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Space Missions News
February 18, 2020

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The early solar system was a chaotic place, with evidence indicating that Mars was likely struck by planetesimals, small protoplanets up to 1,200 miles in diameter, early in ... read more
Scientists have found a new way to analyze the chemistry of the moon's soil using a single grain of dust brought back by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972. Their technique can ... read more

Solving Fossil Mystery Could Aid Quest for Ancient Life on Mars

The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks on ... read more

Mars' Water Was Mineral-Rich and Salty

Presently, many scientists believe Mars is the best candidate in the search for life beyond Earth because it is relatively nearby and there is good evidence that liquid water flowed on Mars' surface ... read more
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Ultimate Telemedicine: Expert Helps Treat Astronaut's Blood Clot During NASA Mission

An astronaut aboard the ISS had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) -- or blood clot -- in the jugular vein of the neck and had it treated while on the ... read more

Human Heart Cells Are Altered by Spaceflight, but Return to (Mostly) Normal on Earth

Heart muscle cells derived from stem cells show remarkable adaptability to their environment during and after spaceflight, according to a new study. The researchers examined cell-level cardiac ... read more

Voyager 2 Reaches Interstellar Space

Researchers report the spacecraft Voyager 2 has reached interstellar space, following Voyager 1's historic passage six years ago. In the study, the researchers note a jump in plasma density ... read more

Study Underscores Changes in Brain Structure, Function in Long-Duration Space Missions

New study demonstrates for the first time that changes in cognitive performance correlate with changes in brain structure in NASA astronauts following ... read more

Martian Landslides Not Conclusive Evidence of Ice

Giant ridges on the surface of landslides on Mars could have formed without ice, challenging their use by some as unequivocal evidence of past ice on the red planet, finds a new study using ... read more

Mars Once Had Salt Lakes Similar to Those on Earth

Mars once had salt lakes that are similar to those on Earth and has gone through wet and dry ... read more

Soil on Moon and Mars Likely to Support Crops

Researchers have produced crops in Mars and moon soil simulant developed by NASA. The research supports the idea that it would not only be possible to grow food on Mars and the moon to feed future ... read more

Ice on Lunar South Pole May Have More Than One Source

New research sheds light on the ages of ice deposits reported in the area of the Moon's south pole -- information that could help identify the sources of the deposits and help in planning future ... read more

Pressure Runs High at Edge of Solar System

Out at the boundary of our solar system, pressure runs high. This pressure, the force plasma, magnetic fields and particles like ions, cosmic rays and electrons exert on one another when they flow ... read more

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds an Ancient Oasis on Mars

If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is evolving among scientists working with NASA's Curiosity ... read more

Could We Feed One Million People Living on Mars?

A provocative new study looks at the resource utilization and technological strategies that would be needed to make a Mars population of one million people food ... read more

Tripling Shelf Life of Macaroni and Cheese

Scientists have developed a way to triple the shelf life of ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese, a development that could have benefits for everything from space travel to military ... read more

Newly Discovered Comet Is Likely Interstellar Visitor

A newly discovered comet has excited the astronomical community this week because it appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The official confirmation that comet C/2019 Q4 is an ... read more

Innovative Model Created for NASA to Predict Vitamin Levels in Spaceflight Food

Food scientists have developed a groundbreaking, user-friendly mathematical model for NASA to help ensure that astronauts' food remains rich in nutrients during extended missions in ... read more

Lakes on Saturn's Moon Titan Are Explosion Craters, New Models Suggest

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft may help explain why some methane-filled lakes on Saturn's moon Titan are surrounded by steep rims that reach hundreds of feet high. The models suggests ... read more

Mission to Jupiter's Icy Moon Confirmed

An icy ocean world in our solar system that could tell us more about the potential for life on other worlds is coming into focus with confirmation of the Europa Clipper mission's next ... read more

Enabling Longer Space Missions

The Hall thruster is a propulsion system that is often used by spacecraft engaged in longer missions. A recent study has shown how the operating lives of these systems can be further ... read more

Moon Glows Brighter Than Sun in Images from NASA's Fermi

If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space for the past ... read more

Mars: Cause of Methane Spikes Still Unknown

New study rules out wind erosion as the source of methane gas on Mars and moves a step closer to answering the question of whether life exists on other ... read more

How Deep Space Travel Could Affect the Brain

Exposure to chronic, low dose radiation -- the conditions present in deep space -- causes neural and behavioral impairments in mice, researchers report. These results highlight the pressing need to ... read more

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