New pictures from NASA’s New Horizons show a pancaked peanut – The Verge

New pictures from NASA’s New Horizons show a pancaked peanut – The Verge

At first glance, the mysterious space rock that NASA’s New Horizons zoomed by on New Year’s day looked like a lumpy snowman, or maybe a misshapen space peanut. Now, a new set of photos reveal that the space rock is flatter than initially thought — more pancake, really, than peanut. The space rock, called 2014 […]

Cygnus supply ship departs space station for extended mission – Spaceflight Now

Cygnus supply ship departs space station for extended mission – Spaceflight Now

EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated at 12 p.m. EST (1700 GMT) after departure, with updated information on nanosatellite deployments. The Cygnus spacecraft is released from the space station’s robot arm Friday. Credit: NASA TV/Spaceflight Now A commercial Cygnus supply ship departed the International Space Station on Friday for an extended mission to deploy five nanosatellites and conduct other […]

Drift of the North Pole forces early magnetic map update – Ars Technica

Drift of the North Pole forces early magnetic map update – Ars Technica

On Monday, NOAA announced the release of an update to the World Magnetic Model, a tool that tracks how the Earth’s magnetic field changes depending on where you’re located on the planet. Updates to this system typically happen every five years, but the relatively rapid motion of the North Pole has necessitated an accelerated schedule […]

Mystery mud on new volcanic island baffles Nasa scientists – The Guardian

Mystery mud on new volcanic island baffles Nasa scientists – The Guardian

Nasa scientists have landed for the first time on one of the world’s newest islands, and discovered the three-year-old land mass is now covered in a sticky, mysterious mud, as well as vegetation and bird life. The volcanic island sprang up in the ocean surrounding Tonga three years ago, one of only three new islands […]