Tagged: NASA

Jupiter: scientists spot pentagon pattern of cyclones – and unlock secrets of the planet’s interior - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 09, 2018

Andrew Coates, UCL This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We all recognise Jupiter by its banded pattern of counter-rotating zones and belts – this can be seen even with small garden telescopes. These stunning structures are powered by fast jet streams that are visible in the planet’s clouds. But what … Read More

A brief history of Martian exploration – as the InSight Lander prepares to launch - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 22, 2018

Helen Maynard-Casely, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Roughly every two years Mars and Earth wander a bit closer to each other, making the leap between these two planets a little easier. In July this year, Mars will only be about 58 million kilometres away – and NASA is set to take advantage by launching their next mission … Read More

How comet dust has enabled us to trace the history of the Solar System - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 29, 2018

Donia Baklouti, Université Paris Sud – Université Paris-Saclay; Anaïs Bardyn, Carnegie Science, and Hervé Cottin, Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne (UPEC) This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We are not used to considering dust as a valuable material – unless it comes from space. And … Read More

Mining the moon for rocket fuel to get us to Mars - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 18, 2018

Gary Li, University of California, Los Angeles; Danielle DeLatte, University of Tokyo; Jerome Gilleron, Georgia Institute of Technology; Samuel Wald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Therese Jones, Pardee RAND Graduate School This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Forty-five years have passed since … Read More

Cassini plunges into Saturn tonight – a grand finale - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Sep 15, 2017

After two decades in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons will remain pristine for future exploration. Watch live coverage of Cassini’s end of mission on … Read More

Zooming in on Jupiter’s Great Red Spot - Guest Work

Guest Work Jul 17, 2017

Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer, UNSW The images coming in from NASA’s Juno mission reveal some amazing details of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, after the probe made its closest approach yet of the giant planetary storm system. On Tuesday, Juno flew 9,000km above the most massive storm in our Solar System, thought to have been raging for centuries. During the flyby … Read More

Evidence of ancient life in hot springs on Earth could point to fossil life on Mars - Guest Work

Guest Work May 11, 2017

By Tara Djokic, UNSW Fossil evidence of early life has been found in old hot spring deposits in the Pilbara, Western Australia, that date back almost 3.48 billion years. This extends the known evidence of life at land-based hot springs on Earth by about 3 billion years. Not only is the find exciting for what it might … Read More

Seven Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 23, 2017

By Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland An international team of astronomers has found that a nearby star is accompanied by a swarm of at least seven small, rocky worlds. One of the eyecatching claims in the work, published today in Nature, is that in the appropriate circumstances, there is a chance that any (or all) the … Read More