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Martian Tsunami Time

New NASA-funded research indicates that giant tsunamis played a fundamental role in forming Martian coastal terrain, removing much of the controversy that for decades shrouded the hypothesis that oceans existed early in Mars’ history. “Imagine…


Not good for your daily dose of sleep

Since the beginning of the space program, astronauts have dealt with the realities of spaceflight from microgravity in weak muscles and space radiation, to sleep deprivation and disorientation. Both before and during astronauts’ flights, changes…


We have a nano app for that (too)

Scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., today released a significant expansion and upgrade to a public, online database that houses a unique and extensive collection of information about a family of…


Kepler goes on (2)

Over the past two months the team has been busy working on a new mission concept, called K2, which would repurpose the Kepler space telescope. On Jan. 30, in response to an invitation from NASA…


How many new planets did you say?

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis…


Into the wind tunnel

What you see here is the parachute of the Mars Science Laboratory, the Curiosity Rover on the run on the surface of Mars. Here it’s being tested in the Ames National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC)….