Unprecedented Ultraviolet View of Mars Obtained

A new development in the MAVEN mission has shown an incredibly detailed ultraviolet glow from the Martian atmosphere. The pictures display dynamic behavior which was previously invisible, and shed light on how winds circulate at high altitudes. Dayside UV images display shifts in ozone amounts over various seasons and clouds which form over Martin volcanoes. According to Nick Schneider of the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder who said in a NASA...
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NASA Aims to Sequence DNA in Space

NASA is conducting a lot of research in space, but interestingly enough, now they’re focusing on sequencing an integral biological molecule: DNA. Ever since the first strands of DNA were sequenced in the 1970s, researchers understood the profound significance of analyzing genetics for a wide range of medical and biological research. DNA sequencing at large can be used to identify forms of life, study organism evolution and relation, pinpoint genetic diseases in individuals and assist in crim...
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Water Vapor Plumes May be Present on Europa

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Europa’s ocean might be able to harbor life in the solar system, and the plumes, should they exist, could provide scientists a way to understand and sample Europa’s subsurface. The plumes themselves are estimated to rise about 125 miles (200 kilometers) before, presumably, raining material back down onto Europa's surface. Europa’s ocea...
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Updated Earthquake Detection System Provides Data in Minutes

NASA and Scripps Institute of Oceanography have developed an earthquake detection system that provides more accurate data about an earthquake within minutes. When an earthquake strikes, the most valuable information (that is needed immediately) includes its location, depth, and magnitude. The quality of the information and how fast it can be obtained affects the number of lives that can be potentially saved. Currently, seismic sensors on the ground are used to measure how much the eart...
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NASA Scientist Kickstarts Cold Shoulder Weight-Loss Vest.

Invented by Dr. Wayne B. Hayes, a professor at the University of California and a visiting scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., the "Cold Shoulder" calorie-burning vest apparently is based on hard science, rather than science fiction. According to info on Kickstarter, scientists have spent decades studying how mild cold exposure can enhance calorie burn, and the results seem to show that it works. Hayes works with NASA scientists who purportedly study ice, so he ...
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Pluto Ice Volcanoes

Pluto may have two ice volcanoes that spew water ice, nitrogen, ammonia, and methane onto the dwarf planet's surface, NASA announced today. The potential volcanoes were spied near Pluto's South Pole, in images taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its July flyby. NASA scientists used the photos to measure the mountains, they are several miles high and tens of miles wide, with large holes in their summits. "On Earth that generally means one thing a volcano," said Oliver White, New Horizo...
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Mars Solar Storms.

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment that might have supported surface life to the cold, arid planet Mars is today. Scientists studying Mars’ atmosphere say solar storms probably played a big role in transforming the Red Planet from the warm, hospitable place it was billions of years ago to the cold world it is today. The miss...
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NASA’S New Horizons finds blue skies and red water ice on Pluto.

Images sent back by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft last week reveal that Pluto has blue atmospheric hazes and water ice on its surface. Pluto’s haze layer shows its blue color in this picture taken by the New Horizons Ralph/Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC). The high-altitude haze is thought to be similar in nature to that seen at Saturn’s moon Titan. The source of both hazes likely involves sunlight-initiated chemical reactions of nitrogen and methane, leading to relatively small, ...
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Soft robot to swim through Europa’s oceans

A soft, swimming robot for exploring Jupiter’s moon Europa. A Cornell engineering team has received a nine-month, $100,000 starter grant from NASA to develop a soft, swimming robot suitable for exploring the harsh conditions of other worlds, notably Jupiter’s moon Europa. An amphibious robot that can swim through the oceans of distant moons and planets could be the next iteration of self-sustaining, robotic space exploration. The Cornell team developing this otherworldly robot is led by Ma...
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NASA’s Cassini Probe Spies an ocean under the Icy shell of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

New research using data from its Cassini spacecraft shows a global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. NASA’s Cassini mission has confirmed the presence of what it termed a “global ocean” beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus and it has managed to deduce the presence of the ocean after analyzing new data from the Cassini mission. This exciting discovery expands the region of habitability for Enceladus from just a regional sea under the South Pole to all of...
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NASA: Studying twins for a year in space

A Northwestern-led research team is one of 10 NASA-funded groups across the country studying identical twins Scott and Mark Kelly to learn how living in space for a long period of time, such as a mission to Mars affects the human body. While Scott spends a year in space, his brother, Mark, also a veteran NASA astronaut, will remain on Earth, as a ground-based control. The study will allow researchers to understand how the long-term exposure to space impacts the human brain and body and how the s...
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NASA developed technology aims to save commercial airlines fuel and time

NASA’s latest technology for commercial airlines could save them fuel and time. The space administration's software is called the Traffic Aware Planner. This software helps to reduce fuel consumption, carbon emissions and cut travel times in commercial airlines. This latest technology is loaded on a tablet and will not require any major change to the already established aviation roles of pilots and ground crew, so the technology can be implemented right away. The app works by reading the plan...
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NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Mars

New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. NASA researchers using an imager aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter confirmed the watery flows by looking at light waves returned from seasonal dark streaks on the surface, long suspected to be associated with liquid water. They detected signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious streaks are seen on the Red Planet. The...
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