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Carbon dioxide fertilization greening earth, study finds

October 27th, 2018 at 10:19 am » Comments Off

From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led […]



Here’s what NASA thinks Mars houses could look like

August 3rd, 2018 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

They’ve awarded cash prizes as part of an ongoing competition. NASA has selected five winners in an ongoing contest it has been running to get smart ideas about how to build a 3d-printed habitat on Mars. The winners have passed level one of the 3D-Printed Habitat Centennial Challenge, which required developing about 60 percent of […]



NASA is learning the best way to grow food in space

June 21st, 2018 at 10:55 am » Comments Off

Can gardens help astronauts go farther? “Our plants aren’t looking too good,” astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted from the International Space Station on December 27, 2015. He was right: The attached picture showed four baby zinnias bathed in magenta light. Three of the four leafy stalks were discolored and curling in on themselves. The station’s garden […]



Majority of Americans believe it is essential that the U.S. remain a global leader in space

June 19th, 2018 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

Despite the increasing role of private companies in space exploration, most believe NASA’s role is still vital for future. Sixty years after the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), most Americans believe the United States should be at the forefront of global leadership in space exploration. Majorities say the International Space Station […]



NASA’s ‘impossible ‘ space engine tested-here are the results

May 25th, 2018 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

The first independent tests of the EmDrive suggest there’s a mundane explanation for the wildly controversial device. Spaceflight is hard. Blasting heavy cargo, spacecraft, and maybe people to respectable speeds over interplanetary distances (not to mention the luxury of stopping at destinations) requires an amount of propellant too massive for current rockets to haul into […]



Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA changed in space

March 15th, 2018 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

After spending nearly a year aboard the International Space Station, American astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth in 2016—only to find that his DNA had changed.



U.S. tests nuclear power system to sustain astronauts on Mars

January 25th, 2018 at 10:39 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Initial tests in Nevada on a compact nuclear power system designed to sustain a long-duration NASA human mission on the inhospitable surface of Mars have been successful and a full-power run is scheduled for March, officials said on Thursday.



‘A fantastic find’: Mars hides thick sheets of ice just below the surface

January 22nd, 2018 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

The slope rises as high as London’s Big Ben tower. Beneath its ruddy layer of dirt is a sheet of ice 300 feet thick that gives the landscape a blue-black hue. If such a scene sounds otherworldly, it is. To visit it, you’ll have to travel to Mars.



Who gets to own outer space?

December 31st, 2017 at 10:07 pm » Comments Off

Right now, private companies and NASA have a nice, functional, symbiotic capitalist relationship. SpaceX and its competitors build and will soon operate the vehicles, while NASA pays for the service. But with Elon Musk’s eyes tilted toward Mars, that won’t last for long.



Scientists find living bacteria from outer space on ISS surface

December 1st, 2017 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

The bacteria were brought to the space station accidentally on tablet PCs together with various materials that are placed aboard the ISS for long time to study the materials’ behavior in outer space



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