Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds
UC Berkeley astronomers will lead one of 16 new projects funded by NASA to coordinate different exoplanet searches to more efficiently find habitable planets around other stars, and perhaps extraterrestrial ...
Scientists create cheaper magnetic material for cars, wind turbines
Karl A. Gschneidner and fellow scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have created a new magnetic alloy that is an alternative to traditional rare-earth permanent magnets.
NASA's ATLAS thermal testing: You're hot, then you're cold
Once in orbit, the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 will go from basking in the heat of the sun to freezing in Earth's shadow every 90 minutes. And every second in that orbit, it will need to take ...
Ascent or no ascent? How hot material is stopped in the Earth's mantle
The largest magmatic events on Earth are caused by massive melting of ascending large volumes of hot material from the Earth's interior.
When you land, can you stand? One-Year Mission video miniseries: Functional performance
Historically, in competitions you always want to be the last man standing. At NASA, optimal functional performance, such as standing, is taken even more seriously. When astronauts return to Earth from working ...
Meteorites key to the story of Earth's layers
A new analysis of the chemical make-up of meteorites has helped scientists work out when the Earth formed its layers.
Electric solar wind sail could make bidirectional manned Mars flights economically feasible
The E-sail is a novel propellantless technology that was invented in Finland in 2006. The E-sail utilises long, charged tethers to convert natural solar wind momentum flux into spacecraft thrust.
NASA pushes back against proposal to slash climate budget
NASA pushed back against a congressional proposal to slash more than $300 million in funding from its branch focused on climate issues.
US astronaut launches geography quiz on Twitter
American astronaut Scott Kelly has launched a geography quiz on Twitter and will post a picture from the International Space Station each week so fans can guess his location.
GOCE gravity satellite produces maps for geothermal energy development
Going far above and beyond its original mission objectives, results from the GOCE gravity satellite are now being used to produce maps for geothermal energy development.
Final solar wing deployment test for Sentinel-2A
Once in space, Sentinel-2A will open its solar wing to generate the power it needs to carry out the task of monitoring Earth's vegetation. Engineers have recently made sure this move is well rehearsed before ...
Synthetic muscle ready for launch to Space Station
Lenore Rasmussen's dream of developing a synthetic muscle that could be used to make better prosthetic limbs and more responsive robots will literally become airborne on April 13 at 4:33 p.m. when her experiment ...
Arctic nations meet under threat of new Cold War
The thawing of the polar ice promises Arctic nations new opportunities to open ocean trade routes and offshore oil fields.