Discovery

The secret to Mars’ past warmth could be beneath Curiosity’s wheels

Minerals forming in ancient lake bottom could have boosted greenhouse effect. Mars is mostly a red pile of mysteries. In…

Space Rock in the Crosshairs! Japanese Spacecraft Takes Close-Up Images of Target Asteroid

A Japanese sample-return spacecraft just gave its destination asteroid a special close-up. As Hayabusa2 swept to only 1 kilometer…

Parker Solar Probe will go 25 times closer to the sun and withstand 520 times the solar intensity

The Parker Solar Probe should be launched August 11, 2018 on a Delta IV Heavy class launch vehicle and…

Commercial Crew Astronauts Prepare for Launch — What Will They Wear?

SpaceX and Boeing are working to launch commercial crewed vehicles into space — so what will the astronauts wear? [caption id=”attachment_15139″…

NASA names astronauts for first American flight to International Space Station since 2011

NASA has named the astronauts chosen to fly on commercial spacecraft made by Boeing and SpaceX to and from…

Sorry, Elon Musk: NASA says plans to terraform Mars won’t work

Making Mars habitable has been a staple of science fiction, which is where scientists say it will have to…

NASA reveals winners of 3D-printed mars habitat competition

NASA has selected the five winning designs in the latest stage of its 3D-printed habitat competition, including a pod inspired…

Why Ku-band HTS is Superior for AISR

The commercial space industry is experiencing a new era in satellite performance. Over the past few years,…

Mars has tons of newly discovered water in a 12-mile-wide reservoir

Buried under an ice cap, the water is so deep scientists couldn’t probe to the bottom.

Mysterious Substance and ‘Devilry’ Blamed for 3-Hour ‘Solar Eclipse’ in Russia

For the Russian republic of Yakutia (also called Sakha) — a chunk of Siberia that’s home to the coldest…

MIT’s ‘Orbit Weaver’ Turns Astronauts into Spiders

Moving around in microgravity is tough, but a new MIT Media Lab device takes a…

Who’s Out There?— Ozone? What Else?

Could seasonal variations in atmospheric content provide evidence for life on exoplanets? Sounds better than just a sniff of…

AR & Space Technologies: Future Trends

The space exploration industry has expanded greatly in the last 15 years. Where there was once only…

Electric satellite propulsion company raises $10 million

CINCINNATI — A Silicon Valley startup developing electric propulsion systems for satellites has raised $10 million and added the…

Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life

One of the nearest exoplanets to Earth may be a decent abode for life. Ross 128b — which lies just 11…

Crew Dragon completes thermal vacuum tests ahead of first test flight

CINCINNATI — The first SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft has completed a series of tests at a NASA center that…

Scientists Invented AI Made From DNA

Researchers made a neural network out of DNA that can recognize handwritten numbers. Last Wednesday, researchers at…

NASA awards contract to study flying drones on Venus

In the coming decades, NASA and other space agencies hope to mount some ambitious missions to other planets in…

Renderings of SpaceX clawboat’s huge net upgrade is a taste of what’s to come

After several close-but-no-cigar attempts at snatching a Falcon 9 payload fairing out of the air, SpaceX’s iconic recovery vessel Mr…

Mars is on its way closer to Earth — and you can see it for yourself

The last time the Red Planet got this close was back in 2003 If you’ve taken a look at…

World UFO Day 2018: How close have we actually got to finding aliens, and what would they be like?

Exciting data has emerged from Mars and Enceladus, but extra-terrestrials will likely be tiny bacteria not intergalactic space travellers As…

General Relativity Yet Stays Unscarred, But Now on an Intergalactic Scale

In 1915 Abert Einstein proposed the General Theory of Relativity. Which, fundamentally, explains the workings of gravity…

Space & Science: A Happy Marriage

How medical technology in space is helping pave the way for the rest of the world

Boeing unveils design for hypersonic passenger plane

Boeing has revealed a concept design for a hypersonic aircraft that could reach most locations in the world within one to three…

China’s hypersonic military projects include spaceplanes and rail guns

The nation is focusing its research and development on tech that moves faster than the speed of sound. As President…

Russia’s Proton rocket, which predates Apollo, will finally stop flying

Technical problems, rise of SpaceX are contributing factors. The Russian-manufactured Proton rocket has been flying into space since before humans…

New model predicts that we’re probably the only advanced civilization in the observable universe

The Fermi Paradox remains a stumbling block when it comes to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI). Named…

A Black Hole Has Been Shredding a Star Twice the Size of the Sun for 10 Years

Astronomers have been watching the full fallout of a tidal disruption event for years.

The proposed Space Force isn’t the first time the United States has tried to militarize space

In 1966, the Air Force sent an uncrewed space station into orbit If Donald Trump’s Space Force idea actually comes…

Why Are Astronauts Moonwalking on the Bottom of This Giant Pool?

With government leaders and space organizations aiming to send astronauts back to the moon, how do astronauts train to work…

Habitability of the young earth could boost the chances of life elsewhere

The conditions on the early Earth have long been a mystery, but researchers from NASA and the University of…

NASA astronauts must sculpt freakishly strong arms to work in space

Here’s how former space station commander Peggy Whitson trained …

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Talent

Complex critters are pretty clever. I’ve enjoyed watching David Attenborough and his “Planet Earth II,” in which he shows…

Our DNA Might Be the Most Valuable Thing in a Trade Deal With Aliens

Or, how to avoid a “Mars Attacks”-style bloodbath when we eventually encounter extraterrestrials. While…

NASA’s Opportunity rover is sleeping through a massive dust storm on Mars

The storm appeared on June 1—a haze of dust kicked up by winds blowing across…

Astronomers find source of stars’ mysterious microwaves

Mysterious streams of microwaves that come from far across the galaxy have been traced to immense clouds of spinning…

Finally, scientists have found intriguing organic molecules on Mars

The finding has significant implications for whether life once existed on Mars. After more than four decades of searching for…

Climate Change Killed the Aliens, and It Will Probably Kill Us Too, New Simulation Suggests

Did climate change already kill all the aliens we’ve been searching for? According to astrophysicist Adam Frank, it’s certainly a…

NASA is sending a spacecraft to investigate the ‘bubble’ that protects our solar system

Don’t look at the Sun during an eclipse. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses if you…

Small asteroid on collision course with Earth discovered only hours before impact

Boulder-sized asteroid was detected by telescope 8 hours before disintegrating in atmosphere over Botswana An asteroid on a collision course…

How Big Are We in Relation to Space?

When you hear the phrase “life-sized,” what comes to mind? Most people think of things comparatively-sized to themselves, but…

The Moons of Some Giant Alien Planets Could Host Life

Researchers have identified more than 100 giant exoplanets that may have potentially life-hosting moons.

The next big discovery in astronomy? Scientists probably found it years ago – but they don’t know it yet

Earlier this year, astronomers stumbled upon a fascinating finding: Thousands of black holes likely exist near the center of our…

Arabsat Falcon Heavy mission slated for December-January timeframe

WASHINGTON — SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch with a commercial satellite is scheduled to occur around the end of the…

Here’s What NASA’s ‘Toasty’ Camera Saw As It Melted After a SpaceX Launch

When a SpaceX rocket launches, it’s awesome. But when a SpaceX rocket launch sparks a brush fire that melts…

Second SpaceShipTwo makes second powered test flight

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane performed a successful test flight May 29, bringing the company one step…

Astronaut Don Peterson, made first shuttle spacewalk, dies at 84

Astronaut Donald Peterson, who trained for a classified military space station program before becoming one of the first people…

NASA’s Space AI Hunts Exoplanets, Not Humans — Yet

When it comes to artificial intelligence, NASA and other space agencies are nowhere near building a “Terminator” in space….

Sleeping in Space: Coping with Darkness & Light

Getting a good night’s sleep on Earth is hard enough as…

Weird Space Rock Provides More Evidence for Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’

The solar system just got a bit stranger. As astronomers continue their ongoing quest to find the elusive Planet…

Space Jams! Astronauts and Cosmonauts Rock Out at the International Space Station

An out-of-this world jam band is orbiting 250 miles (400 kilometers) above the

Here’s the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station This Weekend

This weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will…

Who’s Out There?—Anyone of Interest?

Two articles in Science News April 28 and May 12, 2018, focus on what we have learned about the 5000…

Astronauts Are Taking a Spacewalk Outside the Space Station Today: Watch Live

Two NASA astronauts will work in space today…

Here’s China’s plan to compete with SpaceX and Blue Origin

Private companies want to launch reusable space rockets in 2020. China has plans to launch reusable space rockets to compete…

A ‘Mars on Earth’ Helps Scientists with Their Search for Alien Life

Scientists are using alien environments on Earth to improve our abilities to

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA is sending a helicopter to

SpaceX Aborts 1st Launch of Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket at the Last Minute

The highly anticipated debut of SpaceX’s new

SpaceX’s New Falcon 9 Rocket Block 5 Debuts Today: How to Watch Live

The newest iteration of SpaceX‘s workhorse

Human waste used to make ‘Marmite-like’ food for astronauts

‘Microbial goo’ could feed people on lengthy space missions to

NASA missions press ahead despite budget uncertainty

WASHINGTON — As House appropriators prepare to take up a spending bill that funds

Lunar Meteorite Discovery Suggests There’s Hidden Water on the Moon

Moganite, which requires the presence of

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Returns to Earth from Space Station

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is returning to Earth today (May 5) with more…

NASA launches InSight spacecraft bound for Mars

Lander will be tracked by mini satellites before it begins probing red planet’s ‘inner space’

NASA’s Launching a Lander That Will Dig on Mars

Mars InSight will be the first

What its like to live in Nasa’s new spacecraft

In 1959, when Nasa’s original seven astronauts first saw their tiny single-man…

SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft may not become operational until 2020

“The contractors have had difficulty executing aggressive schedules.” A new report provides some insight into the challenges that

Heat Shield for NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Cracks During Test

The heat shield for NASA’s…

New Shepard flies again, bringing suborbital space tourism closer

Blue Origin has not released a price for the spaceflight experience. Blue Origin flew its

Watch Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin launch its space tourism rocket

Blue Origin plans to launch its reusable, suborbital rocket

How NASA Prevents Outbreaks in Space

Space travel has once again captured the imagination of the public. With recent stunts like

Projectile Cannon Shows Asteroid Impacts May Have Made Earth a Watery Planet

Using a high-powered cannon, researchers demonstrated that asteroids can deliver more water to

US Cargo Spaceship Set for Departure from International Space Station

After delivering more than 5,800 pounds of science investigations and cargo for NASA, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set…

Asteroid Miners’ Arkyd-6 Satellite Aces Big Test in Space

Some of Planetary Resources’ asteroid-mining tech just passed a major space test. The Washington-based company’s tiny Arkyd-6 satellite has completed…

No Way Out? Aliens on ‘Super-Earth’ Planets May Be Trapped by Gravity

“Super-Earth” planets are giant-size versions of Earth, and some research has suggested that they’re more likely to be habitable…

International Space Station

What is the Future of Space-Based Research?

The curiosity in humans gives us the desire to learn, to explore, and to understand. These qualities…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy? EM-1 M

Last time out, we dipped into some of the more diverse projects NASA has been delving into…

Netflix film examines why NASA shunned women astronauts in early days

Since then, NASA has begun to redeem itself by taking steps toward gender parity. This June, the world will mark…

NASA Planet Hunter on Its Way to Orbit

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including…

SpaceX to Launch NASA’s Exoplanet-Hunting Spacecraft Today: How to Watch Live

After a delay, SpaceX is winding up again to launch NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) today (April 18)…

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Complexity and Getting Going

It’s too easy to assume that life is inevitable, given a watery planet and a friendly warm sun. It…

Did Scientists Find a Galaxy Lacking Dark Matter?

Looking up at the night sky is an amazing way to get in touch with the universe, but even…

NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price

The Exploration Upper Stage seems nowhere near readiness. NASA will likely launch its first astronauts into deep space since the…

NASA Just Dropped Its Most Detailed Video Tour of the Moon Yet

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, high-resolution imagery of our closest neighboring world is more…

Clandestine X-37B Space Plane Surpases 200 Days in Orbit

The US Air Force’s unpiloted and reusable craft is likely to be testing dual-use technologies that might be used…

Why Extraterrestrial Life May Be More Unlikely Than Scientists Thought

Phosphorus is an essential element for life — but that there was enough of it for life to start…

NASA BEGINS CONSTRUCTION OF ITS NEW QUIET SUPERSONIC PLANE

NASA has a lot of experience when it comes to developing supersonic…

A New Luxury Hotel Is Opening…In Space

When a new luxury hotel opens, there might be some “oohs” and…

First four images from Virgin Galactic’s successful new test flight

We’ve had our first glimpse of Virgin Galactic‘s new

20 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Times

Is there such thing as a sci-fi movie an…

72 Mysterious Cosmic Flashes Puzzle Astronomers

Seventy-two unusual cosmic events have astronomers scratching their heads.  Scientists conducting a survey for supernovas — the dramatic explosions that end…

Farthest star ever seen captured by astronomers

Star was imaged using the Hubble telescope in 2016, when it…

Tiangong-1 reenters over South Pacific

WASHINGTON — China’s Tiangong-1 module, whose…

Chinese Space Station Tiangong-1 Expected to Crash in the Next 24 Hours

It’s almost crash time for China’s falling space station Tiangong-1. As school bus-sized space station began what should be…

SpaceX & the Future of Travel

Elon Musk is nothing if not ambitious. Though known more…

Watch SpaceX launch a Falcon 9 rocket with a bunch of Iridium satellites

SpaceX is shooting for the stars again. This time

How to follow along as China’s doomed space station falls to Earth

This weekend, a derelict Chinese space station will plummet to Earth. While the station — named Tiangong-1 — will mostly…

Information Systems & Data Recovery in Space

Have you ever wondered about the intersection of data recovery, information systems, and data science in astronomy…

Why Is China’s Space Station Falling to Earth in the First Place?

Space trackers are watching the skies closely this week for the end of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab, which will…

SpaceX launch last year punched huge, temporary hole in the ionosphere

Rocket launches act somewhat like a small volcano eruption. Contrary to popular belief, most of the time when a

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