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NASA Probe Spots Evidence of Water on Asteroid Bennu

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Scientists were already excited to have a chance to study the asteroid Bennu up close with the OSIRIS-REx probe, but the stakes just got higher. In one of its first observations of the object after settling into orbit, the spacecraft has detected evidence of water in the asteroid’s structure. The samples OSIRIS-REx (hopefully) return to

InSight Takes Its First Mars Selfie

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. NASA’s InSight lander is on the surface of Mars, which is an amazing accomplishment. A bunch of smarter than average primates, who several thousand years ago were building tone tools, have landed a robot on another planet to study its interior. That’s all well and good, but you can’t say you’ve really been someplace until

After 41 Years, Voyager 2 Probe Has Left the Solar System

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. After 41 years traveling through the solar system, NASA’s Voyager 2 probe has entered interstellar space. That makes it the second human artifact to leave our home behind to drift between the stars. You might be thinking this already happened, but that’s because the first object out of the solar system was the other Voyager.

Fluoride-Based Battery Chemistry Could Leapfrog, Replace Lithium Ion

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Fluoride is better known for its positive correlation with improved dental health than with batteries, at least in the eyes of the general public. But there’s reason to be hopeful that it could one day do double duty, substantially increasing the energy density of batteries. Fluoride was first explored in battery chemistry in the 1970s,

SpaceX and NASA Push Back Crewed Dragon Test Flight

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. SpaceX and Boeing are both working toward full certification of their respective spacecraft to carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). it’s been a long road, but SpaceX was set to launch its first demonstration mission (Demo-1) on Jan. 7th, 2019. There has been yet another delay, but at least this one is short.

InSight Lander Records the Sound of Martian Wind

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Several days ago, a gust of wind swept across Elysium Planitia on the surface of Mars. This has happened uncountable times over the eons, but never before was a robot on hand to record the sound of that wind. Now, NASA’s InSight lander is sitting on Elysium Planitia with a suite of instruments designed to

Scientists Turn Wasp Venom Into Potentially Groundbreaking Antibiotic

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Decades of antibiotic overuse have bread new generations of super-bacteria that can go on living even when hit with the most potent drugs we’ve got. Scientists are scrambling to discover new antibiotic compounds, but it’s slow going. Oh, there are plenty of chemicals that will kill bacteria, but many of them are toxic to humans

MIT’s ‘Sun in a Box’ Could Solve Our Energy Storage Woes

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The push toward renewable energy is essential to fight climate change, but it’s also a vital part of planning for future power needs. As the world needs more energy, we can’t let all this free solar power just bounce off the planet. Even if we develop more efficient solar panels, how do we store that

Curiosity’s Newly Dust-Free Penny Shows Strength of Martian Winds

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. We often hear about the dust storms and wind on Mars, but it’s hard to visualize conditions on the ground when the planet’s only inhabitants are robots. Today, the Curiosity rover has provided a handy visual example of how the wind blows on the red planet. The record consists of two images of a penny,

Probe Headed for Mercury Fires Most Powerful Ion Drive Ever Built

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The BepiColombo Mercury probe is a joint mission between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The probe is intended to study Mercury’s magnetic field, magnetosphere, interior, and surface structures. It consists of two vehicles — the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetosphere Orbiter (MMO). No word yet on