Vacuum Leak Discovered in Key Science Instrument for InSight Mission to Mars

Artist’s conception of the InSight lander on Mars. The SEIS instrument is the dome-shaped object in the foreground. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

One of the science instruments being installed on the InSight lander is experiencing a vacuum leak, according to an update posted Dec. 3 on the JPL website. The leak is in the vacuum […]

GJ 1132b: Nearest Earth-Sized Exoplanet Discovered So Far May Be a 'Venus Twin'

Artist’s conception of GJ 1132b, an Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting a nearby star. Conditions on this world, however, are probably more like Venus than Earth. Image Credit: Dana Berry

Astronomers have discovered another Earth-sized exoplanet that is the closest one to our own Solar System found so far, but it might not be a nice […]

A Complex World: Pluto Discoveries Include Possible Ice Volcanoes, Varied Geology, and Weird Spinning Moons

Slide from the DPS meeting showing possible ice volcanoes on Pluto. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

Pluto is a small, cold world, but it is also turning out to be one of the most fascinating places in our Solar System – as reported today at the American Astronomical Society’s […]

The Saline Slopes of Mars: NASA Confirms Evidence for Flowing Liquid Water

False-color image of RSL on slopes in Hale crater. The blue color is thought not to be related to their formation, but instead are from the presence of the mineral pyroxene. The image is produced by draping an orthorectified (Infrared-Red-Blue/Green(IRB)) false color image (ESP_030570_1440) on a Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of the same site […]

Chris Hadfield Reflects on His ISS Mission

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield gathered a remarkable following during his time in space, with his demonstration videos, song recordings, and photographs going viral throughout his five-month spaceflight. But ask him what he’s most proud of accomplishing during this mission, and he’ll happily tell you about the amazing science he and his […]

Chris Hadfield Brings David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' to the ISS

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In what is being called the first music video recorded in space, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield posted his own version of David Bowie’s classic hit “Space Oddity” (1969) on YouTube last Sunday. It was his last day as commander on the International Space Station, […]

Curiosity Lauded By Smithsonian, South by Southwest

The NASA team behind the Mars Science Laboratory rover has received an award acknowledging its social media efforts and will receive another award for their accomplishments on sending the one-ton rover to the surface of Mars. Photo Credit: Jeff Seibert / Wired4Space

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” has received nods for social media […]

NASA Hosts its First Google+ Hangout Connecting with Space Station

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WASHINGTON — NASA will host its first Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station from 11 a.m. to noon EST, Friday, Feb. 22. This event will connect NASA’s social media followers with astronauts on the ground and living and working aboard the laboratory orbiting 240 miles above Earth. […]