Perseverance rover makes ‘completely unexpected’ volcanic discovery on Mars

The Perseverance rover landed on the planet just 10 months ago, but it has already made that surprising discovery. The rover’s latest finding suggests that the bedrock it has been driving over since landing was once formed by volcanic lava flows — something that was “completely unexpected,” according to mission scientists. Previously, they thought the… Continue reading Perseverance rover makes ‘completely unexpected’ volcanic discovery on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches a Total of 30 Minutes Aloft

But data downlinked to mission engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California on Friday, Dec. 10, indicates that Flight 17 was a success and that Ingenuity is in excellent condition. The 30-minute mark far surpasses the original plans for the 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) rotorcraft. Designed as a technology demonstration to perform up to five… Continue reading NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches a Total of 30 Minutes Aloft

Prehistoric Site Shows Modern Humans Weren’t First to Change the World

A 125,000-year-old site in Germany known as Neumark-Nord reveals the earliest evidence of one of our hominin relatives, Neanderthals, leaving a lasting mark on their landscape. Located about 22 miles east of Leipzig, Neumark-Nord was dotted with small lakes during an era 130,000 to 115,000 years ago when glaciers had retreated from Europe. Archaeological evidence… Continue reading Prehistoric Site Shows Modern Humans Weren’t First to Change the World

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches a Total of 30 Minutes Aloft – NASA Planetary Science

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches a Total of 30 Minutes Aloft  NASA Planetary Science NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter reaches a total of 30 minutes aloft  Phys.org Mars helicopter Ingenuity flies for 17th time on Red Planet  Space.com NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches a Total of 30 Minutes Aloft – NASA’s Mars Exploration Program  NASA Mars Exploration View Full Coverage… Continue reading NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Reaches a Total of 30 Minutes Aloft – NASA Planetary Science

Gravitas: A NASA spacecraft has reached the sun – WION

Gravitas: A NASA spacecraft has reached the sun  WION NASA craft ‘touches’ sun for 1st time, dives into atmosphere  Yahoo! Voices The Parker Solar Probe Just Dipped Into the Sun’s Corona  Gizmodo A NASA spacecraft has flown into the sun’s atmosphere for the first time in history  NPR We just touched the Sun for the first time in human… Continue reading Gravitas: A NASA spacecraft has reached the sun – WION

Einstein is proven right once again thanks to 16 year study of pulsar pair

Einstein has once again been proven right, thanks to the findings of a 16-year-study of a pair of ‘extreme stars’ known as pulsars, with the results matching what would be expected under his theory of general relativity. General relativity is the best theory of gravity we have come up with so far, but is not… Continue reading Einstein is proven right once again thanks to 16 year study of pulsar pair

The Parker Solar Probe Just Dipped Into the Sun’s Corona

The Parker Solar Probe approaches the Sun in this artist rendering.Illustration: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL The Sun, as you may know, is a giant blazing ball of nuclear fusion. It’s not the sort of thing you’d want to poke. But NASA scientists did just that, using the Parker Solar Probe to touch the Sun’s corona, making… Continue reading The Parker Solar Probe Just Dipped Into the Sun’s Corona

NASA spacecraft Parker Solar Probe ‘touches’ the sun for the first time in ‘monumental moment’

The spacecraft, launched three years ago in an effort to study the sun and its dangers, will help scientists uncover significant and unknown information about Earth’s closest star, including how the flow of the sun’s particles can influence the planet. Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for NASA’s science mission directorate, which looks at how discoveries… Continue reading NASA spacecraft Parker Solar Probe ‘touches’ the sun for the first time in ‘monumental moment’

NASA Mission Could Blast an Asteroid That Once Menaced Earth

First it punched an asteroid. Now, a NASA spacecraft’s rampage may continue and it could blast a hole in another space rock. The OSIRIS-REX spacecraft is on its way back to Earth, having thwacked — briefly — the surface of an asteroid called Bennu last year to scoop up samples. It will arrive home in… Continue reading NASA Mission Could Blast an Asteroid That Once Menaced Earth

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launch pushed to Christmas Eve

Heralded to be the premier space science observatory of the next decade, the telescope is now expected to launch on December 24 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Teams are working on “a communication issue between the observatory and the launch vehicle system,” NASA shared in an online post. The agency will provide an update… Continue reading NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launch pushed to Christmas Eve