NASA’s DART asteroid-slamming mission builds on tiny diamond-tipped tool tech

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission launched in November and will arrive at its destination in late September. If all goes well, the impact will change the orbit of a small asteroid, Dimorphos, around a larger asteroid called Didymos. But just how much the orbit will change is difficult to predict. Leading up to the mission, scientists used samples collected from two different space rocks to test in an attempt to understand the future impact.

All systems go for Thursday rollout of NASA’s Artemis 1 moon mission

In just a few days, NASA’s immense Crawler-Transporter 2 vehicle will carry the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket and Orion spacecraft on a 4-mile (6.4 kilometers) journey to Pad 39B at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This rollout will deliver the rocket and Orion to the pad where they will prepare to launch on a moonbound mission, currently set for no earlier than May of this year.

Is our universe a holographic projection? Scientists are using black holes and quantum computing to find out.

What’s inside a black hole? Quantum computers and deep learning may finally reveal clues. A visualization of a black hole shows gas swirling around the superdense object. (Image credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeremy Schnittman) What happens inside a black hole — and how does whatever goes on inside relate to the universe outside it?