NASA Forced To Scrap Planned 2022 Launch of Psyche Asteroid Mission

This artist’s illustration imagines a violent collision early in Psyche’s history. Credit: ASU/Peter Rubin NASA announced on Friday, June 24, 2022, that the Psyche asteroid mission, the agency’s first mission designed to study a metal-rich asteroid, will not make its planned 2022 launch attempt. Due to the late delivery of the spacecraft’s flight software and … Read more

Astronaut Crew Studies Aging in Space, Harvests Edible Plants Before Cygnus Reboost

The Cygnus space freighter from Northrop Grumman, with its prominent cymbal-shaped solar arrays, is pictured attached to the International Space Station’s Unity module as the orbiting lab flew 263 miles above the coast of Lisbon, Portugal. Credit: NASA Human research and space botany were the main research activities aboard the International Space Station yesterday, with … Read more

Why Did Mars Dry Out? Mystery Deepens As New Study Points to Unusual Answers

Billions of years ago, a river flowed across this scene in a Mars valley called Mawrth Vallis. A new study examines the tracks of Martian rivers to see what they can reveal about the history of the planet’s water and atmosphere. Credit: NASA/JPL Caltech/University of Arizona Study led by University of Chicago scientist deepens the … Read more

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Spots Mystery Rocket Impact Site on Moon

Artist’s animation of a rocket booster crashing into the moon. Astronomers discovered a rocket body heading toward a lunar collision late last year. Impact occurred on March 4, 2022, with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) later spotting the resulting crater. Surprisingly the crater is actually two craters, an eastern crater (18-meter diameter, about 19.5 yards) … Read more

MIT Develops Nanoparticles That Cross the Blood-Brain Barrier To Treat Cancer Tumors

MIT researchers have created a tissue model that allows them model drug delivery to brain tumors. Tumor cells (green) are surrounded by endothelial cells (purple). Credit: Cynthia Hajal and Roger D. Kamm (MIT), edited by Chris Straehla Tested using a new brain tissue model, the tiny particles may be able to deliver chemotherapy drugs for … Read more

NASA Asteroid Mission on Hold Due to Late Software Delivery | Science News

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer NASA put an asteroid mission on hold Friday, blaming the late delivery of its own navigation software. The Psyche mission to a strange metal asteroid of the same name was supposed to launch this September or October. But the agency’s Jet Propulsion Lab was several months late delivering its … Read more

Juul Seeks to Halt FDA Order Banning E-Cigarette Sales in US | Business News

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer Juul on Friday asked a federal court to block a government order to stop selling its electronic cigarettes. The e-cigarette maker asked the court to pause what it calls an “extraordinary and unlawful action” by the Food and Drug Administration. The company filed an emergency motion with the U.S. … Read more

Hear the Eerie Sounds of Nebula NGC 2392

By NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center June 24, 2022 NGC 2392 is a bipolar double-shell planetary nebula. About 5,000 light-years from Earth, the stunning nebula NGC 2392 formed after the demise of a star like our Sun. In this sonification, the image is scanned clockwise like a radar. The radius is mapped to pitch, so … Read more

Early Sound Exposure in the Womb Is Beneficial, and Perhaps Necessary, for Auditory Development

A new MIT-led study suggests that degraded sensory input is beneficial, and necessary, for auditory development. Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares, MIT, with images from iStockphoto A modeling study suggests that the muffled environment in utero primes the brain’s ability to interpret some types of sound. Inside the womb, fetuses can begin to hear some sounds at … Read more

Nevada Supreme Court Ruling Shakes up Groundwater Rights | Nevada News

By GABE STERN, Associated Press/Report for America RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Supreme Court ruling on Thursday has set new precedent for how the state can manage groundwater in areas with severe drought. In a 4-3 ruling issued Thursday to settle a water dispute in Diamond Valley, a rural Eureka County farm area, the … Read more