Dream of Mars exploration achievable, experts say
Washington (AFP) May 5, 2013 – NASA and private sector experts now agree that a man or woman could be sent on a mission to Mars over the next 20 years, despite huge challenges. The biggest names in space exploration, among them top officials from the US space agency and Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, will discuss the latest projects at a three-day conference starting Monday in the US capital. Renewed … more

Landslides and lava flows at Olympus Mons on Mars
Paris (ESA) May 06, 2013 – Giant landslides, lava flows and tectonic forces are behind this dynamic scene captured recently by ESA’s Mars Express of a region scarred by the Solar System’s largest volcano, Olympus Mons. The image was taken on 23 January by the spacecraft’s high-resolution stereo camera, and focuses on a region known as Sulci Gordii, which lies about 200 km east of Olympus Mons. Sulci Gordii is an ‘au … more

spaceAn Anarchic Region of Star Formation
Munich, Germany (SPX) May 06, 2013 – The Danish 1.54-metre telescope located at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has captured a striking image of NGC 6559, an object that showcases the anarchy that reigns when stars form inside an interstellar cloud. NGC 6559 is a cloud of gas and dust located at a distance of about 5000 light-years from Earth, in the constellation of Sagittarius (The Archer). The glowing region is a … more

‘Tis the Season — for Plasma Changes at Saturn
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 06, 2013 – Researchers working with data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft have discovered one way the bubble of charged particles around Saturn – known as the magnetosphere – changes with the planet’s seasons. The finding provides an important clue for solving a riddle about the planet’s naturally occurring radio signal. The results might also help scientists better understand variations in Earth’s m … more