Melting ice cores on frozen worlds could speed up the search for alien life

Scientists are always finding new ways to search for life on other worlds, whether directly with chemical analysis or indirectly with satellite imagery. Such examples include the various moon and Mars landers and rovers, along with ongoing science being conducted from planetary orbiters. But what if we were able to search for life and better understand the history of these mysterious and intriguing worlds using ice deposits?
One such proposed technology is the Melter-Sublimator for Ice Science (..

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will come to a close with Season 5 in 2024

All “Star Trek” series have to end end sooner or later.
Paramount Plus has announced that the next season of “Star Trek: Discovery” will be the last, with the fifth and final season arriving in early 2024. According to Deadline (opens in new tab), “Paramount+ will honor the show's groundbreaking storytelling over its past four seasons with yearlong celebrations and appearances at key events in markets around the world” in the lead-up to the final season.
You may remember, way back, on Monda..

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope mission: Live updates

Read the latest news about NASA's James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA’s IBEX spacecraft bounces back from glitch to study edge of solar system

A NASA spacecraft is back to normal after weeks of troubles in space.
NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) allowed controllers to reset the computer on March 2, agency officials said on Monday (opens in new tab) (March 6), ending three weeks of issues in trying to reach the spacecraft.
The mission team did a “firecode reset,” or external reset of the spacecraft, allowing controllers to regain control of the unresponsive spacecraft two full days before IBEX was scheduled to do an aut..

Japan’s new H3 rocket fails on 1st test flight, advanced Earth observation satellite lost

Japan's brand-new rocket has failed its first test flight.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s new H3 rocket lifted off from Tanegashima Space Center on Monday (March 6) at 8:37 p.m. EST (0137 GMT and 10:37 a.m. Japan Standard Time on March 7). 5 minutes and 27 seconds after liftoff, a command was sent to the rocket for stage separation and second stage ignition. Just after seven minutes into the flight, launch commentators on JAXA's livestream on YouTube noted that th..