Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

Meteor size of minivan caused booming fireball over Washington

On Wednesday night, many Washington residents were greeted by a loud and unexpected sight: a big fireball that lit up the sky. Witnesses reported hearing a loud, booming sound; others reported shaking as the fireball whizzed through the sky. Officials were both surprised and confused by the sudden appearance, later reaching out to the FAA […]

Raging Cyclones and Jet Streams on Jupiter Perplex Scientists

Raging Cyclones and Jet Streams on Jupiter Perplex Scientists

NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/ASI/INAF/JIRAM NASA’s Juno spacecraft is continuing to deliver new information about Jupiter. The gas giant’s atmospheric winds are nothing like the atmospheric winds of Earth, the latest findings show. Rather, they run deeper into the atmosphere and have longer lifespans than anything on this planet. “These astonishing science results are yet another example of Jupiter’s […]

Chinese Space Station To Hit Earth: Where Will It Fall?

Chinese Space Station To Hit Earth: Where Will It Fall?

Image source: YouTube Video Screenshot While the Chinese space station was a symbol of innovation and achievement for the country, some mistakes as to how long the station would last caused the space station to spiral out of control, and it will soon come crashing down to Earth. Chinese officials aren’t yet sure where exactly […]

Air-Fueled Satellites Developed By European Space Agency

Air-Fueled Satellites Developed By European Space Agency

The European counterpart to NASA, the ESA, has been working on specialized thrusters for about a decade now. These would collect and store air from the upper layers of an atmosphere, and then shoot them back out as a propellant. This could totally change how many of our satellites work, and how we use them. […]

Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth

Alien atmospheres recreated on Earth

Image copyright European Southern Observatory Image caption Super-Earths and mini-Neptunes have a radius between one to four times that of Earth Researchers have recreated the chemistry of atmospheres on distant planets for the first time in the lab, according to two new papers. They found that hazes, such as the hydrocarbons that shroud Saturn’s moon […]

Confusion surrounds where free-falling 8.5-ton space station will crash into Earth

Confusion surrounds where free-falling 8.5-ton space station will crash into Earth

While scientists and researchers have a slightly better idea where and when China’s free-falling 8.5-ton space station will crash into Earth, it is still surrounded by uncertainty.   In its latest report, the Aerospace Corporation identified northern China, central Italy, northern Spain, the Middle East, New Zealand, Tasmania, South America, southern Africa and northern states in the U.S. […]

NASA's InSight mission will give Mars a long-overdue 'health checkup'

NASA's InSight mission will give Mars a long-overdue 'health checkup'

Get the Mach newsletter. SUBSCRIBE NASA has been sending space probes to Mars since the 1960s to study the Red Planet’s climate and geology and to look for signs of life. Now the space agency is in the final planning stages of a new mission that will be the first to peer deep below the […]

Fireball off the Washington coast was likely a meteor

Fireball off the Washington coast was likely a meteor

The glow lit up the sky from British Columbia to Oregon and was followed in some areas by a loud boom. By Seattle Times science reporter A bright flash that lit up the sky from British Columbia to Oregon on Wednesday night was probably a meteor, according to the National Weather Service. Several people on […]

NASA will fly you to the sun–or at least your name

NASA will fly you to the sun–or at least your name

0 NASA will fly you to the sun–or at least your name CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA will fly you to the sun – or at least your name. Now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for this hottest ticket in town. The names will be sent on the Parker Solar Probe all […]

'HAMMER' Time? Spacecraft Could Nuke Dangerous Asteroid to Defend Earth

'HAMMER' Time? Spacecraft Could Nuke Dangerous Asteroid to Defend Earth

Artist’s illustration of an asteroid headed for Earth. Credit: European Space Agency The next time a hazardous asteroid lines Earth up in its crosshairs, we may be ready for the threat. Scientists and engineers with the U.S. government have drawn up plans for a spacecraft that could knock big, incoming space rocks off […]