NASA’s Public Design Challenge For Venus Exploration

Supported by an internal grant, a new creative challenge posed by NASA asks the general public to submit ideas for an “innovative obstacle avoidance  sensor” that will be featured on a future Venus Rover Concept. The planet’s notoriously rough surface will prove quite difficult to maneuver around and weather and pressure conditions are extreme. Officially titled “Exploring Hell: Avoiding Obstacles on a Clockwork Rover,” the …

High-Definition Video of the Sun’s Strange Surface

Captured using Hawaii’s Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope (the world’s largest), this high-definition video of the sun’s surface is the closest observation earthlings have ever seen. Comprised of cell-like eruptions marked by bright centers and darker outlines, this particular swatch of the sun comprises 200 million square kilometers, and each individual “cell” is equal to the size of France. The first of many videos to …

NASA’s Up-Close Survey of the Sun

One may think our Sun gets overlooked by the brightest minds in space-related matters for more glamorous studies like visiting or inhabiting other planets—but, according to NASA, this isn’t so. A key point of scientific consideration has become: what causes the Sun’s flare ups? Also, why is the atmospheric aura around it—known as the Corona—hotter than its true surface? An unmanned spacecraft named Parker has been …