Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Universe Today (Reporter)
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Tarantula Nebula, iPhone 14 and Satellites, Green Sand on Mars

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

How iPhone 14 will connect to satellites. Why SLS didn’t launch and when it might. Growing rice in space. And a new incredible image from James Webb. All this and more space news in this week’s episode of Space Bites.

As always, a handy video version of the most important space and astronomy news of the week is here. If you prefer news being videoed at you, this is for you.

Amazing Tarantula nebula by JWST

I think this one is my favorite of all the pictures taken by the James Webb Space Telescope. You’re looking at the Tarantula Nebula, a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, located about 161,000 light-years away. Because it’s an infrared instrument, Webb can peer through the gas and dust that obscure newly forming stars, revealing thousands of stars never seen before. The original image is a monster, measuring 14,000 x 8,000 pixels across. You can load it up and zoom in and out, looking at fascinating details and even the occasional background galaxy.

More on the Tarantula Nebula.

Another SLS Delay but Hopes for a September Launch

NASA’s Space Launch System should have blasted off on August 31st, 2022, but a hydrogen fuel leak scrubbed the mission. And then it was scrubbed again on September 3rd. So when will it fly? NASA’s next launch window is on September 23rd, but they have a deadline. The batteries for its flight termination system will need to be swapped out in the next few weeks, which means a trip back to the Vehicle Assembly Building. NASA has asked for an extension to the certification of the FTS, so it doesn’t need to roll back; otherwise, it won’t fly until mid-October.

More about Artemis I Launching.

iPhone 14 Will Have Satellite Connection

This week Apple announced their new iPhone 14 range of smartphones. This isn’t the kind of story we’d typically cover, but there was one space-related aspect to the story. The iPhone 14’s Emergency SOS mode will send messages through the Globalstar satellite network, meaning they can request help almost everywhere on Earth. Under ideal conditions, you should be able to send a SOS message in less than 15 seconds.

More about iPhone’s new satellite feature.

China Grows Rice in Space

Rice is one of the world’s staple crops, and now we know it’ll grow in space too. Astronauts on board China’s Tiangong successfully grew two rice varieties in the Wentian space laboratory. Their experiment started in July with a regular variety and a dwarf variety of rice. The tall variety grew 29 cm, and the dwarf variety grew 5 cm, which matches the amount of growth they’d reach on Earth. It’s not just about growing food in space; scientists will be studying any genetic mutations from being in microgravity and exposed to radiation.

More about growing space rice.

Green Sand on Mars

Jezero Crater was chosen as the landing site for the Perseverance Rover because it’s a region on Mars that was wet for a long time. The bottom of the ancient crater was a lake, with inflowing and outflowing rivers, with large areas of sedimentary rock. Perseverance also found surprising regions of volcanic rock on the crater’s sides. The stone is made of olivine; ancient lava flows formed in the presence of water vapor and other gasses. This shows that the rock at the time was wetter than geologists expected.

More about water on Mars.

Rocket Lab Successfully Tests an Engine Returned from Space

RocketLab made headlines in May when they successfully caught the first-stage booster from an Electron rocket with a helicopter. It wasn’t a great catch, and the helicopter was forced to drop the rocket again. RocketLab fished the rocket out of the ocean, cleaned up the engine, and successfully fired it again, completing the total duration of a flight to orbit. This brings Rocketlab one step closer to reusing their first-stage booster rockets and developing the advanced technology that will lead to full two-stage reusability with their upcoming Neutron rocket.

More about reusing Electron.

Stay On Top Of More Space News

If you want to get a curated selection of the most important space and astronomy news every week, subscribe to our Weekly Email Newsletter and get magazine-size ad-free news directly from Fraser Cain.

If you prefer the news to be videoed at you, check out our Space Bites playlist on our YouTube channel.

The post Tarantula Nebula, iPhone 14 and Satellites, Green Sand on Mars appeared first on Universe Today.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation.

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)

Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen!

Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.

Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%! (See Video).

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Total 1 comment
    • MatrixReloaded

      There is no space.

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.