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  • JPL Predicts Mars’ Global Dust Storm To Arrive Within Weeks

    10/06/2016 1:10:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | 10/06/2016 | Evan Gough
    The storm is expected to envelop the red planet, and reduce the amount of solar energy available to NASA’s rovers, Opportunity and Curiosity. The storm will also make it harder for orbiters to do their work. Dust storms are really the only type of weather that Mars experiences. They’re very common. Usually, they’re only local phenomena, but sometimes they can grow to effect an entire region. In rarer cases, they can envelop the entire globe. ... Predicting these huge dust storms will be of prime importance when humans gain a foothold on Mars. The dust could wreak havoc on sensitive...
  • "Where Did All of Mars' Carbon Go?" --JPL and Caltech

    11/25/2015 7:24:14 PM PST · by lbryce · 19 replies
    Galaxy Today ^ | November 24, 2015 | Staff
    Caltech and JPL scientists suggest the fingerprints of early photochemistry provide a solution to the long-standing mystery. Mars is blanketed by a thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere—one that is far too thin to prevent large amounts of water on the surface of the planet from subliming or evaporating. But many researchers have suggested that the planet was once shrouded in an atmosphere many times thicker than Earth's. For decades that left the question, "Where did all the carbon go?" Now a team of scientists from Caltech and JPL thinks they have a possible answer. The researchers suggest that 3.8 billion...
  • Is Earth Growing a Hairy Dark Matter 'Beard'?

    11/23/2015 4:24:17 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Nov 23, 2015 03:48 PM ET // by | Ian O'Neill
    Gary Prezeau of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., describes the results of his theoretical model that goes some way to explain how streams of dark matter particles may interact with our planet's gravitational field. "A (dark matter) stream can be much larger than the solar system itself, and there are many different streams crisscrossing our galactic neighborhood," said Prézeau in a JPL press release. "When gravity interacts with the cold dark matter gas during galaxy formation, all particles within a stream continue traveling at the same velocity." As these streams begin to interact with a planet, according to...
  • JPL and Its Spacecraft Exploratory Missions

    08/06/2015 7:11:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    Once you visit the Space Flight Operations Facility, "I've been to the center of the Universe." On a recent trip to California, I was constantly reminded of what is wrong with California, a state whose economy was so booming decades ago that, had it been a stand-alone state, it would have been the world’s sixth largest economy. Looking at this state now, ravaged by years and years of Marxist policies, open borders, unchecked illegal immigration, anchor babies, multiculturalism, insane diversity rules, sanctuary cities, multi-lingual school system, illegal voting, tax everything and tax again, and environmentalist-driven water use plans including but...
  • Indian and Pacific Oceans Have Been 'Hiding' Global Warming

    07/10/2015 2:24:44 AM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 28 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | July 10, 2015 08:10 UTC | PTI
    WASHINGTON: Extra heat from greenhouse gases has been trapped in the waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans in recent years, which may explain the so-called 'pause' in global warming observed during the past decade, according to a new NASA study. Researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California, found a specific layer of the Indian and Pacific oceans between 100 and 300 metres below the surface has been accumulating more heat than previously recognised. During the 20th century, as greenhouse gas concentrations increased and trapped more heat energy on Earth, global surface temperatures also increased. However, in the 21st...
  • New NASA data show how the world is running out of water

    06/16/2015 12:50:40 PM PDT · by redreno · 83 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | June 16 at 2:01 PM | By Todd C. Frankel
    Drought-stricken California is not the only place draining underground aquifers in the hunt for fresh water. It’s happening across the world, according to two new studies by U.S. researchers released Tuesday. Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers – in locations from India and China to the United States and France -- have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water is being removed than replaced from these vital underground reservoirs. Thirteen of 37 aquifers fell at rates that put them into the most troubled category. “The situation is quite critical,” said Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA’s Jet...
  • Curiosity Has Hit a Martian Mineral Jackpot

    04/02/2015 12:08:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Ian O'Neill
    Currently studying the “Pahrump Hills” region at the base of Mount Sharp in the center of Gale Crater, this new view snapped by Curiosity on March 18 shows a work site Curiosity’s mission scientists call “Garden City.” This area is interesting as it shows two-tone mineral veins protruding from the surrounding rock. The tough mineral veins were formed in Mars’ ancient wet past and they are sticking out of the rock up to 6 centimeters (2.5 inches) high. This means that the veins formed within the rock and the softer surrounding bedrock has since eroded away. When comparing the geology...
  • JPL Discusses Death Of Renowned Scientist In Van Nuys Plane Crash

    01/10/2015 7:22:59 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | January 10, 2015 6:56 PM | Cristy Farjardo
    killed Friday when his small plane went down in Van Nuys are discussing his contributions to JPL and NASA. Alberto Enrique Behar, 47, crashed into the busy intersection of Hayvenhurst Avenue and Vanowen Street in Lake Balboa. He was the sole occupant of the experimental single-engine Lancair plane, which he used to commute from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., to this job in Pasadena, according to a friend. The friend described Behar as a husband, father of three, and renowned scientist.
  • NASA/JPL's Airship Challenge (A NASA Centennial Challenges Program)

    11/25/2014 12:15:34 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    NASA/JPL ^ | 25NOV2014 | JPL Staff Writer
    Airships aren't just powered balloon-like vehicles that hover above sporting events. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are floating the idea that airships have potential for important scientific and commercial uses. NASA is considering issuing a challenge for developing stratospheric airships that can break records in terms of duration of flight at high altitudes. The agency has issued a request for information for this contemplated "20-20-20 Airship Challenge." Submissions will be accepted until December 1. "We are seeking to take astronomy and Earth science to new heights by enabling a long-duration, suborbital platform for these kinds of...
  • JPL: Don’t Expect Drought Relief From El Niño

    09/22/2014 7:54:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | September 22, 2014 4:41 PM
    PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — The anticipated blockbuster return of El Niño is looking more like it will be a flop, a climatologist said Monday. Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory say that unless developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, California will continue to stay bone dry. El Niño describes a weather pattern involving a warming of equatorial waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean, a condition that is associated with increased rainfall on the west coast of North America. El Niño conditions in 1997 and 1998 doubled rainfall up and down California, Patzert said. “Those very strong El Niños happen every 30...
  • Half The World Doesn't Know About The Holocaust

    05/20/2014 5:49:01 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
  • Surprise! Earth Passing Asteroid 1998 QE2 Has a Moon

    05/30/2013 2:51:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    UniverseToday ^ | May 30, 2013 | Nancy Atkinson on
    Late yesterday, NASA turned the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, California towards Asteroid 1998 QE2 as it was heading towards its closest approach to Earth, and they got a big surprise: the asteroid is a binary system. 1998 QE2 itself is 1.7 miles (2.7 kilometers) in diameter, and the newly found orbiting moon is about 600 meters in diameter. The radar images were taken were taken on May 29, 2013, when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Earth. “Radar really helps to pin down the orbit of an asteroid as well as...
  • Statoil and NASA finalize research agreement (Oil in space?)

    11/22/2013 8:14:48 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 10 replies
    Yahoo finance ^ | Fri, Nov 22, 2013, | Yahoo finance
    HOUSTON, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Statoil and NASA have formed an agreement to explore a wide range of technologies to assist Statoil in the search for oil and gas exploration and production efforts, which are increasingly moving into frontier regions. The contract with NASA is effectuated at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at Pasadena, California, which is managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Statoil has a solid track record of being an innovative energy company and are always looking for safer, more cost effective and smarter solutions. Collaborating with world leading institutions, working across disciplines, has led to...
  • Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of Deimos (Video)

    08/17/2013 12:47:00 PM PDT · by lbryce · 15 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Auggust 16, 2013 | Staff
    Direct Link To VideoYouTube:Curiosity Rover Views Phobos Passing in Front of DeimosThis sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars’ two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M Univ. Pasadena, California — The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity. Large craters on Phobos are clearly visible in these images from the surface of Mars. No previous images from missions on the surface caught one moon eclipsing the other....
  • JPL to save $400,000 by canceling this year's open house

    04/30/2013 5:21:44 PM PDT · by kingu · 10 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 23, 2013, 1:11 p.m. | BY TIFFANY KELLY AND JASON WELLS
    Bracing for “significant impacts” to funding for public outreach programs next year, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory decided to cancel its hugely popular open house in June. The cost savings? Roughly $400,000 for the two-day event. The figure is a comparatively slim sum for an agency that deals with budgets into the billions, but comes as NASA faces pressure to cut costs where it can amid the across-the-board federal spending reductions known as sequestration. It was that downward pressure that JPL cited when it announced last week that the open house scheduled for June 8 and 9 would be canceled to...
  • Curiosity Wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy

    04/25/2013 8:52:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | Thursday, April 25, 2013 | Smithsonian Air & Space
    The team in charge of successfully landing NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., received the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's highest group honor at a dinner in Washington on Wednesday night, April 24. The 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement honors outstanding achievements in the fields of aerospace science and technology. The Mars Science Laboratory Project built and operates the rover Curiosity, which has been investigating past and current environments in Gale Crater on the Red Planet since its dramatic sky-crane landing in August 2012. The rover has 10 science instruments to investigate whether...
  • Titanic Volcano Eruption Seen On IO

    11/14/2002 3:34:00 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 299+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-14-2002 | Will Knight
    Titanic volcanic eruption seen on Io 14:50 14 November 02 Successive views show the dramatic eruption on Io (Image: Franck Marchis/UC Berkeley) A titanic volcanic eruption has been spotted on the surface of Jupiter's volatile moon Io using a telescope back on Earth. Astronomers believe it to be the most powerful eruption ever witnessed in the entire Solar System. The volcano spewed lava kilometres into the sky during its most explosive period, say the researchers. The consequent lava flow is thought to have spread many hundreds of square kilometres across the surface of Io. "It is clear that this eruption...
  • NASA JPL Twitter Account Hijacked, Anti-Romney Messages Posted

    10/19/2012 10:47:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Softpedia ^ | October 19th, 2012, 09:33 GMT | By Eduard Kovacs BLOG
    A hacker or an “angry” employee has overtaken the official NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Twitter account to re-tweet rants against US Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “@NASAJPL Why are you re-tweeing anti-Romney Tweets?” a Twitter user wrote in response. Shortly after, the culprit started to delete the tweets, but at that point, Twitter was already buzzing because NASA was apparently getting very involved in politics. “Items retweeted this evening were not intended nor approved for this account. They do not in any way represent the views of NASAJPL,” NASA JPL representatives wrote after regaining the account. They haven’t revealed if...
  • First full HD video of Curiosity descent.

    08/23/2012 1:36:34 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Wimp.com ^ | 8-23-2012 | JPL/NASA
    http://www.wimp.com/curiositydescent/
  • “Curiosity" Safely on Mars!

    08/05/2012 10:40:16 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 95 replies
    Odyssey has safely landed on Mars and is transmitting photos.