Earth's Orbit
'Mad Mike' wasn't trying to prove 'flat Earth' theory on ill-fated rocket launch  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 hours
Following the tragic death of 'Mad' Mike Hughes, we revisit the real reasons why he launched himself into the air aboard his... more
An ultraviolet instrument for ESA's Jupiter mission  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
An ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS) designed and built by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is the first scientific instrument to be delivered for integration onto the European Space Agency's Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft. Scheduled... more
This is how ESA telescope Euclid is going to visualize dark matter  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
How can you see something that's invisible? Well, with Euclid! This future ESA telescope will map the structure of the universe and teach us... more
CO2 tracking in space  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
CO2 concentrations in the air continue to rise rapidly, and a rapid reduction in man-made emissions is becoming increasingly important. In order to assess the effectiveness of political measures, timely and reliable emission levels are needed. However, current methods are... more
XMM-Newton Detects X-ray Superflare from Ultracool Dwarf  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 hours
Using data from the European Photon Imaging Camera (EPIC) onboard ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory, astronomers have detected for the first time a... more
A year of surprising science from NASA's InSight Mars mission  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers published... more
Satellites for monitoring CO2 emissions  nanowerk · 12 hours
The European Space Agency ESA is working on the development of new satellites which will be able to determine CO2 emissions in the future. more
InSight detects gravity waves, low rumbles and devilish dust  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
More than a year after NASA's Mars InSight lander touched down in a pebble-filled crater on the Martian equator, the rusty red planet is now serving up its meteorological secrets:... more
Want to catch a photon? Start by silencing the sun  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have created a 3-D imaging system that uses light's quantum properties to create images 40,000 times crisper than current technologies, paving the... more
Want to catch a photon? Start by silencing the sun  SCIENCE DAILY · 24 hours
Researchers have created a 3D imaging system that uses light's quantum properties to create images 40,000 times crisper than current technologies, paving the way for never-before seen LIDAR... more
NASA, New Zealand partner to collect climate data from commercial aircraft  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
NASA is partnering with the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand Space Agency, Air New Zealand and the University of Auckland to... more
A year of surprising science from NASA's InSight Mars mission  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers reveal... more
The seismicity of Mars  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
On 26 November 2018, the NASA InSight lander successfully set down on Mars in the Elysium Planitia region. Seventy Martian days later, the mission's seismometer SEIS began recording the planet's vibrations. A team of researchers and engineers at ETH Zurich,... more
Magnetic field at Martian surface ten times stronger than expected  nanowerk · 1 day
New data gleaned from the magnetic sensor aboard NASA's InSight spacecraft is offering an unprecedented close-up of magnetic fields on Mars. more
Magnetic field at Martian surface ten times stronger than expected  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
New data gleaned from the magnetic sensor aboard NASA's InSight spacecraft is offering an unprecedented close-up of magnetic fields on Mars. more
Katherine Johnson, NASA mathematician portrayed in 'Hidden Figures', dies at 101  REUTERS · 1 day
Katherine Johnson, the black woman whose mathematical genius took her from a behind-the-scenes job... more
Pioneering black mathematician Katherine Johnson has died  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
NASA says Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who worked on NASA's early space missions and was portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures," about pioneering black female aerospace workers, has died. more
Image: Hubble fingerprints a galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope is no stranger to spiral galaxies. The telescope has brought us some of the most beautiful images ever taken of our spiral neighbors—and the galaxy known as NGC 4689 is no exception. more
See record-high temperatures strip Antarctica of huge amounts of ice  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Antarctica saw two record-high temperatures set between Feb. 6 and Feb.9, and that took a huge toll on the continent's ice, as seen in NASA images. more
NASA preparing for long-duration SpaceX commercial crew test flight  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
NASA is leaning increasingly towards making SpaceX’s crewed test flight to the International Space Station a long-duration mission,... more
Hubble Space Telescope Views NGC 691  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced this beautiful image of the unbarred spiral galaxy NGC 691. NGC 691 lies approximately 125 million light-years... more
Op-ed | NASA: Need Another Space Assignment?    SPACE NEWS · 4 days
While the National Space Council has laid out a clear path to a prosperous American future in space and NASA... more
Mars InSight lander to push on top of the 'mole'  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
After nearly a year of trying to dig into the Martian surface, the heat probe belonging to NASA's InSight lander is about to get a push. The mission... more
Geostationary satellite orders bouncing back  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Satellite builders booked more commercial orders in 2019 than the prior two years combined, but the industry remains in flux. SpaceNews.com more
NASA measures rainfall rates in two American Samoa Tropical Cyclones  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
There are two tropical cyclones affecting American Samoa in the South Pacific Ocean on Feb. 21. Tropical Storm Vicky has triggered warnings, while Tropical Cyclone 18P continues to... more
NASA sees tropical cyclone 18p form near American Samoa  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The low-pressure area that has been lingering west-northwest of American Samoa for several days has organized into a tropical depression. NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and... more
Beyond the brim, Sombrero Galaxy's halo suggests turbulent past  nanowerk · 4 days
These latest Hubble observations of the Sombrero galaxy indicate only a tiny fraction of older, metal-poor stars in the halo, plus an unexpected abundance of metal-rich stars. Past major galaxy... more
Electric Solid Propellant - Can it Take the Heat?  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
Electric solid propellants are being explored as a safer option for pyrotechnics, mining, and in-space propulsion because they... more
Beyond the brim, Sombrero Galaxy's halo suggests turbulent past  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Surprising new data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope suggests the smooth, settled "brim" of the Sombrero galaxy's disk may be concealing a turbulent past. Hubble's sharpness and sensitivity resolves tens... more
Sub-Neptune sized planet validated with the habitable-zone planet finder  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
A signal originally detected by the Kepler spacecraft has been validated as an exoplanet using the Habitable-zone Planet Finder. more
Beyond the brim, Sombrero Galaxy's halo suggests turbulent past  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
These latest Hubble observations of the Sombrero galaxy indicate only a tiny fraction of older, metal-poor stars in the halo, plus an unexpected abundance of metal-rich stars. Past major galaxy... more
Bacteria on the International Space Station no more dangerous than earthbound strains  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Two particularly tenacious species of bacteria have colonized the potable water dispenser aboard the International Space Station (ISS), but a new study suggests that... more
Sub-Neptune sized planet validated with the habitable-zone planet finder  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A signal originally detected by the Kepler spacecraft has been validated as an exoplanet using the Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF), an astronomical spectrograph built by a Penn State team and... more
Sex in space: Could technology meet astronauts' intimate needs?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The 2018 movie A.I. Rising explores how machines could fulfill desires and support humans during space travel. Lo and behold, it might contain the solution to problems related to space... more
NASA prepares for new science flights above coastal Louisiana  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
As sea levels rise, some areas of the Mississippi Delta are drowning while others are actually gaining mass. NASA's Delta-X heads to the region to figure out why. more
What should we do if a 'planet-killer' asteroid takes aim at Earth?  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
If a giant object looks like it's going to slam into Earth, humanity has a few options. A new guide could help NASA decide... more
Solar Orbiter Sends Back First Science Data  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Solar Orbiter, a new collaborative mission between ESA and NASA to study our Sun, successfully launched on an Atlas V 411 rocket... more
White House, NASA emphasize bipartisan support for lunar plans  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Vice President Mike Pence said in a Feb. 19 speech that the administration’s budget proposal for NASA to... more
Journey to the center of Mars  nanowerk · 5 days
While NASA's InSight's seismometer has been patiently waiting for the next big marsquake to illuminate its interior and define its crust-mantle-core structure, two scientists have built a new compositional model for Mars. more
China resumes space launch activity amid coronavirus outbreak  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
China launched a Long March 2D rocket from its inland Xichang launch center Wednesday, marking a return to activity following... more
Colorado Springs launches national campaign to keep U.S. Space Command  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC kicked off a $350,000 national public relations campaign. SpaceNews.com more
Russia will replace 2 cosmonauts set for launch to space  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Russia's space agency said Wednesday that two cosmonauts scheduled to launch to the International Space Station will be replaced with alternates for medical reasons. more
Passengers leave ship docked off Japan after quarantine ends  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Hundreds of passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess after their two-week quarantine in Japan ended more
Bacteria on the International Space Station no more dangerous than earthbound strains  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Two particularly tenacious species of bacteria have colonized the potable water dispenser aboard the International Space Station (ISS), but a new study suggests that... more
Passengers depart docked ship after virus quarantine ends  ABC NEWS · 6 days
Hundreds of passengers left the cruise ship Diamond Princess after their two-week quarantine in Japan ended more
ESA Start-up Competition seeks Europe’s brightest innovation stars  ESA · 6 days
ESA is calling on ambitious start-ups to join the new ESA Start-up Competition. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs in... more
Findings from NASA's Juno update Jupiter water mystery  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's Juno mission has provided its first science results on the amount of water in Jupiter's atmosphere. Published recently in the journal Nature Astronomy, the Juno results estimate that at the equator,... more
Japanese communications satellite and South Korean weather satellite launch on Ariane 5  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
Arianespace completed its third launch of the year Feb. 18, sending a Japanese communications satellite and a South Korean weather satellite into geostationary transfer... more
Ariane 5’s second launch of 2020  ESA · 7 days
Ariane 5 has delivered two satellites, JCSAT-17 and Geo-Kompsat-2B, into their planned transfer orbits. more
Kleos Space borrows $3.7 million while awaiting first launch  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Radio-frequency-mapping startup Kleos Space on Feb. 18 said it received a $3.4 million loan from Dubai-based Winance to... more
SpaceX aims to launch up to 4 tourists into super high orbit  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
SpaceX aims to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possibly by the end of next year. more
Kleos Space borrows $3.4 million while awaiting first launch  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Radio-frequency-mapping startup Kleos Space on Feb. 18 said it received a $3.4 million loan from Dubai-based Winance to... more
NASA finds wind shear doing in Tropical Storm Gabekile  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Winds outside of Tropical Storm Gabekile are ripping the storm apart. NASA's Aqua satellite provided a visible image of the storm that showed strong northwesterly wind shear was adversely affecting... more
Hubble turns lens towards gender bias, yielding lessons for Earthlings  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is helping find new ways to combat gender bias, according to new research from the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business. more
Highly sensitive sensors show promise in enhancing human touch  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
People rely on a highly tuned sense of touch to manipulate objects, but injuries to the skin and the simple act of wearing gloves can impair this ability. Surgeons, for... more
Using satellites and machine learning to protect food security in Eastern Africa  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
For many African countries, lack of food is one of the most, pressing issues today. Dr. Catherine Nakalembe, Africa Program Lead for NASA Harvest,... more
New adventures in beds and baths for spaceflight  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
ESA is expanding its bedrest program that allows researchers to study how human bodies react to living in space—without leaving their bed. more
Blue Origin opens rocket engine factory  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Blue Origin formally opened a factory Feb. 17 that the company plans to use to produce engines both for its vehicles and for United... more
SpaceX re-useable rocket misses landing ship  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
SpaceX successfully launched its latest cluster of high-speed internet satellites into orbit Monday but was unable to land its rocket booster on an autonomous ship, missing a key milestone. more
SpaceX launches fifth batch of Starlink satellites, misses booster landing  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
SpaceX completed its fifth dedicated Starlink launch Feb. 17, successfully sending 60 satellites into low Earth... more
New adventures in beds and baths for spaceflight  ESA · 1 week
ESA is expanding its bedrest programme that allows researchers to study how human bodies react to living in space –... more
Image: Hubble embraces spiral with open arms  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The spiral galaxy NGC 2008 sits center stage, its ghostly spiral arms spreading out toward us, in this image captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. more
Earth climate models and the search for life on other planets  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In a generic brick building on the northwestern edge of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center campus in Greenbelt, Maryland, thousands of computers packed in racks the... more
Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:08:18 Europe's Spaceport lies northeast of South America in French Guiana, an overseas department of France. This location near the equator enables the Ariane, Soyuz... more
Hubble Takes Closer Look at Stunning Spiral Galaxy: NGC 4689  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have photographed the central part of a spiral galaxy... more
China quietly rolls out new rocket to launch mystery satellite  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
China has quietly rolled out a new Long March 7A rocket at a coastal launch site... more
Candy, cheese soar to space station to satisfy crew cravings  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Saturday, carrying candy and cheese to satisfy the astronauts' cravings. more
Cygnus launches to space station  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
A Cygnus cargo spacecraft launched Feb. 15 carrying more than three tons of supplies and experiments for the International Space Station. SpaceNews.com more
One Small Grain of Moon Dust, One Giant Leap for Lunar Studies  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Back in 1972, NASA sent their last team of astronauts to the Moon in the Apollo 17 mission. These astronauts brought some of the... more
Astra emphasizes rapid iteration in its quest for low-cost, rapid launch  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
As Astra prepares for its first orbital launch attempt, the company is setting expectations... more
NASA catches the re-birth of zombie tropical cyclone Francisco  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The low-pressure area that had once been Tropical Cyclone Francisco has been lingering in the Southern Indian Ocean since Feb. 6 when it weakened below tropical cyclone status. Since then,... more
NASA finds ex-Tropical Cyclone Uesi's rains affecting New Zealand  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Although it is now an "ex-tropical cyclone," Uesi continues to generate some moderate rainfall, especially in its southern quadrant as it moves toward New Zealand. more
NASA Releases Remastered ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Image  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
On February 14, 1990, cameras of NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft pointed back toward the Sun and snapped a series of pictures of... more
NASA flights detect millions of Arctic methane hotspots  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Knowing where emissions are happening and what's causing them brings us a step closer to being able to forecast the region's impact on global climate. more
Status update: OSIRIS-REx Osprey Flyover  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft safely executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of the backup sample collection site Osprey as part of the mission's Reconnaissance B phase activities. Preliminary telemetry, however, indicates that the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) did not operate... more
NASA selects four possible missions to study the secrets of the solar system  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA has selected four Discovery Program investigations to develop concept studies for new missions. Although they're not official missions yet and some... more
Paxi on the ISS: Fun facts about the ISS  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:03:52 Our alien friend Paxi went to visit American astronaut Anne McClain on board the International Space... more
NASA selects four finalists for next Discovery mission  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA is considering missions to Venus and two outer solar system moons as the next in its Discovery line of... more
Astranis raises $90 million in debt and equity ahead of first launch  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Astranis said it would use the new money to finish its first satellite, a broadband “MicroGEO” satellite that will deliver internet to Alaska.  SpaceNews.com more
NASA flights detect millions of Arctic methane hotspots  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In a new study, scientists with NASA's Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) used planes equipped with the Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer -- Next Generation (AVIRIS -- NG), a highly specialized instrument,... more
NASA’s SOFIA airborne observatory faces termination again  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA’s fiscal year 2021 budget request proposes cancelling an airborne observatory, a move that has surprised many astronomers but is also not... more
New Horizons team uncovers a critical piece of the planetary formation puzzle  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Data from NASA's New Horizons mission are providing new insights into how planets and planetesimals -- the building blocks of the planets -- were... more
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