It’s official: NASA won’t rename the James Webb Space Telescope

The most powerful space telescope currently in operation will retain its controversial name. The James Webb Space Telescope launched in December 2021 amid calls for the observatory to be renamed. The observatory was named in 2002 after government bureaucrat James Webb, who served as the second administrator of NASA during the 1960s. But opponents of … Read more

Arecibo Won’t Be Rebuilt – Universe Today

The National Science Foundation announced last week that it won’t rebuild or replace the iconic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which collapsed in 2020. Instead, the NSF says they have solicited calls for proposals to build a multidisciplinary educational center at the site. Additionally, the plans do not appear to allow for any future science … Read more

DART won’t make asteroid crash with Earth

NASA’s DART spacecraft didn’t nudge its target asteroid toward Earth, but there might be other space rocks of a similar size on a collision course with our planet — and that’s why DART’s mission is so important. DART smashed into the 525-foot-wide (160 meters) asteroid moonlet Dimorphos as planned Monday evening (Sept. 26), successfully demonstrating … Read more

Fossil fuel companies’ projections won’t meet Paris Agreement climate goals

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Decarbonization scenarios produced by BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Equinor are incompatible with Paris Agreement goals for a safe and habitable planet. This is the finding of new research underscoring how global decarbonization scenarios outlined by these energy companies show delayed reductions in fossil fuel consumption and run the risk of … Read more

After software delays, NASA says Psyche asteroid mission won’t launch this year – Spaceflight Now

Artist’s illustration of the Psyche spacecraft at its destination. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s billion-dollar Psyche asteroid mission will not launch this year, officials confirmed Friday, after delays in completing software verification testing for the spacecraft’s guidance, navigation and control system. Mission officials said the next opportunity to launch the mission to explore Psyche, a metal-rich asteroid, … Read more

NASA’s metal asteroid mission Psyche won’t launch this year

Space fans have one fewer rocket launch to look forward to this year. NASA’s Psyche mission designed to visit a metal-rich asteroid is facing an uncertain future after software testing issues forced an extended launch delay expected to last at least until July 2023, mission managers announced Friday (June 24). NASA is convening an independent … Read more

Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s breed won’t predict behavior

Mase a pit bull plays in the grass with Delonte Hillery in a park in Escondido, California. They’re well-known stereotypes: rottweilers and pit bulls are aggressive, while Labradors and golden retrievers are extra friendly. But a genetic study published in the journal Science on Thursday involving more than 2,000 dogs paired with 200,000 survey answers … Read more