Category: Space

Seasonal flows on slopes of Palikir Crater on Mars indicate salty running water (HiRISE imagery from NASA) 2

BREAKING: Present-Day Running Water on Mars Confirmed!

Present-Day Running Water on Mars Confirmed As the European Planetary Science Congress 2015 (EPSC) prepares to start in Nantes, France, today, it quietly carries news that NASA may shout tomorrow at the Mars press briefing: present-day water flow has been confirmed on Mars! An abstract from the conference proceedings by Lujendra Ojha et al confirms spectral evidence for hydrated salts–briny, salty water–in four different locations on Mars. This work has been ongoing, and has been documented throughout its study by NASA. The dark, seasonal streaks, frequently growing on the warmer slopes of Martian craters, were long thought to possibly indicate water...

NASA will make an announcement on a "major science finding" about Mars, seen here in a true-color image. (NASA) 4

NASA Announcement on Mars Mystery

 NASA Announcement on Mars Mystery Upcoming Press Briefing NASA has scheduled a press briefing for Monday, 28 September 2015, to detail a “major science finding” about Mars. Is it confirmation of water on the planet? Microbial life? Or something more unexpected, perhaps concerning the spectacularly odd rock formations Mars claims? There has been much speculation on the nature of the finding, with everyone scrambling for clues from discussions of recent findings. Inverse agrees that the composition of the press briefing contingent may give a clue: it includes Dr. Alfred McEwen, the principal investigator of HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment), and...

Screenshot from a video analyzing the alleged 'Marshenge' photograph, alongside an overhead view of Stonehenge located in Wiltshire (NASA HiRISE/Youtube) 0

Technical Overview: ‘Stonehenge’ Discovered on Mars?

‘Stonehenge’ Discovered on Mars? This year has seen an abundant amount of mysterious discoveries both here on Earth and in outer Space; from a Superhenge in Britain to countless geological formations of interest discovered across our tiny solar system. Recently, the internet has turned its attention to a peculiar grouping of rocks on the red planet which appear uncannily similar to the visible portions of the ever-famous Stonehenge back here on Earth. Mars anomaly hunters spotted what was subsequently dubbed as “Marshenge” in a photograph, estimated to have been taken by the HiRISE instrument on-board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in the same grouping of photos listed on University...

One of the newest images captured by LORRI aboard the New Horizons Spacecraft (NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI) 1

Newest View of Pluto’s Enigmatic Terrains Puzzle NASA

New Horizons: Pluto in ‘Even-Higher Resolution’ This Week NASA just released numerous fresh images of Pluto like we’ve never seen before—and yet again—we at Dark Matter News are near-speechless! This evening we see strange-looking “snakeskin” mountains, pockmarked dunes made not-of sand, but ICE; we see a new spectral image set of peculiar methane collection points, as well as new dynamic photos revealing Pluto’s array of planetary surface tones. Join us as we investigate these images, one-by-one! 1.) “Snakeskin” Mountains of ‘Tartarus Dorsa’ Nobody’s quite sure what to call this area yet. Unofficially dubbed, “Tartarus Dorsa,” NASA reveals that Pluto’s odd surface terrain has an...

California Burn Scars from Above. Credits: NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. 1

NASA Reveals ‘California Wildfire’ Aftermath Satellite Imagery

California Wildfires: Aftermath from NASA Viewpoint As California wildfires are raging, the damage inflicted upon the terrain is well documented and abundantly apparent. What may not seem so obvious is the sheer magnitude of damage left behind on the scorched earth after the flames are contained. To that end, NASA has recently posted satellite imagery of scars left behind by the intense blazes. We’ve long known that enormous fires are visible from space, but these images reveal that the aftermath upon the landscape is notably distinguishable from our planet’s outer orbit. Origin of NASA Images The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured false-color view of the...

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Did Aliens Invent Chess For Humans?

World Chess Federation President Abducted By Aliens.  The current president of the International Chess Foundation (FIDE), Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, claims that he was abducted by aliens in 1997, who told him they invented chess. He has held the president position since 1995 after defeating former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. One evening he was abducted from his flat in Moscow by humanoid aliens and taken to a planet in another solar system. “It was not in our Russian space vehicles, but with aliens. They came in a flying saucer, picked me up, and I spent a whole day in outer space. The...

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MUFON Co-Founder, Walt Andrus Jr, Dies

Article submitted by Alanna Fox Starks Former MUFON Executive Director, Walt Andrus Jr., Dies MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network released this breaking news. On September 16, 2015, Former International Executive Director of MUFON, Walter H.  Andrus, Jr. has passed away. On September 21, 2015, mid-morning funeral services were held for him in Seguin, Texas at the Goetz Funeral Chapel. Walt Andrus was 94 years old.  It’s assumed he died of natural causes. Andrus had been retired from his 30-year service in MUFON for the past 15 years.  He was referred to simply as “Walt” by those who knew him well. Andrus...

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NASA’s Manned Mission to Mars – Soon to be Reality?

NASA’s Manned Mission to Mars – Soon to be Reality? NASA announced that its manned mission to Mars is a “go” and plans are currently underway. NASA is building a new spacecraft that should make the trip possible by 2030. The Space Launch System (SLS) shuttle project being tested is estimated to cost anywhere between $7 Billion dollars and $35 Billion dollars. The new rocket is the most powerful multi-stage space vehicle that has the capability to support the long journey to Mars. In a recent interview, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden revealed, “Today we take another important step on our journey to Mars. While...

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NASA Commander Chris Hadfield Launching First Album Recorded In Space

Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can album cover (Chris Hadfield) All Systems Go For Release of Space Man’s Full Length Album Next Month    Space Sessions: Songs from a Tin Can is the first album set to be released by retired Commander Chris Hadfield on October 9. His guitar and vocal tracks were entirely recorded in space during a 6 month stay on the International Space Station with the rest of the album being multi-tracked back on earth. Hadfield had brought a guitar to the MIR space station on his first space mission as a gift about 20 years ago. Some tracks were earlier compositions while...

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Astronauts Make Huge Sacrifices for Year-long Mission

Astronaut Scott Kelly Takes a Space Selfie from the International Space Station. (Scott Kelly/NASA) Astronauts Make Huge Sacrifices during Year-Long Mission Imagine being trapped in one place for an entire year. You’re not allowed to leave. The lighting never changes. The smells and sounds are the same. You can’t even step outside for a breath of fresh air. This is your home. This is your life. For an entire year. That’s pretty much what American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko have been experiencing for the past six months on the International Space Station. Twice as Long in Space As...

Diagram of potential liquid oceans between Enceladus' rocky core and icy surface. (NASA) 1

NASA: Ocean Possibly Discovered Inside Saturn Moon Enceladus

NASA: Ocean Possibly Discovered Inside Saturn Moon Enceladus In a press release this Tuesday, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory discusses the high likelihood that there might be an ancient ocean lurking inside of Saturn’s Moon Enceladus. The finding, they said, “implies the fine spray of water vapor, icy particles and simple organic molecules Cassini has observed coming from fractures near the moon’s south pole is being fed by this vast liquid water reservoir.” What tipped off researchers to this notion was the observation that Enceladus has a very slight wobble. By their estimates, this would not be the kind of behavior observed...

An example of Mars colonization, (Discovery.com) 2

Mars Colonization: NASA’s New Take

A New Take On Colonizing Mars And Other Planets A new NASA-sponsored competition hopes to unlock the secrets of space colonization through user-submitted design proposals. Called the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge, NASA hopes that the competition will help to, “develop the fundamental technologies necessary to manufacture an off-world habitat using mission recycled materials and/or local indigenous materials.” NASA continues, “The vision is that autonomous habitat manufacturing machines will someday be deployed to the Moon or Mars to construct shelters for human habitation;” a lot of fancy speech for a simple idea: using 3D-Printers to build structures using materials which already exist on the...