Daily News update on – Science


December 16, 2021

NEWS

Space.com

SpaceX faces sexual harassment allegations from five former employees

“I found my way through an abusive upbringing, leaving home at a young age, subsequent homelessness and sexual assault in college, and eventually got a job at the ‘leading engineering company’ in the world,” engineer Ashley Kosak begins her essay, which …

Facebook Twitter

Space.com

NASA’s Perseverance rover finds organic chemicals on Mars

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has found life’s building blocks on the Red Planet. Perseverance has identified carbon-containing organic chemicals in some of the rocks it has examined on the floor of Mars’ Jezero Crater, mission team members announced …

Facebook Twitter

Spaceflight Now

SpaceX to close out year with surge of launches

SpaceX is set to close out the year with three Falcon 9 rocket flights in just four days from launch pads in Florida and California, carrying another batch of Starlink internet satellites, a Turkish data relay spacecraft, and a resupply mission to the …

Facebook Twitter

Space.com

Faulty cable responsible for latest James Webb Space Telescope launch delay

A faulty data cable between the James Webb Space Telescope and launch pad equipment at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, caused the big observatory’s latest launch delay, European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA representatives said in a …

Facebook Twitter

Spaceflight Now

Webb telescope testing on tap Thursday before setting target launch date

Technicians at a jungle spaceport in South America are completing tests on the James Webb Space Telescope Thursday to make sure they fixed a “finicky” communications interface glitch that halted launch preparations earlier this week. NASA …

Facebook Twitter

CNN

‘Significant amounts of water’ found in Mars’ massive version of the Grand Canyon

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter, launched in 2016 as a joint mission between the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, detected the water in Valles Marineris on Mars. This canyon system is 10 times longer, five times deeper and 20 times wider than the Grand …

Facebook Twitter

EarthSky

Parker Solar Probe: 1st spacecraft to touch sun

The corona is that fiery-looking outer layer of the sun that appears around the moon’s silhouette during total solar eclipses. Parker Solar Probe has been sampling the corona’s particles and magnetic fields. It’s been making discoveries more distant …

Facebook Twitter

BBC News

Nasa’s Perseverance Mars rover finds its ‘baseline’ rocks

Nasa’s Mars rover Perseverance has identified what are probably the oldest rocks at its crater landing site. They are volcanic in origin, perhaps the product of some ancient lava flow. It’s an important milestone for the mission because it means that …

Facebook Twitter

Harvard Gazette

Telescope to help tell the story of the universe

NASA is set for another Apollo moment with the launch of its new James Webb Space Telescope as early as Dec. 24, barring complications. Billed as NASA’s most ambitious telescope to date, its purpose is to fundamentally alter our understanding of the …

Facebook Twitter

Phys.Org

Swarm and Cluster missions get to the bottom of geomagnetic storms

The notion of living in a bubble is usually associated with negative connotations, but all life on Earth is dependent on the safe bubble created by our magnetic field. Understanding how the field is generated, how it protects us and how it sometimes …

Facebook Twitter