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John Glenn Goes Into Orbit
Astronaut John Glenn enters the Mercury spacecraft, Friendship 7, prior to the launch of Mercury-Atlas 6 (MA-6) on Feb. 20, 1962.
A Blue Farewell
A blue halo glows around Pluto’s receding crescent in this parting image taken by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft on July 14, 2015.
NASA Celebrates National Engineers Week: Perspectives from Jamesa Stokes
As NASA celebrates National Engineers Week, NASA Glenn gets perspectives from materials research engineer Jamesa Stokes.
Let’s Roll, Crew-6!
Mission Specialist Andrey Fedyaev, Pilot Warren "Woody" Hoburg, Commander Stephen Bowen, and Mission Specialist Sultan Alnedayi, the SpaceX Crew-6 mission, pose for a photo atop an emergency egress vehicle at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Practicing Our Moonwalk
Two Joint Extravehicular Activity Test Team Field Test #3 (JETT3) mission members work on sample collection on the remote, rocky, high-desert terrain of the S P Crater near Flagstaff, Arizona on Oct. 5, 2022.
The Himalayan Peaks
The Himalayan peaks are pictured in this oblique photograph from the International Space Station.
Space Station Visits South Padre Island
While the International Space Station orbited over the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 19, 2022, NASA astronaut Bob Hines captured this image of South Padre Island, a barrier island along the coast of Texas.
Bringing More Power to Space Station
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata is pictured in his Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or spacesuit, during his second spacewalk on Feb. 2, 2023.
NASA’s Modern History Makers: Jarred Wilhite
Jarred Wilhite is a NASA Glenn aerospace engineer who has been instrumental to Artemis and the X-57 Maxwell all-electric aircraft.
A Visit to NISAR
Officials from NASA, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and the Indian Embassy visit a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Feb. 3, 2023, to view the scientific instrument payload for the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission.
NASA Awards Consolidated Operations, Management, Engineering Contract
NASA has selected Jacobs Technology Inc., of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to manage launch infrastructure, and to operate and maintain ground systems required for flight spacecraft processing at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
NASA Experts Go on Tour with The Color of Space Documentary
NASA and Blue Origin’s Club for the Future will co-host multiple free in-person viewing events of the agency’s documentary, The Color of Space, at historically Black colleges and universities, conferences, festivals, and more nationwide. The documentary is a conversation between seven current and former Black astronauts, each of whom were selected
NASA Virtual Aviation Showcase to Highlight Transformative Innovation
Members of the media and public are invited to participate in NASA’s imaginAviation, a free, virtual event focusing on how the agency transforms research innovations into new possibilities for aviation for the benefit of humanity. Sessions run from Tuesday, Feb. 28, to Thursday, March 2.
NASA Sets TV Coverage for Launch, Docking of Replacement Soyuz
NASA will provide live coverage of key events as an uncrewed Roscomos Soyuz spacecraft launches and docks to the International Space Station.
NASA Sets Coverage for Agency’s SpaceX Crew-6 Events, Launch
NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the agency’s SpaceX Crew-6 mission with astronauts to the International Space Station.
NASA, Boeing to Host Media Call on First Crewed Starliner Flight Test
NASA and Boeing will host a mission overview media teleconference at 11 a.m. EST Friday, Feb. 17, to provide a status update on the first astronaut flight test of the company’s CST-100 Starliner to the International Space Station. Launch is targeted for no earlier than April to the microgravity laboratory.
NASA, Partners Clear Axiom’s Second Private Astronaut Mission Crew
NASA and its international partners have approved the crew for Axiom Space’s second private astronaut mission to the International Space Station, Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2).
NASA Selects Blue Origin to Launch Mars’ Magnetosphere Study Mission
NASA has awarded Blue Origin, LLC of Kent, Washington, a task order to provide launch service for the agency’s Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers (ESCAPADE) mission as part of the agency's Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) launch services contract.
NASA Launches New Framework for Procurement Ideas, Solutions
NASA is now seeking procurement ideas and solutions to encourage innovation from diverse perspectives, improve reach, reduce barriers, and ultimately meet and exceed agency goals.
NASA Awards Environmental Compliance, Operations Contract
NASA has selected Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc., of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the Environmental Compliance and Operations 3 (ECO3) contract, which provides environmental restoration program services and other support at the agency’s White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Scientists find meteorite in Texas from fireball that exploded with the force of 8 tons of TNT
The meteoroid was traveling about 27,000 mph (43,452 kph) when it struck the atmosphere, exploding into smaller pieces — some of which hit the ground.
Kerbal Space Program 2 is here! Spark joy with exploding rockets today
Kerbal Space Program 2, released today (Feb. 24), brings a new set of opportunities to blow up rockets and break things while building a fictional space program for your Kerbonauts.
SpaceX astronaut missions for NASA: Crew-6 updates
Read the latest news about SpaceX's Crew-6 mission to the International Space Station for NASA.
SpaceX test-fires rocket ahead of Crew-6 astronaut launch for NASA (photos)
SpaceX's rocket ride fired up its engines today (Feb. 24) ahead of launching its next NASA astronaut mission from Florida.
NASA's Artemis moon program receives salute from Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin (video)
Buzz Aldrin, the second person on the moon, paid tribute to people carrying the "torch of deep space exploration" with NASA's Artemis that may put humans on the lunar surface in 2025.
Ukraine invasion's impacts on space exploration: Live updates
The Russia-Ukraine war has already stretched into space, with satellites providing internet and intel and longstanding international relations in outer space shifting rapidly.
Massive 'forbidden planet' orbits a strangely tiny star only 4 times its size
A newly discovered "forbidden" Jupiter-sized planet orbiting a tiny star only four times its size could challenge theories of how gas giants are born.
Watch the moon visit Mars for a close encounter on Feb. 27
The moon makes a close approach to Mars on Monday (Feb. 27) with the pair of celestial objects also sharing the same right ascension in the night sky in an arrangement known as a conjunction.
Relativity Space sets launch of world's 1st 3D-printed rocket for March 8
The 3D-printed Terran 1 rocket from Relativity Space will fly from Florida's space coast, and will also mark the first natural liquid natural gas booster in space if all goes to plan.
Russia launches Soyuz capsule without crew to replace leaky spaceship at space station
A replacement Soyuz is on the way for three crew members with a leaky craft docked to the International Space Station.
Family history knowledge can help American adolescents develop healthy sense of identity
Teenagers struggling to develop a healthy sense of identity must walk a tightrope, balancing commitment to their family's values with their own exploration of what matters, most psychologists agree.
New way to check if turtles are 'fat and happy'
A groundbreaking technique developed by a JCU researcher could revolutionize how we measure the health of sea turtles and other threatened species.
The animals and plants that only exist in captivity—and why time is running out to restore them to the wild
It was April in 1981 when a party of four camped for two days and nights on the forested slopes of Mount Evermann, the central peak of Socorro, a volcanic island in the Pacific some 400 kilometers southwest of Baja California, Mexico. Their fruitless search confirmed their suspicions: the Socorro dove, an endearingly tame bird unique to the island, had disappeared, eaten by the cats of Spanish colonists, pushed out by grazing sheep and shot from the sky by hunters.
How linguistic diversity in English-language fiction reveals resistance and tension
Linguistic diversity, like other types of diversity, can enrich life. It's a truism that languages and cultures are closely allied. Some believe that language imposes its own unique perceptual grid on its users.
Tolerance to strong winds and storm avoidance strategy found to differ among seabird species
Hurricanes are becoming more intense due to the climate crisis. Therefore, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Animal Behavior in Germany and Swansea University in the United Kingdom have studied the wind speeds that different seabird species can withstand. The team was able to show that the individual species are well adapted to the average wind conditions in their breeding grounds, but use different strategies to avoid flying through the storm. Within their research, one behavior of the albatrosses particularly surprised the scientists.
Eyes on Hera: Asteroid mission's cameras ready
ESA's Hera asteroid mission for planetary defense is about to gain its sight. Two complete and fully tested Asteroid Framing Cameras have reached OHB in Germany for integration aboard Hera's payload module. This instrument will provide the very first star-like view of Hera's target for the mission to steer towards the Dimorphos asteroid, which last year had its orbit altered by an impact with NASA's DART mission.
Prospecting for copper with machine learning and zircons
Zircons are common, hardy minerals that can be found in rocks up to 4 billion years old. Their structure and texture can reflect the conditions in which they formed, earning them a reputation as nature's time capsules. And according to new research, with the power of machine learning, scientists can mine zircon textures to identify valuable mineral deposits.
Why UK supermarkets are rationing food and how to prevent future shortages
Calls for the government to provide better support to U.K. food producers have intensified recently as supermarkets have been forced to ration sales of some fresh produce. Weather-related disruption has caused supply shortages of vegetables from places including Spain and North Africa.
Why the UK has only had one named storm so far this winter—an expert explains
Storm Otto, which was named by the Danish Meteorological Institute, hit Scotland and north-east England last Friday (February 17 2023) with wind gusts of over 80mph, disrupting power to 61,000 homes.
Water buybacks are back on the table in the Murray-Darling Basin. Here's a refresher on how they work
The federal government has announced a new round of strategic water buybacks in the Murray-Darling Basin. The government intends to purchase water entitlements from voluntary sellers in parts of New South Wales and Queensland.
The U.S. Needs a Formal Reckoning on the COVID Pandemic

After Pearl Harbor, 9/11 and other major tragedies, the U.S. has examined itself to see how to prevent the next catastrophe. We need to do the same for the COVID pandemic

Evolution Turns These Knobs to Make a Hummingbird Hyperquick and a Cavefish Sluggishly Slow

By tuning the enzymes that control the breakdown or storage of sugars, hummingbirds and cavefish adapt their metabolism to meet the demands of the vastly different environments in which they live

Sorry, UFO Hunters--You Might Just Be Looking at a Spy Balloon

From space aliens to foreign surveillance, we spoke to experts to find out what’s really going on with the balloon brouhaha.

How the U.S. Is Planning to Boost Floating Wind Power

The Biden administration is eyeing a 70 percent cut in the cost of floating offshore wind power by 2035

Building Resilience in the Face of Climate Change [Sponsored]

Successfully mitigating the impacts of climate change will rely heavily on innovation in science and technology.

JWST Discovers Enormous Distant Galaxies That Should Not Exist

JWST has discovered giant mature galaxies that seem to have filled the universe shortly after the big bang, and astronomers are puzzled

Another Patient Is Free of HIV after Receiving Virus-Resistant Cells

The risks associated with a bone marrow transplant used to treat HIV mean the procedure is unlikely to be widely used in its current form

AI Outraces Human Champs at the Video Game Gran Turismo

The program also challenges certain assumptions about self-driving cars

Google's Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors

Researchers demonstrate for the first time that using more qubits can lower the error rate of quantum calculations

Soft Robots Take Steps toward Independence

Squishy robots can now heal themselves and grow as they explore

Trauma distorts our sense of time and self. A new therapy might help
The therapy has helped veterans struggling with mental illness imagine their future selves.
A new biomaterial heals heart attack damage in animals. Humans could be next
If used right after a heart attack, this intravenously delivered biomaterial can preserve cardiac function. It could also treat traumatic brain injury.
50 years ago, Earth’s chances of contacting E.T. looked slim
In 1973, a researcher calculated that it could take millions of years to contact aliens. But that hasn’t stopped scientists from trying.
A gel cocktail uses the body’s sugars to ‘grow’ electrodes in living fish
A chemical reaction with the body’s own sugars turned a gel cocktail into a conducting material inside zebrafish brains, hearts and tail fins.
The Milky Way may be spawning many more stars than astronomers had thought
Glowing radioactive debris from massive stars indicates our galaxy mints 10 to 20 new stars a year — double to quadruple the standard number.
The standard model of particle physics passed one of its strictest tests yet
An experiment with a single electron, trapped for months on end, produced one of the most precise tests yet of the standard model of particle physics.
Homo sapiens may have brought archery to Europe about 54,000 years ago
Small stone points found in a French rock-shelter could have felled prey only as tips of arrows shot from bows, scientists say.
Google’s quantum computer reached an error-correcting milestone
A larger array of quantum bits outperformed a smaller one in tests performed by Google researchers, suggesting quantum computers could be scaled up.
The James Webb telescope found six galaxies that may be too hefty for their age
The galaxies formed in the universe’s first 700 million years and may be up to 100 times more massive than predicted.
Chemical signals from fungi tell bark beetles which trees to infest
As fungi break down defensive chemicals in trees, some byproducts act as signals to bark beetle pests, telling them which trees are most vulnerable.
Can Our Brains Be Taken Over?
Several real-life pathogens can change a host’s behavior against their will. Here’s what we know about these zombie-like infections.

The post Can Our Brains Be Taken Over? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Physicists Use Quantum Mechanics to Pull Energy out of Nothing
The quantum energy teleportation protocol was proposed in 2008 and largely ignored. Now two independent experiments have shown that it works.

The post Physicists Use Quantum Mechanics to Pull Energy out of Nothing first appeared on Quanta Magazine

How Will the Universe End?
Big Freeze, Big Rip, Big Crunch, Bounce or vacuum decay? Steven Strogatz speaks with theoretical cosmologist Katie Mack about the five ways that scientists think the universe could come to an end.

The post How Will the Universe End? first appeared on Quanta Magazine

With Nothing to Eat Except Viruses, Some Microbes Thrive
“Virovores” — organisms that survive and multiply by eating viruses — might influence the flow of energy through ecosystems.

The post With Nothing to Eat Except Viruses, Some Microbes Thrive first appeared on Quanta Magazine

Quantum Field Theory Pries Open Mathematical Puzzle
Mathematicians have struggled to understand the moduli space of graphs. A new paper uses tools from physics to peek inside.

The post Quantum Field Theory Pries Open Mathematical Puzzle first appeared on Quanta Magazine

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