Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

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Cool things in our skies, the galaxy, the universe, a clear view, telling time and more -- all made possible by just looking up!!


Grand Challenge: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

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A Bronze Age Map of the Cosmos

In 1999, two amateur treasure hunters made a rare discovery at a small town in the Eastern German region of Saxony-Anhalt that shook the world of archeology. The remarkable find was in use from 1,800 to 1,600 BC, likely came from fmines in present-day Austria, England, and Romania, but was almost lost to black market traders.

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Grand Challenges: Valuing World Cultures

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By Dbachmann, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1500795

By Dbachmann, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1500795

Humans Are Still Asking: Where Did Our Water Come From?

A heap of space rubble that might unlock the mysteries of water on Earth https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613137/ryugu-is-a-heap-of-space-rubble-that-might-unlock-the-mysteries-of-water-on-earth/

Japanese scientists think they know where the Ryugu asteroid came from https://bgr.com/2019/03/21/ryugu-asteroid-origins-hayabusa2-japan/

Too dry?? What does that mean for our planet? https://www.newscientist.com/article/2196990-asteroid-ryugu-is-so-dry-we-may-have-to-rethink-how-earth-got-water/

How come we HAVE water? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-water-come-to-earth-72037248/

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Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=57780984

Dim the Sun to Cool Our Planet?

Could spraying sunlight-reflecting particles into the stratosphere cool Planet Earth?

Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Grand Challenge: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

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Pieces of Mars Are Among the Bodies Colliding with Earth

In order to understand meteorite impacts on Earth, it is important to know where the chunks of rock come from.

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Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a  slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of  two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA's Mars  2020 rover while it's still on Earth; the other slice will go to Mars  onboard the rover.  Credits:  NASA/JPL-Caltech

Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA's Mars 2020 rover while it's still on Earth; the other slice will go to Mars onboard the rover.

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Oceans of Earth

Without an explosion 4.5 billion years ago, the planet Earth might have been a blue marble, without much water and lacking the conditions for life to thrive.

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Can we colonize the galaxy without going ourselves?

Colonizing the Galaxy Is hard, but may be vital. Why not send bacteria instead?Seeding alien worlds with terrestrial life is now being discussed

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

 

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Bacteria  (Wikipedia)

Bacteria (Wikipedia)

Saving the Earth with Help from NASA

There are a slew of Earth Science missions that NASA has planned for the future. We need all of them (and more) for a thriving planet. 

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Grand Challenge: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet

Increase knowledge of the evolutionary and ecological history of species and ecosystems, and the processes responsible for population declines and extinction.

Grand Challenge: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

·         Understand the formation, geological diversity, and dynamics of the Earth, the Moon, and other rocky bodies in our solar system.

Understand how stellar processes change clouds of gas and dust into stars and planets, including the Earth, and how life emerged here and perhaps elsewhere.

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Photo Credit: NASA

Photo Credit: NASA

Scientists literally brought out the big gun to study the origins of water

Did planets like Earth, Mars, Venus, and Mercury form dry out of the dust and heat of the inner solar system, only to be drenched in water delivered from ice-laden comets later on? Or did drier asteroids and asteroid collisions bring the wet stuff?

To really understand how this water delivery system works, you need to watch it happen. But meteorite strikes are notoriously unpredictable, so researchers decided to create their own with the help of a super-sized gun at NASA’s Ames Research Center. 

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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

Understand how stellar processes change clouds of gas and dust into stars and planets, including the Earth, and how life emerged here and perhaps elsewhere.

 

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An artist's impression of an asteroid collision in space.  NASA/JPL-Caltech

An artist's impression of an asteroid collision in space. NASA/JPL-Caltech

InSight - Studying the 'Inner Space' of Mars

InSight, short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport, is a Mars lander designed to give the Red Planet its first thorough checkup since it formed 4.5 billion years ago.

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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

Understand the formation, geological diversity, and dynamics of the Earth, the Moon, and other rocky bodies in our solar system.

Understand how stellar processes change clouds of gas and dust into stars and planets, including the Earth, and how life emerged here and perhaps elsewhere.

 

Photo Credit: NASA.gov

Photo Credit: NASA.gov

Rare Metals on Mars And Earth Implicate Colossal Impacts - Astrobiology

New research has revealed that a giant impact on Mars more than four billion years ago would explain the unusual amount of “iron loving” elements in the Red Planet.

Planets form as small dust grains stick together and agglomerate with other grains, leading to bigger bodies termed “planetesimals.” These planetesimals continue to collide with each other and are either ejected from the Solar System, gobbled up by the Sun, or form a planet. This is not the end of the story, as planets continue to accrete material well after they have formed. This process is known as late accretion, and it occurs as leftover fragments of planet formation rain down on the young planets.

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Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe

Understand the formation, geological diversity, and dynamics of the Earth, the Moon, and other rocky bodies in our solar system.

 

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Photo credit: UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA/LPL/SWRI

Photo credit: UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA/LPL/SWRI

TESS on a Mission to Search for Near-Earth Exoplanets

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a two year survey mission that will focus on the discovery of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. This first-ever all-sky transit survey will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, around a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances.

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Photo Credit:  Chris Gebhardt  

Photo Credit: Chris Gebhardt 

Source: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2018/04/te...