The Latest Morpheus Test Flight Cuts Out Before It Even Begins

The downright futuristic Morpheus prototype lander kicked off its newest round of testing with an anticlimactic soft abort ending the test before it started. At least this wee frog got a great view of the excitement! » 11/25/14 3:00pm Yesterday 3:00pm

Stunning Drone Footage From Beneath The Ice Of Antarctica

Scientists use a range of techniques—from satellite observations to drilling holes—to measure sea ice thickness. Usually, such efforts look down at the sea floor. But, by equipping an underwater drone with upward-looking sonar, researchers were able to create the first high-resolution 3D maps of Antarctic sea ice. » 11/25/14 5:55pm Yesterday 5:55pm

Physics Students Scrutinize Planetary Stability In Super Mario Galaxy

The world's most famous plumber ventured into space with the release of Super Mario Galaxy. The 3D game used a physics system to endow celestial objects with their own gravity so our hero could circumnavigate tiny worlds without falling off. But to maintain surface gravity, how dense would these planets have to be? » 11/25/14 2:13pm Yesterday 2:13pm

We Can Thank Saturn for Helping Life to Evolve on Earth

Models show that if the ringed planet's orbit was just 10% closer in, or even just slightly tilted, its mass would have tugged the Earth into a wildly elongated orbit, causing it to spend part of each year outside the habitable zone. » 11/25/14 2:19am Yesterday 2:19am

After The Sun Incinerates Earth, Life Could Evolve On Titan

In about 4 billion years, our sun will become a red giant star, engulfing the inner planets and basking the outer planets in its ebbing heat. When the happens, according to a NASA scientist, Saturn's moon Titan, which resembles a frozen version of Earth billions of years ago, could evolve its own indigenous life. » 11/25/14 2:18am Yesterday 2:18am

Why Geoscientists Use Spaceships To Measure Underground

We all rely on our senses to make sense of the world around us – but our senses can only take us so far. To better understand the Earth and its processes, geoscientists rely on a host of strange tools and bizarre research methods to expand the powers of their usual senses. » 11/24/14 2:25pm Monday 2:25pm

NASA’s 'Remastered' View of Europa Is The Best Yet

9

Europa, Jupiter's sixth-closest moon, has long been a source of fascination and wonder for astronomers. Not only is it unique amongst its Jovian peers for having a smooth, ice-covered surface, but it is believed that warm, ocean waters exist beneath that crust – which also makes it a strong candidate for … » 11/23/14 12:47pm Sunday 12:47pm

A Change In Congress Has Increased The Chances Of A Europa Mission

Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) is now chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, and Science. His Houston district is close to the Johnson Spaceflight Center, so he's enthusiastic about NASA—and he's especially excited about a mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa. » 11/22/14 12:47am Saturday 12:47am