Elon Musk’s SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the company said. The issue was earlier reported by Florida Today, which said orange smoke was seen rising above SpaceX’s facilities, and that the anomaly was contained with no injuries. SpaceX said its teams are investigating and are working closely with U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) partners.
Four hours after a pig’s death, Yale scientists restored circulation and revived cellular activity within the dead animal’s brain. The cells of the brain remained viable six hours later, compared with other brains not preserved using the newly developed process, the researchers reported. Although its cells were kept alive, the brain itself never displayed the sort of organized electrical activity associated with consciousness, said senior researcher Dr. Nenad Sestan.
Astronomers have taken the first ever image of a black hole, which is located in a distant galaxy. It measures 40 billion km across – three million times the size of the Earth – and has been described by scientists as “a monster”. The black hole is 500 million trillion km away and was photographed by a network of eight telescopes across the world. Prof Heino Falcke, of Radboud University in the Netherlands, who proposed the experiment, told BBC News that the black hole was found in a galaxy called M87.
Plans for the first all-female spacewalk in history have been scrapped for lack of a second space suit, the US space agency Nasa says. Christina Koch and Anne McClain had been scheduled to step outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday to install batteries. But it turned out they both needed a medium-size spacesuit and only one was ready for use. Koch will now exit the ISS with male colleague Nick Hague instead.
A “mindblowing” haul of fossils that captures the riot of evolution that kickstarted the diversity of life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has been discovered by researchers in China. Paleontologists found thousands of fossils in rocks on the bank of the Danshui river in Hubei province in southern China, where primitive forms of jellyfish, sponges, algae, anemones, worms and arthropods with thin whip-like feelers were entombed in an ancient underwater mudslide. The fossilized organisms date back to 518m years ago when life on Earth experienced a massive burst in diversity known as the Cambrian explosion.
The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft separated from the International Space Station early Friday, setting the stage for a fiery unpiloted plunge to splashdown off the coast of Florida later Friday morning. A successful return to Earth would help clear the way for launch of the first piloted test flight of the new ferry ship in the mid-summer timeframe. For the trip back to Earth, the Crew Dragon will carry about 300 pounds of cargo, including a failed spacesuit component and two cold bags loaded with experiment samples.
Humans have entered SpaceX’s Crew Dragon while in orbit for the first time, just hours after the commercial spacecraft docked at the International Space Station on Sunday morning. The new space vehicle, carrying only cargo and a human dummy, launched Saturday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Sunday, the ISS crew watched as Crew Dragon became the first American commercial space vehicle designed to carry humans to dock at the station, according to NASA. The successful demonstration brings the U.S. one step closer to once again sending people into orbit without relying on Russian space vehicles, which have ferried American astronauts to the International Space Station since NASA retired its shuttles in 2011.
A surgeon in China has performed the world’s first remote operation using 5G technology, according to local reports. The doctor in the southeastern province of Fujian used the next-generation network to control robotic arms in a remote location 30 miles away. First reported by the South China Morning Post, the surgery was made possible by the extremely low latency of 5G. During the 8 January operation, the surgeon removed the liver of a laboratory test animal over the 5G connection thanks to a lag of just 0.1 seconds.
Seeds taken up to the Moon by China’s Chang’e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration. The Chang’e 4 is the first mission to land on and explore the Moon’s far side, facing away from Earth. Plants have been grown on the International Space Station before but never on the Moon.
A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, China’s space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first and a major achievement for the country’s space program. The Chang’e-4 lunar probe, launched in December, made the “soft landing” at 0226 GMT and transmitted the first-ever “close range” image of the far side of the moon, the China National Space Administration said. Previous spacecraft have seen the far side, but none has landed on it.