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Earth’s water must have arrived here earlier than we thought
Our best theory said meteorites brought water to Earth 4.5 billion years ago, now it seems they struck far earlier, while our planet’s core was still forming
Dried-up slime could help microbes survive briny waters on Mars
Colonies of bacteria called biofilms live longer in Mars-like waters – especially if they were dried out first, as they would be after hitching a ride through space
Hit threatening asteroids’ bright spots to deflect them
Paler, softer rock is the best target if we want to knock incoming asteroids off course, suggests a study of the Chelyabinsk meteor that blew up over Russia
Call for Media: First flight for SmallGEO
Europe’s new versatile small geostationary platform will be launched on its maiden flight in the early hours of 28 January on a Soyuz rocket.
Experience NASA at Super Bowl LIVE Fan Festival in Houston
Space exploration will feature prominently at Super Bowl LIVE, a nine-day fan festival running Jan. 28 through Feb. 5 in Houston, site of Super Bowl LI.
JPL News: NuSTAR Finds New Clues to 'Chameleon Supernova'
This image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows spiral galaxy NGC 7331, center, in a three-color X-ray image. Red, green and blue colors are used for low, medium and high-energy X-rays, respectively. An unusual supernova called SN 2014C has been spotted in this galaxy, indicated by the box.Credit: NASA/CXC/CIERA/R.Margutti et al"We're made of star stuff," astronomer Carl Sagan famously said. Nuclear reactions that happened in ancient stars generated much of the material that makes up our bodies, our planet, and our solar system. When stars explode in violent deaths called supernovae, those newly formed elements escape and spread out in the universe.One supernova in particular is challenging astronomers' models of how exploding stars distribute their elements. The supernova SN 2014C dramatically changed in appearance over the course of a year, apparently because it had thrown off a lot of material late in its life. This doesn't fit into any recognized category of how a stellar explosion should happen. To explain it, scientists must reconsider established ideas about how massive stars live out their lives before exploding."This 'chameleon supernova' may represent a new mechanism of how massive stars deliver elements created in their cores to the rest of the universe," says Raffaella Margutti, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Margutti led a study about supernova SN 2014C published this week in The Astrophysical Journal. The findings are based on data from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR."The notion that a star could expel such a huge amount of matter in a short interval is completely new," says Fiona Harrison, NuSTAR principal investigator and Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at Caltech. "It is challenging our fundamental ideas about how massive stars evolve, and eventually explode, distributing the chemical elements necessary for life."Read the full story at JPL NewsNuSTAR is a Small Explorer mission led by Caltech and managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. JPL is managed by Caltech for NASA.
Oklahoma Students to Speak to NASA Astronaut on Space Station
Students from Jenks Middle School in Jenks, Oklahoma, will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 10:35 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 26. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
Plasma tidal wave may tell us if black holes destroy information
Physicists have long puzzled over whether black holes destroy information or conserve it – now a proposed lab experiment could use a plasma wave to find out
NASA Simulates Orion Spacecraft Launch Conditions for Crew
In a lab at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, engineers simulated conditions that astronauts in space suits would experience when the Orion spacecraft is vibrating during launch atop the agency’s powerful Space Launch System rocket on its way to deep space destinations.
Zero Robotics High School Tournament finals to be held at ESTEC on 27 January
This week the International Space Station (ISS) will be converted into a robotics gaming arena for the fifth time. More than 100 secondary school students will come to ESTEC, ESA’s Space Research and Technology Centre, to participate in the live ISS finals of the Zero Robotics High School Tournament 2016, through a live link with the ISS.