Chinese scientists release the most detailed geological map of the Moon to date

For as long as man has looked up at the sky, the moon has been a source of fascination. When the first telescopes were developed, the fascination only grew. Humans finally had a clearer view of the moon, with all its striking and impressive geology. Telescopes got better and so did our understanding of the … Read more

Scientists Map Yellowstone’s Underground ‘Plumbing’ | Smart News

Geyser Cave in Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone National Park under public domain Most visitors to Yellowstone National Park are interested in what they can see — geysers like Old Faithful that spew superheated water and steam into the air. But scientists are more intrigued by what they do can’t see: the underfoot, underground plumbing system … Read more

See Boeing’s Starliner launch tonight from southeastern US (visibility map)

Boeing’s Starliner capsule will launch on a crucial test mission to the International Space Station this evening (May 19), and many folks in the southeastern US will be able to see the action with their own eyes. Starliner is scheduled to lift off atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Florida’s Cape … Read more

NASA’s EMIT Mission Will Map Tiny Dust Particles To Study Big Climate Impacts

EMIT is being developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is scheduled to launch in 2022. The instrument will observe Earth from outside the International Space Station. Once it begins operation, EMIT data will be delivered to the NASA Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) for use by other researchers and the public. Credit: … Read more

Astronomers Map the Movement of White Dwarfs of the Milky Way

This illustration is an artist’s impression of the thin, rocky debris disc discovered around the two Hyades white dwarfs. Rocky asteroids are thought to have been perturbed by planets within the system and diverted inwards towards the star, where they broke up, circled into a debris ring, and were then dragged onto the star itself. … Read more

Citizen Scientists Help Map Ridge Networks on Mars That May Hold Records of Ancient Groundwater

Unusual ridge networks on Mars may provide clues about the history of the Red Planet. Credit: NASA / JPL / MSSS / Caltech Murray Lab / Esri Scientists have uncovered strange ridge networks on[{” attribute=””>Mars using images from spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet over the previous two decades. How and why the ridges formed, as … Read more

Scientists map living corals for the first time before and after marine heat wave: Winners and losers discovered

Low levels of coral bleaching in Hawaii, 2015. Credit: Greg Asner, Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science As the world sees rising ocean temperatures, it will also see more cases of coral bleaching. When corals bleach, they become more vulnerable to other stressors such as water pollution. However, many reefs harbor corals that persist … Read more

New Atlases Will Map All 180+ Billion Cells in the Human Brain

A combination of microscopy, tissue preparation, and data innovations could yield first-of-their-kind brain atlases that specify the locations and types of all of the brain’s 180+ billion cells. Credit: Hillman Lab / Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute Columbia-led team wins $ 9.1 million research grant to create fundamentally new maps that will chart cell diversity throughout the … Read more

New Elevation Map Reveals Yellowstone’s Complex Geologic History

High-resolution topographic data reveals new faults, landslides, hydrothermal systems, and volcanic features never documented before. Able to see through vegetation, Lidar maps the bare earth, unveiling the impact of past events and current processes that shape Yellowstone National Park. The topographic texture of the earth’s surface tells a story. From afar, we see ridges and … Read more

NASA’s New “Lunar Backpack” Can Generate a Real-Time 3D Terrain Map To Aid Moon Explorers

Michael Zanetti, a NASA planetary scientist at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, hikes the Cinder cone at Potrillo volcanic field in New Mexico in late 2021, testing the backpack-sized prototype for NASA’s Kinematic Navigational and Cartography Knapsack (KNaCK), a mobile lidar scanner now in development to support lunar exploration and science missions. … Read more