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Looking Up by Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing. The alien probe worked frantically to collect and transmit images and data about its environs—in mere minutes its mothership would drop below the local horizon, cutting off its link to the [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has signed an agreement with the Breakthrough Initiatives to adapt the Very Large Telescope instrumentation in Chile to conduct a search for planets in the nearby star system Alpha Centauri. Such planets could be the targets for an eventual launch of miniature space probes to Alpha Centauri by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. The discovery in 2016 [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

One of the rare and brief bursts of cosmic radio waves that have puzzled astronomers since they were first detected nearly 10 years ago has finally been tied to a source: an older dwarf galaxy more than 3 billion light-years from Earth. Fast radio bursts, which flash for just a few milliseconds, created a stir among astronomers because they seemed to be coming from outside our galaxy, which [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Renowned astrophysicist and National Medal of Science awardee Vera Rubin passed away in Princeton, N.J., the evening of December 25, 2016, at the age of 88. Rubin confirmed the existence of dark matter—the invisible material that makes up more than 90% of the mass in the universe. She was a retired staff astronomer at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

The ALPHA collaboration at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, has reported the first-ever measurement of an antimatter atom’s optical spectrum. This achievement opens up a completely new era in high-precision antimatter research. It is the result of over 20 years of work by the CERN antimatter community. “Using a laser to observe a transition in antihydrogen and comparing it to hydrogen to see [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater in the ancient past. “No prior mission to Mars has found boron,” said Patrick Gasda, a postdoctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. “If the boron that we found in calcium sulfate mineral veins on Mars is similar to what we see on Earth, it would [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up –  Bob Eklund

NASA’s Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn’s rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on Nov. 30. Cassini crossed through the plane of Saturn’s rings on Dec. 4 at a distance of approximately 57,000 miles above Saturn’s cloud tops. This is the approximate location of a faint, dusty ring produced by the planet’s [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies as much water as what’s in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined. Scientists examined part of Mars’ Utopia Planitia region, in the mid-northern latitudes, with the orbiter’s ground-penetrating Shallow Radar (SHARAD) instrument. Analyses of data [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Two geo-scientists at Arizona State University have made a discovery among hot springs in Chile that may spur scientists to revisit a location on Mars explored several years ago by NASA’s Spirit rover. The discovery involves fingerlike structures that form in the hot spring deposits by processes that combine biological and non-biological activity. The Chilean hot springs are at a place [...]

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Looking Up – Bob Eklund

Beneath Pluto’s “heart” lies a cold, slushy ocean of water ice, according to data from NASA’s New Horizons mission. In a paper published in the journal Nature , the New Horizons team reports that the dwarf planet’s most prominent surface feature—a heart-shaped region named Tombaugh Regio—may harbor a bulging, viscous, liquid ocean just below its surface. The existence of a [...]

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