Category: Science News

James Webb Space Telescope Completes Deep-Freeze Testing

NASA’s long-running James Webb Space Telescope project is nearing completion, but it needs a lot of testing before the agency sends it up into space where any...

Astronomers Detect Mysteriously Contorted Fast Radio Bursts

Astronomers have been puzzling over so-called fast radio bursts for several years now, but their unpredictable nature has hampered our attempts to understand this...

NASA’s Next Lunar Rover Will Drill in Search of Ice

It’s been decades since humans set foot on the moon, but we could be going back as part of a push into the outer solar system. Scientists have increasingly thought of...

Oldest Fossils Ever Found Dated to 3.5 Billion Years Ago

Most organisms that die don’t end up as fossils because the process requires very particular conditions. In the more recent past, at least the fossils are large enough...

ISS Gets New Impact Sensor to Gather Data on Space Debris

A few decades ago, the space around Earth was empty. It’s very much not empty anymore with a multitude of satellites and an operational International Space Station....

Woman Who Stared Directly at the Eclipse Burned it Into Her Retina

In the run-up to last August’s solar eclipse, doctors and health officials strenuously warned that no one should attempt to look at the sun without proper eye...

Elon Musk Unveils the First SpaceX Space Suit

SpaceX has shown off its rockets at all stages of development as it moves toward manned flights, but what are people going to wear on board those vessels? Now we have a...

NASA to Smash Satellite Into Asteroid in 2022

Earth has been hit by large asteroids and comets many times in the past, and it’s a matter of when rather than if it happens again. There weren’t any humans on Earth...

This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

We didn’t get pasted by that asteroid that sailed through Wednesday, which is arguably a good thing. Discovered in 2014, it was due to pass by Earth at a close but...

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter completes its 50,000th orbit of Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent back some incredible images and data from the Red Planet of the years, and it just hit an important milestone. It has now...