Monstrous cyclones churning over Jupiter’s poles – Washington Post

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter’s poles, until now a largely unexplored region that is more turbulent than scientists expected. NASA’s Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather at the top and bottom of Jupiter once it began skimming the cloud tops last year, surprising researchers who assumed the giant gas planet […]

NASA moves up launch of Psyche mission to a metal asteroid – Phys.Org

NASA moves up launch of Psyche mission to a metal asteroid – Phys.Org

Artist’s concept of the Psyche spacecraft, which will conduct a direct exploration of an asteroid thought to be a stripped planetary core. Credit: SSL/ASU/P. Rubin/NASA/JPL-Caltech Psyche, NASA’s Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main […]

Whales reached huge size only recently – BBC News

Image copyright Silverback Films/BBC Image caption Being big means they can maximise the opportunities where they exist Blue whales are the biggest animals that have ever existed on Earth but they only recently* got that way. This is the extraordinary finding from a new study that examined the fossil record of baleens – the group […]

Trump’s 2018 Budget Request Axes 5 NASA Earth-Science Missions – Space.com

Five NASA Earth-science missions are now on the chopping block. Four we already knew about; they were zeroed out in the White House’s preliminary, or “skinny,” 2018 budget request, which was unveiled in March. The fifth, called the Radiation Budget Instrument (RBI), was revealed yesterday (May 23) with the release of the […]

[ May 24, 2017 ] Probe into crash of ESA lander recommends more checks on ExoMars descent craft Mission Reports – Spaceflight Now

[ May 24, 2017 ] Probe into crash of ESA lander recommends more checks on ExoMars descent craft Mission Reports – Spaceflight Now

Artist’s concept of the Schiaparelli lander with its parachute deployed. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab Investigators who studied the crash of the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli lander on Mars last year have recommended more stringent testing and computer modeling before the launch of a joint European-Russian landing craft in 2020 to avoid a repeat of the mistakes […]

How The Biggest Animal On Earth Got So Big – NPR

A blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, engulfs krill off the coast of California. Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B hide caption toggle caption Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal Society B A blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, engulfs krill off the coast of California. Silverback Films/BBC/Proceedings of the Royal […]

NASA’s Acting Chief Is Upbeat About Proposed $19.1 Billion Budget in 2018 – Space.com

NASA’s acting administrator, Robert Lightfoot, maintained a positive and hopeful tone today (May 23) in a speech regarding the agency’s newly released 2018 budget estimate. Although NASA is facing a 08-percent budget cut compared to 2017, Lightfoot said that considering the administration’s budget tightening across the board, he considers the White House budget proposal […]

Astronauts complete ‘urgent repairs’ during International Space Station spacewalk – MLive.com

Astronauts completed “urgent repairs” the to the International Space Station Tuesday, May 23 by replacing a piece of failed equipment and restoring a backup delay-relay system.  NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer completed the mission, which was streamed live on the U.S. space agency’s website. The two replaced a critical computer relay box that […]

Ape that lived in Europe 7 million years ago could be human ancestor, controversial study suggests – Washington Post

Lower jaw of Graecopithecus freybergi. (Wolfgang Gerber/University of Tübingen) In 1944, German soldiers constructing a bunker in Greece uncovered a fossilized jawbone. The specimen was in poor shape, just a curve of mandible with its teeth mostly chipped away. “It was considered to be a specimen that nobody really knew what to do with,” said paleobiologist David […]

3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Sheds Light On How The Spine Evolved – NPR

This is a vertebrae of the Selam skeleton. Zeray Alemseged, University of Chicago hide caption toggle caption Zeray Alemseged, University of Chicago This is a vertebrae of the Selam skeleton. Zeray Alemseged, University of Chicago A remarkably complete fossil of a young child suggests that key elements of the human spinal structure were already in […]

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