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  • Blood Falls and Taylor Glacier, Antarctica
    Discovery of salty aquifer beneath Antarctica may have implications for Mars
    Scientists have discovered a vast network of salty aquifers beneath the surface of Antarctica, thanks to an airborne imaging system used there for the first time, it was announced on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The finding may have interesting...
  • "Zombie stars'
    NASA space telescope sees possible X-ray 'screams' from zombie stars
    It sounds like something from a bad sci-fi movie, but a NASA space telescope has detected what might be the X-ray “screams” from dead (zombie) stars, astronomers announced yesterday, April 29, 2015.The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope...
  • NExSS coalition
    New NASA NExSS coalition to lead search for llfe on distant exoplanets
    The search for, and discovery of, exoplanets orbiting other stars has become a full-fledged endeavour in recent years, with thousands found so far and more being discovered practically every week. Now, NASA wants to take it a big step further by...
  • Careless Invitations
    Spokane's Careless Invitations
    Every day our planet beams out radio waves into outer space. It seems that more and more planets are being discovered in distant solar systems and scientists are trying to inform any space aliens of our location in the cosmos. Huge broadcasting...
  • Orbiting Rainbows: using ‘glitter clouds’ to search for and image exoplanets
    Orbiting Rainbows: using ‘glitter clouds’ to search for and image exoplanets
    The search for exoplanets may one day get a lot more glittery. It sounds a bit like science fiction, but a new NASA proposal called Orbiting Rainbows would use glitter-like materials to help image some of those far-away worlds, which could enable...
  • The life cycle of Sun-like stars
    ‘Old Earths': the search for ancient and habitable (but dying) exoplanets
    Researchers at Cornell University are taking a new approach to the search for alien life: looking for habitable planets older than Earth, “old Earth analogs,” which may be nearing the end of their habitable lifetimes. Astronomers would...
  • Lyrid meteor shower
    Meteor shower the night of April 22-23 - Watch cosmic fireworks
    Tonight, April 22, the best show on Earth is up in the sky as the annual Lyrid meteor shower offers upa cosmic fireworks show.The peak viewing time begins about 10:30 PM, and continues throughmuch of the night. You could see up to 20 meteors an...
  • The Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) on the Curiosity rover
    Curiosity rover finds more evidence for possible liquid water brines on Mars
    The search for liquid water on Mars is one that has been on-going for decades. It can’t exist for long on the surface, as it will quickly sublimate into the cold, thin atmosphere. Aquifers deep below the surface are still possible, but there...
  • STS-107
    Happy birthday David M. Brown
    “What you’re about to see is a documentary entitled, ‘Astronaut Diaries,’ based on personal video shot by David M. Brown. Dave had an avid interest in filmmaking in addition to his aviation and medical careers. The...
  • Mercury
    The fate of MESSENGER is near
    NASA’s MESSENGER (an acronym of MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging, and a reference to Mercury being the messenger of the gods) mission to Mercury that carries an $8.7 million University of Colorado Boulder...
  • Up for study in microgravity: liquid crystals
    Liquid crystal experiments are being done on the ISS
    A University of Colorado Boulder led experiment arrived at the International Space Station on April 17, 2015, enabling scientists to study the fluid dynamics of liquid crystals that may lead to benefits both on Earth and in space.The experiment is...
  • Dust-covered glaciers on Mars
    Buried glaciers have enough ice to cover entire surface of Mars
    When the topic of ice on Mars comes up, the first thing that usually comes to mind are the polar ice caps which are prominent even in small telescopes. There is, however, ice elsewhere on the planet as well, such as beneath the surface in the mid...
  • Mystery methane hotspot
    CU-Boulder scientists, colleagues probe methane emission mystery in Four Corners
    A mysterious methane hotspot was detected from space by a European satellite and a team of scientific investigators is now in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest, aiming to uncover the explaination for its existence. The joint project is...
  • The Alpha Centauri system
    Two Earth-sized exoplanets may exist in closest star system
    The closest star system to our own Sun may have two Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting it, a new study has shown based on observations by the Hubble Space Telescope. If confirmed, the discovery would help to illustrate just how common exoplanets are;...
  • View from the Spirit rover looking toward Husband Hill
    Spirit rover: more evidence for ancient hot springs on Mars
    The Spirit rover may have finished its journey a long time ago, but there is still plenty of data to go through and analyze, and continued study of that data has provided more evidence for one of the rover’s most significant findings:...
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