NASA's new mineral dust detector readies for launch

Each year, strong winds carry more than a billion metric tons—or the weight of 10,000 aircraft carriers—of mineral dust from Earth's deserts and other dry regions through the atmosphere. While scientists know that the ...

NASA to launch four Earth science missions in 2022

NASA will launch four Earth science missions in 2022 to provide scientists with more information about fundamental climate systems and processes including extreme storms, surface water and oceans, and atmospheric dust. Scientists ...

Making simulated cosmic dust—in the microwave

Cosmic dust is the key to the chemical evolution of stars, planets, and life itself, but its composition is not well understood, and we can't currently collect samples for analysis. A few examples have arrived on Earth as ...

Uranium in mine dust could dissolve in human lungs

New Mexico contains hundreds of historic uranium mines. Although active uranium mining in the state has ceased, rates of cardiovascular and metabolic disease remain high in the population residing close to mines within the ...

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