Meteors delivered just the right amount of salt to jumpstart life on

Scientists reexamined halogen levels in ancient meteorite samples. Photo by University of Manchester Dec. 5 (UPI) -- New analysis confirms the meteorites that formed Earth delivered just the right amount of salt to support life. Naturally occurring salts called halogens, including chlorine, bromine and iodine, are needed to support life. High concentrations of salts, however, can [...]

2017-12-06T21:18:38+00:00 December 6th, 2017|

Watch NASA test the supersonic parachute for the 2020 Mars mission

Still from NASA YouTube video (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Last month, NASA took another step towards the Red Planet with a test of its supersonic parachute, designed to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian atmosphere at more than 12,000 mph. A dramatic video on board the test flight captured the parachute opening flawlessly at nearly [...]

2017-11-24T16:12:28+00:00 November 24th, 2017|

NASA telescope tracks oddball comet 45P

Comet 45P, as seen with a telescope on December 22 from Namibia. Photo by Gerald Rhemann/NASA  Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Fresh observations of comet 45P suggest the icy orb is an oddball, boasting a chemical composition unlike any comet studied thus far. Researchers at NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility in Hawaii tracked the comet as it whizzed [...]

2017-11-23T13:11:06+00:00 November 23rd, 2017|

Sunrise colors space station image of approaching cargo ship

Sunrise colors space station image of approaching cargo ship Nov. 17 (UPI) -- An image captured this week from the vantage of the International Space Station revealed the approach of Orbital ATK's Cygnus resupply ship, which was launched last weekend. The image, shared Thursday by NASA, is tinged with the golden hue of the sunrise. Awash in sunlight, [...]

2017-11-18T14:50:28+00:00 November 18th, 2017|

Newly discovered Earth-sized planet looks to be life-friendly

An artist's impression of Ross 128 b and its host star, an inactive red dwarf. Photo by ESO/M. Kornmesser Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Scientist have discovered a nearby Earth-like exoplanet with conditions favorable to life. The planet orbits Ross 128, an inactive red dwarf star. The small, dim and quiet sun translates to moderate temperatures on [...]

2017-11-16T00:55:05+00:00 November 16th, 2017|

She recognized her own photo, but can’t account for 42 years

She recognized her own photo, but can't account for 42 years November 13, 2017 2:31 PM The discovery of a New York woman missing for 42 years didn't end the mystery.       Dinosaur-killing space rock created dramatic temperature drop November 13, 2017 2:30 PM Dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops became extinct [...]

2017-11-13T15:17:29+00:00 November 13th, 2017|

Mars may have ‘levitating sand’

Mars may have 'levitating sand' October 31, 2017 11:00 AM Mars’ sand can walk on water.         UN agency: CO2 concentrations grew at record rate in 2016 October 30, 2017 8:57 PM The U.N. weather agency is warning that carbon-dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere increased at record-breaking speed last year.

2017-10-31T16:14:31+00:00 October 31st, 2017|