WASP gives NASA's planetary scientists new observation platform

Scientists who study Earth, the sun and stars have long used high-altitude scientific balloons to carry their telescopes far into the stratosphere for a better view of their targets. Not so much for planetary scientists. That's because they needed a highly stable, off-the-shelf-type system that could accurately point their instruments and then track planetary targets as they moved in the solar system.

Spider trapped in amber as it makes a meal of wasp

Researchers have discovered a well-preserved spider attacking a wasp in a 100 million-year-old piece of amber - the first of its kind ever found.