NASA has announced the discovery of a colossal mass of underground ice on Mars that could hold as much water as Lake Superior, the second-largest lake on Earth. The body was found in a region of the red planet called “the Utopia” in an area some 2,050 miles in diameter, roughly the size of New Mexico, and running about 560 feet below the surface.
Apart from the catastrophe that killed off the dinosaurs on Earth, four other mass extinction events have been discovered by scientists so far, with yet another one now being added to the list.
On planet Earth, water molecules stick to tiny grains of sea salt or dust blown into the air to form white clouds. However, when it comes to Mars, the presence of mid-atmospheric clouds has long remained a mystery to scientists.
The asteroid, measuring about 131 feet (40 meters) in diameter, is the only celestial body in the European Space Agency's 'Risk List' catalogue said to have a chance of hitting our planet this year.
For years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other organisations have been scanning the skies for asteroids and comets travelling close to Earth, studying the possible hazards that such objects might entail. During special drills, they are now set to exercise what to do if the worst-case scenario becomes reality.
Earlier this year, scientists had to update the World Magnetic Model representing our planet's magnetic field a year ahead of schedule after discovering that the Magnetic North Pole was moving from the Canadian Arctic toward Russia's Siberia at an accelerated pace.
One of the Moon rock samples collected decades ago by Apollo 14 crew appears to be originally from Earth.
A new study has revealed that large asteroids have been striking Earth more than twice as often in the past 290 million years as they did in the 400 million years before that. The evidence wasn’t to be found here, though, but on the moon. Don’t worry, the chances of us getting hit are still one-in-a-million.
Members of the Breakthrough Listen team released a new study on Monday, detailing their discovery of 72 new fast radio bursts from a mysterious source located some 3 billion light years from Earth.
Even though our planet’s magnetic field might be shaky, it has recovered from similar states before, scientists say.
Nasa’s first lander to Mars since 2012 is set to launch on Saturday morning from Vandenberg air force base in California. The InSight spacecraft aims to listen for quakes and unravel the mystery of how rocky planets such as Earth form. If all goes as planned it should land on Mars on 26 November.
The ISS, with its first section, launched back in 1998, was jointly developed by the US and Russia and allows international crews to conduct scientific research in a low Earth orbit environment.
Photobombing isn't just an act done by those living on Earth - even asteroids can get in on the spoiling images game.