This month, you can fly along the Gulf of Mexico seafloor and explore a strange ecosystem fueled by chemicals instead of sunlight, all from your computer.
The planned exploration will occur roughly south of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, offshore of Galveston, Texas.
Live video feeds will broadcast from the shipwrecks on April 15, 16 and 24, according to a statement from NOAA. Researchers will explore a deep-sea canyon on April 22. [Read full story on the Expedition]
Pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, the two Swiss adventurers who flew a solar-powered plane, called Solar Impulse, on a record-setting coast-to-coast flight across the United States last summer, will unveil their next-generation solar plane today (April 9), in a ceremony beginning at 9 a.m.. EDT (3 p.m. local time in Switzerland).
Borschberg and Piccard are planning to fly the new solar plane, named Solar Impulse 2, on a first-of-its-kind journey around the world.
The original Solar Impulse plane was the first aircraft capable of flying day and night without using any fuel. The ultra-lightweight plane is powered entirely by solar panels and onboard batteries, which charge during the day to allow the plane to continue flying when the sun goes down. The Solar Impulse initiative is designed to demonstrate the vast potential of clean and sustainable energy solutions. [Read more about Solar Impulse]
The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission's Core Observatory launched on Feb. 27 at noon EST from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.
The joint mission, between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, "set a new standard for precipitation measurements from space, providing the next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours," according to NASA officials. "The GPM mission data will advance our understanding of the water and energy cycles and extend the use of precipitation data to directly benefit society."
Check out the video below for an overview of the GPM mission.
Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham:
Bill Nye the Science Guy is debating creationist Ken Ham Tuesday night (Feb. 4) and you can watch it live here.
The 7:00 p.m. EST showdown is happening on Ham's home turf, at the Creation Museum which he founded in Petersburg, Ky. Moderated by CNN's Tom Foreman, the debate centers around the question "Is creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era?" and will feature questions from the audience.
Nye is a longtime science communicator and the current CEO of the Planetary Society. His opponent is a "young Earth" creationist who reads everything in the Biblical book of Genesis as literal truth. You can read more about the debate here.