Today’s Solutions: May 27, 2022

Space

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

Highway in Chile's Atacama desert with bright blues skies

Recycled old tires could make roads last twice as long

Prolonged sun exposure is one of the main contributors to asphalt cracking. That’s because the heat from the sun dries up the road’s moisture content, making it brittle and prone to wear. A team of scientists has found that adding rubber from old tires to asphalt can help roads last twice as Read More...

The collection of stamps released by the UN to celebrate the international achievements of Mars missions.

Check out these postage stamps celebrating Mars missions

More countries are operating spacecrafts on and around Mars than ever before! These important missions are revealing interesting secrets about our solar system, climate, and possibly the origins of life. To celebrate this momentous human achievement, the United Nations have honored the Red Read More...

Moon Plants

Lunar agriculture: first plants grown in soil from the Moon

Popular science fiction has depicted the colonization and even the rowing of crops on Mars many times. From the books of Isaac Asimov to The Martian, the Red Planet has pervaded artistic minds as the next place for humans to call home.  But what about the closest place to Earth? What about the Read More...

White dwarf star before explosion where X-rays will be thrown outwards.

An X-ray explosion of a white dwarf star captured for the first time

Everything comes to an end, even stars! When these burning balls of hydrogen and helium use up all their fuel they shrink to white dwarfs. In some rare cases, these dead stars can flare back to life in an extremely hot explosion, producing a fireball of X-ray radiation. For the first time, Read More...

Scotland Rocket

Orbex rocket prototype makes debut at Scottish Highlands spaceport

While humans are naturally earthbound creatures, we need space travel. Our society, as it is, needs the myriad functions and services our satellites provide, and so far, there’s only one way to get them up there. To that end, space scientists and engineers are constantly innovating ways to make Read More...

View of the moon with Earth rising on the horizon surrounded by the darkness of spcace.

The moon could fuel the future of space exploration

Each evening, we are used to seeing our transient moon positioned high in the sky. Humans have been fascinated by the familiar celestial body since the dawn of time, creating gods and useful calendars around its positioning. Since then, scientists have utilized the moon to help uncover secrets of Read More...

Test shots of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope checking the capabilities of its multiple instruments.

Finally, the Webb telescope is ready to start observing the universe

Finally, the James Webb Space Telescope can look at our beautiful universe. The last time we reported on the marvelous machine it had taken its first stunning image of a star and was waiting for its other instruments to cool and align. NASA’s Webb team has now released an update that its huge Read More...

Asteroid in the forefront and earth in the background.

An asteroid deflection system is planned to launch in 2025

In 2021, NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was sent on a 10-month course across the solar system to slam into the small asteroid Dimorphos. The hope is for DART to change the course of the rock, testing out potential planetary defense mechanisms. The China National Space Read More...

Image of galaxy cluster HCG 40.

Hubble takes beautiful image of galaxies "dancing"

The Hubble Space Telescope ventured into space 32 years ago in 1990 and has observed around 50,000 celestial bodies to date. During this time, the incredible telescope fundamentally changed our understanding of the universe. Some of these achievements include its recent sighting of the furthest Read More...

Star trails during the Lyrid Meteor Shower, April 2020, Herefordshire, UK.

How to catch the Lyrid meteor shower this Earth Day

Earth Day is an international celebration of our beautiful planet and a reminder of what steps we need to take to save it. The date marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement which started in 1970. This Earth Day, the stars have aligned (so to speak) to bring us the Read More...