NASA says plan to bring Mars samples back to Earth is safe, but some people are concerned

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 public domain Since September, the Perseverance rover has been plucking along an ancient river delta on Mars, reaching its robotic arms with whirling steel drills at rock cores, shoveling soil and sucking small amounts of the red planet’s atmosphere into titanium tubes. The plan, under NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calls for a sci-fi … Read more

NASA says plan to bring Mars samples back to Earth is safe, but some people are concerned

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 public domain Since September, the Perseverance rover has been plucking along an ancient river delta on Mars, reaching its robotic arms with whirling steel drills at rock cores, shoveling soil and sucking small amounts of the red planet’s atmosphere into titanium tubes. The plan, under NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, calls for a sci-fi … Read more

Study of ancient mass extinction reveals dinosaurs took over Earth amid ice, not heat

With a lava flow in the distance, a primitive feathered theropod dinosaur carries off a mammal victim during a snowy volcanic winter caused by massive eruptions during the Triassic-Jurassic Extinction. A new study says dinosaurs survived because they were already adapted to high-latitude freezing temperatures. Credit: painting by Larry Felder Thrive in a series of … Read more

The riskiest asteroid known to mankind in the past year won’t hit Earth for at least 100 years

Dangerous Asteroid Approaching Earth

Asteroid ‘2021 QM1’ has been officially removed from ESA’s asteroid risk list. Another 1,377 asteroids remain. (Artistic impression of an asteroid hurtling toward Earth.) Impact ruled out in 2052 as the European Space Agency (ESA) counts down to Asteroid Day Just in time for global Asteroid Day: a looming space rock has topped risk lists … Read more

Two genes critical to plants that colonized Earth 470 million ago have been identified

Earth DNA Genetics

Scientists think it’s likely that the two genes, PEN1 and SYP122, paved the way for all terrestrial plants. Researchers shed new light on how plant life settled on Earth’s surface Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have shed new light on how plant life has settled on our planet’s surface. They specifically showed that two … Read more

A small spacecraft could pave the way for a station between the Earth and the Moon

The tiny satellite, called CubeSat, is about the size of a microwave oven and weighs just 25 kilograms, but it will be the first to test a unique, elliptical orbit around the moon. The CubeSat will act as a pathfinder for Gateway, a lunar orbiting outpost that will serve as a way station between Earth … Read more

A small spacecraft could pave the way for a station between the Earth and the Moon

The tiny satellite, called CubeSat, is about the size of a microwave oven and weighs just 25 kilograms, but it will be the first to test a unique, elliptical orbit around the moon. The CubeSat will act as a pathfinder for Gateway, a lunar orbiting outpost that will serve as a way station between Earth … Read more

Solar eruption that passed over Earth this morning could trigger geomagnetic storms for hours to come

Above - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a photo of a prolonged solar flare on June 13, 2022.  This lasted eight hours and caused radio interference over Japan and Southeast Asia.  Below - A view of the CME as it erupted from the sun as a result of the solar flare.  This was captured by the outermost LASCO C3 coronagraph aboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).  The white circle in the center indicates the position and size of the sun

A solar eruption that hit Earth this morning could lead to small geomagnetic storms lasting for days, scientists have warned. The coronal mass ejection (CME) delivered a “lightning blow” to our planet at 00:37 ET (4:37 BST) on Wednesday. Experts predict that the effects of the CME, including power outages, could be felt in the … Read more

Solar eruption that passed over Earth this morning could trigger geomagnetic storms for hours to come

Above - NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a photo of a prolonged solar flare on June 13, 2022.  This lasted eight hours and caused radio interference over Japan and Southeast Asia.  Below - A view of the CME as it erupted from the sun as a result of the solar flare.  This was captured by the outermost LASCO C3 coronagraph aboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO).  The white circle in the center indicates the position and size of the sun

A solar eruption that hit Earth this morning could trigger small geomagnetic storms that last for days, scientists have warned. The coronal mass ejection (CME) delivered a “lightning blow” to our planet at 00:37 ET (4:37 BST) on Wednesday. Experts predict that the effects of the CME, including power outages, could be felt in the … Read more