NASA finds long-lost Indian lunar orbiter – Engadget

This method relies ground-based radar, because optical telescopes can’t see anything against the bright lunar glare. Since Chandrayaan-1 was in polar orbit around the celestial body before it got lost, the team sent a powerful beam of microwaves somewhere above the natural satellite’s north pole. They used a 230-foot antenna at NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space […]

No, aliens haven’t invaded Saturn: It’s Pan, the flying saucer moon! – Blastr

[Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute] The Cassini spacecraft never fails to amaze. Even after 13 years of orbiting Saturn, it can still send back images to Earth that stun. Want proof? Check out this astonishing picture of Saturn’s moon Pan: Saturn’s weird moon Pan, seen by Cassini on March 7, 2017. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute   […]

UCSD scientists worry Trump could suppress climate change data – Los Angeles Times

UC San Diego may accelerate plans to preserve its climate data due to growing concerns among faculty members that the Trump administration could interfere with their work. Campus officials intend to discuss what they should do during a March 21 meeting at the school’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, whose research has been used for decades […]

Bezos Aims Rocket Maker’s Ferocity at Tourism to Cut Space Costs – Bloomberg

Bezos Aims Rocket Maker’s Ferocity at Tourism to Cut Space Costs – Bloomberg

The motto at billionaire Jeff Bezos’s rocket company is “gradatim ferociter,” Latin for “step by step, ferociously.” The Amazon.com founder sees applying that intensity toward making space travel more like hopping on an airplane. A week after his rocket rival Elon Musk revealed plans to send two unidentified people on a trip around the moon […]

California Earthquakes: San Diego-Los Angeles Fault Could Cause 7.4-Magnitude Temblor – International Business Times

California Earthquakes: San Diego-Los Angeles Fault Could Cause 7.4-Magnitude Temblor – International Business Times

As if the San Andreas fault wasn’t worrying enough already, California has another big potential earthquake problem to be concerned about. A study published Tuesday identified a new fault system that runs from San Diego to Los Angeles that is capable of causing an earthquake of up to 7.4-magnitude. Led by the Scripps Institution of […]

WATCH: Raindrops Catapult Bacteria Into The Air, And It’s Beautiful – NPR

WATCH: Raindrops Catapult Bacteria Into The Air, And It’s Beautiful – NPR

When you step outside after a big rainstorm and take a deep whiff of that fresh, earthy smell, you’re mostly smelling a chemical called geosmin. It’s a byproduct of bacteria and fungi. And something about rain lofts the chemical — and sometimes the organisms themselves — into the air, a process that not only helps […]

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