Evidence found of planet that hit Earth, made moon

Jun 9, 2014

Evidence found of planet that hit Earth, made moon

Lunar rocks brought back by Apollo astronauts more than 40 years ago contain evidence of the Mars-size planet that scientists believe crashed into Earth and created the moon, new research shows. German scientists using a new technique detected a slight chemical difference between Earth ...

NASA to test Mars landing on Earth

Jun 2, 2014

NASA to test Mars landing on Earth

The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will soon become a stand-in for Mars as NASA prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight for equipment designed to land heavy loads on the red planet. For decades, robotic landers and rovers ...

Decades-old photos emerge of Apollo training

Jun 1, 2014

Decades-old photos emerge of Apollo training

Before Apollo astronauts went to the moon, they went to Hawaii to train on the Big Island’s lunarlike landscapes. Now, decades-old photos are surfacing of astronauts scooping up Hawaii’s soil and riding across volcanic fields in a “moon buggy” vehicle. The Pacific International Space ...

Citizen scientists to operate probe

May 25, 2014

Citizen scientists to operate probe

A group of citizen scientists can take over a 36-year-old decommissioned robotic space probe that will fly by the Earth in August, NASA says. Launched in 1978, the International Sun/Earth Explorer-3 (ISEE-3) spacecraft studied how the stream of charged particles flowing from the sun, ...

Astronomers discover madly whirling exoplanet

May 4, 2014

Astronomers discover madly whirling exoplanet

Scientists have for the first time measured the spin of a planet outside our solar system — a large gas planet located a relatively close 63 light-years from Earth. They determined that the planet, named Beta Pictoris b, spins faster than any in our ...

Jupiter moon's layers bring chance of life

May 3, 2014

Jupiter moon's layers bring chance of life

As club sandwiches go, this undoubtedly is the biggest one in the solar system. Scientists on Friday said that Jupiter’s moon Ganymede may possess ice and liquid oceans stacked up in several layers much like the popular multilayered sandwich. They added that this arrangement ...

Astronomers spot planet most like Earth

Apr 18, 2014

Astronomers spot planet most like Earth

Astronomers have discovered what they say is the planet most like Earth yet detected — a distant, rocky world that is similar in size to ours and exists in the Goldilocks zone, where it is not too hot and not too cold for life. ...