The huge solar storm that NASA detected hurtling toward Earth hit our planet at 5:42 a.m. ET Thursday. So far, there have been no reports of major power or communications disruptions. But it’s not the last you’ll hear about solar storms; the sun’s activity won’t peak until 2013.
The sun ejected two huge solar flares Tuesday, and NASA says that we here on Earth will likely be affected somewhat by the magnetic fields and ionized gas that are now shooting toward the planet. But the phenomena might also bring aurora light shows to residents of the northern United States
Monday marks the 50th anniversary of astronaut John Glenn’s orbiting of Earth. Glenn — who was one of NASA’s original Mercury Seven — was the first American to achieve the feat. He flew the mission in just under five hours, circling the globe three times in a capsule named Friendship 7. Glenn, who says he recalls the mission as if it were just last week, tells Audie Cornish he doesn’t want the US to lose sight of the future and America’s role in outer space.