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After the Moon, people on Mars by 2033... or 2060On December 11, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed a directive ordering NASA to prepare to return astronauts to the Moon "followed by human missions to Mars and other destinations." [...]

Lunar South Pole Atlas—a new online reference for mission plannersThe Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), managed by Universities Space Research Association (USRA), has compiled and made available an atlas of the Moon's south pole. Given NASA's recent dir [...]

Sedimentary, dear Johnson: Is NASA looking at the wrong rocks for clues to Martian life?In 2020, NASA and European-Russian missions will look for evidence of past life on Mars. But while volcanic, igneous rock predominates on the Red Planet, virtually the entire Earth fossil record comes [...]

Mission control 'saves science'Every minute, ESA's Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet—enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth orbits [...]

Planet-hunter CubeSat images Los AngelesA small satellite designed to hunt for new planets beyond the solar system recently looked down at Earth to capture an image of California's "City of Stars." [...]

Sedimentary, my dear Johnson: Is NASA looking at the wrong rocks for clues to Martian life?While volcanic, igneous rock predominates on Mars, virtually the entire Earth fossil record comes from sedimentary rocks. Addressing the problem, Swedish scientists have begun compiling evidence of fo [...]

A research group is using a deep learning method known as generative adversarial networks to enhance the use of gravitational lensing in the study of dark matter. [...]

Galaxy blazes with new stars born from close encounterThe irregular galaxy NGC 4485 shows all the signs of having been involved in a hit-and-run accident with a bypassing galaxy. Rather than destroying the galaxy, the chance encounter is spawning a new g [...]

Researchers have discovered an aluminum-bearing molecule for the first time around a young star. The discovery provides a crucial chance to study the early formation process of meteorites and planets [...]

Small, hardy planets most likely to survive death of their starsSmall, hardy planets packed with dense elements have the best chance of avoiding being crushed and swallowed up when their host star dies, new research has found. [...]

Students in Texas will have an opportunity next week to speak with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station. [...]

NASA has selected 11 companies to conduct studies and produce prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration program. [...]

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will deliver remarks and speak to media Thursday, May 23, at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. [...]

NASA is entering the final stage of testing its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) platform and invites media to learn more and watch drone demonstrations Tuesday, May 21, in Reno, Nev [...]

Media accreditation is open for SpaceX’s third Falcon Heavy launch, targeted for Saturday, June 22, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. [...]