After NASA‘s Cassini spacecraft discovered a surprisingly large amount of methane — along with a relative high concentration of dihydrogen and carbon dioxide molecules — in the plumes of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, a study published in Nature Astronomy concludes that the high levels of gas cannot be explained by known geochemical processes.
Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, said Russia will pack its bags and leave the International Space Station by 2025 unless the United States lifts sanctions that are currently impeding the country’s space sector.
SAN FRANCISCO — There’s an asteroid floating in space that’s worth more than the world’s entire economy. NASA released pictures of the object called “16 Psyche” and it is estimated to be valued at $10 quintillion.
Framed by an infinite backdrop of dark, lifeless space, a robotic arm on the International Space Station in 2015 mounted a box of exposed microbes on a handrail 250 miles above Earth. The hearty bacteria had no protection from an onslaught of cosmic ultraviolet, gamma, and x-rays. Back on Earth, scientists wondered whether the germs might survive these conditions for up to three years, the length of the experiment, and if they did, what the results might tell the researchers about the ability of life to travel between planets. Continue reading Scientists Discover Exposed Bacteria Can Survive in Space for Years
One thing most of us Earthlings may not realize is that outer space smells. Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, so can you. Over a decade ago, NASA chemists developed a scent that mimics the “smell of space” in order to give astronauts a whiff of the cosmos before they left Earth’s atmosphere. Now, the company Eau de Space has gotten its hands on that scent, and you can order a bottle (or ten) through its Kickstarter. Continue reading NASA’s ‘smell of space’ is available as a perfume
From this point forward, NASA’s Washington DC headquarters will be known as the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters, named after the agency’s first Black female engineer. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the change today. Continue reading NASA names its DC headquarters after its first Black female engineer
The Solar Orbiter project, a collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA, has begun a critical new stage of the mission after the probe’s first close encounter with the Sun. Continue reading The Solar Orbiter Has Entered a Thrilling New Phase of Its Journey to the Sun