Credit: NASA/Langley Research Center

Under the space radar screen is “Homesteading in Space – Inspiring the Nation through Science Fiction.” Today at the California NanoSystems Institute/ UCLA in Los Angeles, California, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) co-sponsored a look at humanity’s space future. Sci-fi/fact Roughly 70 space scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, along with story-tellers, artists, […]

Incoming! Who ya going to call? A Planetary Impact Emergency Response Working Group (PIERWG) Charter has been developed. Credit: NASA

    A partnership between the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and NASA is in place “to develop guidance to prepare for any potential impact of our planet by a large natural object.” A Planetary Impact Emergency Response Working Group (PIERWG) Charter was signed in August 2015 and is now available for public viewing […]

Curiosity Sol 1248 image taken by the robot

  NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is now in Sol 1249. Mars researcher, Ken Herkenhoff of the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff explains that the rover has traversed roughly 8 miles (12 kilometers) since landing in August 2012, and another drive is planned for Sol 1249. “The tactical planning team decided to forgo targeted remote […]

InSight Mars lander. Credit: NASA/JPL

    NASA’s InSight Mars lander is now safely back at its maker – Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado. The spacecraft was successfully shipped back from Vandenberg Air Force Base to Denver on Saturday, Feb. 6. Its “return to sender” flight was onboard a C-17 aircraft from Vandenberg AFB to Buckley AFB. InSight […]

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

  The folks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are offering your own controllable view of a full-circle panorama beside “Namib Dune” on Mars. The Curiosity mission’s examination of dunes in the Bagnold field, along the rover’s route up the lower slope of Mount Sharp, is the first close look at active sand dunes anywhere other […]

Asteroid Ida Credit: NASA/PL

    Organizers of Asteroid Day are staging a special press event tomorrow, February 9th, making use of multimedia platforms to accommodate speakers from around the world on current research on threatening asteroids. The press conference is dedicated to reveal the events and partners for Asteroid Day 2016 and will start on Tuesday, February 9 […]

Curiosity Rear Hazcam Right B image taken on Sol 1244, February 5, 2016. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

  UPDATE: Curiosity is now in Sol 1245. On Sol 1244, Curiosity did “bump” roughly 6 feet (2 meters) forward to get to a patch of bedrock. “The focus of the weekend plan is to study typical Murray formation bedrock, do some targeted remote sensing, and then drive towards the Naukluft Plateau,” explains Lauren Edgar […]

These images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko were taken by Rosetta’s navigation camera between August and November 2014. Top row, left to right: Comet pictured on August 6, 2014, at a distance of 96 km; August 14, at a distance of 100 km; August 22, at a distance of 64 km; September 14, at a distance of 30 km. Bottom row, left to right: Comet pictured on September 24, at a distance of 28 km; October 24, at a distance of 10 km; October 26, at a distance of 8 km; November 6, at a distance of 30 km. Credit: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam – CC BY-SA IGO 3.0

  Word from the European Space Agency (ESA) – there are no vast caverns inside Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. A comet’s low density implies that these objects must be highly porous. The view has been espoused that due to this porosity, huge empty caves may exist in the comet’s interior. New study results have been published in […]


A U.S. congressional hearing was held today…and the hearing was loud, sound, critical and confusing. The U.S. House Space Subcommittee Committee “reviewed” NASA’s human space exploration proposals – particularly the big step to a human mission to Mars. Moon first, Mars first, asteroid first, and whether or not the U.S. can afford any of it […]

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectrometer (LIBS) uses laser pulses to study sand scarp. Curiosity Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) took this image on February 2, 2016, Sol 1241  Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover remains parked at Namib dune. While troubleshooting continues on the Collection and Handling for Interior Martian Rock Analysis (CHIMRA) anomaly, the rover’s robotic arm has been cleared for use. In a few hours of this posting, the Mars robot will slip into Sol 1242. Lauren Edgar, a research geologist at the […]