NASA finds ‘Lost Galaxy’ shining out of Virgo’s bosom

In the 1950s, when amateur astronomer Leland S. Copeland first fixed his telescope lens on a distant galaxy in the Virgo constellation, he saw an eerie spiral shrouded in dust. Copeland — who was a professional poet fond of writing about the cosmos — dubbed the spiral “The Lost Galaxy,” a name that has stuck […]

2020 tied for warmest year on record, NASA analysis shows — ScienceDaily

Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, the year’s globally averaged temperature was 1.84 degrees Fahrenheit (1.02 degrees Celsius) warmer than the baseline 1951-1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space […]

NASA test of mega Moon rocket engines cut short

NASA said the ‘hot-fire’ test of the RS-25 engines that will power the Artemis lunar missions shut down prematurely NASA conducted a test firing of the engines for its giant Space Launch System (SLS) lunar rocket on Saturday but they shut down earlier than planned, the space agency said. The “hot-fire” test at the Stennis […]

Broiling 2020 was the hottest year ever, NASA climate scientists say

2020 was a dumpster fire in more ways than one: The planet was literally hotter than ever before, with the year ranking alongside 2016 as the planet’s hottest since record-keeping began in 1880, NASA scientists recently reported. Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded in a separate assessment that 2020 was the […]

Watch NASA test the world’s most powerful rocket ever on Saturday

NASA is going to light up the most powerful rocket it’s ever built Saturday (Jan. 16), though it won’t go anywhere. The test, scheduled for sometime between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST, will be the first test of the core of the Space Launch System (SLS). That’s the rocket NASA hopes will one day […]

NASA will soon fire up the most powerful rocket ever built

NASA plans to ignite the most powerful rocket it’s ever built on Jan. 17 according to a statement from the agency. It will be the first firing of the Space Launch System (SLS), the long-awaited (and delayed) rocket ship that NASA plans to use for non-commercial human space flight. It’s the centerpiece of NASA’s Artemis […]

7 things to know about the NASA rover about to land on Mars

In a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, engineers observed the first driving test for NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on Dec. 17, 2019. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech With only about 50 million miles (80 million kilometers) left to go in its 293-million-mile (471-million-kilometer) journey, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover is nearing its […]

This is what a supernova sounds like, according to NASA

In space, nobody can hear you scream — or explode, or collapse, or slowly collide with a neighboring galaxy. But now, thanks to a new “data sonification” program at NASA, you can at least get a sense of what some of the most extreme phenomena in the universe might sound like when converted to sound […]

NASA outlines science goals for future astronauts on Moon

NASA outlined the scientific priorities for the Artemis III astronauts on the Moon The US space agency NASA published a voluminous report on Monday outlining the scientific priorities for the Artemis III astronauts it intends to send to the Moon in 2024. One of the goals will be to bring back a total of 85 […]

Asteroid Ryugu dust delivered to Earth; NASA astrobiologists prepare to probe it

A zoomed-out image of a speck of Murchison meteorite (about 4 micrograms) mounted onto gold foil, inside a glass ampoule. This was taken as NASA Goddard astrochemists were about to execute their hot water extraction procedure to liberate any organic compounds that can dissolve in water. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Eric T. Parker On […]