News Stories relating to "nasa"
Friday, December 12, 2014
In 1976, the Viking program's orbiter and lander reached Mars, and the lander's life experiments returned data that the scientists who had designed them had expected to see if living organisms were present in the soil. However, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, fearing that a positive finding about life on the red planet would cause their Mars...
Friday, September 19, 2014
This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March, part of the biggest global protest ever to highlight the issue of climate change.
The march will take place in New York on September 21st, ahead of a major United Nations summit that is bringing together government leaders...
Monday, August 4, 2014
NASA has announced that an experimental propulsion system that needs only energy from sunlight appears to produce sufficient thrust to power spacecraft. This means that, once a spacecraft is in orbit, it will be able to accelerate away from the earth to the edges of the solar system, without fuel. This means that travel throughout the solar system...
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A recent study could help scientists predict impending floods months before they occur.
The study states that a pair of NASA satellites, known collectively as GRACE, have detected variations in gravitational pull from saturated river basins that appear to be accurate indicators of flooding.
The report, which was...
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Information regarding a new "Twin Earth" could be revealed at a press conference hosted by NASA at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, April 17.
The Kepler Space Telescope has made another important new discovery, details of which will be published in the journal Science, though publication is being delayed until after the...
Thursday, April 3, 2014
NASA scientists have allegedly been working tirelessly for years in order to establish the possibility of finding any form of life on the planet Mars.
To date, they assert that no definitive evidence has been found, despite recent reports which suggest that the planet hosts a...
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
When NASA's Curiosity Rover first dug into the Martian desert, it found clays that could only have been formed by fresh water. This meant that, around three billion years ago, Mars was a watery planet. But did it support life? On the first anniversary of its landing, halfway through its primary mission, Curiosity is headed to the foothills of...
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
The sun's magnetic field flips every 11 years, and it's about to do it again. As reported on Unknowncountry.com
it last flipped on February 15, 2001, as the previous solar max reached its height. The complete field reversal is 3 to 4 months away. The shift will mark the...
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NASA has finally decided to try to do something about dangerous asteroids that may be headed for Earth
. They have announced a new "Grand Challenge" to find all dangerous space rocks and figure out how to stop them. But...
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Asteroid 2013 LR6 will pass within 70,000 miles of Earth tonight, making its closest approach over Tasmania at 9:42 Pacific Time. The asteroid is 30 feet in diameter and NASA says it has no chance of striking our planet. What is a matter for concern, though, is that it was just discovered two days ago, on June 6. The discovery was made by NASA...
Thursday, June 6, 2013
A direct hit from an ejection of charged particles from the sun could be among the most serious of natural disasters, NASA head Charles Bolden warned Tuesday. Bolden spoke before scientists and industry members at the Space Weather
Monday, December 3, 2012
We told you it was coming
and here it is: NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry there, including water, sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, some of...
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
NASA has announced that one of the instruments on the Curiosity Rover has sent back some extraordinary data, but the transmission is still being checked to make certain that it is not a fluke, and so far the space agency has not made an official statement about what the instrument has detected.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The Curiosity lander has successfully reached the surface of Mars and appears to be intact. Images began appearing at 10:40 PM PDT. Curiosity is the most complex automated space mission every attempted by mankind.
The craft's descent-stage retrorockets fired as it descended, slowing its approach to the surface. In the most difficult...
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
NASA satellites reveal that the surface of Greenland's massive ice sheet has melted this month over an unusually large area. NASA has been monitoring the Greenland melt for 30 years, and they're calling this one "unprecedented," partly because it's so large and also because it occurred at the COLDEST part of the country, Summit station....
Monday, July 9, 2012
A team of amateur astronomers have tracked down the X-37B spacecraft, launched on a 15-month clandestine mission by NASA in April ril from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This unmanned, reusable spacecraft has been developed by the US military. But why is it a secret? In 2010, an identical unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth after 7 months in orbit....
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
NASA may return to space after all--but not to explore, to MINE the valuable minerals that are on asteroids, in a NEW TYPE of "Gold Rush." And we may use robots to do the dirty work.
Space scientists think that robots will be the astronauts of the future. They'll explore the universe, find and identify...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Just as NASA was about to solve the mystery of whether or not there is life on Mars
, the world went broke and both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) had to back off on their plans to send astronauts and rovers there to find out. Two NASA missions to Mars--one in 2016 and...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
NASA Scientists have been gagged in the US in the past
--now Canadian scientists are complaining that their vital research on health and environment issues is being suppressed.
On BBC News, Pallab Ghosh quotes university scientist Thomas Pedersen as...
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
One that is shooting water! A geyser of water is spurting up from the poles of a star that is 750 light-years from the earth at a rate of 124,000 mpg, creating "water bullets" that it shoots deep into space. If it has other planets around it, the...
Thursday, June 16, 2011
An incredible discovery has been made by NASA recently: A new planet
that's the right size and location for life and only 20 light-years away, in a solar system very similar to our own but much smaller. The newly-discovered planet is called Gliese 581g and is the first world...
Thursday, December 2, 2010
A highly anticipated recent NASA press conference which promised to "discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life" fell rather flat when it was revealed that what they were talking about was arsenic, not ETs. But scientists are excited because the discovery of bacteria that can...
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The internet has been abuzz with rumors about an apparentearth-sized object appearing near the sun in some NASA SolarTerrestrial Relations Observatory images. Some individualshave even gone so far as to identify the civilizations theseplanetary-sized "motherships" have come from. However, thereis an immediate fundamental problem with the idea...
Sunday, July 2, 2006
UPDATE - The Shuttle Discovery, toof off on the 4th of July. While claiming "weather conditions" for the delay, NASA's real worry was that they had discovered cracks in the insulating foam of the shuttle?the same thing that caused the Shuttle Columbia to explode in 2003, killing all astronauts aboard.
Monday, May 29, 2006
A computer hacker who spent years penetrating governmentcomputers (their security is abysmal) says that he saw proofthat NASA airbrushes UFOs out of satellite and shuttlephotographs to maintain a coverup. In an interview on the BBC program "Click," Gary McKinnon,who faces 60 years in prison if he is extradited to theUnited States from England,...
Monday, May 15, 2006
People all over the world are questioning whether or not the US should be in Iraq. Here in the US, we are questioning the extent to which the government is spying on ordinary citizens by monitoring our phone calls, library withdrawals and email transmissions. Now it turns out they?re even using NASA satellites to spy on us.
Tuesday, May 2, 2006
NASA engineers who investigated the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003 are wondering why their safety recommendations have been overruled shortly before the shuttle Discovery is due to take off in July.
Mike Schneider reports that chief NASA safety officer Bryan O?Connor has accused NASA of postponing what the investigators...
Sunday, June 26, 2005
A joint NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) bed-rest studyof females will help scientists understand what womenastronauts will go through during long journeys in space.Changes in the immune system could have serious effects onan astronaut?s ability to resist infection and may increasethe possibility of her developing cancerous tumors....
Friday, November 5, 2004
Apollo 15, was the first of three advanced lunar missions.It was launched on July 26, 1971 and carried astronautsAlfred Worden, James Irwin and David Scott. It was also thefirst mission to include the Lunar Roving Vehicle, andinvolved exploration of a part of the Hadley-Apennine regionof the moon. The mission brought back 76kg of lunarmaterial...
Sunday, June 29, 2003
Hira Ratan Manek is a 64-year-old mechanical engineer from India who says he's survived on only liquids and sunlight for eight years. He's now in the U.S. being studied by NASA, so they can figure out how he does it.
Manek began disliking food in 1992, and in 1995, after a pilgrimage to the Himalayas, he stopped eating completely. His...