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NASA planet hunter finds Earth-sized world

Jan 07, 2020 - 2:41 PM

The planet, named 'TOI 700 d', is relatively close to Earth – only 100 light years away, says NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

This handout image released on January 6, 2020 courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center shows an artists' illustration of the planet TOI 700 d, the first Earth-size habitable-zone planet discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). The planet is part of the planetary system TOI 700, 100 light-years away in the constellation Dorado. NASA announced on January 6 that TESS had discovered an Earth-size planet in its stars habitable zone. Handout / NASA / AFP

NASA rover completes 11-year Mars marathon

Mar 26, 2015 - 11:10 AM

NASA s Opportunity Mars rover becomes the first human made vehicle to complete a marathon on another planet

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity taken by the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) in late March 2014 shows effects of recent winds removing much of the dust from the rover's solar arrays. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Melt rate of Antarctica glaciers speeding up – research

Dec 03, 2014 - 10:27 PM

Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica are losing ice faster than another part of Antarctica and are the biggest contributor to rising sea levels said researchers at the University of California at Irvine

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover reaches 'far frontier'

Sep 12, 2014 - 6:46 PM

NASA s 2 5 billion Curiosity rover reaches the base of the Martian mountain it aims to explore and should start drilling rocks there soon

MARTIAN SELFIE. A self-portrait of the Mars rover Curiosity, made from dozens of combined exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager, released May 2013. Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:42 AM

Since arriving on Mars in 2004 the solar powered robot Opportunity has journeyed across 25 miles 40 kilometers of Martian terrain

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity taken by the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) in late March 2014 shows effects of recent winds removing much of the dust from the rover's solar arrays. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Curiosity hoping to yield more Martian secrets

Aug 05, 2013 - 11:29 AM

The dazzling success of NASA s rover Curiosity which marks its first year on Mars has paved the way for a human conquest of the planet scientists say

MARTIAN SELFIE. A self-portrait of the Mars rover Curiosity, made from dozens of combined exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager, released May 2013. Photo courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Rover finds gray rock beneath Red Planet's surface

Feb 21, 2013 - 9:15 AM

NASA said Wednesday February 20 that its Curiosity rover has scooped up a sample from the interior of a Martian rock and found that the powdery soil just beneath the planet s rust colored exterior is actually a light gray color

GRAY PLANET? This image from NASA's Curiosity rover shows the first sample of powdered rock extracted by the rover's drill. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity milestone: Rover drills on Martian rock

Feb 10, 2013 - 12:11 PM

NASA: The most advanced planetary robot ever designed now is a fully operating analytical laboratory on Mars

DRILL, BABY, DRILL. At the center of this image from NASA's Curiosity rover is the hole in a rock called "John Klein" where the rover conducted its first sample drilling on Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Rogue asteroids, comets to brighten 2013 skies

Jan 06, 2013 - 11:16 AM

Astronomers are gearing for thrills this year when Earth gets buzzed by two rogue asteroids and two comets including a wanderer last seen by the forerunners of mankind blaze across the sky

An image at night taken on 26 April 2010 at the ESO Astronomical Site Monitor on Cerro Armazones in the Chilean desert, located near ESO's Paranal Observatory, home of the Very Large Telescope (VLT). AFP PHOTO/ESO

Gregory Galgana Villar III: From curious to Curiosity

Aug 11, 2012 - 1:43 PM

Meet Filipino American engineer Gregory Galgana Villar III one of the youngest members of the NASA Curiosity rover team

Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team member Gregory Galgana Villar III. Photo courtesy of Villar.

Falling skies? Clouds got lower in past decade, say scientists

Feb 23, 2012 - 2:31 PM

Cloud heights now lower by an average of 30 40 meters; Seen to help cool Earth down countering global warming

LOWER CLOUDS. This image of clouds over the southern Indian Ocean was acquired on July 23, 2007 by one of the backward (northward)-viewing cameras of the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA’s polar-orbiting Terra spacecraft. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists map forest heights from space

Feb 22, 2012 - 5:31 PM

Mapping of forest canopy heights have implications in climate change studies in particular the importance of forests

FOREST HEIGHTS. A global map of forest height produced from NASA's ICESAT/GLAS, MODIS and TRMM sensors. The map will advance our understanding of Earth's forest habitats and their role in Earth's carbon cycle. Photo courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech