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October 28, 2020

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Juno Data Indicates 'Sprites' or 'Elves' Frolic in Jupiter's Atmosphere

An instrument on NASA's Juno mission spacecraft may have detected transient luminous events -- bright flashes of light in the gas giant's upper ...

Mmore Complete View of Massive Asteroid Psyche

A new study discusses several new views of the asteroid 16 Psyche, including the first ultra-violet observations. The study paints a clearer view of the asteroid than was previously ...

Tiny Moon Shadows May Harbor Hidden Stores of Ice

Hidden pockets of water could be much more common on the surface of the moon than scientists once suspected, according to new ...
NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) has confirmed, for the first time, water on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that ...
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Solar Storm Forecasts for Earth Improved With Help from the Public

Scientists used observations recorded by members of the public to increase accuracy of computer model predictions of when harmful CMEs will hit ...

Study Shows Difficulty in Finding Evidence of Life on Mars

While scientists are eager to study the red planet's soils for signs of life, researchers must ponder a considerable new challenge: Acidic fluids - which once flowed on the Martian surface - may ...

Giant Particle Accelerator in the Sky

A new study shows that electrons in the radiation belts can be accelerated to very high speeds locally. The study shows that magnetosphere works as a very efficient particle accelerator speeding up ...

Sand-Sized Meteoroids Are Peppering Asteroid Bennu

A new study posits that the major particle ejections off the near-Earth asteroid Bennu may be the consequence of impacts by small, sand-sized particles called meteoroids onto its surface as the ...

Meteorites Show Transport of Material in Early Solar System

New studies of a rare type of meteorite show that material from close to the Sun reached the outer solar system even as the planet Jupiter cleared a gap in the disk of dust and gas from which the ...

Student Research Team Develops Hybrid Rocket Engine

In a year defined by obstacles, a student rocket team persevered. Working together across five time zones, they successfully designed a hybrid rocket engine that uses paraffin and a novel nitrous ...

Sleep Duration, Efficiency and Structure Change in Space

It's hard to get a good night's sleep in space. An evaluation of astronauts serving on the Mir space station found that they experienced shorter sleep durations, more wakefulness, and ...

Spinning Black Hole Powers Jet by Magnetic Flux

A new letter has been found in the mysterious alphabet of black ...

The Most Sensitive Instrument in the Search for Life Beyond Earth

Researchers have developed the highly sensitive ORIGIN instrument, which can provide proof of the smallest amounts of traces of life, for future space missions. The instrument may be used on missions ...

Aurora Mysteries Unlocked With NASA's THEMIS Mission

A special type of aurora, draped east-west across the night sky like a glowing pearl necklace, is helping scientists better understand the science of auroras and their powerful drivers out in ...

Perovskite and Organic Solar Cells Rocketed Into Space

Researchers have sent perovskite and organic solar cells on a rocket into space. The solar cells withstood the extreme conditions in space, producing power from direct sunlight and reflective light ...

Mystery Solved: Bright Areas on Ceres Come from Salty Water Below

Data from NASA's recent Dawn mission answers two long-unresolved questions: Is there liquid inside Ceres, and how long ago was the dwarf planet geologically ...

Huge Ring-Like Structure on Ganymede's Surface May Have Been Caused by Violent Impact

Image data reanalysis has revealed that ancient tectonic troughs are concentrically distributed across almost the entire surface of Jupiter's moon Ganymede. Computer simulation results suggest ...

NASA's Maven Observes Martian Night Sky Pulsing in Ultraviolet Light

Vast areas of the Martian night sky pulse in ultraviolet light, according to images from NASA's MAVEN spacecraft. The results are being used to illuminate complex circulation patterns in the ...

Ammonia Sparks Unexpected, Exotic Lightning on Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft -- orbiting and closely observing the planet Jupiter -- has unexpectedly discovered lightning in the planet's upper atmosphere, according to a multi-institutional ...

Sun’s Bubble of Influence May Be Shaped Like a Deflated Croissant

Scientists have developed a new prediction of the shape of the bubble surrounding our solar system using a model developed with data from NASA ...

Lava Tubes on Mars and the Moon Are So Wide They Can Host Planetary Bases

Subsurface cavities created by lava on Mars and the Moon could provide a shield against cosmic radiation, new research ...

NASA Astronauts Safely Splash Down After First Commercial Crew Flight to Space Station

Two NASA astronauts splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday for the first time in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft, returning from the International Space Station ...

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mission to Red Planet Successfully Launched

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back to ...

Astrophysicist Investigates the Possibility of Life Below the Surface of Mars

Although no life has been detected on the Martian surface, a new study from astrophysicist and research scientist finds that conditions below the surface could potentially support ...

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