The Rarest Thing to Ever Get Detected

The Rarest Thing to Ever Get Detected

An assistant professor of physics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ethan Brown has clearly stated that they could actually see the decay taking place. This is the longest as well as the slowest process to ever get observed directly. The Institute’s dark matter detector was quite sensitive enough to measure it. He feels it quite amazing to have witnessed this particular process. It is said that their detector can actually come up with the measurement of the rarest thing ever recorded. The astonishing aspect is to see a process that takes more than one trillion times longer than even the age of this world.

The researchers search for dark matter through the recording of tiny flashes of light. These flashes get created as and when particles interact with xenon inside the detector. The XENON1T was built to capture the interaction between a dark matter particle and the nucleus of a xenon atom. The detector basically picks up signals coming out of the interactions that take place with the xenon. The proof for the decay of xenon was produced as a proton lying inside the nucleus of a xenon atom getting converted into a neutron. Most elements decay when one electron gets pulled into the nucleus. Still, a proton a xenon atom should absorb two electrons for its conversion to a neutron.

This particular achievement happens to be the first time when scientists have measured the half-life of this xenon isotope primarily based on direct observation of their radioactive decay. It is quite a fascinating finding, which clearly goes beyond the frontiers of knowledge about the most fundamental characteristics of the matter. Scientists are presently getting the experiment for the new phase of XENONnT upgraded. This would have an active detector mass, which is three times larger than XENON1T.

NASA Is Set For the Launch of Cargo Dragon after Facing Abnormality

NASA Is Set For the Launch of Cargo Dragon after Facing Abnormality

NASA is all set to go ahead with their plan of launching a cargo version of a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station next week. This will happen, while the investigation into the explosion that occurred on a Crew Dragon spacecraft is still going on. A media teleconference was already scheduled earlier for 22nd April related to the forthcoming cargo mission to the International Space Station. In that teleconference, spokesman Josh Finch from NASA said that the mission is set for on 30th April at 4:22 am Eastern. Three days back, NASA had moved the launch from 26th April by stating that there are constraints regarding station and orbital mechanics.

NASA did not provide an update at the time of the briefing, related to the abnormality faced by the Crew Dragon on 20th April. It had taken place while carrying out tests for the Super Draco thrusters. They form a part of the spacecraft’s abort system. Finch then drew the attention of the reporters to the statement that had got posted on social media very shortly after the accident. SpaceX has also not provided any kind of update with respect to the current status of the investigation. The incident that took place at the Landing Zone 1 of SpaceX had produced a large cloud. It was visible for miles and caused significant damage to the Crew Dragon spacecraft.

The mission of Dragon CRS-17 would come down on the heels of NG-11 Cygnus mission for Northrop Grumman. It had bothered with the station on 19th April, a couple of days after its launch from Virginia on an Antares rocket. That particular spacecraft had brought in excess of 3400 kilograms of cargo to the station. It included 1569 kilograms of science investigations.

The First Woman Astronaut of America Dies at 88

The First Woman Astronaut of America Dies at 88

The first female astronaut candidate in America had put in a lot of effort to push for women in space. Unfortunately, that push never really managed to attain its height. Now, the first woman astronaut has died. She was known by the name of Jerrie Cobb. Pilot Jerrie Cobb lost her life in Florida on 18th March after suffering from illness for some time. At the time of death, she was 88 years old. Journalist, Miles O’Brien had revealed the news of her death on Thursday.

In the year 1961, Jerrie Cobb managed to be the first woman to get through the gruelling test for astronauts. All in all, 13 women had managed to pass the stressful physical test and got regarded by the name of Mercury 13. Incidentally, NASA had already got its Mercury 7 astronauts. They were all jet test pilots and all men who belonged to the military. It is quite surprising to note the fact that not even one of the Mercury 13 ever got to reach the space. She had said to a special House subcommittee on the selection of astronauts that they look for only a place in America’s future of space without any kind of discrimination.

Jerrie Cobb was born on 5th March 1931 in Norman, Oklahoma. She was the second daughter of a military pilot and his wife. At the age of 12, she had flown her father’s open cockpit Waco biplane. She got her license as a private pilot at the age of 16. Cobb had served as a humanitarian aid pilot in the jungle of Amazon for decades. At the age of 67, she said that she would give up her life to fly in space. Unfortunately, things never really worked out for her.

Pink Moon Will Lighten Up the Skies on Friday

Pink Moon Will Lighten Up the Skies on Friday

All those, who love looking up at the Moon must get ready for something special. They can be in for a special treat on Friday. The full moon for this month of April is here. It is getting called the Pink Moon, which is all set to illuminate the skies on Friday night. According to a website dealing with all the details related to space and orbit, came up with the details. They have mentioned that the moon would seem to be a lot larger than what it is usually is. The reason behind this is due to the fact that the Moon would already be three days past the nearest point in its orbit to Earth.

The name suggests that the moon would be seen in a different colour altogether. The colour is supposed to be pink. Unfortunately, this is not true. In reality, the colour of the Moon will remain the same. Sometimes, the moon can appear to be of a different colour, red, pink, yellow or orange due to the atmospheric conditions. It is being named as Pink Moon because of the colour, which the wild ground phlox possesses. Wild ground phlox is nothing but one of the early flowers in the spring season. Natives of America had named the moons so that they can keep track of their schedule for harvesting.

The so-called, Pink Moon or the Pink Easter Moon will come up at 4:12 am PDT and 7:12 am EDT in the morning. It will appear a lot closer over there and would also have much less glare. Thus, it would make things easier for people to look at. The moon would initially seem to be bold orange in colour. Then it would gradually fade into milky white colour as it begins to rise.

NASA Has Finally Got The Proof Of The Earliest Molecule Of The Earth

NASA Has Finally Got The Proof Of The Earliest Molecule Of The Earth

For a long time, scientists have managed to suspect that nearly 100,000 years since the big bang, helium and hydrogen had combined to form the first-ever molecule named, Helium Hydride. The molecule had helped the universe to start cooling down, finally leading towards the formation of stars. Now, even after decades of search, scientists could never really manage to locate helium hydride in space till this point in time.

NASA made use of their Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy to detect the primitive molecule. The scientists had found it in NGC 7027. It is a planetary nebula, which is kind of a remnant of a Sun kind of Star. This is located 3000 light years away. The discovery goes to show that helium hydride can actually exist in space. Plus, it also confirms different theories with regard to the whole chemistry of the early days of the universe as well as its evolution. Nature had published the findings of the study in this particular week. This discovery also proves something else. It comes up as a testament to the power, which the latest technology of NASA possesses.

SOFIA happens to be the largest airborne observatory in this world. This is basically a modified Boeing 747SP jetliner and it manages to return after each and every flight. Now, this allows NASA to add up new tools as and when they are available. Basically, a recent upgrade to the German Receiver of SOFIA at Terahertz Frequencies instruments has allowed this discovery to go through. Scientists were also able to get tuned into the frequency of the molecule and search for the same in NGC 7027. It is where they have expected that it might exist since the period of the 1970s.