A new analysis of data from NASA's Galileo mission has revealed clay-type minerals at the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa that appear to have been delivered by a spectacular collision with an asteroid or comet. This is the first time such minerals have been detected on Europa's surface. The types of space rocks that deliver such minerals typically also often carry organic materials.
"Organic materials, which are important building blocks for life, are often found in ...
NASA reported a problem Wednesday at the International Space Station but said the crew was not in any danger.
One of two large coolant loops at the ISS -- on which electrical systems ride -- shut down earlier in the day, Josh Byerly, a spokesman for the US space agency, told AFP.
"At no time was the crew ever in danger," Byerly said. "The crew is fine." He said the issue is likely linked to a valve problem.
A lot of the systems in European and Japanese laborato...
The bad news: Earth's oceans will evaporate away.
The good news: It won't happen for another billion years or so.
Those are the conclusions of a new study into the so-called Goldilocks zone -- the distance from a star at which water on a rocky planet can exist as a liquid rather than as permanent ice or vapour.
As in the fairy tale, a planet's temperature has to be not too hot and not too cold, but just right for sustaining the stuff for life as we know it.
Mars One has selected Lockheed Martin to develop a mission concept study for its Mars lander spacecraft. The lander will be based on the successful 2007 NASA Phoenix spacecraft and will be a technology demonstrator.
Slated for a 2018 launch, the mission will provide proof of concept for some of the technologies that are important for a permanent human settlement on Mars; the ultimate goal of the non-profit Mars One Foundation.
“When we decided to move forward with the deve...
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission began its countdown on December 9, at 7:43 PM EST, with 999 days remaining until the opening of the mission’s launch window in September 2016.
“This is a pioneering effort, both technologically and scientifically,” said Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-Rex principal investigator from the University of Arizona, Tuscon. “Starting the countdown clock carries a lot of symbolism for us. After December 9, we will have a consta...