NASA simulates asteroid heading toward Earth in defense exercise

(NewsNation) — NASA’s preventative doomsday approach reached new heights with a test simulating a hypothetical asteroid set to hit Earth in 2038, according to a report released this week. The simulation was the fifth installment of the Planetary Defense Interagency Tabletop Exercise, wherein NASA, the U.S. government and international representatives attempted to plan for an asteroid … Read more

Newly discovered Mars boulder offers clues to planet’s past

(NewsNation) — NASA’s Perseverance rover has discovered new, popcorn-like rocks and a boulder unlike any other seen on Mars before. The rover was investigating the “Bright Angel” area inside the Jezero Crater rim. As it reached a point known as “Mount Washburn,” scientists noticed one boulder that stood out, a light-colored rock among a sea … Read more

Boeing faces delays bringing astronauts back to Earth

(NewsNation) — NASA announced another delay in bringing Boeing’s Starliner capsule back to Earth on its first crewed test flight, pushing the return date to June 26. The Starliner launched earlier in June, carrying astronauts Barry “Butch” Wilmore and Sunita “Suni” Williams to the International Space Station. The pair were initially scheduled to return after … Read more

Major lunar standstill to illuminate Stonehenge on summer solstice

(NewsNation) — Skywatchers could gain new insights about Stonehenge during a rare celestial event coming to the skies this summer solstice on Friday, June 21. Every midsummer’s night, tens of thousands of people gather at Stonehenge to celebrate and witness the rising sun in alignment with the Heel Stone standing outside the circle, but a longstanding … Read more

Science moves closer to an answer on the mystery of dark matter

(NewsNation) — For years, scientists have attempted to determine the mystery of missing matter in the universe and a new paper offers a possible link to exotic black holes. Dark matter is an issue that has confounded science since the term was coined in the 1930s, a reference to unseen matter that holds the universe … Read more

Alien megastructure, Dyson spheres, may actually exist in space: Study

(NewsNation) — In searching for signs of intelligent life in outer space, a new study suggests humans may not be alone. What are Dyson spheres? Researchers have identified at least seven stars that might be surrounded by advanced megastructures known as “Dyson spheres.” Radiation could pose challenge to putting people on Mars The theory is … Read more

Astronauts’ accidental broadcast sparks space station emergency fears

NASA has accidentally broadcast a simulation of astronauts being treated for decompression sickness on the International Space Station, prompting social media speculation of an emergency. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s live YouTube channel on Wednesday broadcast audio indicating a crew member was experiencing the effects of decompression sickness, NASA said on its official ISS … Read more

Radiation could pose challenge to putting people on Mars

(NewsNation) — A massive solar storm that impacted Earth also affected Mars, and data suggests radiation levels on the red planet could pose a challenge to human exploration there. A record-setting solar storm made the aurora borealis visible as far south as North Carolina, stunning people with a view of the dancing lights not usually … Read more

Neil Degrasse Tyson weighs in on who owns the moon

(NewsNation) — After China landed a probe on the far side of the moon, NASA warned there is a new space race between America and China. One question is the use of the moon as various countries seek to find resources upon it. Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson with the Hayden Planetarium in New York said … Read more

NASA says ‘no emergency situation’ at International Space Station after simulation audio played on livestream

Video shows Starliner docking at ISS on June 6 TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – NASA confirmed Wednesday night that there is “no emergency situation” at the International Space Station after simulation audio was accidentally played on a livestream. The audio, which was a simulation meant for training, played at about 6:30 p.m. and stated that a … Read more