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The third time is the charm and now, NASA’s megarocket has made history.
the Artemis I mission launched on its journey to the moon Wednesday. Putting on a light show in the early morning skies over Cape Canaveral, Florida, the Space Launch System lifted the uncrewed Orion spacecraft through the skies.
Years of delays were followed by recurring problems with hydrogen leaks and two hurricanes that struck the rocket home at the Kennedy Space Center. Another leak almost got in the way of liftoff this week, but NASA’s red crew, a heroic team tasked with performing live repairs on a fuel-fueled rocket, arrived at 11 a.m.
Members of the Artemis team overcame the challenges thrown their way, and when the rocket launched, it felt like a moment that reignited hopes for future exploration.
As Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, NASA’s first female launch director, said: “The more difficult the climb, the better the view. We show the Space Coast tonight what a beautiful sight it is.”
Hours after the launch of Artemis I, the Orion spacecraft began sharing its stunning views from space.
The capsule’s cameras captured a stunning perspective of our planet. The images were reminiscent of those last seen 50 years ago, taken from Apollo 17 in 1972.
The Artemis I mission is moving full speed ahead on a 25.5-day journey that will circle the moon and return to Earth on December 11. This Monday, the rocket will make its closest approach to the lunar surface. On its cosmic journey, Orion is expected to break the distance record for a human-classified spacecraft set by Apollo 13.
Many people tend to take running water for granted, assuming that when the tap is turned on, it will always be there.
But this finite resource is a little more valuable than it seems. Water scarcity is already a problem for billions of people, and it is getting worse amid the climate crisis.
Take certain steps to conserve water use with your kitchen faucet, toilet, washing machine and outside your house can have a positive impact.
Find more ideas on how to minimize your role in the climate crisis at CNN’s Life, But Greener Limited Newsletter Series.
In Kibale National Park in Uganda, a wild chimpanzee named Fiona showed her mother, Sutherland, a leaf so they could share the experience together, and scientists caught the interaction on camera.
Fiona was “leafing,” or touching and manipulating the leaf beforehand, a common behavior that remains a mystery to researchers. Fiona then showed the sheet to her mom.
“He seems to be showing it off just for show’s sake. It’s like, ‘look, look, this is great, isn’t it?’ And that is very human and something that we thought was quite unique to our species,” said Katie Slocombe, a professor of psychology at York University in the United Kingdom.
Captive chimpanzees have been observed pointing out things they want from their human keepers. but seeing social behavior in wild chimpanzees that suggests simply “show and tell” could reveal more about how they communicate.
Imagine you are an ant walking across the forest floor when spores fall from above.
The seemingly harmless rain of spores is actually a parasitic fungus that takes control of the ant’s body and brain, essentially turning it into a zombie.
The infected ant climbs a tree, attaches itself to a hanging leaf, and dies when consumed by the fungus. Then, like a scene from the movie “Alien,” the parasite bursts out of its host’s body and releases spores that will claim more unwitting ant prey.
But Scientists have discovered a new plot twist in this horror story. that could help save the ants from this zombie fate.
A stunning new image from the James Webb Space Telescope shows gas and dust released by a chaotic newborn star. The material moving away from the star is shaped like a cosmic hourglass..
Meanwhile, Webb has used his infrared vision to go back in time and see some of the most distant galaxies ever observed by a telescope.
Unusually bright galaxies have flipped the script on what astronomers expected and may change the way they understand the early days of the universe.
Need some trivia to share with friends and family over Thanksgiving? Keep these stories under your cap:
– A meteorite that landed in the front yard of a family in England can explain where Earth’s water came from.
— A 600-year-old English coin washed up off the coast of Newfoundland, and historians are trying to trace the journey the rare artifact took to reach Canada..
— The oldest known evidence of cooking from 780,000 years ago shows our ancient human ancestors feasted on an extinct type of fish that reached 6.5 feet in length.
Speaking of banquets, the Wonder Theory team is taking some time off for Thanksgiving. We will not have a new edition for you on Saturday, November 26. But you can bet we’ll be back to share all the wonders of space and science again on December 3rd. Until then!