Today’s Solutions: October 25, 2021

Space

Learn about the latest astronomy news and discoveries around humanity’s endeavor beyond the final frontier.

Newest NASA mission will provide insights into the conception of our Solar System

On October 16, NASA’s Lucy mission lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The spacecraft is on its way to visit a previously-unexplored region of our outer Solar System: the Trojans. The Trojans are a set of asteroids orbiting the Sun near Jupiter. Lucy will spend the next 12 years Read More...

Shatner’s space voyage reminds us of Star Trek’s inspirational messages

This week, one of the entertainment world’s most famous space explorers actually traveled into space. William Shatner, who played Star Trek's Captain Kirk, became the oldest person to venture to the final frontier aboard a Blue Origin rocket. On October 13, Shatner and a crew of three others Read More...

The enduring optimism of Star Trek

“It isn't all over; everything has not been invented; the human adventure is just beginning.” - Gene Roddenberry Something kind of magical happened this week and we wanted to take a moment to celebrate. One of the entertainment world’s most famous space explorers actually traveled into Read More...

How to best see the Harvest Moon tonight

The most notorious full moon of the year, the "Harvest Moon," is here! It is traditionally known as the Harvest Moon because it’s the full moon closest to the autumn equinox and illuminates the sky enough for farmers to continue harvesting their crops well into the night. The Harvest Moon Read More...

Perseverance rover successfully collects rock samples on Mars

Seven months after NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars, the space agency has announced that their rock-scooping robot has officially managed to collect some samples from the red planet. Although the bulk of the study of these samples will be done when the rover returns to earth, this Read More...

Scientists observe supernova explosion in unprecedented detail

In a world-first, astronomers have recorded the earliest moments of a supernova — the powerful explosion of a massive star — in unprecedented detail. The observation is a celebratory moment in the world of astronomy that could help improve our knowledge about what happens to stars the moment Read More...

The scientific case for magic mushrooms in space

During the health crisis, most of the residents on planet Earth have finally had a taste of what it’s like to be an astronaut in space. No, not because we’ve all had the chance to launch ourselves into “the last frontier,” but because we’ve grappled with loneliness, isolation, and Read More...

How NASA technology is helping firefighters tackle wildfires on the ground

From the United States to the Mediterranean coastlines, wildfires have been breaking records this summer, with places in Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, and Italy seeing some of the worst fires in decades. As climate change-induced drought and severe heatwaves complicate the painstaking efforts of Read More...

How and when to see the Perseid Meteor Shower

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you might want to plan a late-night campout in the coming weeks as the Perseid Meteor Shower is coming to our skies! The star show began on July 14 and will run through August 24, reaching peak intensity from August 11 to August 13. A viewing will be best Read More...

Solar sail technologies to make future space missions more fuel-efficient

We’ve previously written about emerging sail technologies that hold the potential to make the maritime industry more sustainable and efficient. But a type of sail technology may soon also help humanity’s efforts to study outer space. NASA has recently announced that it plans to test new solar Read More...