Category: Science News

NASA Tests Mars 2020 Robotic Arm With ‘Biceps Curls’

Slowly but surely, the Mars 2020 rover is taking shape at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Engineers have attached some of the rover’s many cameras, its...

SpaceX Successfully Launches, Partially Recovers Falcon Heavy

SpaceX completed a number of successful firsts with its STP-2 mission early Tuesday morning, which lifted off at 2:30 EDT on June 25. This represented the third mission...

NASA Awards $700,000 in Prizes for 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge

All of humanity currently lives on (or in orbit very near) the planet Earth. A global catastrophe could wipe us all out, but having a “backup” of humanity on other...

Astronomers Spot Gargantuan ‘X-ray Chimneys’ in the Center of Our Galaxy

The monster black hole that anchors our galaxy is safely 28,000 light years away from Earth. That’s a good thing, too. The region around that back hole is overflowing...

NASA Snaps Stunning Photos of Supersonic Aircraft

Until Elon Musk can fly us around the world in a rocket, conventional air travel is the fastest way from point A to point B. It hasn’t gotten any faster over the...

NASA Halts InSight Drilling Instrument on Mars After Hitting Obstacle

Things have been going swimmingly for NASA’s InSight lander on the surface of Mars. After a textbook landing, InSight found itself in a nice, flat area perfect for...

FarFarOut Might Be the Most Distant Object in the Solar System

We used to think we had a pretty good picture of the solar system. There were nine planets, and Pluto was a little weird, but it was undeniably a planet. Then, we...

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 Probe Is About to Shoot an Asteroid

Japan’s Hayabusa 2 probe has been staking out the asteroid Ryugu for several months now, and the time has almost arrived for the spacecraft to start taking shots at...

After 15 Years, NASA Officially Ends Opportunity Mission on Mars

NASA’s Opportunity rover far exceeded all expectations, but it’s finally time to say goodbye. The agency confirmed today that the mission has officially ended. After...

NASA Finds Second Impact Crater Under Greenland Ice Sheet

Greenland’s ice sheet is the second largest body of ice in the world, so scientists are naturally interested in how it’s changing with the climate and what’s under...