Could Earth Scientists Create Their Own Equivalent to the James Webb Space Telescope?

The primordial fires just after the Big Bang. The atmospheres of distant planets around another star. The towering pillars of interstellar dust glowing brightly in the vastness of space. That is what the new images from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have offered us. These new glimpses deep into space (and time) were important … Read more

July 16: Best of Quirks & Quarks – Our favourite space science stories

On this week’s episode of The Best of Quirks & Quarks with Bob McDonald: The Solar wind makes water on asteroids, which carries it to EarthOriginally broadcast December 04, 2021 Researchers have found evidence that particles emitted by the sun may have helped give Earth its seas and oceans. The team included Hope Ishii, a … Read more

Space Glaciers: Carbon Dioxide Ice Forms Glaciers on Mars

Space Glaciers: Carbon Dioxide Ice Forms Glaciers on Mars In the thin, cold atmosphere of Mars, temperatures fall low enough to freeze molecules that are often gases on Earth. While scientists have known for decades that there are deposits of carbon dioxide ice on Mars’ South Pole, a recent study found that these deposits form … Read more

New EMS museum collections manager brings exhibit experience as space reopens

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the past few months, Patti Wood Finkle has been busy sifting through the EMS Museum & Art Gallery’s vast collection of roughly 20,000 items. Since January, the new collections manager has been working to identify, expound on and catalog the items, many of which haven’t seen the light of day … Read more

Recent drop in Lake Powell’s storage shows how much space sediment is taking up

The Bureau of Reclamation last week revised its data on the amount of water stored in Lake Powell, with a new, lower tally taking into account a 4% drop in the reservoir’s total available capacity between 1986 and 2018 due to sedimentation. Bureau data on the reservoir’s water-storage volume showed a loss of 443,000 acre-feet … Read more

JGR: Planets Author Aboard the International Space Station

Editors’ Vox is a blog from AGU’s Publications Department. Dr. Jessica Watkins is a NASA astronaut, planetary geologist, and lead author of a recent manuscript accepted for publication in JGR: Planets, entitled “Burial and exhumation of sedimentary rocks revealed by the base Stimson erosional unconformity, Gale crater, Mars”. Dr. Watkins recently arrived at the International … Read more

Is the electric grid ready for extreme space weather?

In the early hours of March 13, 1989, the public utility Hydro-Québec went out of service. The entire province of Quebec lost power for nine hours, interrupting many aspects of public life for the entire day. Space weather — the conditions in outer space nearby Earthwhich are heavily influenced by the sun — was quickly … Read more

Space volcanoes: Origins, variants and eruptions

Volcanoes account for some of Earth’s most interesting and violent geographical features, a force for destruction and creation. However, volcanic activity is not limited to our planet and space volcanoes are often found on other planets and moons. Within our solar system, the moon and Mars are rich with evidence of volcanoes and fiery volcanic … Read more

US Space Force’s X-37B space plane nears orbital record

The US military’s X-37B robotic space plane is closing in on a mission-duration record. The X-37B launched to Earth orbit on May 17, 2020 on the sixth mission for the program, a flight known as Orbital Test Vehicle-6 (OTV-6). The Space Force minishuttle has now been aloft for 773 days. That’s just a week shy … Read more