Hubble Space Telescope News 13 Jun 2019, 14:00 UTC
HubbleSite NewsCenter -- Latest News Releases 12 Jun 2019, 19:00 UTC Finding common table salt — sodium chloride — on the surface of a moon is more than just a scientific curiosity when that moon is Europa, a potential abode of life.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 12 Jun 2019, 16:25 UTC When a female astronaut first sets foot on the Moon in 2024, the historic moment will represent a step toward another NASA first: eventually putting humans on Mars. NASA's latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020, aims to help future astronauts brave that inhospitable landscape.
NASA's Ames Research Center News and Features 12 Jun 2019, 12:39 UTC The last astronauts of the Apollo program were lucky. Not just because they were chosen to fly to the Moon, but because they missed some really bad weather en route. This wasn’t a hurricane or heat wave, but space weather – the term for radiation in the solar system, much of which is released by the Sun. In August 1972, right in between the Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 missions, a solar storm occurred sending out dangerous bursts of radiation. On Earth, we're protected by our magnetic field, but out in space, this would have been hazardous for the astronauts.
ESA Science & Technology 12 Jun 2019, 09:00 UTC Scientists in the Euclid Consortium have selected three extremely dark patches of the sky that will be the subject of the mission's deepest observations, aiming at exploring faint and rare objects in the Universe. The position of the Euclid Deep Fields – one in the northern sky and two in the southern sky – was announced last week, during the annual consortium meeting in Helsinki, Finland.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 11 Jun 2019, 19:06 UTC Designed to explore a metal asteroid that could be the heart of a planet, the Psyche mission is readying for a 2022 launch.
NASA's Ames Research Center News and Features 11 Jun 2019, 15:50 UTC Supermassive black holes exist at the center of most galaxies, and our Milky Way is no exception. But many other galaxies have highly active black holes, meaning a lot of material is falling into them, emitting high-energy radiation in this “feeding” process. The Milky Way’s central black hole, on the other hand, is relatively quiet. New observations from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, are helping scientists understand the differences between active and quiet black holes.
University of Michigan Astronomy Department 10 Jun 2019, 15:00 UTC A team of astronomers including University of Michigan astronomer Elena Gallo has discovered that a black hole at the center of a nearby dwarf galaxy, called NGC 4395, is about 40 times smaller than previously thought. Their findings are published in the journal Nature Astronomy.