Strong Solar Storm Sparked Planet-Wide Aurora on Mars

Your daily selection of the latest science news! According to Space.com These images from the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument aboard NASA’s MAVEN orbiter show the appearance of a bright aurora … Continue reading Strong Solar Storm Sparked Planet-Wide Aurora on Mars

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Traces Ancient Environmental Changes on Mars

What is history of the climate on Mars, and what were the conditions like long ago, before the Red Planet lost its atmosphere? Were they possibly favorable for life to … Continue reading NASA’s Curiosity Rover Traces Ancient Environmental Changes on Mars

Mysterious Light Flashes 1st Spotted by Carl Sagan Explained

Sun glints off of ice crystals high in the Earth’s atmosphere in images taken from the satellite DSCOVR. The orange circle shows one of the sun glints. Credit: NASA’s Goddard … Continue reading Mysterious Light Flashes 1st Spotted by Carl Sagan Explained

As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

Running low on fuel, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun the final — and most daring — phase of its epic mission to Saturn. After using a final flyby of the … Continue reading As Cassini Makes 1st ‘Grand Finale’ Dive, More Saturn Mysteries Remain

Capella Space plans to launch imaging satellites that can see through clouds using orbital radar 

Many space startups are vying to take the place of the world’s governments as the pre-eminent operators of imaging satellites, but this one has a unique scheme to take advantage … Continue reading Capella Space plans to launch imaging satellites that can see through clouds using orbital radar 

NASA study finds solar storms could spark soils at moon’s poles

A map showing the permanently shadowed regions (blue) that cover about 3 percent of the moon’s south pole. Credit: NASA Goddard/LRO mission Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil … Continue reading NASA study finds solar storms could spark soils at moon’s poles

Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere’s oxygen?

This black shale, formed 450 million years ago, contains fossils of trilobites and other organic material that helped support increases in oxygen in the atmosphere. Credit: University of Wisconsin-Madison For … Continue reading Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere’s oxygen?