NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully launched on Wednesday (Nov. 24) at 1:21 a.m. EST on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. This is officially the first full-scale mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck approximately 11-miles north-east of the resort of Acapulco, Guerrero, in the early hours of Wednesday, and some mysterious lights as well over Mexico City.
The Fisher Space Pen Company manufactures the Space Pen, which is a specially designed writing utensil that uses pressurized ink cartridges capable of writing in zero gravity, underwater, over wet greasy paper, at any angle, and in various temperatures. They are used by astronauts aboard the ISS as well.
Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor transported a team of marine scientists to the remote Phoenix Islands Archipelago. During the 34-day expedition that ended today, they photographed a glass octopus while conducting a high-resolution seafloor mapping of more than 30,000 square kilometers.
Photo credit: Nile Red
Transparent wood may not be new, but researchers are continually advancing the material, whether it be scientists at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology or biochemist Nile Red. The latter of whom attempted to fabricate the material a few years ago, but it never really turned out the way he wanted, that is until…now.