Latest Science News

Private US spacecraft is on its side on the moon with some antennas covered up, the company says

Feb. 23, 2024 22:16 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private U.S. lunar lander tipped over at touchdown and ended up on its side near the moon’s south pole, hampering communications, company officials said Friday. Intuitive Machines initially believed its six-footed lander, Odysseus, was upright after...

Colombia will send deep-water expedition to explore 300-year-old shipwreck thought to hold treasure

Feb. 23, 2024 21:27 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s government announced plans Friday for a deep-water expedition to explore the mythical galleon San José, sunk in the 18th century in the country’s northern Caribbean and believed to contain cargo valued at billions of dollars. The first phase...

Here's a look at moon landing hits and misses

Feb. 23, 2024 19:52 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Landing a spacecraft on the moon has long been a series of hits and misses. Now, a U.S. company has become the first private outfit to achieve a safe moon landing. Only five countries have done it. A lander built by Intuitive Machines...

Astronomers spot new tiny moons around Neptune and Uranus

Feb. 23, 2024 18:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers have found three previously unknown moons in our solar system — two additional moons circling Neptune and one around Uranus. The distant tiny moons were spotted using powerful land-based telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, and announced Friday by the...

Bill headed to South Dakota governor would allow museum's taxidermy animals to find new homes

Feb. 23, 2024 16:45 PM EST

South Dakota's Legislature has made it easier for the city of Sioux Falls to find new homes for more than 150 taxidermy animals of its arsenic-contaminated menagerie. The mounted lion, tiger, polar bear and gorilla were part of display that filled a natural history museum at the...

AP PHOTOS: Total solar eclipses through the decades

Feb. 23, 2024 10:20 AM EST

The complete shrouding of our sun by the moon has mesmerized humanity for millennia — a moment in time when skies darken and stillness creeps in. It's spellbinding not only for the lucky ones in the path of total darkness, but also those on the fringes of the moon's shadow getting...

Private lander makes first US moon landing in more than 50 years

Feb. 22, 2024 23:30 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A private lander on Thursday made the first U.S. touchdown on the moon in more than 50 years, but managed just a weak signal back until flight controllers scrambled to gain better contact. Despite the spotty communication, Intuitive Machines, the company...

Remains found over 50 years ago identified through DNA technology as Oregon teen

Feb. 22, 2024 22:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The remains of a teenager found more than 50 years ago have been identified through advanced DNA technology as a young woman who went missing from Portland, Oregon State Police said. The remains are that of Sandra Young, a high school student who disappeared...

How do whales sing? Lab experiments suggest their voice boxes have a unique feature

Feb. 22, 2024 19:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Whales sing loud enough that their songs travel through the ocean, but knowing the mechanics behind that has been a mystery. Scientists now think they have an idea, and it's something not seen in other animals: a specialized voice box. Experts say the...

U.S. company says its lunar lander has reached the surface of the moon; transmits weak signal back

Feb. 22, 2024 18:58 PM EST
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — U.S. company says its lunar lander has reached the surface of the moon; transmits weak signal back.