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. ...

Mars never sustained warm , wet conditions: study

Apr 14, 2014

Mars never sustained warm , wet conditions: study

Cold and dry today, Mars was previously warm and wet, but possibly only at intervals, a study published Sunday suggests. Scientists have long puzzled over what happened to the water, the precious stuff of life, on the red planet. Unmanned spacecraft have sent home ...

Twin rings found around asteroid

Mar 30, 2014

Twin rings found around asteroid

Astonished astronomers have found rings around an asteroid, the smallest object known to have this feature and only the fifth after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. The twin rings around a rock called Chariklo were spotted in last June as it passed in front ...

Mar 28, 2014

Distant hunter of comets to awaken

A fridge-size robot lab hurtling through the solar system aboard a European probe is about to wake from hibernation and prepare for the first landing by a spacecraft on a comet. The delicate operation, starting Friday, marks the next phase in the European Space ...

Mar 21, 2014

Massive solar blasts missed Earth by days

Fierce solar blasts that could have badly damaged electrical grids and disabled satellites in space narrowly missed Earth in 2012, U.S. researchers said. The bursts would have wreaked havoc on the Earth’s magnetic field, matching the severity of the 1859 Carrington Event, the largest ...