NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory News and Features 28 Nov 2017, 18:44 UTC In just a few years, NASA's next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet. At a glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor, the Curiosity Mars rover. But there's no doubt it's a souped-up science machine: It has seven new instruments, redesigned wheels and more autonomy. A drill will capture rock cores, while a caching system with a miniature robotic arm will seal up these samples. Then, they'll be deposited on the Martian surface for possible pickup by a future mission.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) 28 Nov 2017, 16:00 UTC At the center of our galaxy, in the immediate vicinity of its supermassive black hole, is a region wracked by powerful tidal forces and bathed in intense ultraviolet and X-ray radiation. These harsh conditions, astronomers surmise, do not favor star formation, especially low-mass stars like our sun. Surprisingly, new observations from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) suggest otherwise.
ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 28 Nov 2017, 11:31 UTC These two images illustrate just how far Cassini traveled to get to Saturn. On the left is one of the earliest images Cassini took of the ringed planet, captured during the long voyage from the inner solar system. On the right is one of Cassini's final images of Saturn, showing the site where the spacecraft would enter the atmosphere on the following day.
Keck Observatory 27 Nov 2017, 19:37 UTC Since astronomers first measured the size of an extrasolar planet seventeen years ago, they have struggled to answer the question: how did the largest planets get to be so large? Thanks to the recent discovery of twin planets by a University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy team led by graduate student Samuel Grunblatt, scientists are getting closer to an answer.
Hubble Space Telescope News
Science Release: Hubble and Gaia team up to measure 3D stellar motion with record-breaking precision27 Nov 2017, 16:00 UTC
ESA Top News 27 Nov 2017, 09:40 UTC A dark cloud when observed with optical telescopes, the Chamaeleon I region reveals itself as an active hub of star formation in this far-infrared image from ESA’s Herschel space observatory. Only around 550 light-years away in the southern constellation of Chamaeleon, it is one of the closest areas where stars are bursting into life.
SETI Institute 22 Nov 2017, 18:56 UTC In a valley eight miles southeast of the Norwegian city of Tromsø, a radar antenna has just transmitted a short bit of radio programming to potential alien listeners: some specially composed electronic music and a tutorial about geometry and the use of binary numbers.
InterActions.org News Wire 22 Nov 2017, 18:00 UTC Neutrinos are abundant subatomic particles that are famous for passing through anything and everything, only very rarely interacting with matter. About 100 trillion neutrinos pass through your body every second.
ASI Agenzia Spaziale Italiana 22 Nov 2017, 13:57 UTC The HAWC Observatory in Mexico has detected very high energy gamma rays from two pulsars. The data collected confirms the interpretation of very high energy positrons seen by the AMS spectrometer and, at lower energy levels, by PAMELA and FERMI as a possible product of the annihilation of dark matter.