NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Spots Mystery Rocket Impact Site on Moon

Artist’s animation of a rocket booster crashing into the moon. Astronomers discovered a rocket body heading toward a lunar collision late last year. Impact occurred on March 4, 2022, with[{” attribute=””>NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) later spotting the resulting crater. Surprisingly the crater is actually two craters, an eastern crater (18-meter diameter, about 19.5 yards) … Read more

Life Has Been Found in a Low-Oxygen, Super-Salty, Sub-Zero Arctic Spring

Once again, life has been found in an environment that would be deeply inhospitable to most organisms living on this planet. Fed by waters that pass through 600 meters (1,970 ft) of permafrost, the sub-zero, salty, virtually oxygen-free Lost Hammer Spring in the Canadian Arctic is one of the harshest places on Earth. Even here, … Read more

OneWeb to resume launches in fourth quarter

WASHINGTON — OneWeb, the broadband megaconstellation company whose launch plans were disrupted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, expects to resume launches late this year, an executive said June 23. Speaking at the Fourth Summit for Space Sustainability by the Secure World Foundation and the UK Space Agency, Maurizio Vanotti, vice president of space infrastructure development … Read more

8-armed Jurassic ‘vampire’ used supersuckers to trap prey, amazing 3D images reveal

A Jurassic vampire squid-like creature used supersuckers to snatch prey out of the water column and lock it in place with a watertight seal, 3D imaging of several fossils reveals. For the first time, scientists used advanced 3D imaging techniques to examine in great detail the prey-snatching suckers of Vampyronassa rhodanica, an extinct relative of … Read more

Mercury shows off craters in amazing pictures from close flyby

A spacecraft’s second close-up flyby of Mercury Thursday (June 23) gave a stunning set of close-ups of the planet’s craters and volcanic regions. The BepiColombo mission, a joint project by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), got within only 125 miles (200 kilometers) from Mercury’s crater-strewn surface. While the … Read more

Artemis I rocket prepares for August launch to the moon

The Artemis team has had time to review data collected from a successful attempt a final prelaunch test conducted Monday and determined that no more wet dress rehearsals are needed. The test simulates every stage of launch without the rocket leaving the launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. “During the wet dress rehearsal activities, … Read more

Does Your Nose Help Pick Your Friends?

Human beings maintain the polite fiction that we’re not constantly smelling one another. Despite our efforts to the contrary, we all have our own odors, pleasant and less so, and if we are like other land mammals, our particular perfume might mean something to our fellow humans. Some of these, like the reek of someone … Read more

Photographing Antarctica: Penguins, Seals, and a Total Solar Eclipse

Antarctica is a bucket list destination for countless landscape and wildlife photographers, and for good reason. Dramatic, jagged mountain peaks rise high over colonies consisting of millions of penguins living on the frozen earth below. While photographing Antarctica is a rare experience in itself, photographing a total solar eclipse in Antarctica is akin to winning … Read more