Jeffrey Alyn Maneval

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Rugged Mars terrain chewing up Curiosity’s wheels; inspection set

The left-front wheel of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dents and holes in this image taken during the 469th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (Nov. 30).<p>Engineers are gearing up to perform a check of the Mars rover Curiosity's six wheels, which have accumulated a lot of wear and …

Mars Rover

Billion Star Sky Surveyor Launches

Changing Planet<p>Europe’s Gaia Space Telescope promises to create the most accurate map of the Milky Way galaxy ever attempted. Credit: ESA/ATG medialab; background: ESO/S. Brunier<p><b>Astronomers plan on rewriting the star-charts with the latest space telescope, which aims at unlocking the secrets behind</b> …

Dazzling pics of Saturn from space

A NASA spacecraft has sent holiday greetings from the outer solar system.<p>The space agency on Monday released dazzling new images of the ringed planet …

NASA's Deep Space Network celebrates its 50th anniversary

It's called the Deep Space Network, and for the last 50 years it's provided two-way communications between earthbound mission controllers and most every spacecraft that's traveled to the moon or beyond.<p>Its motto: "Don't leave Earth without us."<p>On Tuesday the DSN celebrated its 50th anniversary. In …

Space

Wow! Space Station Crosses Crescent Moon in Amazing Photo

The International Space Station can be seen cruising in front of a crescent moon in this stunning night sky photo recently sent to SPACE.com.<p>Juan …

Bon Voyage, Voyager: Old Friends Take Stock

For the scientists who have emotionally traveled with NASA's Voyager mission for decades, 2013 will be remembered as the year they knew Voyager 1 had finally become the first explorer from Earth to enter the mysterious realm of interstellar space.<p>Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, both blasted off …

On Extraterrestrial Life: Part III

As I indicated in the previous blog pieces in this series, while extraterrestrial life almost certainly exists in our Milky Way galaxy, even the nearest life-harboring planet may be tens of light-years away. This means that our best shot at detecting such life is through remote observations by …