Drilling Into The Earth

Scientific Mission Hopes To Explore The Earth’s Mantle

Scientists hope to bring back the world’s first fresh samples of Earth’s mantle, in a $1 billion mission dubbed “the most challenging endeavor in the history of Earth science.” They’ll do so by venturing out into the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where comparatively thin mid-ocean ridges exist. These should, in theory, allow geologists to …

Aurora Borealis In Iceland

Photo: Aurora Borealis In Iceland

An aurora is a natural phenomenon in which charged particles from solar winds and the magnetosphere collide with atoms in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Luminous swirls appear in the sky, shades of green and sometimes red or blue, painting the night in an alien glow. In the north, this phenomenon is called the Aurora Borealis, or …