Category: Science News

NASA Certifies Falcon 9 to Carry Its Most Important Spacecraft

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket does not have a spotless record. In the last few years, SpaceX has lost one vehicle on the launchpad and another broke apart en route to the...

‘Quantum Accelerometer’ Tracks Location Without GPS

GPS technology is so ubiquitous now that it can be hard to remember a day when you couldn’t just take out your phone and find out exactly where you are in the world....

Harvard Researchers: ‘Oumuamua Could Be an Alien Probe After All

Our first confirmed interstellar visitor was a tough nut to crack. Scientists puzzled over ‘Oumuamua when it appeared in the sky last year. The classification flipped...

NASA Will Use ISS Supercomputer for Science Experiments

While the International Space Station (ISS) is a technological marvel, it has not traditionally had a lot of onboard processing capacity. That changed last year when...

NASA Wants to Make Rocket Fuel From Martian Soil

Humanity is building powerful rockets like the SpaceX BFR and NASA Space Launch System that can take a payload far away from Earth. However, making the return trip means...

Dinosaur-Killing Impact Crater Shows Rock Can Flow Like Fluid

About 65 million years ago, the age of the dinosaurs came to a dramatic end when an asteroid or comet six miles across fell on what today is the Yucatan Peninsula. The...

3.7 Billion-Year-Old Fossils May Actually Be Just Rocks

Several years ago, a group of researchers revealed a new fossil discovery suggesting that life on Earth started even earlier than we thought. The 3.7 billion-year-old...

Dinosaurs May Be to Blame for Human Sunburns

Basking in the sun can be a great way to spend an afternoon while replenishing your vitamin D. However, too much time in the sun can lead to a nasty sunburn and an...

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Goes Offline Just a Week After Hubble

This last week has been a rough one for space news, to say the least. The iconic Hubble Space Telescope has been placed in safe mode following a hardware failure, and a...

Hubble Is in Safe Mode After Another Gyroscope Failure

The Hubble Space Telescope is creeping ever closer to 30 years old, and nothing lasts forever. Scientists are acutely aware of that today after placing the orbiting...