Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

Watch Live as SpaceX Attempts Its First Direct Launch to the Moon

A Falcon 9 rocket during launch this past July. Photo: SpaceX South Korea is embarking on its first lunar mission, and SpaceX has been brought in to help. You can catch this historic launch live right here. Hard to believe, but the upcoming launch marks the first time that SpaceX will directly send a payload … Read more

‘Shooting Star Saturday’ Will See Three Meteor Showers, Two Asteroids Whizz By And A 25-Ton Chinese Rocket Re-enter

'Shooting Star Saturday' Will See Three Meteor Showers, Two Asteroids Whizz By And A 25-Ton Chinese Rocket Re-enter

Are you ready for “shooting star Saturday?” Getty Get your eyes to the night skies this weekend and you may see about 20 “shooting stars” from three streams of meteors caused by our planet surging through the leftovers of three separate comets. The key time for that is Saturday evening—just before midnight through until two … Read more

Strange Moon Pits Could Have Temperatures Comfortable Enough For Humans to Live In

Strange Moon Pits Could Have Temperatures Comfortable Enough For Humans to Live In

The temperature on the Moon can vary from boiling to freezing depending on whether it’s night or day, but scientists think there might well be sheltered pits and caves where the temperature is quite reasonable – no matter what time it is. In such spots, the temperature hovers around 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit), … Read more

Get Ready For ‘Shooting Star Saturday’ As Three Meteor Showers Combine

Get Ready For 'Shooting Star Saturday' As Three Meteor Showers Combine

2018 Perseids meteor shower with the Milky way, taken in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Alps. … [+] Shooting stars are stacked according to their positions in the sky to show the (oppisite) radiant. Getty Are you ready for “shooting star Saturday?” This Saturday evening—close to midnight, and most likely through until the early hours of Sunday—sees … Read more

Now We Know Why Jupiter Doesn’t Have Big, Glorious Rings Like Saturn

Now We Know Why Jupiter Doesn't Have Big, Glorious Rings Like Saturn

Given its similarities to its neighbor, Saturn, it seems natural to ask why Jupiter doesn’t also have a magnificent, extensive system of visible rings. Alas, it’s not the reality. While Jupiter does have rings, they’re thin, tenuous, flimsy things of dust, visible only when back-lit by the Sun. According to new research, these discount rings … Read more

Building Blocks of RNA Spotted at the Center of the Milky Way

Building Blocks of RNA Spotted at the Center of the Milky Way

A team of researchers say they’ve found some building blocks of RNA in a molecular cloud close to the center of the Milky Way. The discovery has implications for theories about how life began on Earth—and perhaps elsewhere. The molecular cloud is named G+0.693-0.027. The team of astrophysicists, astrobiologists, and chemists conducted a survey of … Read more

Rover Gathers Rocks on Active Volcano to Simulate Moon Mission

Rover Gathers Rocks on Active Volcano to Simulate Moon Mission

The four-wheeled, two-armed Interact rover spent four days collecting rocks on Mount Etna. Photo: ESA While working out of a hotel room in Italy, astronaut Thomas Reiter commanded a four-wheeled robot to pick up rocks from the surface of an active volcano on the Sicilian east coast, and he did so while role-playing as though … Read more

NASA’s CAPSTONE Now Heading to the Moon

NASA's CAPSTONE Now Heading to the Moon

Conceptual image of CAPSTONE in orbit around the Moon.Image: NASA An important milestone has been reached in the newly launched CAPSTONE mission, as the tiny probe, moving in excess of 24,000 miles per hour, has escaped low Earth orbit and begun its four-month trek to the Moon. CAPSTONE, short for Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology … Read more

Astronomers Found a Crater From The Mystery Rocket That Smashed Into The Moon

Astronomers Found a Crater From The Mystery Rocket That Smashed Into The Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) – NASA’s eye-in-the-sky in orbit around the Moon – has found the crash site of the mystery rocket booster that slammed into the far side of the Moon back on 4 March 2022. The LRO images, taken May 25th, revealed not just a single crater, but a double crater formed … Read more