How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars

The Okarian rover was in trouble. The yellow Humvee was making slow progress across a frigid, otherworldly landscape when planetary scientist Pascal Lee felt the rover tilt backward. Out the windshield, Lee, director of NASA’s Haughton Mars Project, saw only sky. The rear treads had broken through a crack in the sea ice and were … Continue reading How to keep humans from ruining the search for life on Mars

Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18

  New research using data collected by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has revealed that a little-known exoplanet called K2-18b could well be a scaled-up version of Earth. Just as exciting, the same researchers also discovered for the first time that the planet has a neighbor. "Being able to measure the mass and density of … Continue reading Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18

Image of the month by NASA – Supermoon

The Moon is seen as is rises, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in Washington. This full Moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The next two will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2018. A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full. More … Continue reading Image of the month by NASA – Supermoon

NASA approves use of previously-flown booster on next Dragon mission

WASHINGTON — NASA officials said Nov. 29 that they have given their approval, as expected, to SpaceX’s use of a previously-flown Falcon 9 first stage on the next Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station. Speaking at a meeting of the human exploration and operations committee of the NASA Advisory Council at the Kennedy … Continue reading NASA approves use of previously-flown booster on next Dragon mission