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May 25, 2020

Mars’ Surface Once Resembled A Volcanic Mud Stew, Say Geologists

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Mars’ early surface likely resembled a mud stew of water and volcanic-like processes, say researchers.


A large number of mountain cones in Mars’ northern hemisphere are likely the product of ancient mud volcanoes, says a new paper.

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May 25, 2020

Next-Generation NASA Space Telescope Named for ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman

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At the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, team members are building the Coronagraph Instrument for the spacecraft and contributing to the mission’s science goals.

NASA is naming its next-generation space telescope currently under development, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA’s first chief astronomer, who paved the way for space telescopes focused on the broader universe.

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May 23, 2020

How Do Quantum States Manifest In The Classical World?

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Education Saturday with Space Time.


This episode of space time is brought to you by the information flowing through an impossibly complex network of quantum entanglement, that just happens to mutually agree that you and I exist inside it. Oh, and Schrodinger’s cat is in here too.

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May 23, 2020

How NASA is recycling urine into drinking water

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As a life support engineer at NASA Ames Research Center, it’s Michael Flynn’s job to keep astronauts alive in space, making sure they have the basic necessities like clean water to survive. But launching clean water into space is cost-prohibitive, so for years, Flynn and his team have been working on new ways to recycle waste water into safe, drinking water. SmartPlanet visits Flynn’s lab and looks at how he’s doing it through a process known as “forward osmosis.”

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

May 22, 2020

All systems are ‘GO’ for another 🚀 launch!

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Tomorrow, May 20, watch as the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) uncrewed HTV spacecraft lifts off from Japan, on a mission to carry cargo to the International Space Station. It’ll deliver more than four tons of supplies, water, spare parts and experiment hardware for the station crew. Live coverage begins at 1 p.m. EDT with liftoff scheduled for 1:31 p.m. EDT.

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May 21, 2020

New Gravitational-Wave Model Helps Reveal the True Nature of Neutron Stars

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Gravitational-wave researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a new model that promises to yield fresh insights into the structure and composition of neutron stars.

The model shows that vibrations, or oscillations, inside the stars can be directly measured from the gravitational-wave signal alone. This is because neutron stars will become deformed under the influence of tidal forces, causing them to oscillate at characteristic frequencies, and these encode unique information about the star in the gravitational-wave signal.

This makes asteroseismology — the study of stellar oscillations — with gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars a promising new tool to probe the elusive nature of extremely dense nuclear matter.

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May 20, 2020

The Secrets behind Earth’s Multi-colored Glow

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Airglow is the constant, faint glow of Earth’s upper atmosphere created by the interaction between sunlight and particles in this region. The phenomenon is similar to auroras, but where auroras are driven by high-energy particles originating from the solar wind, airglow is energized by ordinary, day-to-day solar radiation.

Studying airglow gives scientists clues about the upper atmosphere’s temperature, density, and composition, and helps us trace how particles move through the region itself. Two NASA missions take advantage of our planet’s natural glow to study the upper atmosphere: ICON focuses on how charged and neutral gases in the upper atmosphere interact, while GOLD observes what’s driving change — the Sun, Earth’s magnetic field or the lower atmosphere — in the region.

By watching and imaging airglow, the two missions enable scientists to tease out how Earth’s weather and space intersect, dictating the region’s complex behavior. https://go.nasa.gov/2RJax4x

May 20, 2020

Love isolation? NASA wants you to spend 8 months locked in a Russian lab

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Do you thrive in social isolation? NASA is looking for people to spend 8 months locked in a Russian lab for a new experiment.

May 20, 2020

Stunning Images Appear to Show a Planet Being Born

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The scientists believe the twist at the center of the image marks the spot where the baby planet could be forming.

A couple years ago, scientists managed to take images of spiral arms of gas surrounding a star that scientists believe were early evidence of planet formation — but the “twist” at the center adds something new to the story.

“The twist is expected from some theoretical models of planet formation, ” Anne Dutrey, another co-author from the LAB, said in the statement. ” It corresponds to the connection of two spirals — one winding inwards of the planet’s orbit, the other expanding outwards — which join at the planet location.”

May 19, 2020

The NASA Worm Logo is Back for Demo-2

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Stylish. Iconic. It’s you. It’s also the Worm. Designer Richard Danne shares the history of the inspiring design.

Your Worm swag using #TheWormIsBack and show us how pumped you are to #LaunchAmerica on May 27: https://youtu.be/IwrtrxiwXTE

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