First light for MAVEN (w/ Video)
After 10-month voyage across more than 400 million miles of empty space, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft reached Mars on Sept. 21st 2014. Less than 8 hours later, the data started to flow.
Monitoring carbon movement
Studying the movement of carbon dioxide into the deep ocean to improve climate projections and understanding of deep-sea ecosystems will be the focus of a two-year research project by a University of Maine ...
NASA prepares its science fleet for Oct. 19 Mars comet encounter
NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19.
What is the upper limit for massive stars?
Yesterday I mentioned that hypernovae (super-supernovae) are the result of the explosion of a star that's about as massive as a star can be (about 150-200 solar masses). But how exactly do we know that t ...
Study measures impacts of nitrogen deposition on coastal waters
Scientists have a good understanding of how air pollution impacts human health and the terrestrial biosphere, but what impact does air pollution have on oceans? To help answer this question, this past August, ...
Get ready for a total lunar eclipse
Look up towards the east on Wednesday night (October 8) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible from across Australia.
Researcher studies possibility of metal snow on Venus
Is it snowing metal on Venus? Erika Kohler is trying to find out.
New method efficiently estimates surface reflectivity from incoming sunlight bounced back by clouds
Capturing sunlight reflected off the Earth's surface and bounced off a cloud back to the Earth is an effective measure of surface reflectivity—or surface albedo, the measure of how mirror-like the Earth's ...
Cyanide ice in Titan's atmosphere
Gigantic polar clouds of hydrogen cyanide roughly four times the area of the UK are part of the impressive atmospheric diversity of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, a new study led by Leiden Observatory, ...
US-India to collaborate on Mars exploration
The United States and India, fresh from sending their own respective spacecraft into Mars' orbit earlier this month, on Tuesday agreed to cooperate on future exploration of the Red Planet.
35,000 walrus come ashore in northwest Alaska
Pacific walrus looking for places to rest in the absence of sea ice are coming to shore in record numbers on Alaska's northwest coast.
NASA rocket has six minutes to study solar heating
(Phys.org) —On Sept. 30, 2014, a sounding rocket will fly up into the sky – past Earth's atmosphere that obscures certain wavelengths of light from the sun—for a 15-minute journey to study what heats ...
Research team helps develop new forecast systems for northern Gulf of Mexico
UMass Dartmouth School for Marine Science & Technology (SMAST) researchers, led by Dr. Changsheng Chen, have helped develop two new operational forecast systems that will significantly benefit a range of ...
Causes of California drought linked to climate change
The atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought currently afflicting California are "very likely" linked to human-caused climate change, Stanford scientists say.