Science news 24 Feb, 2021
China's Mars craft enters parking orbit before landing rover - The Associated PressAssociated Press
SpaceX fires up SN10 Starship prototype for 1st time to prep for test flight - Space.comSpace.com
SN10 could fly as early as Thursday (Feb. 25).
Scientists stumble on a meteor smashing into Jupiter - CNETCNET
Stare at this gas giant long enough and you'll eventually have a blast.
Parachute For Mars Rover Mars Contains A Secret Message - HuffPostHuffPost
Systems engineer Ian Clark used a binary code to spell out “Dare Mighty Things” in the orange and white strips of the 70-foot parachute.
Time is running out to enter the Inspiration4 contests for a SpaceX rocket trip - Space.comSpace.com
The deadline to enter is Feb. 28.
Researchers invent new gene-editing tool - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Researchers from the University of Illinois Chicago have discovered a new gene-editing technique that allows for the programming of sequential cuts—or edits—over time.
Reclusive Neutron Star May Have Been Found in Famous Supernova - Jet Propulsion LaboratoryNASA
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the leading center for robotic exploration of the solar system.
Scientists Have Grown Microbes on Actual Rock Bits From Mars - ScienceAlertScienceAlert
Rock from Mars is a rare and precious resource here on Earth. So far, the only samples we have are chunks of meteorite, dislodged from the red planet and travelling through the Solar System until they smack into Earth.
NASA delays launch of DART asteroid defense mission - Space.comSpace.com
The Double Asteroid Redirection Test is now scheduled to launch in 2022.
Climate change: West Antarctica's Getz glaciers flowing faster - BBC NewsBBC News
Satellites record the speed-up of glaciers along a 1,000km stretch of Antarctic coastline.
Martian moons have a common ancestor - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Mars's two moons, Phobos and Deimos, have puzzled researchers since their discovery in 1877. They are very small: Phobos's diameter of 22 kilometers is 160 times smaller than that of our moon, and Deimos is even smaller, with a diameter of only 12 kilometers.…
These 2 NASA astronauts will fly on SpaceX's Crew-4 mission to the International Space Station in 2022 - Space.comSpace.com
Artemis astronaut and veteran test pilot set for space station flight in 2022
NASA postpones second SLS Green Run test - SpaceNewsSpaceNews
NASA announced Feb. 22 that the SLS Green Run static-fire from Feb. 25 test would be delayed because of a valve problem.
Starlink explained: What to know about Elon Musk's satellite internet venture - CNETCNET
The billionaire entrepreneur is launching satellites into space, and promising to deliver high-speed broadband internet to as many users as possible.
Black hole releases radio flares years after it should be possible - The Jerusalem PostThe Jerusalem Post
Entirely new models will need to be developed to understand this new, unheard of phenomenon.
Can the Laws of Physics Disprove God? - Snopes.comSnopes.com
‘If there is a God who created the entire universe and ALL of its laws of physics, does God follow God’s own laws?'
Unfortunate timing and rate of change may be enough to tip a climate system - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Imagine abrupt shifts of the tropical monsoons, reductions in Northern Hemisphere rainfall, and strengthening of North Atlantic storm tracks within decades. These are some of the impacts that climate scientists expect if the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Ci…
Binary stars are all around us, new map of solar neighborhood shows - Phys.orgPhys.Org
The latest star data from the Gaia space observatory has for the first time allowed astronomers to generate a massive 3-D atlas of widely separated binary stars within about 3,000 light years of Earth—1.3 million of them.
Dust Storms on Mars Might Glow with Tiny Sparks, Study Shows - IGN - IGNIGN
As if dust storms weren't ominous enough already, on Mars, they might glow due to electricity, according to a new study.
A spacecraft named for 'Hidden Figures' mathematician Katherine Johnson has arrived on the International Space Station - CNNCNN
The S.S. Katherine Johnson, a Northrop Grumman Cygnus resupply spacecraft, launched on Saturday from a NASA facility in Virginia and made it to the space station early Monday morning.
Juno Spacecraft Spots a Bright Explosion in Jupiter's Atmosphere - SciTechDailySciTechDaily
From aboard the Juno spacecraft, a Southwest Research Institute-led instrument observing auroras serendipitously spotted a bright flash above Jupiter’s clouds last spring. The Ultraviolet Spectrograph (UVS) team studied the data and determined that they had c…
Nasa promises Perseverance Mars rover landing video - BBC NewsBBC News
The Perseverance robot is seen touching down on the Red Planet in a whirl of dust and grit.
Brain cell clusters, grown in lab for more than a year, mirror changes in a newborn's brain - Science MagazineScience Magazine
Organoids develop genetic signatures of postnatal brains, possibly broadening their use as disease models
Yale scientists repair injured spinal cord using patients' own stem cells - Yale NewsYale.edu
Intravenous injection of bone marrow derived stem cells in patients with spinal cord injuries led to significant improvement in motor functions.
Starship SN10 hopeful for launch "this week" - Super Heavy waiting in the wings - NASASpaceFlight.com - NASASpaceflight.comNASASpaceflight.com
Starship SN10’s wait for a launch date, following weather-related delays, could soon be over following…
Europe Wants to Diversify Its Pool of Astronauts - The New York TimesNew York Times
In its first hiring drive in over a decade, the continent’s space agency is looking to recruit disabled people and more women.
NASA's Webb Telescope Will Show Us More Stars at Higher Resolution - NASANASA
The combination of high resolution and infrared-detecting instruments on NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope will reveal stars that are currently hidden even from the powerful Hubble Space Telescope.
Supercomputers (and a few humans) create stunning sky map of 25,000 supermassive black holes - The Next WebThe Next Web
Astronomers have used a combination of low-frequency telescopes, supercomputers, and algorithms to create a vast sky map of 25,000 supermassive black holes. The map shows thousands of twinkling dots that look like stars, but are actually enormous black holes,…
New 'metalens' shifts focus without tilting or moving - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Polished glass has been at the center of imaging systems for centuries. Their precise curvature enables lenses to focus light and produce sharp images, whether the object in view is a single cell, the page of a book, or a far-off galaxy.
Closing in on a complete human genome - Nature.comNature.com
Advances in sequencing technology mean that scientists are on the verge of finally finishing an end-to-end human genome map.
42,000 Year Old Tree Captured Evidence Of Earth’s Magnetic Field Flipping - India TimesThe Times of India
A few years ago, workers digging to create a power plant in New Zealand discovered a 60-ton trunk from a kauri tree, and now according to researchers, it has captured the last collapse of Earth’s magnetic field. ScienceMagThe massive t…
Stunning Photo Shows Perseverance's Mars Landing From Above! - Mashable IndiaMashable
NASA's Perseverance rover shared an exciting photo on Friday from right before its wheels first touched the surface of Mars. In the photo shared on the official Perseverance Twitter account, we get an extremely rare, close-up photo of an entire rover on (or a…
Life from Earth could temporarily survive on Mars - Phys.orgPhys.Org
Some microbes on Earth could temporarily survive on the surface of Mars, finds a new study by NASA and German Aerospace Center scientists. The researchers tested the endurance of microorganisms to Martian conditions by launching them into the Earth's stratosp…