Mars’ atmosphere could help us better understand radio interference here on Earth

Have you ever tuned in to your favorite radio station only to hear another station playing on top of it? That’s a result of a weird atmospheric phenomenon called a sporadic E layer. The Earth’s upper atmosphere, called the ionosphere, is a region full of charged particles. Those particles can be blown about by the […]

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Space ‘superstorms’ and their impact on Earth’s protective shield

The European Space Agency (ESA) together with NASA is gearing up for the launch of the Solar Orbiter spacecraft — a 3,975-lb. (1,800 kg) sun-observing satellite. Designed to study the sun up close, Solar Orbiter will take the first photos of the sun’s pole as well as provide scientists with crucial data to help guarantee […]

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Mars buildings could be built using components made from bacteria

Bacteria could be useful construction tools when it comes to building cities on Mars. Elon Musk recently detailed his plans for establishing a city on Mars. But before we take up residence on the red planet, we’re going to need some help laying the groundwork. Here’s where bacteria come in. A special group of microorganisms, […]

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NASA’s newest space observatory could sniff exoplanet atmospheres for signs of life

Over the course of our existence, humanity has struggled to definitively answer the question: “Are we alone?” Is Earth the only planet in the vast cosmic sea that contains life? As our technology becomes more advanced, we get closer and closer to the answer. Our solar system contains a multitude of worlds, planetary bodies ranging […]

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NASA needs help bringing Martian samples back to Earth

NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 rover will land on the red planet in 2021. It’s mission: to looks for signs of life and bag up samples for a future return to Earth. To prepare for the arduous task of a sample return mission, NASA is looking for someone to lead the charge. The agency’s Mars Sample […]

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Mars rover to Earth, this red planet has a methane problem

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring an area of Mars called Gale Crater, since landing on the red planet in 2012. It was tasked with assessing the habitability of Mars. What was Mars like in the past? Were the conditions right for life? Let’s be clear, Curiosity was not equipped with the instruments needed to […]

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3D printed organs are coming to an International Space Station near you

Two high-tech companies have teamed up to take 3D printing in space to the next level. A new 3D printer, sent to the space station on a SpaceX cargo resupply mission last July, is now officially open for business. It’s goal: to print human tissue in space. Formally known as the 3D BioFabrication Facility (or […]

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New Sun mission to launch in attempt to snap 1st-ever photos of star’s poles

A new spacecraft is set to launch on a journey to the Sun. It’s goal: to snap the first pictures of the Sun’s north and south poles. Dubbed Solar Orbiter, the spacecraft is a collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA. The 3,970-lb. (1,320 kg) spacecraft will launch atop United Launch Alliance (ULA) […]

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Scientists create ‘living concrete’ that could one day be used on Mars

Builders have been making concrete the same way for hundreds of years: by mixing sand with various binding materials. However, a team of researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder has a different approach. They’re making a new kind of concrete, one that is alive and can even replicate itself. It’s made using a common […]

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NASA’s next Mars rover will pave the way for humans

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is scheduled to land on the red planet in February 2021, and when it does, it will touch down in Jezero Crater, the site of an ancient lake that existed 3.5 billion years ago. The next generation rover, which will get an official name soon, will build on the success of […]

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