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Space agencies endorse continued cooperation in lunar exploration  SPACE NEWS · 1 hour
Leaders of several national space agencies endorsed continued cooperation in space exploration, including missions to the moon, and said that... more
Surveying Solar Storms by Ancient Assyrian Astronomers  ASTRO WATCH · 2 hours
A research team led by the University of Tsukuba combined observations from ancient cuneiform tablets that mention unusual red skies with radioisotope... more
NASA catches short-lived Tropical Storm Priscilla's landfall in Mexico  PHYS.ORG · 3 hours
Tropical Storm Priscilla was short-lived because it formed on Sunday, Oct. 20 very close to the coast of western Mexico and made landfall that same day. NASA's Terra satellite provided... more
Chandra Sheds New Light on Tycho’s Supernova Remnant  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 hours
X-ray images of Tycho’s supernova remnant (Tycho’s SNR) show a pattern of bright clumps and fainter holes. By comparing new... more
NASA finds a transitioning Tropical Storm Neoguri  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on Oct. 21 and captured a visible image of Tropical Storm Neoguri. Satellite imagery revealed that the storm is becoming extra-tropical. more
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope clears critical sunshield deployment testing  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
The sunshield for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has passed a test critical to preparing the observatory for its 2021 launch. Technicians and engineers fully deployed and tensioned... more
Lucy mission completes critical design review  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
The Lucy mission led by Southwest Research Institute is one step closer to its 2021 launch to explore the Trojan asteroids, a population of ancient small bodies that share an orbit with Jupiter. With the successful... more
Cascades of Gas Around Young Star Indicate Early Stages of Planet Formation  ASTRO WATCH · 5 hours
What does a gestating baby planet look like? New research in Nature by a team including Carnegie’s Jaehan Bae investigated the effects of three... more
Female spacewalking duo uplifted by excitement below  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
The astronauts who took part in the first all-female spacewalk are still uplifted by all the excitement down on Earth. more
A star is born: Using lasers to study how star stuff is made  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
On a typical day at the world's biggest laser you can find scientists casually making star-like conditions using 192 high-powered lasers. Stars... more
Remarkable story of shock wave physics in post-World War II America  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Physicists predicted the Hubble Space Telescope would see a rising vapor plume as the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet crashed into the far side of Jupiter in 1994.... more
World record acceleration: Zero to 7.8 billion electron volts in 8 inches  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
To understand the fundamental nature of our universe, scientists would like to build particle colliders that accelerate electrons and their antimatter counterparts (positrons) to... more
Gravity crystals: A new method for exploring the physics of white dwarf stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Grab a mixing bowl from your kitchen, throw in a handful of aluminum balls, apply some high voltage, and watch an elegant... more
Making connections: Bringing astrophysical processes down to Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 hours
Magnetic reconnection, a process in which magnetic field lines tear and come back together, releasing large amounts of kinetic energy, occurs throughout the universe. The process gives rise to auroras, solar flares... more
Space mice and robots among latest science heading into space from Wallops Island  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
Space mice, radiation vests, robotic avatars and recycling polymers for 3-D printers are among the science experiments bound for the International Space... more
NASA finds Typhoon Bualoi rapidly intensified  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
Typhoon Bualoi rapidly intensified over 24 hours and quickly developed an eye and powerful thunderstorms.On Oct. 21, the eye of Typhoon Bualoi was just over 50 miles from the island of Saipan when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP... more
Boeing marketing its small GEO satellite to international governments  SPACE NEWS · 6 hours
Potential customers include partner countries of the U.S. government's WGS constellation. SpaceNews.com more
The 1st Human on Mars May Be a Woman, NASA Chief Says  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 hours
It won't be long before we see the first woman on Mars, and she just might beat the first man there, NASA Administrator Jim... more
Boeing marketing its small GEO satellite to national governments  SPACE NEWS · 6 hours
Potential customers include partner countries of the U.S. government's WGS constellation. SpaceNews.com more
Pence calls for American-led cooperation in space exploration  SPACE NEWS · 7 hours
Vice President Mike Pence told an international audience that the United States intends to lead in space but seeks cooperation... more
Armoring satellites to survive and operate through attacks  PHYS.ORG · 8 hours
Satellites do a lot of things—they help people navigate from one place to another, they deliver television programming, they search for new stars and exo-planets and they enable the U.S. nuclear deterrence... more
Astronomers investigate IRAS 09002-473 cluster, find hundreds of probable member stars  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have investigated IRAS 09002-473, an embedded cluster of... more
Solar orbiter ready to depart Europe  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
ESA's Solar Orbiter mission has completed its test campaign in Europe and is now being packed ready for its journey to Cape Canaveral at the end of this month, ahead of launch in February 2020. more
Airstream, Boeing unveil new astronaut transfer vehicle  SPACE NEWS · 10 hours
Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, unveiled Astrovan II, an eight-seat transport vehicle Boeing will use to transport commercial... more
What was the first color in the universe?  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
The universe bathes in a sea of light, from the blue-white flickering of young stars to the deep red glow of hydrogen clouds. Beyond the colors seen by human eyes, there are... more
Made In Space to launch commercial recycler to space station  SPACE NEWS · 11 hours
Made In Space announced plans Oct. 21 to send a plastic recycling facility to the International... more
Gravity crystals: A new method for exploring the physics of white dwarf stars  nanowerk · 11 hours
Scientists study how charged particles arrange themselves into crystalline patterns and apply what they learn to explore the interiors of white dwarf... more
The rotation of Venus  PHYS.ORG · 11 hours
Venus is covered in a thick layer of clouds, one reason that it appears so bright in the sky. Ancient astronomers had a good idea of what (since Copernicus) we know as its orbital period; the modern measurement is that... more
NASA map reveals a new landslide risk factor  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
In the deadly 2018 earthquake in the Indonesian city of Palu, intense shaking changed solid ground into a landslide of flowing mud, multiplying the death toll and economic impact. A new paper... more
A star is born: Using lasers to study how star stuff is made  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
On a typical day at the world's biggest laser, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore, California, you can find scientists casually... more
New supercomputer simulations explore magnetic reconnection and make a surprising discovery  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Magnetic reconnection, a process in which magnetic field lines tear and come back together, releasing large amounts of kinetic energy, occurs throughout the universe. The process... more
Gravity crystals: A new method for exploring the physics of white dwarf stars  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Grab a mixing bowl from your kitchen, throw in a handful of aluminum balls, apply some high voltage, and watch an elegant... more
World record acceleration: Zero to 7.8 billion electron volts in 8 inches  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
To understand the fundamental nature of our universe, scientists would like to build particle colliders that accelerate electrons and their antimatter counterparts (positrons) to... more
Sandia scientists tell the remarkable story of shock wave physics in post-World War II America  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Sandia National Laboratories physicists Mark Boslough and Dave Crawford predicted the Hubble Space Telescope would see a rising... more
Hubble Observes Dwarf Spiral: IC 4653  SCI-NEWS.COM · 14 hours
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has taken a beautiful picture of the dwarf spiral galaxy IC 4653. IC 4653 is located approximately 80 million... more
Record-number of over 200,000 galaxies confirm: Galaxy mergers ignite star bursts  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
When two galaxies merge, there are brief periods of stellar baby booms. A group of astronomers led by Lingyu Wang (SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research)... more
Japan to join Artemis program  SPACE NEWS · 21 hours
The Japanese government plans to join NASA in its Artemis program of lunar exploration, although the details about how it will contribute remain to be worked... more
HERON Survey Fishes Out Detail in Ghostly Galaxy Outskirts  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
Astronomers have completed the largest survey to date of the faint outskirts of nearby galaxies, successfully testing a... more
Chains of Atoms Move at Lightning Speed Inside Metals  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
A phenomenon that has previously been seen when researchers simulate the properties of planet cores at extreme pressures... more
Analysis of Galileo’s Jupiter Entry Probe Reveals Gaps in Heat Shield Modeling  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
The entry probe of the Galileo mission to Jupiter entered the planet's atmosphere in 1995 in fiery fashion. As the probe descended from Mach... more
China's next commercial rockets to make test flights in 2020, 2021: Xinhua  REUTERS · 2 days
China will launch test flights for the next two space rockets in its Smart Dragon series meant for commercial use in 2020 and 2021,... more
Move over, Honeycrisp: New apple to debut at grocery stores  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
They call it the Cosmic Crisp. It's not a video game, a superhero or the title of a Grateful Dead song. more
Report calls for changes in planetary protection policies  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
An independent report is calling on NASA to update decades’ old planetary protection policies to reflect changing knowledge of solar... more
Soil on Moon and Mars Likely to Support Crops  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Researchers at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands have produced crops in Mars and Moon soil simulant... more
NASA's planetary protection review addresses changing reality of space exploration  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA released a report Friday with recommendations from the Planetary Protection Independent Review Board (PPIRB) the agency established in response to a recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,... more
Mars 2020 unwrapped and ready for testing  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In this time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 4, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, bunny-suited engineers remove the inner layer of protective antistatic foil on the Mars 2020 rover after the... more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds overshooting tops, gravity waves in Tropical Storm Nestor  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided night-time and infrared views of developing Tropical Storm Nestor in the Gulf of Mexico and found over-shooting cloud tops and gravity... more
NASA astronauts complete repairs on historic spacewalk  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Two NASA astronauts successfully replaced a faulty battery charger during the agency’s first all-female spacewalk Oct. 18, an event that at times... more
NASA Astronauts Make History with 1st All-Female Spacewalk  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Today (Oct. 18), NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir embarked on the first spacewalk in history to be completed by a team of all women. more
US makes history with first all-female spacewalk  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir on Friday became the first all-female pairing to carry out a spacewalk—a historic milestone as NASA prepares to send the first woman to the Moon. more
NASA-NOAA satellite observes development of Tropical Storm Octave  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided infrared data that showed the development of Tropical Storm Octave in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. more
NASA-NOAA satellite finds Tropical Storm Neoguri consolidating  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with a visible image of Tropical Storm Neoguri that showed it had become more organized over the previous 24 hours. more
Super Spirals Spin Faster Than Expected, Astronomers Say  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Super spirals are the most massive star-forming disk galaxies in the Universe. They are much larger, brighter, and more massive... more
First all-female spacewalking team makes history  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The world's first all-female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, replacing a broken part of the International Space Station's power grid. more
Evolution tells us we might be the only intelligent life in the universe  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable... more
World's 1st female spacewalking team makes history  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The world's first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network. more
Origin and chemical makeup of Saturn's Moon Titan's dunes  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Astronomers exposed acetylene ice -- a chemical that is used on Earth in welding torches and exists at Titan's equatorial regions -- at low temperatures to proxies of high-energy galactic... more
Europe's largest meteorite crater home to deep ancient life  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Fractured rocks of impact craters have been suggested to host deep microbial communities on Earth, and potentially other terrestrial planets, yet direct evidence remains elusive. In a new study published... more
Image: Hubble snags starry galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In this image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, the galaxy NGC 4380 looks like a special effect straight out of a science fiction or fantasy film, swirling like a gaping portal to another dimension. more
Solar Orbiter ready to depart Europe  ESA · 3 days
ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission has completed its test campaign in Europe and is now being packed ready for its journey to Cape Canaveral at... more
U.S. astronauts embark on the first all-female spacewalk  REUTERS · 3 days
U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on Friday when they stepped outside the International Space Station (ISS)... more
ESA welcomes Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister  ESA · 3 days
Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider paid a special visit to ESA’s astronaut centre in Cologne, Germany today where he expressed commitment to strengthening... more
ALMA Finds Gas Waterfalls in Planet-Forming Disk around HD 163296  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
At three locations in the protoplanetary disk around HD 163296, a young star located approximately 400... more
Quantum spacetime on a quantum simulator  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Quantum simulation plays an irreplaceable role in diverse fields, beyond the scope of classical computers. In a recent study, Keren Li and an interdisciplinary research team at the Center for Quantum Computing, Quantum Science and Engineering... more
The Milky Way Stole Its Cosmic Neighbors from Another Galaxy  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
Our home galaxy stole several dwarf galaxies that used to belong to the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a galaxy near the Milky Way. more
The 1st All-Female Spacewalk Happening Today. Here's How to Watch It Live  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir are scheduled to begin the first-ever all-female spacewalk today (Oct. 18) at around 7:50 a.m. EDT (1150... more
Manufacturing minerals could transform the gem market, medical industries, and mitigate climate change  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Last month, scientists uncovered a mineral called Edscottite. Minerals are solid, naturally occurring substances that are not living, such as quartz or... more
What Is the Cryosphere?  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
The cryosphere is critical to Earth and its inhabitants, but it is vanishing as the planet warms. more
Facing the Sun  ESA · 4 days
Get to know our Solar Orbiter mission and how it will answer some of the biggest open questions about our star more
InSight instrument resumes movement into Martian surface  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
A probe on NASA’s InSight Mars lander that has been stuck for months is moving deeper into the surface again thanks to... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique. more
Black Holes Stunt Growth of Dwarf Galaxies  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Astronomers at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered that powerful winds driven by supermassive black holes in the centers of dwarf... more
ESA to request $13.9 billion budget from member states  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The European Space Agency will ask its 22 member states to commit to a budget of 12.5 billion... more
The clumpy and lumpy death of a star  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In 1572, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe was among those who noticed a new bright object in the constellation Cassiopeia. Adding fuel to the intellectual fire that Copernicus started, Tycho showed this "new star"... more
Mars InSight's 'mole' is moving again  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA's InSight spacecraft has used its robotic arm to help its heat probe, known as "the mole," dig nearly 2 centimeters (3/4 of an inch) over the past week. While modest, the movement is significant: Designed... more
NASA sounding rocket technology could enable simultaneous, multi-point measurements—first-ever capability  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA engineers plan to test a new avionics technology—distributed payload communications—that would give scientists a never-before-offered capability in sounding rocket-based research. more
Oxygen fugacities of extrasolar rocks: Evidence for an Earth-like geochemistry of exoplanets  Science Magazine · 4 days
Oxygen fugacity is a measure of rock oxidation that influences planetary structure and evolution. Most rocky bodies in the Solar System formed at oxygen... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new UCLA study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique.... more
How aerosols affect our climate  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Greenhouse gases may get more attention, but aerosols -- from car exhaust to volcanic eruptions -- also have a major impact on the Earth's climate. Using a massive NASA dataset, researchers have created a framework that helps explain... more
Spiral arms in a young accretion disk around a baby star  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
An international research team, led by Chin-Fei Lee at the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA, Taiwan), has detected a pair of spiral arms... more
Near-Earth asteroids spectroscopic survey at the Isaac Newton telescope  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The study of near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) is driven by both scientific and practical reasons. Because of their proximity to our planet, they can provide key information regarding the delivery of... more
Stormy cluster weather could unleash black hole power and explain lack of cosmic cooling  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
'Weather' in clusters of galaxies may explain a longstanding puzzle. Scientists have now used sophisticated simulations to show how powerful... more
Dark matter tugs the most massive spiral galaxies to breakneck speeds  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
When it comes to galaxies, how fast is fast? The Milky Way, an average spiral galaxy, spins at a speed of 130 miles per second (210... more
Breaking water molecules apart to generate clean fuel: Investigating a promising material  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
In line with the increasing global concerns about the state of our planet, perfecting the technology for alternative energy generation has become a hot... more
Hubble observes first confirmed interstellar comet  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Hubble has given astronomers their best look yet at an interstellar visitor -- comet 2I/Borisov -- whose speed and trajectory indicate it has come from beyond our solar system. Comet 2I/Borisov is only the second such... more
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