Tag Archives: NASA

Exploding stars emit powerful bursts of energy − I’m leading a citizen science project to classify and learn about these bright flashes

When distant stars explode, they emit bursts of energy called gamma-ray bursts that are so bright that telescopes on Earth can detect them. Studying these pulses, which can also come from mergers of some exotic astronomical objects such as black holes and neutron stars, can help astronomers like me understand the history of the universe.… Read More »

NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara missed the total solar eclipse, but saw the Earth ‘moving’ beneath him during a spacewalk (Photos)

NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara was prepared for her first spacewalk, but not for the view. O’Hara, along with SpaceX Crew-7 NASA astronaut Jasmin Moghbeli, performed the fourth all-female spacewalk at the International Space Station (ISS) on November 1, 2023. They spent 6 hours and 42 minutes performing maintenance on the station, such as replacing a… Read More »

NASA reconsiders plan to return rare Mars samples to Earth

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news about fascinating discoveries, scientific developments and more. NASA is looking for innovative methods that could help retrieve samples collected by the Perseverance rover on Mars in the future. The rover, which landed on Mars in February 2021, collected specimens from the Jezero… Read More »

5 Ways the Columbia Disaster Changed Space Travel Forever

The CNN Original Series “Space Shuttle Columbia: the last flight‘ reveals the events that ultimately led to disaster. The four-part documentary concludes Sunday at 9 PM ET/PT. Perhaps more than any other moment in NASA history, the Columbia shuttle disaster reshaped the U.S. space agency’s approach to innovation, changing how it balanced risk with the… Read More »

The Space Shuttle was revolutionary for its time. What went wrong?

The CNN Original Series “Space Shuttle Columbia: the last flight‘ reveals the events that ultimately led to disaster. The four-part documentary continues Sunday at 9 PM ET/PT. At its inception, NASA’s Space Shuttle program promised to usher in a new era of exploration, keeping astronauts space-bound with a reusable and relatively inexpensive ride to orbit.… Read More »

Japanese astronauts will participate in NASA moon landings in exchange for a moon rover

The first non-American to walk on the moon will be a Japanese astronaut, based on a new agreement between the United States and Japan. US President Joe Biden announced the target on Wednesday (April 10) during a state visit by Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. “The science and education ties between Japan and the United… Read More »

Astrobotic launches mini-rover with NASA’s ice-hunting VIPER on next moon mission

COLORADO SPRINGS – Astrobotic’s next moon mission will send not one but two rovers to Earth’s nearest neighbor. The Pittsburgh-based company plans to launch the first-ever mission of its Griffin lunar lander atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket later this year. Griffin’s main job is to deliver NASA’s ice-hunting VIPER rover to the moon’s south… Read More »

NASA was America’s crown jewel. After the Columbia disaster, things were never the same again

Editor’s Note: Douglas Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in the Humanities and professor of history at Rice University. He is the author of “American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race.” The CNN Original Series “Space Shuttle Columbia: The Final Flight” reveals the events that ultimately led to disaster. The four-part… Read More »

Rockets and planes will chase the eclipse to solve the sun’s ongoing mysteries

Editor’s note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s science newsletter Wonder Theory. To receive it in your inbox, Register for free here. Here comes the sun, as the Beatles once sang. A total solar eclipse will grace the skies over Mexico, the United States and Canada on Monday as the moon obscures the… Read More »

The Space Shuttle was revolutionary for its time. What went wrong?

The CNN Original Series “Space Shuttle Columbia: the last flight‘ reveals the events that ultimately led to disaster. The four-part documentary premieres Sunday at 9 PM ET/PT. At its inception, NASA’s Space Shuttle program promised to usher in a new era of exploration, keeping astronauts space-bound with a reusable and relatively inexpensive ride to orbit.… Read More »