Nature & Science

NASA Curiosity rover popped a ‘wheelie’ on Mars

One of Curiosity rover’s wheels shows some damage in this image from July 7, 2019. NASA has implemented measures to extend the life of the wheels. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS The Mars Curiosity rover has six wheels, and NASA likes for all of them to stay in contact with the ground whenever possible. The Curiosity team had to…

The telescope that looks further back in time

Image copyright Getty Images A team of astronomers and engineers in Edinburgh have constructed an instrument that can look further back in time than ever before.It is a key part of an international mission to launch a huge new telescope a million miles from Earth.The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is years behind schedule and…

An Introduction to the James Webb Space Telescope Mission

Published on Jan 6, 2020A look at the James Webb Space Telescope, it’s mission and the incredible technological challenge this mission presents.Music credit: Universal Production Music tracks: Future Generation Alternative Version by Dury; Moment of Anticipation Instrumental by Connolly; Dark Matter Instrumental by BeitsCredit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight CenterMichael McClare (KBRwyle): Lead ProducerMichael McClare (KBRwyle):…

Recent Discoveries Have Overhauled Our Picture of Where Humans Came From, And When

A display of a Homo naledi skeleton. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters As anthropologists have discovered new species of human ancestors, our understanding of human history has changed.By sequencing the genomes from our Neanderthal and Denisovan cousins, scientists have also gained new insight into the genetic origins of our species.As researchers make more of these breakthroughs, the puzzle of…