Lake County News,California – Space News: NASA’s Webb Telescope reaches major milestone as mirror unfolds

This artist’s conception of the James Webb Space Telescope in space shows all its major elements fully deployed. The telescope was folded to fit into its launch vehicle, and then was slowly unfolded over the course of two weeks after launch. Credits: NASA GSFC/CIL/Adriana Manrique Gutierrez. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team fully deployed its … Read more

Lake County News,California – Space News: NASA mission helps solve a mystery — why are some asteroid surfaces rocky?

This image shows a view of asteroid Bennu’s rocky surface in a region near the equator. Photo courtesy of NASA. Scientists thought Bennu’s surface was like a sandy beach, abundant in fine sand and pebbles, which would have been perfect for collecting samples. Past telescope observations from Earth had suggested the presence of large swaths … Read more

Lake County News,California – Space News: NASA scientist looks to AI, lensing to find masses of free-floating planets   

This illustration shows a Jupiter-like planet alone in the dark of space, floating freely without a parent star. CLEoPATRA mission scientists hope to improve the mass estimates of such planets discovered through microlensing. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab. Exoplanet hunters have found thousands of planets, most orbiting close to their host … Read more

Lake County News,California – Space News: NASA’s Lucy mission prepares for launch to Trojan asteroids

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Centaur stage for NASA’s Lucy mission is lifted by crane into the Vertical Integration Facility near Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. The Lucy spacecraft is scheduled to launch no earlier than Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, on a ULA … Read more

Lake County News,California – Space News: NASA’s Artemis rover to land near Nobile Region of Moon’s south pole

A data visualization showing the mountainous area west of Nobile Crater and the smaller craters that litter its rim at the lunar South Pole. The region features areas permanently covered in shadow as well as areas that are bathed in sunlight most of the time. The terrain in the Nobile region is most suitable for … Read more

Lake County News,California – Space News: Take a 3D spin on Mars and track NASA’s Perseverance rover

NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover is shown at its landing site in Jezero Crater in this view from the “Explore with Perseverance” 3D web experience. This interactive web tool features a 3D model of the rover on 3D landscape created from real images taken by Perseverance. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. It’s the next best thing to being on Mars: … Read more

Lake County News,California – Space News: ‘Blue’ and ‘Gold’ satellites headed to Mars in 2024

The ESCAPADE Mars mission will consist of two identical satellites — named “Blue” and “Gold” after UC Berkeley’s school colors — that will study how the planet’s ionosphere and magnetic field interact. Image courtesy of Rocket Lab. BERKELEY — An interplanetary mission led by the University of California, Berkeley, to put two satellites — dubbed … Read more

Lake County News,California – Space News: Signs of Life on Mars? NASA’s Perseverance rover begins the hunt

After testing a bristling array of instruments on its robotic arm, NASA’s latest Mars rover gets down to business: probing rocks and dust for evidence of past life. NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover has begun its search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet. Flexing its 7-foot mechanical arm, the rover is testing … Read more

Lake County News,California – Earth News: Five ways NASA helps with shark conservation

A speckle-skinned whale shark. Photo courtesy of NASA. While scientists at our partner institutions are directly focusing on shark conservation, NASA’s Earth-observing satellites collect key information about sharks’ habitat — the ocean. NASA’s satellites measure the height of the ocean, track currents, monitor marine habitats, and oversee water quality events like harmful algal blooms. Our … Read more

Lake County News,California – Space News: NASA’s Curiosity Rover finds patches of rock record erased, revealing clues

A self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity rover taken on June 15, 2018, during the 2,082nd Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars. A Martian dust storm has reduced sunlight and visibility at the rover’s location in Gale Crater. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Today, Mars is a planet of extremes — it’s bitterly cold, has high … Read more