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Commentary: A Path to Nowhere and the Absence of Leadership (Part 1)

In the aftermath of the recent geopolitical crisis in Crimea, a series of sanctions has been imposed on Russia by many countries, including the United States. Many observers fear that Russia might answer back, by denying to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station. Image Credit: NASA

The recent geopolitical tensions resulting from [...]

A Light in the Dark? Observations of Milky Way's Center Hint at Existence of Dark Matter

A view of the entire gamma-ray sky from the Fermi Space Telescope, shaded to emphasize the center of the Milky Way. The inset is a map of the galactic center with known sources removed, which reveals the gamma-ray excess (red, green, and blue) found there. This excess emission is consistent with annihilations from some [...]

NASA Security Matters

A little over a year ago, NASA was directed, largely if not solely by the efforts of Rep. Wolf, Chairman of the House Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, to commission an independent study from the National Academy of Public Administration, chaired by former Attorney General Thornburgh. The purpose of the study was to [...]

First Direct Imaging of Exoplanet in Visible Light Obtained by Ground-Based Telescope

Image of the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b made with the Magellan Adaptive Optics (MagAO) VisAO camera. This image was made using a CCD camera, which is essentially the same technology as a cell phone camera. The planet is nearly 100,000 times fainter than its star and orbits its star at roughly the same distance [...]

Listening to the Cosmic Winds, Then Talking to the Artist Who Recorded Them

NASA’s Voyager missions are part of humanity’s greatest achievements ever, inspiring the generations. Their tremendous collection of scientific data have also inspired a scientist/musician who converted them into music, giving a whole new meaning and appreciation to both science and music. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

“The heavenly motions… are nothing but a continuous [...]

Government Orders NASA to Suspend Communications With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Standing in front of the first stage engines of their Soyuz rocket on 20 September 2013, Soyuz TMA-10M crewmen (left to right) Mike Hopkins (NASA), Oleg Kotov, and Sergei Ryazansky (both with Roscosmos) clasp hands in solidarity. Photo Credit: NASA

Today, the U.S. Government banned all NASA employees and contractors from any communication [...]

NASA Awards Orbital Sciences Launch Services Contract for Hurricane-Forecasting CYGNSS Mission

The CYGNSS mission is comprised of eight Low-Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft (S/C) that receive both direct (white lines) and reflected (blue lines) signals from GPS satellites. The direct signals pinpoint LEO S/C positions, while the reflected signals respond to ocean surface roughness, from which wind speed is retrieved. GPS bi-static scatterometry measures ocean surface winds at [...]

'I Wouldn’t Call it Fear': The Shuttle Launch Pad Aborts (Part 2)

The closest the shuttle ever came to a launch at the time of abort was T-1.9 seconds, on 18 August 1994. So close was the shuttle to launch, the on-board General Purpose Computers had already moded to their 102 ascent software configuration at the time of the abort. Photo Credit: NASA

In the pre-dawn [...]

Martian Winds Give Opportunity Rover Big Power Boost Atop Red Planet Mountain Science Goldmine

NASA’s Opportunity rover was imaged here from Mars orbit by the MRO HiRISE camera on Feb. 14, 2014. This mosaic shows Opportunity’s view while looking back to vast Endeavour crater from atop Murray Ridge by summit of Solander Point. Opportunity captured this photomosaic view on Feb. 16, 2014, (Sol 3579) from the western rim [...]

New Dwarf Planet Candidate Discovered at Solar System's Edge: Could a Hidden Planet Be Orbiting Farther Out?

The discovery images of 2012 VP113. Three images of the night sky, each taken about two hours apart, were combined into one. The first image was artificially colored red, the second green, and the third blue. 2012 VP113 moved between each image as seen by the red, green, and blue dots. The background stars [...]