A new NASA program years in the making will attempt to do what no spacecraft has ever done before -- scan the universe to find thousands of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system.
NASA scientists have been studying Jupiter as a way of understanding a curious atmospheric cycle on Earth which repeats every 28 months. Known as the equatorial jet stream, the cycle was discovered after the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa volcano, in what is now Indonesia, when debris was spotted being carried by a westward wind in the stratosphere.
NASA is thinking about introducing an artificial magnetic field near Mars so that it can develop an atmosphere which would hopefully help Mars support life and liquid surface water in the future. If introduced, Mars could have an atmosphere with half the Earth’s atmospheric pressure within a few years and maybe, just maybe, you’ll start seeing friends and family, or even yourself, moving to Mars sooner than you thought.