Elizabeth Howell

About Elizabeth Howell

Elizabeth Howell is the senior writer at Universe Today. She also works for Space.com, Space Exploration Network, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, NASA Astrobiology Magazine and LiveScience, among others. Career highlights include watching three shuttle launches, and going on a two-week simulated Mars expedition in rural Utah. You can follow her on Twitter @howellspace or contact her at her website.

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Space Station Extension May Cost More Than NASA Expects: Report

by Elizabeth Howell September 19, 2014

NASA’s anticipated $3 billion to $4 billion annual budget for the International Space Station is “overly optimistic”, a new report from NASA’s Inspector General says. Transportation costs will likely rise when NASA uses commercial spacecraft to access the station instead of Russian Soyuzes, the report said. Also, if international partners don’t commit to extending the […]

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How NASA’s Next Mars Spacecraft Will Greet The Red Planet On Sunday

by Elizabeth Howell September 19, 2014

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter is oh-so-close to its destination after a 10-month journey. It’s scheduled to arrive in orbit Sunday (Sept. 21) around 9:50 p.m. EDT (1:50 a.m. UTC) if all goes well, but there are a few things that need to happen, in order, first. One big obstacle is already […]

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Look Up! The Space Station Must Be The Ultimate Stargazing Location

by Elizabeth Howell September 19, 2014

While NASA often speaks about the power of Earth observation from the International Space Station, the picture above from one of the astronauts on board now shows something else — you can get an awesome view of the Milky Way. With the view unobscured by the atmosphere, the picture from Expedition 41 European astronaut Alexander […]

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Sandy Ridges Pose A Mystery For Future Martian Beach Vacations

by Elizabeth Howell September 18, 2014

What are these thick dune-like features on Mars, and how were they formed? Scientists are still trying to puzzle out these ridges, which you can see above in a more tropical region of the Red Planet called¬†Iapygia, which is south of Syrtis Major. The thick ridges were captured from orbit by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s […]

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Saturn-Circling Cassini Spacecraft Plumbs Titan’s Seas Next Week

by Elizabeth Howell September 18, 2014

Is the surf up yet on Titan? As the moon of Saturn moves towards northern summer, scientists are trying to spot signs of the winds picking up. This weekend, the Cassini spacecraft plans a look at the the largest body of liquid on Titan, Kraken Mare, to see if there are any waves on this […]

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