the sun t...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Science Fiction, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Proxima Centauri, Daedalus, British Interplanetary Society, Rocket Science, Distance Right, Proxima Centauri NASA



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