Committee praises NASA’s planetary science program but raises some concerns

Committee praises NASA’s planetary science program but raises some concerns

WASHINGTON — NASA has done a good job implementing the recommendations of its latest planetary science decadal survey despite past budget problems, but needs to improve some programs, a recent report concluded. The midterm assessment of the 2011 planetary science decadal survey, prepared by a National Academies committee and published Aug. 7, found that NASA […]

Scientists Over the Moon for NASA’s Solar Probe Launch to the Sun

Scientists Over the Moon for NASA’s Solar Probe Launch to the Sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Speechless is not a word typically used to describe Nicky Fox, mission scientist for the Parker Solar Probe at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. But that was her reaction in the wee hours today (Aug. 12) as she watched NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launch on an unprecedented mission to the sun. […]

NASA to Make Second Parker Solar Probe Launch Attempt

NASA to Make Second Parker Solar Probe Launch Attempt

Aug. 11, 2018 NASA’s Parker Solar Probe did not get off the ground early Saturday morning as a few glitches halted the countdown, and then time ran out in the 65-minute launch window. A second attempt will occur Sunday morning at 3:31 a.m. Eastern time. The spacecraft — which NASA touts will one day “touch […]

Smoke May Screen Out Western US

Smoke May Screen Out Western US

The 2018 Perseid meteor shower peaks overnight on Aug. 12-13, 2018. This sky map shows where to look at 11 p.m. local time this weekend. Credit: Sky & Telescope Magazine The annual performance of the Perseid meteor shower is due to reach its peak late on Sunday night (Aug. 12) into the predawn hours […]

Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs Saturday! What to Expect

Partial Solar Eclipse Occurs Saturday! What to Expect

What a difference a year makes! Just over a year ago, millions across North America were anxiously awaiting the “Great American Solar Eclipse” of Aug. 21. Now, on Saturday (Aug. 11), another eclipse of the sun will take place, but it’s quite likely that the prospective viewing audience will be considerably smaller. This […]

Space history and an eye on the future

Space history and an eye on the future

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. >> The birthplace of NASA’s rockets lies in the land of cotton, hundreds of miles from Cape Canaveral’s launch pads. From the first U.S. satellites and astronauts, to the Apollo moon shots, to the space shuttles and now NASA’s still-in-development Space Launch System, rocket history inundates Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville’s nickname, Rocket City, is […]

Dinosaurs liked perfumes that we enjoy today, says new study

Dinosaurs liked perfumes that we enjoy today, says new study

A new study has found that the compounds behind the perfumes and fragrances you enjoy have been provoking olfactory pleasure since the times dinosaurs lived on earth.   “I bet some of the dinosaurs could have detected the scents of these early flowers,” said George Poinar, an entomologist at Oregon State University. “In fact, floral […]

New Study Suggests ‘Hothouse Earth’ Could Be Inevitable

New Study Suggests ‘Hothouse Earth’ Could Be Inevitable

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Many nations and organizations around the world have emphasized lowering greenhouse gas emissions with the aim of keeping the global temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Past studies have pegged this as a critical tipping […]