Solar System
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets its wheels and air brakes  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
Final assembly and testing of NASA's Perseverance rover continues at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the July launch window approaches. In some of the last steps required... more
Changes to drylands with future climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
While drylands around the world will expand at an accelerated rate because of future climate change, their average productivity will likely be reduced, according to a new study. These regions, which primarily include savannas,... more
Why is BepiColombo back?  ESA · 2 days
BepiColombo is on its way to Mercury, but for some reason that brings it back to Earth. more
Astronomers define the 'really habitable zone': Planets capable of producing gin and tonic  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate. Absence of... more
Spot BepiColombo during its ‘goodbye flyby’  ESA · 2 days
On 10 April, BepiColombo will be visible to amateur and professional astronomers during its first – and only – Earth flyby, as the spacecraft... more
When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists share details of the most ancient fossil of Homo erectus known and discuss how these new findings are forcing us to rewrite a part of our species' evolutionary history. more
Image: Disinfection for planetary protection  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Carefully wrapped inside this donut-shaped bag is a 35-m diameter parachute that will endure a frenzied six-minute dive into the Martian atmosphere. more
Choosing rocks on Mars to bring to Earth  ESA · 2 days
If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as... more
Smart surfaces for space hygiene  ESA · 2 days
While efforts continue to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus on Earth, a space-based experiment called Matiss has been investigating how ‘smart surfaces’ on the... more
Earth from Space: Finistère  ESA · 2 days
Video: 00:00:00 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Finistère – a French department in the west of Brittany.See also Finistère, France to... more
Bacteria in rock deep under sea inspire new search for life on Mars  nanowerk · 2 days
Newly discovered single-celled creatures living deep beneath the seafloor have given researchers clues about how they might find life on Mars. These... more
Coastal pollution reduces genetic diversity of corals, reef resilience  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new study by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) found that human-induced environmental stressors have a large effect... more
The Arctic may influence Eurasian extreme weather events in just two to three weeks  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Previous research studies have revealed how rising temperatures and melting ice in the Arctic may impact the rest of Earth's... more
As COVID-19 halts climate expeditions, scientists grapple with uncertainties  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Around 128,000 years ago, the temperatures in the Bahamas were one to two degrees higher than they are today. A group of geologists and geodynamicists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth... more
Space missions return to science  ESA · 3 days
After a brief shutdown of science instruments and a period in ‘safe standby’, ESA’s planetary missions are getting back to what they do best, gathering science... more
Rodents and a rocket carried these researchers' dreams to space  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The human body evolved within the constant force of Earth's gravity. To prevent bone and muscle atrophy during their stays in space, astronauts must exercise every day. For... more
On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Chemists have created a hybrid system of bacteria and nanowires that captures energy from sunlight and transfers it to the bacteria to turn carbon... more
Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes --... more
Coronavirus having little impact on climate: UN agency  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Though factories have shut, planes have been grounded and cars left in the garage, the coronavirus pandemic is having very little impact on climate change, the World Meteorological Organization said Wednesday. more
Submissions open for Copernicus Masters 2020  ESA · 4 days
Awarding innovative solutions, developments and ideas that use Earth observation data to tackle challenges faced by business and society, the Copernicus Masters 2020 competition... more
Most of Earth's carbon was hidden in the core during its formative years  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Carbon is essential for life as we know it and plays a vital role in many of our planet's geologic processes—not to... more
More protein and good for the planet: 9 reasons we should be eating microalgae  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As the climate warms, the land we use for growing energy-intensive crops such as wheat and corn is becoming less... more
Climate researcher on promise amidst the pandemic  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As people suspend travel during this time of social distancing, Earth-observing satellites have recorded a marked reduction in air pollution in regions of the world most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Space... more
An affordable and fast clinical test that can save human lives and spares at-risk population  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Horseshoe crabs are remarkable animals, beautiful in their weirdness. These "living fossils" evolved 450 million years ago and... more
Early Mars Had Multiple Water Sources, New Study Shows  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
An analysis of two Martian meteorites — Northwest Africa (NWA) 7034 and Allan Hills (ALH) 84001 — shows... more
Scientists Decode Genome of Sterlet Sturgeon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
An international team of researchers from the United States and Europe has produced the first high-quality genomic sequence for the sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus), a... more
On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the settlers will need to manufacture on-planet a huge range of organic compounds, from fuels to drugs,... more
Warped space-time to help WFIRST find exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Studying the properties of exoplanet worlds will... more
As ice recedes in Antarctica, new microbial research frontier opens  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Warming global temperatures are changing life on every continent on Earth, including Antarctica, where more microbes are moving into territory previously covered by ice. How these microbes respond... more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Controllers at ESA's mission control center are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The maneuver, which will see the mission adjust its trajectory by harnessing Earth's gravitational... more
NASA selects mission to study causes of giant solar particle storms  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms—known as solar particle storms—into planetary space. Not only... more
NASA selects space science cubesat mission  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA announced March 30 it will fund the development of a cluster of six cubesats that will fly in formation above geostationary orbit to... more
A Martian mash up: Meteorites tell story of Mars' water history  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Researchers probed Martian meteorites to reconstruct Mars' chaotic history. Their findings suggest that Mars might not have had a global magma ocean. more
Unique structural fluctuations at ice surface promote autoionization of water molecules  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Hydrated protons at the surface of water ice are of fundamental importance in a variety of physicochemical phenomena on earth and in the universe. Hydrated protons... more
Image: Hubble hooks a one-arm galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NGC 4618 was discovered on April 9, 1787, by the German-British astronomer William Herschel, who also discovered Uranus in 1781. Only a year before discovering NGC 4618, Herschel theorized that the "foggy" objects astronomers were seeing... more
A Martian mash up: Meteorites tell story of Mars' water history  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In Jessica Barnes' palm is an ancient, coin-sized mosaic of glass, minerals and rocks as thick as a strand of wool fiber. It is a slice... more
TESS Discovers Its First Thick-Disk Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have spotted an Earth-sized planet orbiting LHS 1815, a star in the thick disk of our... more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  ESA · 6 days
Controllers at ESA’s mission control centre are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The manoeuvre,... more
Space Fence surveillance radar site declared operational  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The $1.5 billion Space Fence can track tiny objects in low Earth orbit as small as a marble. SpaceNews.com more
In Earth's largest extinction, land animal die-offs began long before marine extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that... more
#SpaceConnectsUs replay  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:00:00 Asteroid Day and the European Space Agency connected Europe and the world with astronauts, scientists and performers bringing a message of hope and support for those facing the global Coronavirus... more
Old gas blob from Uranus found in vintage Voyager 2 data  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Buried inside data Voyager 2 gathered at Uranus more than 30 years ago is the signature of a massive bubble that may have stolen a blob... more
Space Physicists Find Plasmoid in Magnetosphere of Uranus  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Uranus possesses an intrinsic magnetic field that encircles the ice giant and influences the local space environment. The solar wind... more
Planetary defenders validate asteroid deflection code  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Planetary defense researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) continue to validate their ability to accurately simulate how they might deflect an Earth-bound asteroid in a study that will be published in the April issue of... more
Control of anthropogenic emissions can improve water quality in coastal seas  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study highlights the importance of reducing fossil fuel combustion, not only to curb the trend of global warming, but also to improve the quality... more
New mission would provide a road map in the search for alien atmospheres  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new spacecraft proposed by scientists at CU Boulder could soon be NASA's nose in space, sniffing out the environments beyond Earth's... more
10.9 million names now aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign invited people around the world to submit their names to ride aboard the agency's next rover to the Red Planet. Some 10,932,295 people... more
Earth from Space: Rice fields, Vietnam  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:03:05 In this week's edition of the Earth from Space programme, the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Mekong Delta – a major... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  nanowerk · 1 week
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers... more
Researchers Find Extraterrestrial Protein in Meteorite Acfer 086  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A research team led by Harvard University scientist Julie McGeoch has found a never-before-seen protein inside a meteorite called Acfer... more
Earth's own evolution used as guide to hunt exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Cornell astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. more
Simulation: Dust could have spread evenly over Earth after Chicxulub asteroid strike  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Two researchers, one with the Planetary Science Institute, the other Imperial College, have created a simulation that they believe shows how dust could have... more
New Pterosaur Fossils Unearthed in Morocco  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Paleontologists have uncovered the remains of three species of fish-eating toothed pterosaurs in the Cretaceous-period Kem Kem beds of Morocco. Pterosaurs were Earth’s first... more
Revisiting decades-old Voyager 2 data, scientists find one more secret about Uranus  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Eight and a half years into its grand tour of the solar system, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft was ready for another encounter. It was... more
In Earth's largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The mass extinction at the end of the Permian Period 252 million years ago—one of the great turnovers of life on Earth—appears to have played out... more
Piece of lost continent discovered beneath Canada  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
A type of rock from Earth's interior that's known for its embedded diamonds also holds clues to a missing puzzle piece from a continent that fragmented more than 150 million years ago. more
Finnish researchers come together to study airborne transmission of coronavirus  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
Aalto University, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Helsinki have brought together a multidisciplinary group of researchers to model how... more
Curiosity Sends New Selfie from Red Planet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity captured a stunning new selfie on February 26, 2020 (the 2687th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).... more
Scientists get first look at cause of 'slow motion' earthquakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international team of scientists has for the first time identified the conditions deep below the Earth's surface that lead to the triggering of so-called 'slow motion' earthquakes. more
International ozone treaty stops changes in Southern Hemisphere winds  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Chemicals that deplete Earth's protective ozone layer have also been triggering changes in Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation. Now, new research in Nature finds that those changes have paused and might... more
Scientists develop inexpensive method to produce E-sail tethers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Thin metallic tethers for Coulomb drag devices that tow satellites and spacecraft can now be produced more easily than before. Scientists of the Finnish Meteorological Institute have developed a method to produce... more
U.S. government aims for better coordination in space weather campaign  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
After decades of fighting to be taken seriously, meteorologists say space weather is beginning to get... more
Is this what our solar system's 'force field' looks like?  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astrophysicists reveal a new model of our heliosphere that?s shaped somewhere between a croissant and a beach ball. more
NASA to hand off spacecraft communications to industry  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA is preparing to hand off to the private sector much of the work of communicating with spacecraft in Earth... more
Study challenges common view of oxygen scarcity on Earth 2 billion years ago  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Shungite, a unique carbon-rich sedimentary rock from Russia deposited 2 billion years ago, holds clues about oxygen concentrations on Earth's surface at... more
Scientists observe superconductivity in meteorites  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Scientists at UC San Diego and Brookhaven Laboratory in New York went searching for superconducting materials where researchers have had little luck before. Setting their sights on a diverse population of meteorites, they investigated the 15 pieces of... more
Image: Bennu in unprecedented detail  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This global map of asteroid Bennu's surface is a mosaic of images collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft between Mar. 7 and Apr. 19, 2019. A total of 2,155 PolyCam images were stitched together and corrected to produce the... more
Small horses got smaller, big tapirs got bigger 47 million years ago  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The former coalfield of Geiseltal in eastern Germany has yielded large numbers of exceptionally preserved fossil animals, giving palaeontologists a unique window into the... more
Solar system acquired current configuration not long after its formation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The hypothesis that the solar system originated from a gigantic cloud of gas and dust was first floated in the second half of the 18th century by German... more
Solar system acquired current configuration not long after its formation  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Model developed by astrophysicists shows chaotic phase that placed objects in current orbits beginning within first 100 million years after formation of giant planets. more
Challenge and desire in Antarctic meteorology and climate  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The outcomes of the 13th and 14th Workshop on Antarctic Meteorology and Climate (WAMC), as well as the 3rd and 4th Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) Meetings, was discussed in an article... more
ESA to issue Call for Ideas for next Earth Explorer  ESA · 2 weeks
As part of the ongoing commitment to realise new satellite missions that advance our understanding of... more
Comet ATLAS may put on quite a show  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A comet called Atlas is currently heading toward the sun, and it just might put on a really good show in a couple of months. Discovered last December by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact... more
Giant 'potentially hazardous' asteroid will fly safely by Earth in April  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
A large and "potentially hazardous" asteroid is poised to fly by Earth next month, but don't worry — it poses no threat to Earth. more
Satellite track emissions drop over China, Italy during coronavirus outbreak  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
As satellites orbiting Earth have observed, as coronavirus has progressed, there has been less air pollution over Italy and lowered nitrogen-dioxide emissions over China. more
Soyuz launches 34 OneWeb satellites  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Arianespace launched 34 small broadband satellites for OneWeb March 21, expanding the startup’s constellation to 74 satellites in low Earth orbit.  SpaceNews.com more
Curiosity Mars rover takes a new selfie before record climb  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recently set a record for the steepest terrain it's ever climbed, cresting the "Greenheugh Pediment," a broad sheet of rock that sits atop a... more
Newfound Comet ATLAS is getting really bright, really fast  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
For years, amateur astronomers have been waiting for a bright, naked-eye comet to pass by Earth — and finally, such an object may have arrived. more
The strange orbits of 'Tatooine' planetary disks  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane,... more
Solar energy tracker powers down after 17 years  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
After nearly two decades, the Sun has set for NASA's SOlar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE), a mission that continued and advanced the agency's 40-year record of measuring solar irradiance and studying... more
Initial findings of artificial impact on asteroid Ryugu  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A large team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions across Japan has revealed the age of the asteroid Ryugu and other characteristics by firing a copper ball at its surface. In their... more
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