European Space Agency

October 12, 2018

Empty Space Station? NASA Prepares for the Worst (but Hopes for the Best) After Soyuz Abort

A few months from now, the International Space Station (ISS) could be unoccupied for the first time in nearly two decades. Russia’s workhorse Soyuz rocket suffered a […]
October 9, 2018

Virgin Galactic to reach space in ‘weeks not months’

Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has said that Virgin Galactic is “weeks” away from its first trip into space. “We should be in space within weeks, not […]
October 5, 2018

Why NASA needs to flip Curiosity’s ‘brain’ over

It’s having memory issues. The past few months have been pretty rough on NASA’s Mars rovers. Opportunity is still not responding to NASA’s frequent missives, and […]
September 25, 2018

Matter clocked speeding toward a black hole at 30 percent the speed of light

The event provides evidence for how early supermassive black holes grew so fast. After falling past the event horizon — the point of no return — […]
July 26, 2018

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. Mars is now a dry and dusty world, but at […]
May 18, 2018

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

This weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will carry old-fashioned sextants, E. colibacteria and lasers that will create a temperature 10 billion times […]
April 2, 2018

Tiangong-1 reenters over South Pacific

WASHINGTON — China’s Tiangong-1 module, whose uncontrolled reentry had been watched with both anticipation and apprehension, returned to Earth harmlessly over the South Pacific Ocean late […]
March 29, 2018

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 burn up in the atmosphere when […]
March 28, 2018

Information Systems & Data Recovery in Space

Have you ever wondered about the intersection of data recovery, information systems, and data science in astronomy and space exploration? Astronauts must work with whatever systems […]