DART mission will slam into an asteroid’s moon today

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  A NASA spacecraft will deliberately slam into an asteroid Monday, and it’s all in the name of planetary protection. The DART mission, or the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, will crash into the space … Read more

Next launch attempt of Artemis I set for Tuesday, but could delay due to tropical depression

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  The Artemis I rocket will get its third launch attempt on Tuesday, September 27, but Tropical Depression Nine could change that. The 70-minute launch window opens at 11:37 a.m. ET and the Space … Read more

Why is a NASA spacecraft crashing into an asteroid?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In the first-of-its kind, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to clobber a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. A spacecraft named Dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). The impact should be just enough to nudge the asteroid … Read more

Neptune Looks Out of This World in Latest James Webb Telescope Image

Sept. 22, 2022 2:04 pm ET Listen to article (1 minute) It’s Neptune like it hasn’t been seen before.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration released an image of the planet Tuesday that it said is the clearest view of Neptune’s rings in 30 years, and put the planet in a new light.  

NASA Navigates Another Fuel Leak in Artemis Moon-Rocket Test

Updated Sept. 21, 2022 3:03 pm ET Listen to article (2 minutes) NASA ran into another hydrogen leak while fueling the agency’s moon rocket during a practice run but was able to troubleshoot the problem, as the agency worked toward a new launch attempt. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s test on Wednesday aims to … Read more

ArianeGroup Unveils Concept for Reusable Upper State Spacecraft

Artist’s conception of SUSIE performing a vertical landing (video sped 2.5 times). Gif: ArianeGroup/Gizmodo French aerospace company ArianeGroup has revealed a concept for a reusable upper stage spacecraft that would be capable of delivering heavy payloads to space and carry out crewed missions before landing vertically back on Earth. SUSIE, short for Smart Upper Stage … Read more

NASA’s Artemis I moon rocket preps for prelaunch test

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  The Artemis I mega moon rocket is gearing up for another test Wednesday before its next launch attempt to journey around the moon and back. The mission team is aiming to begin the … Read more

How Jared Isaacman uses fighter jets in training

Astronauts love fighter jets, and billionaire founder Jared Isaacman is no different. Isaacman, who founded payments company Shift4, is deep into training with his team for the first spaceflight of the Polaris Program, announced earlier this year, in partnership with Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Isaacman’s crew of four is using fighter jets — including aircraft from his … Read more

Webb telescope shares its first observations of Mars

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  The James Webb Space Telescope’s main goal is to detect faint light from distant galaxies, but it recently observed one of the brightest objects in the night sky: Mars. The space observatory captured … Read more

Perseverance rover finds organic matter ‘treasure’ on Mars

Sign up for CNN’s Wonder Theory science newsletter. Explore the universe with news on fascinating discoveries, scientific advancements and more. CNN  —  Investigating the site of an ancient river delta, the Perseverance rover has collected some of the most important samples yet on its mission to determine if life ever existed on Mars, according to … Read more