Charles, William, Harry: 3 princes help launch ‘Our Planet’

Europe 04/04/19, 16:03

A new eight-part Netflix series chronicling life on Earth and the threat posed by climate change has received a royal sendoff at London's Natural History Museum.Prince Charles lauded the "Our Planet" series and its narrator David Attenborough at the world premiere Thursday night. He was joined by sons Prince William ...

Scientists begin quest to explore Indian Ocean depths

Africa 03/06/19, 03:46

Scientists have set off early Wednesday on a mission to explore the depths of the Indian Ocean, one of the planet's last great unexplored frontiers. Here's a look at what the Nekton Mission hopes to achieve and why the people of the Seychelles, the first stop on this three-year expedition, ...

Scientists see evidence of underground lakes system on Mars

Space 03/01/19, 11:46

Scientists say images of craters taken by European and American space probes show there likely once was a planet-wide system of underground lakes on Mars. Data collected by NASA and ESA probes orbiting the red planet provide the first geological evidence for an ancient Martian groundwater system, according to a study ...

And now for the weather on Mars, courtesy of new NASA lander

Science 02/19/19, 15:48

And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter.Starting Tuesday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs and lows online , along with wind speed and atmospheric pressure from the InSight lander.On Sunday, InSight recorded a high of ...

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

Science 02/13/19, 14:07

NASA's longest-running rover on Mars, Opportunity, has been pronounced dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet.The six-wheeled vehicle was built to operate just three months. But it kept going and going until it was finally doomed by a ferocious dust storm eight months ago.Flight controllers made numerous ...

NASA about to pull plug on Mars rover, silent for 8 months

U.S. 02/12/19, 16:45

NASA is trying one last time to contact its record-setting Mars rover Opportunity, before calling it quits.The rover has been silent for eight months, victim of an intense dust storm. Thick dust darkened the sky last summer and, for months, blocked sunlight from the spacecraft's solar panels.NASA said Tuesday it ...

Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars

Tech 02/06/19, 10:49

Two tiny satellites have fallen silent millions of miles away, after proving new technology at Mars.The twin CubeSats, nicknamed WALL-E and EVE, shadowed NASA's InSight lander to Mars last year. As the lander descended to the Martian surface in November, the briefcase-size satellites flew past the red planet, providing real-time ...

NASA’s storm-silenced rover marks 15th anniversary on Mars

Science 01/24/19, 13:41

NASA's Opportunity rover is silently marking the 15th anniversary of its touchdown on Mars.The spacecraft hasn't been heard from since a global dust storm last June. The six wheeler — about the size of a golf cart — logged more than 28 miles (45 kilometers) on the red planet before ...

Scientists: Saturn spent billions of years without its rings

Science 01/17/19, 14:12

A new study suggests Saturn flew solo for billions of years — almost its entire existence — before getting its stunning set of rings.An Italian-led team reported Thursday in the journal Science that Saturn's primary rings appear to be 10 million to 100 million years old. Saturn, on the other ...

Science Says: A big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided

Science 12/21/18, 11:05

Uranus is a lopsided oddity, the only planet to spin on its side. Scientists now think they know how it got that way: It was pushed over by a rock at least twice as big as Earth.Detailed computer simulations show that an enormous rock crashed into the seventh planet from ...

Farout: Scientists spot solar system’s farthest known object

Space 12/17/18, 16:20

Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system — and they've nicknamed the pink cosmic body "Farout."The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced the discovery Monday."Farout" is about 120 astronomical units away — that's 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun, or 11 billion ...

Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

U.S. 12/01/18, 08:13

As Mars' newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade.NASA's InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on Monday.FILE- This artist's rendering provided to China's Xinhua News Agency on Aug. 23, 2016 by the lunar probe ...

UN report says fragile climate puts food security at risk

World 11/28/18, 02:02

A United Nations report says that feeding a hungry planet is increasingly difficult as climate change and depletion of land and other resources undermines food systems.FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file, photo, a severely malnourished boy rests on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. ...

New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars

World 11/24/18, 08:14

In our solar system family, Mars is Earth's next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia.The attraction is sure to grow with Monday's arrival of a NASA lander named InSight.FILE - This image made available by NASA shows the planet Mars. This composite photo was created from over ...

Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors

Europe 11/23/18, 12:48

Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors.This is the twelfth picture in a series of twenty-two that comprise the three-dimensional panorama of the planet Mars as seen from the Mars Pathfinder in this image released by ...

Mars getting 1st US visitor in years, a 3-legged geologist

U.S. 11/20/18, 11:49

Mars is about to get its first U.S. visitor in years.FILE - In this May 4, 2018 photo provided by NASA, the mobile service tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket with NASA's InSight spacecraft onboard at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. NASA’s three-legged, one-armed ...

Another NASA spacecraft runs out of steam, 2nd this week

Science 11/01/18, 14:03

NASA has lost a second spacecraft this week, ending a fruitful mission in the asteroid belt.Running low on fuel for some time, the Dawn spacecraft this week stopped communicating with flight controllers. Its prolonged silence prompted NASA to declare it dead Thursday, two days after delivering eulogies to the planet-hunting ...

NASA declares elite planet-hunting spacecraft dead

Science 10/30/18, 15:04

NASA has declared its elite planet-hunting spacecraft dead.Officials announced the Kepler Space Telescope's demise Tuesday.Already well past its expected lifetime, the 9-year-old Kepler had been running low on fuel for months. Its ability to point at specific regions in the cosmos worsened dramatically at the beginning of October, but flight ...

Europe, Japan send spacecraft on 7-year journey to Mercury

Space 10/19/18, 23:21

European and Japanese space agencies say an Ariane 5 rocket has successfully lifted a spacecraft into orbit for a joint mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.The European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency say the BepiColombo spacecraft successfully separated and was sent into orbit from French ...

Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?

Science 10/03/18, 14:12

Astronomers may have found the first moon outside our solar system.Two Columbia University researchers presented their tantalizing evidence Wednesday. Plenty of planets exist beyond our solar system, but a moon around one of those worlds has yet to be confirmed.The potential moon would be considerably larger than Earth — about ...

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