First Analysis of a Super-Earth’s Atmosphere Reveals Scorching Wasteland

Astronomers have detected an atmosphere of a “super-Earth” and analyzed it for the first time. They found that it’s mostly hydrogen and helium, and rather inhospitable.

February 22, 2016

A Lack of Carbon in Mars’ Atmosphere Leads Scientists to Ask: Did Mars Ever Have Much Water?

New research suggests that Mars never actually had a dense atmosphere to strip away, which puts a damper on hopes of alien life.

February 13, 2016

NASA Says Powerful Solar Winds Blew Mars’ Water and Atmosphere Off the Planet

Findings from NASA's MAVEN probe reveal how solar winds stripped a defenseless Mars of its atmosphere and water.

November 5, 2015

How to Use Atmospheric Electricity to Power a Electrostatic Motor

Check out these DIY instructions for using a hexacopter and 300 feet of wire to harness the atmosphere to generate electricity.

November 3, 2015

Where Does Earth End and Space Begin?

“Where does Earth end and space begin?” Believe it or not, this seemingly simple question does not have an easy answer. As it turns out, pinning down the size of our atmosphere is kind of...

April 4, 2013
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