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Hubble Snaps Close-Up of Spiral Galaxy IC 2051  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 hour
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an outstanding image of the central part of the compact spiral galaxy IC... more
Hubble’s celestial peanut  ESA · 3 hours
Image: This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows NGC 1175, a galaxy with an intriguing and distinctive shape.Galaxies come in a range of shapes and sizes. Spiral galaxies... more
Huge New Storm Creates Hexagon at Jupiter's South Pole  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
NASA's Juno probe discovered a giant new storm swirling near Jupiter's south pole last month, a few weeks after pulling off a dramatic death-dodging maneuver. more
Vector files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Small launch vehicle company Vector filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Dec. 13 as part of an agreement that could see some of its satellite... more
NASA’s MAVEN Orbiter Maps Martian Upper Atmospheric Winds  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Using NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, a team of planetary researchers have measured the speed and direction... more
Finding a killer electron hot spot in Earth's Van Allen radiation belts  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
JAXA and NASA satellite observations show where killer electrons are generated in the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth. more
Investing in 'space on Earth'  ESA · 3 days
With more than fifty years of experience operating spacecraft, ESA has built up an incredible web of state-of-the art operations systems and technologies across the globe. more
CryoSat maps ice shelf on the move  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
It is now almost 10 years since ESA's CryoSat was launched. Throughout its decade in orbit, this novel satellite, which carries a radar altimeter to measure changes in the height of the world's ice,... more
Video: OPS-SAT, the flying laboratory  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
On 17 December, ESA will launch a first-of-its-kind space laboratory, OPS-SAT. The small, low-cost test satellite has been specifically designed for operational experiments in space, and includes the most powerful flight computer on board any current ESA spacecraft. more
Image: Hubble views galaxy's dazzling display  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NGC 3175 is located around 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump). The galaxy can be seen slicing across the frame in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, with... more
Sandbox satellite to test operations innovations in space  ESA · 3 days
This coming Tuesday, ESA is launching the most powerful flight computer ever flown in space – inside a satellite smaller... more
X marks the spot: NASA selects site for asteroid sample collection  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
After a year scoping out asteroid Bennu's boulder-scattered surface, the team leading NASA's first asteroid sample return mission has officially selected a sample collection site. more
Calling radio amateurs: Help find OPS-SAT!  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Calling all radio amateurs! ESA is challenging anyone with amateur radio equipment to catch the first signals from OPS-SAT, ESA's brand new space software laboratory. more
Watch Cheops launch live  ESA · 3 days
Tune in to ESA Web TV from  08:30 GMT (09:30 CET) Tuesday 17 December to watch ESA’s exoplanet mission soar into space on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Europe’s... more
An upcoming ESA mission is going to remove one piece of space junk from orbit  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
While working at the NASA Johnson Space Center during the 1970s, astrophysicist Donald Kessler predicted that collisions of... more
Download a free copy of the SpaceNews Awards issue  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
SpaceNews announced the winners of its third annual SpaceNews Awards for Excellence & Innovation at a Dec. 10... more
NASA's Juno navigators enable Jupiter cyclone discovery  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Jupiter's south pole has a new cyclone. The discovery of the massive Jovian tempest occurred on Nov. 3, 2019, during the most recent data-gathering flyby of Jupiter by NASA's Juno spacecraft. It was the... more
Hubble Team Releases New Photos of Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured two new images of 2I/Borisov, the first known interstellar... more
NASA selects OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling site  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA announced Dec. 12 that it has selected the site on a near Earth asteroid where a spacecraft will touch down and collect samples,... more
Video: ESA's short film, 'The Burn'  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
ESA's short film, The Burn, takes us into the heart of Europe's mission control during a critical moment in the life of a future mission. more
Mars Express tracks the phases of Phobos  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
ESA's Mars Express has captured detailed views of the small, scarred and irregularly shaped moon Phobos from different angles during a unique flyby. more
Finally Taking Major Steps to Rein in Space Debris  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
The European Space Agency estimates that 60-plus years of space flight has left more than 34,000 objects greater... more
Rosalind meets Rosalind  ESA · 3 days
Image: The work of Dr Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) is well known for being central to the discovery of the iconic double-helix structure of DNA, the fabric of life as we... more
CryoSat maps ice shelf on the move  ESA · 3 days
It is now almost 10 years since ESA’s CryoSat was launched. Throughout its decade in orbit, this novel satellite, which carries a... more
OPS-SAT: the flying laboratory  ESA · 3 days
Video: 00:03:18 On 17 December, ESA will launch a first-of-its-kind space laboratory, OPS-SAT. The small, low-cost, test satellite has been specifically designed for operational experimentation in space, and... more
NASA approves Dec. 20 Starliner test flight  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA gave its approval Dec. 12 to proceed with the launch later this month of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft on... more
Boeing's crew capsule declared ready for 1st space flight  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Boeing's Starliner crew capsule finally has a launch date for its first test flight to the International Space Station. more
First identified comet to visit our solar system from another star  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Comet 2I/Borisov is a mysterious visitor from the depths of space -- the first identified comet to arrive here from another star. Hubble images capture the... more
Researchers show restoration of medical records via satellite link for disaster medical support  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Kochi Health Science Center and collaborating teams have developed a secure data backup system... more
Super-cool addition to deep space family  ESA · 4 days
Image: It's confirmed! ESA is building its fourth deep space antenna – much like the Cebreros dish pictured here – that will ensure upcoming missions like... more
NASA's NICER delivers best-ever pulsar measurements, first surface map  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Astrophysicists are redrawing the textbook image of pulsars, the dense, whirling remains of exploded stars, thanks to NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), an X-ray telescope aboard the International... more
Kepler books SpaceX rideshare for LEO satellites  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Kepler Communications on Dec. 11 said it booked 400 kilograms of rideshare capacity with SpaceX  in order to launch an unspecified number... more
Rocket Lab inaugurates U.S. launch site  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The U.S. Air Force will be the first customer for a Rocket Lab Electron launching in 2020 from a new launch site in Virginia,... more
Martian aurora offers climate change clues, research reports  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A newly published study, presented on Dec. 12 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, reveals that a type of Martian aurora originally detected by NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is in fact the... more
Calling radio amateurs: help find OPS-SAT!  ESA · 4 days
Calling all radio amateurs! ESA is challenging anyone with amateur radio equipment to catch the first signals from OPS-SAT, ESA’s brand new space software... more
New Map Shows Near-Surface Water Ice on Mars  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey orbiter, a team of planetary researchers have crated a map... more
Secret life above thunderstorms uncovered  ESA · 4 days
The space-borne storm-hunter on Europe’s Columbus laboratory is continuously monitoring thunderstorms as it flies 400 km overhead on the International Space Station. more
The return to Venus and what it means for Earth  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Sue Smrekar really wants to go back to Venus. In her office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the planetary scientist displays a 30-year-old image of... more
Saturn Satellite Networks to be first customer of Northrop Grumman’s OmegA  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Northrop Grumman announced Dec. 12 that Saturn Satellite Networks, a startup satellite manufacturer, will... more
The truth behind The Burn  ESA · 4 days
ESA’s short film, The Burn, takes us into the heart of Europe’s mission control during a critical moment in the life of a future mission. more
House preparing to introduce new NASA authorization bill  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
A House committee is finalizing its version of a NASA authorization bill that will cover many of the same topics... more
Mars Express tracks the phases of Phobos  ESA · 4 days
ESA’s Mars Express has captured detailed views of the small, scarred and irregularly shaped moon Phobos from different angles during a unique... more
Mars Express views Phobos phases  ESA · 4 days
Video: 00:00:28 ESA’s Mars Express recently tracked Phobos as the moon passed in front of the spacecraft's camera, capturing detailed views of the small, irregularly shaped... more
NRL-camera aboard NASA spacecraft confirms asteroid phenomenon  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-built camera mounted on the NASA Parker Solar Probe revealed an asteroid dust trail that has eluded astronomers for decades. more
NASA's Operation IceBridge completes 11 years of polar surveys  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
For eleven years from 2009 through 2019, the planes of NASA's Operation IceBridge flew above the Arctic, Antarctic and Alaska, gathering data on the height, depth, thickness, flow and change... more
NASA to buy more commercial Earth observation data  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA will seek continued access to Earth observation data gathered by commercial satellite constellations after a pilot program proved the... more
A terrestrial gamma-ray flash and ionospheric ultraviolet emissions powered by lightning  Science Magazine · 4 days
Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) are transient gamma-ray emissions from thunderstorms, generated by electrons accelerated to relativistic energies in electric fields. Elves are ultraviolet and optical emissions... more
Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin rocket makes 12th test flight  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Blue Origin, the space company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, launched the 12th crewless test of its New Shepard rocket on Wednesday, pushing the first flights with passengers to... more
NASA's treasure map for water ice on Mars  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Where should the first people on Mars land? A new paper provides a map of water ice believed to be as little as an inch (2.5 centimeters) below the surface of the... more
Julia’s ESA journey, from YGT to Flight Dynamics Engineer  ESA · 5 days
To conclude our series on the stories of ESA’s YGT alumni, we caught up with Julia Schwartz, ESA... more
NASA finds Tropical Storm Belna's heavy rainfall potential shrinks  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Tropical Storm Belna weakened after it made landfall in northwestern Madagascar, and infrared imagery from NASA showed how the area of strong storms within had diminished. Cold cloud top temperatures... more
ISS sensors show terrestrial gamma-ray flash and ionospheric UV emissions spurred by lightning  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A team of researchers from Denmark, Norway, Spain and Italy has found that both terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and ionospheric ultraviolet emissions are... more
Tech for life  ESA · 5 days
From robotics and more efficient batteries to wheel animals with extraordinary survival skills, life and technology are intertwined on the International Space Station. The last deliveries of the year arrived... more
Magnetic Fields Play Important Role in Shaping Spiral Galaxies  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
New infrared observations from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) of Messier 77, a spiral galaxy located... more
New NASA ebook reveals insights of Earth seen at night from space  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Earth has many stories to tell, even in the dark of night. Earth at Night, NASA's new 200-page ebook, is now available online and... more
Refueling satellites in space with the help of a robot  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Many technologies that are essential for daily life—from communications to GPS navigation to weather forecasting—rely on the thousands of satellites that are orbiting Earth. When those satellites run... more
X-ray satellite XMM-Newton celebrates 20 years in space  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Two decades ago, on Dec. 10, 1999, an Ariane 5 rocket climbed into the morning sky from Kourou, French Guiana. It carried into orbit the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton), the largest scientific... more
Bennu is Active Asteroid, OSIRIS-REx Team Says  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft recently observed several particle ejection events on the surface of the... more
Two rovers to roll on Mars again: Curiosity and Mars 2020  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Curiosity won't be NASA's only active Mars rover for much longer. Next summer, Mars 2020 will be headed for the Red Planet. While the newest rover... more
NASA's treasure map for water ice on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA has big plans for returning astronauts to the Moon in 2024, a stepping stone on the path to sending humans to Mars. But where should the first people on the Red... more
NASA and Boeing look ahead to long-term SLS production  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
As NASA marked the completion of the core stage of the first Space Launch System rocket, the agency... more
Earth observation at Space, Security and Defence event  ESA · 5 days
On 6 December, representatives from ESA, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Italian Space Agency met at the... more
Christmas reflection  ESA · 5 days
Image: The Christmas tree is up at ESA’s ESTEC technical heart in the Netherlands, seen here reflected in the main mirror of a tenth scale model of the NASA-ESA-CSA James Webb Space Telescope.The Christmas... more
NASA Earth Science leaders anticipate low-cost launch options  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA Earth Science leaders are enthusiastic about the potential for principal investigators to take advantage of new low-cost launch options.... more
NASA's temp check on Tropical Storm Belna finds heavy rainfall potential  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Cold cloud top temperatures can tell forecasters if a tropical cyclone has the potential to generate heavy rainfall, and that is exactly what NASA's Aqua satellite... more
Scientist to lead upcoming NASA field study of East Coast snowstorms  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Snowstorms can wreak havoc across the United States, but especially on the East Coast. Snow is the least-understood form of precipitation, with major snowstorms among the... more
Holiday kristall  ESA · 6 days
Image: This box of holiday cheer is actually tubes of plasma containing suspended microparticles exposed to an electrical current to form 3D crystal structures.Called Plasma Kristall-4, this ESA–Roscosmos experiment has been helping... more
Cheops: The Hunt for Exoplanets  ESA · 6 days
Video: 00:03:00 A powerful space telescope, due for launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 17 December 2019, will give scientists a new insight into... more
Europe Is Launching a Suicide Robot to 'Hug' Space Trash Out of Orbit  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
Meta description: The ESA has announced a mission to launch a four-armed robot to grab a single piece of space junk and... more
SLS core stage declared ready for launch in 2021  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
NASA declared the long-delayed core stage for the first Space Launch System rocket complete Dec. 9, although the... more
Chinese space launch firm Landspace raises $71 million  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Private Chinese launch firm Landspace has raised $71 million in series C round funding for development of a new launcher.... more
Call for Media: Cheops launch to study exoplanets  ESA · 6 days
Press Release N° 24–2019 Cheops, ESA’s ‘Characterising Exoplanet Satellite’, is scheduled to be launched on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 09:54 CET on 17 December 2019. Representatives... more
The Antarctic: Data about the structure of the icy continent  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Satellite data from the European Space Agency (ESA) has now been used as the basis for new insights on the deep structure of the continent Antarctica. more
NASA says core stage of next Moon rocket now ready  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency's head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in... more
The Antarctic: Study provides data about the structure of the icy continent  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The Antarctic is one of the parts of Earth that we know the least about. Due to the massive ice shield, the collection of... more
NASA examines Tropical Cyclone Belna's water vapor concentration  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Indian Ocean, water vapor data provided information about the intensity of Tropical Cyclone Belna. more
Image: Hubble spots galaxy's dramatic details  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Some of the most dramatic events in the universe occur when certain stars die—and explode catastrophically in the process. more
SN Now: The final installment of SCaN Now  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
NASA satellites, no matter the destination, have to communicate their data to mission control and scientists on Earth. These missions capture extraordinary data that make communications an essential part of each mission:... more
New biomass map to take stock of the world's carbon  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The first of a series of global maps aimed at quantifying change in carbon stored as biomass across the world's forests and shrublands has been released today by... more
New reentry CubeSat in orbit  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
ESA's latest space mission has reached orbit. The Qarman CubeSat flew to space aboard SpaceX's Dragon launched from Florida, U.S., on Thursday 5 December, ahead of a planned rendezvous with the International Space Station on Sunday 8 December.... more
XMM-Newton’s 20th anniversary in space  ESA · 7 days
Image: On 10 December, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray space observatory is celebrating its 20th launch anniversary. In those two decades, the observatory has supplied a constant stream... more
Russian supply ship docks with International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
An unmanned Russian ship carrying tons of supplies successfully docked Monday with the International Space Station. more
ESA commissions world’s first space debris removal  ESA · 1 week
ClearSpace-1 will be the first space mission to remove an item of debris of orbit, planned for launch in 2025. The mission... more
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