SOURCE: NASA WFIRST's findings with results from NASA's Kepler and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) missions will complete the first planet census that is sensitive to a wide range of planet masses and orbits, bringing us a step closer to discovering habitable Earth-like worlds beyond our own. WFIRST data can spot transits (planets when they pass … Continue reading NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) SET TO FIND EXOPLANETS
Illustration shows a night-side view of the exoplanet WASP-76b. The ultra-hot giant exoplanet has a day side where temperatures climb above 2400 degrees Celsius, high enough to vaporise metals. Strong winds carry iron vapour to the cooler night side where it condenses into iron droplets. To the left of the image, we see the evening … Continue reading An exoplanet where it rains iron.
China’s spacecraft landed on the far side of the moon in January, bringing with it a mini-biosphere that would help it grow plants on the moon. China made history as the first spacecraft to visit that part of the moon. It took with it a 2.6kg greenhouse dubbed the Lunar Micro Ecosystem. Sealed and cylindrical, … Continue reading How china grew a plant on the Moon
Researchers are already working on ways to grow food in space, and icy deposits that could provide water are known to exist on the Moon..Besides being available for drinking, such water could be split into its constituent elements of hydrogen and oxygen using electricity from solar panels. Such electrolysis is already the main way of … Continue reading Creating Oxygen from Moon Dust