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Space Missions News
May 20, 2019

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While volcanic, igneous rock predominates on Mars, virtually the entire Earth fossil record comes from sedimentary rocks. ... read more
A new analysis suggests that the moon is actively shrinking and producing moonquakes along thousands of cliffs called thrust faults spread over the moon's surface. The faults ... read more
Observers watching January's total eclipse of the Moon saw a rare event, a short-lived flash as a meteorite hit the lunar surface. Astronomers now think the space rock ... read more
For more than a century, scientists have squabbled over how Earth's moon formed. Now researchers say they may have ... read more
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Bernese Mars Camera CaSSIS Returns Spectacular Images

Three years ago, on March 14 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the 'ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter' spacecraft. The camera system has been observing Mars from ... read more

LAMP Instrument Sheds Light on Lunar Water Movement

Using the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), scientists have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon. A paper describes ... read more

Scientists Tackle Major Challenges to Sending Astronauts to Search for Life on Mars

An international team of researchers is tackling one of the biggest problems of space travel to Mars: what happens when we get ... read more

Goals for Collecting and Studying Samples from Mars

A new article defines specific scientific objectives for a Mars Sample Return campaign, to describe the critical measurements that would need to be done on returned samples to address the objectives, ... read more

Houston, We're Here to Help the Farmers

Farmers irrigating their crops may soon be getting some help from space. In 2018, scientists launched ECOSTRESS, a new instrument now attached to the International Space Station. Its mission: to ... read more

Crater Counts on Pluto, Charon Show Small Kuiper Belt Objects Surprisingly Rare

Using New Horizons data from the Pluto-Charon flyby in 2015, scientists have indirectly discovered a distinct and surprising lack of very small objects in the Kuiper Belt. The evidence for the ... read more

Clues to Possible Martian Life Found in Chilean Desert

A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, has successfully recovered subsurface soil samples during a trial mission to find signs of life. The ... read more

Tiny Neptune Moon Spotted by Hubble May Have Broken from Larger Moon

After several years of analysis, a team of planetary scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has at last come up with an explanation for a mysterious moon around Neptune that they ... read more

Ingredients for Water Could Be Made on Surface of Moon, a Chemical Factory

When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the moon's surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the moon's surface ... read more

Weak Spots for Mission to Mars Revealed

Researchers are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns among crew members and head off problems that could make or break the Mission to ... read more

NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the ... read more

Possibility of Recent Underground Volcanism on Mars

New research suggests liquid water is present beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. Now, a new study argues there needs to be an underground source of heat for liquid water to exist underneath the ... read more

Developing a Flight Strategy to Land Heavier Vehicles on Mars

The heaviest vehicle to successfully land on Mars is the Curiosity Rover at 1 metric ton, about 2,200 pounds. Sending more ambitious robotic missions to the surface of Mars, and eventually humans, ... read more

Chang'e 4 Rover Comes Into View

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter got a closer look at Chang'e 4 on the lunar far side. This time the small Yutu-2 rover shows up (two pixels) just north of the lander. Also, shadows cast by the ... read more

Mars Rover Curiosity Makes First Gravity-Measuring Traverse on the Red Planet

A clever use of non-science engineering data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has let a team of researchers to measure the density of rock layers in Gale ... read more

Brain Condition Related to Long-Term Spaceflights Needs More Attention, Data

More people are poised to explore space than ever before; those who do will experience the effects of microgravity on the human ... read more

Prolonged Spaceflight Could Weaken Astronauts' Immune Systems

Researchers report impaired NK-cell function during long-duration space ... read more

Scientists Find Increase in Asteroid Impacts on Ancient Earth by Studying the Moon

A team of scientists has determined the number of asteroid impacts on the Moon and Earth increased by two to three times starting around 290 million years ago. Previous theories held that there were ... read more

New Ultima Thule Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons

Data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, which explored Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule earlier this week, is yielding scientific discoveries ... read more

NASA's New Horizons Mission Reveals Entirely New Kind of World

Scientists from NASA's New Horizons mission released the first detailed images of the most distant object ever explored -- the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule. Its remarkable ... read more

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