Category: Science News

NASA Switches Curiosity Rover to Backup Computer Following Glitch

NASA’s Curiosity rover has already long outlived its minimum projected lifespan with more than six Earth years — more than 2,000 Martian days or “Sols.” However,...

Hayabusa2 Probe Deploys Third Robot on Asteroid Ryugu

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has talked a lot about how the Hayabusa2 mission aims to return a sample of the asteroid Ryugu to Earth. That might be...

Deep Space Exploration Could Permanently Damage Human GI Tracts

Humans aren’t built for deep space exploration. We’ve evolved to live here on Earth with an atmosphere, gravity, and a vitally important magnetic field that deflects...

University Develops Simulated Martian Soil, Is Selling It for $20 Per Kilogram

We’ve been sending probes and rovers to Mars for years, but we have yet to get a sample of the red planet back to Earth. The best we can do is characterize the planet...

Hayabusa Sends Back Photos and Video From Surface of Asteroid Ryugu

It’s not every day that a robot sends back footage from the surface of an asteroid, but today is such a day. The Japanese Hayabusa mission successfully deployed...

NASA Sets New Roadmap for Moon Base, Crewed Missions to Mars

Manned space missions have been confined to low-Earth orbit for decades, but NASA is looking to change that. After speaking in general terms about a return to the moon...

Interstellar Visitor ‘Oumuamua Came From 1 of 4 Nearby Stars

Last year, astronomers spotted an object from beyond the stars. There have surely been many interstellar visitors to our humble solar system over the eons, but this is...

Opportunity Rover Spotted From Mars Orbit

The Opportunity rover is still taking an extended nap on Mars, but NASA has caught sight of the little robot. With the aid of the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars...

New ‘Gene Drive’ Can Wipe Out Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

In some parts of the world, mosquitos are more than a nuisance. These insects can transmit deadly diseases like malaria, which kills 400,000 people every year. Public...

Elon Musk Says a Mars Base Could Happen by 2028

SpaceX is moving full-speed ahead with the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) project with the aim of sending a Japanese fashion tycoon on a moon mission in 2023. That’s not the...