Queen’s Brian May Works to Probe Origin of Asteroids

Brian May (Credit: ESA)

NICE, France (ESA PR) — Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May has teamed up with asteroid researchers to investigate striking similarities and a puzzling difference between separate bodies explored by space probes. The research team ran a supercomputer-based ‘fight club’ involving simulated large asteroid collisions to probe the objects’ likely origins. Their work is reported in Nature Communications.  


NASA Supercomputers Power COVID-19 Research

Pleiades’ rack-based architecture allows NASA to continually increase the system’s computing capability through hardware upgrades without needing to expand its physical footprint. The current configuration of Pleiades is nearly 15 times more powerful than it was when the system was originally installed in 2008. (Credits: NASA’s Ames Research Center)

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA is flexing its supercomputing muscle to help crack some of the most pressing questions surrounding COVID-19, from basic science on how the virus interacts with cells in the human body to genetic risk factors to screening for potential therapeutic drugs.