Hordes of Earth’s toughest creatures may now be living on Moon

Credit: CC0 Public Domain There might be life on the Moon after all: thousands of virtually indestructible creatures that can withstand extreme radiation, sizzling heat, the coldest temperatures of the universe, and decades without food. These terrifying-sounding beings aren’t aliens but instead microscopic Earthlings known as tardigrades, who likely made it out alive following a […]

Critical deployment of NASA Webb’s secondary mirror a success

Following a successful deployment test of NASA Webb’s mission-critical secondary mirror, technicians and engineers visually inspect the support structure that holds it in place. Credit: Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn In order to do groundbreaking science, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope must first perform an extremely choreographed series of deployments, extensions, and movements that bring the observatory […]

NASA ‘optometrists’ verify Mars 2020 rover’s 20/20 vision

In this image, engineers test cameras on the top of the Mars 2020 rover’s mast and front chassis. The image was taken on July 23, 2019, in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility’s High Bay 1 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Equipped with visionary science instruments, the Mars 2020 rover underwent an […]

Giant telescope backers to seek permit for alternative site

In this July 24, 2009 file photo, the Gran Telescopio Canarias, one of the the world’s largest telescopes is seen at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain. A leading Spanish official said Monday Aug. 5, 2019, that the consortium pushing to build a giant telescope in Hawaii […]

Return to the moon? 3D printing with moondust could be the key to future lunar living

3D printing with moondust. Credit: Thanos Goulas, Author provided The entire Apollo 11 mission to the moon took just eight days. If we ever want to build permanent bases on the moon, or perhaps even Mars or beyond, then future astronauts will have to spend many more days, months and maybe even years in space […]

LightSail 2 spacecraft successfully demonstrates flight by light

Credit: The Planetary Society Years of computer simulations. Countless ground tests. They’ve all led up to now. The Planetary Society’s crowdfunded LightSail 2 spacecraft is successfully raising its orbit solely on the power of sunlight. Since unfurling the spacecraft’s silver solar sail last week, mission managers have been optimizing the way the spacecraft orients itself […]

Black moon event bridges fiction, mythology and science

Credit: CC0 Public Domain For those looking up at the sky tonight in North America, you may notice something missing—the moon! That’s because July 31 marks a lunar event called the “black moon” which is the second new moon that happens in one calendar month. A new moon is the phase of the moon where […]