Sep 16, 2022 | Climate Change, Cosmology, Curiosity, Daily Space, Earth, Exoplanets, JAXA, Mars, Moon, Physics, Quantum, Rockets, Space China, Space History, Spacecraft, Supernovae, White Dwarfs
Data and images from NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence that wind played a key role in erosional processes on the red planet, despite the lower atmospheric volume. Plus, astrophysics and cosmology news, a baby exoplanet, and this week in space history, we look back at an uncrewed lunar mission from Japan.
Sep 9, 2022 | Climate Change, Daily Space, Earth, Exoplanets, Mars, Moon, Nebulae, Neptune, Our Solar System, Rockets, Science, Sky Watching, Space China, Spacecraft, Uranus
As global temperatures rise, Earth observations show that glaciers are retreating and ice sheets are melting everywhere from Greenland to Antarctica while regions of the Arctic are getting greener. Plus, collaborations lead to new Mars and exoplanet discoveries, several rockets launched, and this week’s What’s Up involves Dr. Brian May of Queen.
Jun 30, 2022 | Asteroids, Climate Change, Daily Space, Moon, Rocket Lab, Rockets, Space History, Spacecraft, Volcanoes
Today we look at a trio of climate change stories, which are mostly bad news, although one study has discovered that African lakes are doing more sequestering of greenhouse gases than emissions. Plus, the CAPSTONE launch, meteorite crystals, and this week in rocket history, a mission that launched… but failed.
Jun 27, 2022 | Climate Change, Daily Space, Earth, ESA, Europa, Globular Cluster, Jupiter, Mercury, Spacecraft, Voyager I & II
A recent paper examined data from NASA’s Juno mission and found that Jupiter’s atmosphere not only contains metals but also is not a homogenous mix. The likely culprits are the remains of planetesimals from the early solar system. Plus, a Voyager update, a new Mercury image, sulfur residue on Europa, and a review of “For All Mankind”.
Jun 24, 2022 | Climate Change, Cosmology, Curiosity, Daily Space, ESA, Galaxies, Mars, Neptune, Physics, Rockets, Sky Watching, Spacecraft
A basin region within Margaritifer Terra on Mars contains deposits of clay-bearing sediment that provide evidence of flowing water on the red planet as recently as 2.5 billion years ago. Plus, Mars mission updates, gravitational wave detection, rocket launches, and this week’s What’s Up.
Jun 23, 2022 | AAS, Artemis, Asteroids, Climate Change, Earth, Galaxies, Pluto & Charon, Rockets, Space History, Star Forming Region
An analysis of the craters on Bennu’s surface provides evidence that the rubble pile asteroid is protected from smaller impacts by the boulders scattered on the surface. Plus, the SLS Wet Dress Rehearsal, dwarf galaxies around M81, and this week in rocket history, we look back at the X-15 hypersonic plane.