The Earth is the only planet we are sure has liquid water on its surface. One of the other celestial bodies in our solar system that is thought to have lakes of liquid material on the surface is the Saturn moon Titan. Titan's lakes are not filled with water.
NASA scientists have rolled out a new interactive mosaic that has been created of the Moon's North Pole. The mosaic was made using the cameras on the LRO spacecraft. Resolution for the mosaic is six and a half feet per pixel.
Red Bull pulled off one of the most impressive feats ever with the jump of Felix Baumgartner from the edge of space in late 2012. This was more than a daredevil stunt and the data from the jump was scrutinized for ways to help improve high altitude escapes for pilots and astronauts. The jump also broke the record for the longest-distance freefall.
Sony is working with NASA to turn Project Morpheus, its new virtual reality headset for PlayStation 4, into both a science and an entertainment tool. The collaboration, revealed at GDC 2014, will take the feeling of "presence" to new levels, Sony's Dr Richard Marks of the R&D team working on Project Morpheus, said, kicking off with content beamed back from Mars.
It's hard to imagine that the Hubble Space Telescope has been in orbit for 24 years. Hubble still offers some of the coolest images of the cosmos that we will ever see. To celebrate its 24th birthday, a new image has been released that shows an incredibly beautiful shot of the Monkey Head Nebula.
The ISS has been orbiting the Earth for years as astronauts from multiple countries live aboard the space station and use it as a science platform. Multiple times in the many years the ISS has been in orbit, the orbit has been changed to allow the station to dodge debris and other space junk.
Mercury is shrinking, its radius reduced as much as 4.3 miles over the past four billion years, scientists have confirmed, with the planet contracting as its iron core cools. The gradual reduction had been expected but unconfirmed until NASA's Messenger spacecraft beamed back photos of Mercury's surface, with previous - incomplete - footage of the closest planet to our sun showing far less shrinkage than the models predicted.
A "spectacular" discovery that could explain the Big Bang that created the universe and potentially lead to Nobel prizes for the researchers behind it is prompting excitement in the scientific community, concerning the sudden "inflation" rush in growth in the very first moments of cosmic expansion. Inflation as a theory concerns the initial growth of the universe - measured as a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second - fourteen billion years ago, and an American team now says it has identified the lingering remnants of it.
As attempts at getting people to pay attention to your crowd-funding venture go, aiming for a world record with the Guinness book of world records isn’t the worst idea you could have. The team at Illyriao Games are attempting to break the world record for "World’s Largest Videogame PvP Battle" today starting at 7pm GMT / 3pm Eastern / noon Pacific - at the time of this article’s writing, they’ve got 376 players online with a peak of 993.
Crowdsourcing already gets products off the ground and figures out where traffic congestion is, but CosmoQuest is turning the power of group-work to map the moon. Using high-resolution images beamed back from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the public science project allows anybody to register and then sift through, flagging up craters, boulders, and other features of the rocky surface. Now, new research indicates the crowdsourced mapping can be just as accurate as when trained experts do it.