Science News Roundup: New NASA moon rocket tested in hurricane-force winds on Florida launch pad; COP27: Israel harnesses DNA from past wild crops to improve food supply and more

Here is a summary of current scientific news.

NASA’s new moon rocket tested in hurricane-force winds on Florida launch pad

NASA’s new $4 billion moon rocket endured high winds and heavy rain early Thursday as it rode through Hurricane Nicole at its launch pad in Florida, apparently with only minor damage, according to a first NASA inspection following the storm. Sustained winds of 85 miles per hour (136.8 km per hour) were measured by launch site sensors hundreds of feet above the ground, with gusts exceeding 100 mph, testing the design limits of the 32-story rocket and posing additional risks for a spacecraft already plagued by technical issues that delayed its first launch.

COP27: Israel harnesses DNA from bygone wild crops to improve food supply

Could the key to securing the world’s food supply for the future be hidden in the DNA of cultures from the distant past? Israeli scientists are creating a gene bank from the seeds of local wild crops, some of which have survived for thousands of years since the birth of agriculture and which could help farmers cope with a harsher climate in the decades to come.

Divers discover the wreckage of the space shuttle Challenger off the coast of Florida

Divers from a documentary team searching for WWII plane wreckage off the coast of Florida have found a 20ft section of the space shuttle Challenger, which exploded and crashed is shattered shortly after its launch in 1986, NASA announced Thursday. Divers contacted NASA after spotting a large, clearly modern object mostly covered in sand on the ocean floor and bearing the distinctive shuttle tiles, the space agency said in a written statement.

Hubble Telescope Reveals Huge Star Explosion Piecemeal

About 11.5 billion years ago, a distant star about 530 times larger than our sun died in a cataclysmic explosion that blew its outer layers of gas into the surrounding cosmos, a supernova documented by astronomers at the time. per stroke. Researchers said Wednesday that NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope managed to capture three separate images spanning an eight-day period beginning just hours after the detonation – an achievement all the more remarkable given the time and distance at which it occurred.

A drone taxi makes its first turn in air traffic near Paris

A multi-rotor electric helicopter made its first flight in conventional air traffic near Paris on Thursday as it prepares for commercial flights from 2024. The Volocopter test plane, which looks like a big eight-powered drone rotors, took off with a passenger on board from Pontoise-Cormeilles airfield outside Paris and briefly circled while other aircraft were nearby.

Explainer-What the Latest UN Science Says About Climate Change

At the COP27 conference in Egypt, delegates have decades of research on warming trajectories published by the United Nations climate science agency at their disposal to inform their decisions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces reports approximately every five years that represent a global scientific consensus on climate change, its causes and impact. Last year’s report touched on the main drivers of global warming and the fundamentals of climate science.

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