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The Keck I and Keck II telescopes on Mauna Kea in Hawaii Photo: W.M. Keck Observatory
Scientists are calling it a “crisis in cosmology.” According to a new study, which was published last month in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the universe is expanding faster than we thought. Astrophysicists call the discovery the “most exciting development in cosmology in decades.” Researchers used a new technology at the Keck Observatory telescope in Hawaii that relies on shape-shifting mirrors that took precise measurements of the rate at which the universe is expanding. The problem is these new measurements don’t match the standard model that scientists had been using. They hope to use this new telescope technology to gather more precise data to find the missing pieces in their understanding of the universe. Yeah, we hope so too! And to quote our favorite space explorer — “to infinity and beyond!”
Have you ever wondered what space smells like? Now we know. According to astronauts, it is “a mix of gunpowder, seared steak, raspberries and rum.” Hmmm. CNN reports that the fragrance was invented to help astronauts train for space — so that nothing about it would be surprising to them (seems like that would take […]
Using inexpensive tracking technology and a large antenna installed on the International Space Station, a consortium of researchers is hoping to gather a wider range of data than they had using previous tracking technologies, including long migration patterns, allowing them to better understand how climate change and habitat loss impact wildlife.
Why This Matters: In addition to better understanding of wildlife migration and threats, the technology could be used for a range of other goals.
Elon Musk’s company Space X is behind the latest NASA chapter, in which the Dragon Capsule launched by the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley in style (wearing Tesla emblazoned custom-made Space X pressure suits) to the international space station – liftoff is set for today 4:33 pm ET.
Why This Matters: When it comes to the future, for better or worse, we are in Elon Musk’s hands, even as he argues to rapidly re-open the economy.
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