Two asteroids made close flybys of Earth on Monday (Sept. 14), in both cases showing a common occurrence that didn't put our home planet at any risk. The first space rock, a bus-size asteroid called 2020 RF3, whizzed by our planet 58,500 miles (94,000 kilometers) away at 2:49 a.m. EDT...
Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, has completed building a full-scale human landing system (HLS) test article that will be used for initial evaluations for NASA's Artemis program. The Dynetics HLS (DHLS) test article, located in Huntsville, Ala., is built to-scale and allows for test and evaluation across the...
Archaeologists in Mexico said on Tuesday that they had found a ship that carried the Mayan people into virtual slavery in the 1850s. It was the first time such a ship has been found. The Mayan slave ship was found in 2017. However, it was not identified until researchers from...
An international team of astronomers studying the atmosphere of Venus have found traces of a rare chemical that on Earth can only be produced by life. Astronomers have speculated for decades that high clouds on Venus could offer a home for microbes – floating free of the scorching surface, but...
The search for life beyond Earth has largely revolved around our rocky red neighbor. NASA has launched multiple rovers over the years, with a new one currently en route, to sift through Mars’ dusty surface for signs of water and other hints of habitability. Now, in a surprising twist, scientists...
Reindeer herders in a Russian Arctic archipelago have found an immaculately preserved carcass of an Ice Age cave bear, researchers said Monday. The find, revealed by the melting permafrost, was discovered on the Lyakhovsky Islands with its teeth and even its nose intact. Previously scientists only had been able to...
NASA wants to enlist private companies to build hardware that can gather lunar surface samples and prepare them for return to Earth at a later date. While NASA is working aggressively to meet our near-term goal of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, our...
ST. LOUIS — Despite her age and the fact that it’s been 15 years since a male python has been near her, a 62-year-old female python recently laid 7 eggs at the St. Louis Zoo. The unnamed female ball python released the eggs July 23, the zoo said. https://twitter.com/stlzoo/status/1303344339913908224? “She’d definitely be...
Mars has long been known for its rust. Iron on its surface, combined with water and oxygen from the ancient past, give the Red Planet its hue. But scientists were recently surprised to find evidence that our airless Moon has rust on it as well. A new paper in Science...
Our cosmologists have zoomed in on the smallest clumps of dark matter in a virtual universe – which could help us find the real thing in space. Using a supercomputer simulation of the universe they achieved a zoom equivalent to being able to see a flea on the surface of...