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Why NASA looks to Europa to find the building blocks of life

NASA Europa moon Jupiter

NASA wants to send an expedition to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, to find the ocean it believes lies under the ice — and the building blocks for life it thinks it will find there. When it comes to life, biologists have long hypothesised that its origins — on Earth, at least — were in thermal vents on the ocean floor, following a ... Read More »

Scientists may have found a 200 mile river of oil

Oil on Saturn moon Titan

…but it’s on the other side of the solar system. NASA scientists say they’ve discovered a Nile-like river on Titan, the most Earth-like of Saturn’s moons. Oh, and the river is made of oil. “Titan is the only other world we know of that has stable liquid on its surface,” Jia-Rui Cook of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab writes. “While Earth’s hydrologic cycle relies on ... Read More »

Moon’s crust thinner than expected – NASA

Moon

The Lunar surface is thinner than previously thought, NASA scientists revealed after a year-long mission to map the moon by two probes ended with a literal bang. The mission was dedicated to uncovering more about the formation of the solar system. Two probes – nicknamed ‘Ebb’ and ‘Flow’ – completed a programmed crash at the end of their mission, revealing ... Read More »

US planned to nuke the moon

Nuke moon

[youtube height=”400″ width=”550″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejWLfdCNpNM[/youtube]   The United States planned to carry out an explosion on the moon with a nuclear bomb during the cold war, according to reports. The secret project, dubbed ‘A Study of Lunar Research Flights’ or ‘Project A119′, was allegedly devised by US military chiefs at the height of the space race in the late 1950s as a ... Read More »

Astronomers discover a new black hole in our galaxy

Xray nova flaring black hole

This is the X-ray nova flaring black hole. NASA’s Swift satellite recently detected a rising tide of high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, announced the presence of a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole. “Bright X-ray novae are so rare that they’re essentially once-a-mission events and ... Read More »