Scientists Found Never-Before-Seen Crystals in Dust From The Chelyabinsk Meteorite

Scientists Found Never-Before-Seen Crystals in Dust From The Chelyabinsk Meteorite

Researchers have discovered never-before-seen types of crystal hidden in tiny grains of perfectly preserved meteorite dust. The dust was left behind by a massive space rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, nine years ago. On 15 Feb 2013, an asteroid measuring 59 feet (18 meters) across and weighing 12,125 tons (11,000 metric tons) entered Earth’s … Read more

Stratolaunch Test of World’s Largest Plane Ends Early

Stratolaunch Test of World’s Largest Plane Ends Early

The pylon on the underside of Roc’s center wing will carry a hypersonic vehicle.Image: stratolaunch Following its latest test, Stratolaunch, the private aerospace company behind the world’s largest planecryptically explained that Rock had to land two hours earlier than planned following a failure to meet the test objectives. The carrier aircraft features a twin fuselage … Read more

A Hitchhiking Rock Has Traveled With The Perseverance Rover For More Than 120 Days

A Hitchhiking Rock Has Traveled With The Perseverance Rover For More Than 120 Days

Roaming Mars is a lonely existence for NASA’s Perseverance, but the exploratory rover now has a traveling companion: a hitchhiking “pet rock” that got stuck in one of its wheels. Luckily, the Martian stone won’t impact the rover’s science mission and is only a minor inconvenience – like having a pebble stuck in your shoe. … Read more

Curiosity Has Found Some Truly Weird-Looking, Twisty Rock Towers on Mars

Curiosity Has Found Some Truly Weird-Looking, Twisty Rock Towers on Mars

The Curiosity rover has found an outstanding rock formation piercing the alien landscape of Mars. Amongst the shallow sands and boulders of the Gale Crater rise several twisting towers of rock – the spikes of sediment look almost like frozen streams of water poured from an invisible jug in the sky. In reality, experts say … Read more

Untouched Moon Fragments Kept in Storage For 50 Years Are Finally Being Studied

Untouched Moon Fragments Kept in Storage For 50 Years Are Finally Being Studied

When the Apollo 15 and 17 missions returned to Earth with pieces of the Moon in 1971 and 1972, some of the samples were deliberately set aside for the future. Flash forward half a century and these samples are finally being studied. In 2019, shortly after an upcoming Artemis mission to the Moon was announced, … Read more

Gigantic Asteroid Is About to Skim Past Earth, NASA Says

Gigantic Asteroid Is About to Skim Past Earth, NASA Says

A gigantic “potentially hazardous” asteroid that may be twice the size of the Empire State Building is set to zoom past Earth Thursday (April 28), according to NASA. The asteroid, named 418135 (2008 AG33), has an estimated diameter between 1,150 and 2,560 feet (350 to 780 meters) and will break into Earth’s orbit at a … Read more

Traces of giant crocodile discovered at BC road cut

Traces of giant crocodile discovered at BC road cut

Parallel lines seen in sandstone are the traces made by the claw of a giant crocodile that scraped along the muddy bottom of a prehistoric waterway in what is now northeastern British Columbia.Charles Helm/Handout Long before grizzly bears and mountain lions roamed the wilds of northeastern British Columbia, carnivores that were best avoided in the … Read more

Two Giant Blobs Lurk Deep Inside Earth, And It Looks Like They’re Shape-Shifters

Two Giant Blobs Lurk Deep Inside Earth, And It Looks Like They’re Shape-Shifters

Deep in the Earth beneath us binds two blobs the size of continents. One is under Africa, the other under the Pacific Ocean. The blobs have their roots 2,900 km (1,800 miles) below the surface, almost halfway to the center of the Earth. They are thought to be the birthplace of rising columns of hot … Read more