NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in mission to ‘touch’ the Sun

After a few delays, the Sun-chasing Parker Solar Probe is on its way. NASA launched the spacecraft aboard a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:31AM Eastern this morning (August 12th) and confirmed that the vessel was healthy at 5:33AM. The probe still has a ways to go before it’s conducting scientific studies. It’ll spend […]

NASA is about to ‘touch’ a star for the first time — here are the hellish conditions the Parker Solar Probe must survive

United Launch Alliance NASA‘s Parker Solar Probe successfully launched into space on Sunday, August 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT. But to “touch” the sun and study its weather, the $ 1.5-billion mission must survive hellish conditions. Temperatures will reach a searing 2,500 degrees when the spacecraft zooms through the star’s atmosphere at 430,000 mph. Once […]

New Horizons probe may have detected Solar System’s hydrogen ‘wall’

Scientists have learned a bit about the edge of the Solar System from Voyager 1, but there hasn’t been a lot of corroborating data without follow-up spacecraft. They appear to be getting a second chance, though. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has detected what appears to be a “wall” at the edge of the Solar System […]

Scientists have found two planets outside our solar system that could host extra-terrestrial life

NASA Scientists may have just come closer to answering questions about whether other planets in the universe may be able to support life. The researchers used data on the UV levels required to make the molecular structures needed within a functioning cell. The team used this data to search for planets receiving similar UV levels […]

Tesla’s production problems extend to its solar roof business, too

The production problems Tesla has faced with its Model 3 have been well documented. Now, sources say the company is facing similar issues with its solar roof tile initiative. According to Reuters, former and current employees have revealed that assembly line problems, plus CEO Elon Musk’s exacting aesthetic demands, has delayed production, causing tension with […]

Oldest-ever meteorite found in Africa… and could unlock the solar system’s secrets, scientists say

The oldest meteorite ever discovered could help researchers on their quest for truth: discovering how our solar system formed 4.6 billion years ago. The record breaking space rock was discovered in Mauritania, Northwest Africa. Found in a sand dune in Mauritania, the light-colored space rock is laced with green crystals and is about the size […]

Nintendo Labo contest champions include a solar accordion and teapots

If it wasn’t already apparent that you can do much more with Nintendo Labo than what comes in the box, it is now. Nintendo has unveiled the winners of a Creators Contest that challenged them to produce games and musical instruments, and the results go well beyond what you might expect. One of the more […]

Inside the all-American voyage to the last world in the Solar System

New Horizons revealed Pluto as a mysterious world, with icy mountains and very smooth plains. (credit: NASA) Three years ago, when the New Horizons spacecraft sped toward Pluto on July 4th and began sending humans their first clear images of the tiny world at the end of the Solar System, it all seemed preordained. Of […]

Tesla Closing Over a Dozen Solar Facilities; Dark Times Ahead?

Tesla’s efforts to scale back its workforce will significantly impact its solar roof business. Its 9 percent staffing cut reportedly translates into the closing of roughly a dozen facilities in the United States. The company got into selling photovoltaic shingles after acquiring SolarCity for $ 2.6 billion. At the time, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who previously served […]