Concerns about energy, climate change and warmer oceans creating stronger storms moved front and center in 2013. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to review the year’s big developments and science headlines, including new ways to attack cancer, the latest in space exploration and the impact of funding cuts. Continue reading
Image by NASA If you can get away from the city lights, the Geminid meteor shower peaks late Friday night and early into Saturday morning. Weather permitting, 90 to 120 meteors per hour will be visible in the night sky … Continue reading
What's in the box? A NASA-style holiday gift: the @NASA_Orion heat shield ships today from NH to @NASAKennedy pic.twitter.com/T5DuWtjda5 — NASA (@NASA) December 4, 2013
China launched its unmanned Chang’e-3 spacecraft Monday, which aims to be the country’s first mission to land on the moon.Video by Euronews It’s been almost four decades since the Moon received a spacecraft visitor (in one piece). China’s first lunar … Continue reading
Move over NASA, Silicon Valley is joining the space race. Entrepreneurs from the nation’s high-tech hub are designing lunar landers, making plans to mine the moon and gearing up to blast off into commercial space flight. Thuy Vu of KQED reports on how private ventures and investors are investing in space exploration. Continue reading
New research reveals that space fragments are hitting our planet 10 times more often than previously thought. Will we suffer the same fate as the dinosaurs? NewsHour science correspondent Miles O’Brien explains to Judy Woodruff that scientists have the technology to avoid meteors en route to Earth, but they need warning first. Continue reading
Video by the journal Nature Scientists have found evidence suggesting Mars was pocketed by underground supervolcanoes. In a paper published in the journal Nature, Joseph Michalski of London’s Natural History Museum and Jacob Bleacher of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center … Continue reading
NASA On this day in 1977, Voyager 1, a NASA-launched spacecraft, took the first photo of the Earth and moon together in a single frame. Thirty-six years later, Voyager 1 became the first manmade object to ever reach interstellar space.
Photo by NASA A still camera on a sound trigger captured an intriguing photo of an airborne frog when NASA’s LADEE spacecraft launched from Pad 0B at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.