Boulder's Ball Aerospace to help build NASA space telescope

Boulder's Ball Aerospace to help build NASA space telescope

Courtesy of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab Conceptual drawings for NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Primary instrument components for the telescope will be built by Boulder-based Ball Aerospace. Boulder-based Ball Aerospace will play a role in building NASA’s next-generation space telescope. The company has been awarded a contract worth about […]

This Fossil May Reshape Our Idea on When Supercontinent Pangaea Split

This Fossil May Reshape Our Idea on When Supercontinent Pangaea Split

A 130 million-year-old skull of an ancient animal that likely resembled a squirrel has shaken up the scientists’ idea on when the supercontinent Pangaea likely split up, and suggests this break-up occurred about 15 million years later than previously believed. The near-complete skull, which is described in a new study published online in Nature Wednesday, […]

Look up to catch stellar views of the International Space Station this week

Look up to catch stellar views of the International Space Station this week

Decent weather and the position of the sun mean that folks across Washington should be able to see the massive spacecraft. Few people ever get to visit the International Space Station, but the next two weeks are a prime viewing window for folks in Washington and much of the Western United States who would like […]

Astronauts To Mars May Protect Themselves From Cosmic Radiation Effects Like Memory Loss By Taking Drug

Astronauts To Mars May Protect Themselves From Cosmic Radiation Effects Like Memory Loss By Taking Drug

Astronauts in deep space missions may suffer from memory loss due to their exposure to cosmic radiation. Scientists, however, have identified a drug that will prevent the astronauts from experiencing impaired memory functions.  ( Aynur Zakirov | Pixabay ) A drug may prevent astronauts traveling into deep space from suffering memory loss, which is one […]

NASA Is Finally Sending the Coldest Place on Earth to Space

NASA Is Finally Sending the Coldest Place on Earth to Space

To figure out the fundamental mysteries of the universe, sometimes you have to make things really damn cold. NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory takes this to the extreme by creating the coldest place in the universe. On Sunday, that laboratory is finally heading into space to study what happens when atoms get really, really frigid. Advertisement […]

Supernovae Might Have Affected Life On Earth Several Million Years Ago

Supernovae Might Have Affected Life On Earth Several Million Years Ago

For years, scientists have been working to understand stellar explosions, also called supernovae, and how they affect everything in their surroundings, including planets. The question has also led many to wonder if the explosions that occurred several million years ago were close enough to trigger mass-extinction events. The exact answer, obviously, remains a mystery, but […]

This bizarre, backward asteroid might be a visitor from another star

This bizarre, backward asteroid might be a visitor from another star

​Images of 2015 BZ509 obtained at the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory (LBTO). The bright stars and the asteroid (circled in yellow) appear black and the sky white in this negative image. (C. Veillet/Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, Royal Astronomical Society) For billions of years, without our knowing it, scientists say, our solar system has harbored a visitor […]