Aerospace

This extraterrestrial stone from Egyptian desert brings first supernova clues to Earth

New chemistry ‘forensics’ indicate that the stone named Hypatia from the Egyptian desert could be the first tangible evidence found on Earth of a...

Water evidence shows life on Mars unlikely late in its history

Scientists have investigated a meteorite from Mars using neutron and X-ray tomography. The technology, which will probably be used when NASA examines samples from...

Humans have big plans for mining in space – but there are many things...

Like Earth, planetary bodies such as the Moon, Mars, asteroids and comets contain substantial deposits of valuable resources. This has caught the attention of both...

How we captured first image of the supermassive black hole at center of the...

Black holes are among the most profound predictions of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Originally studied as a mere mathematical consequence of the theory rather...

Scientists grow plants in lunar soil from Apollo mission

In the early days of the space age, the Apollo astronauts took part in a visionary plan: Bring samples of the lunar surface material, known...

Black hole winds are no longer as they used to be, shows study

During the first billion years of the universe, winds blown by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies were much more frequent and...

Scientists detect an explosion on a white dwarf dead star

When stars like our Sun use up all their fuel, they shrink to form white dwarfs. Sometimes such dead stars flare back to life in...

What the quest to image black holes could tell us about our universe

Not long ago, the idea of photographing a black hole was as quixotic as photographing a unicorn. Now, scientists have not one but two images...

Astronomers capture first image of the black hole at the heart of our Milky...

Black holes are invisible by nature. Their pull is inescapable, forever trapping any light that falls into their gravitational abyss. But just beyond a black hole’s...

Amazon, Netflix algorithms can help satellites see the Earth better

Algorithms that help consumers decide what to stream or buy online can do more than predict customers’ habits: They can help satellites see the Earth...