Europe’s powerful Ariane 5 booster took to the skies on Friday, October 19, to launch BepiColombo on a long journey to Mercury. The joint ESA/JAXA mission is expected to be inserted into Mercurian orbit in December of 2025. Arianespace used the powerful rocket to send the probe aloft and designation the mission VA245 in the company’s numbering system. The rocket lifted off at exactly 10:45 p.m. local time (9:45 p.m. EDT / 1:45 GMT October 20) from the Ariane Launch Complex No.3 (ELA-3) located i... ASTRO WATCH · 3 months
BepiColombo's First Routine Firing in Space  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
On Monday this week, BepiColombo began its very first routine electric propulsion firing. After meticulous testing of the spacecraft's four high-tech ion thrusters, the... more
Clarifying rates of methylmercury production  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
While volcanoes and forest fires release mercury, they are relatively small sources compared to the combustion of coal, oil, and other fuels. Mercury is toxic. Microbes turn mercury into a neurotoxin called methylmercury. They also turn the neurotoxin... more
BepiColombo’s first routine firing in space  ESA · 4 weeks
On Monday this week, BepiColombo began its very first routine electric propulsion firing. more
BepiColombo's first routine firing in space  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
On Monday this week, BepiColombo began its very first routine electric propulsion firing. more
Mercury levels in fish fluctuate along with water levels in lakes  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new study has found an unexpected connection between water levels in lakes and toxic mercury levels in fish. When droughts cause water levels to drop,... more
Scientists model Mercury's glaciers  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The processes that led to glaciation at the cratered poles of Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, have been modeled by a University of Maine-led research team. more
Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may... more
EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment... more
Israeli spacecraft gets special passenger before moon journey  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
Israeli scientists making final preparations to launch the country's first spacecraft to the moon added a special passenger on Monday that will accompany the journey. more
One Rocket Launch Remains on Today's Schedule After Three Delays  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
After three postponed launches originally scheduled to blast off today (Dec. 18), there is just one rocket set to launch today, but you can watch it live. more
Elon Musk shows off prototype of Mars-bound rocket, Starship  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled the first pictures of a retro-looking, steely rocket called Starship that may one day carry people to the Moon and Mars. more
Arianespace Launches Spy Satellite for France on Soyuz Rocket  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
An Arianespace Soyuz rocket successfully launched a new reconnaissance satellite into orbit for France Wednesday (Dec. 19), the first of a new constellation of spy satellites for the French military. more
SpaceX Launches 10 Iridium Satellites Into Orbit, Then Sticks Rocket Landing  SPACE.COM · 5 days
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lofted 10 final Iridium Next satellites into orbit today (Jan. 11), completing a two-year, eight-launch contract between the two companies. more
SpaceX and Blue Origin Just Scrubbed Near-Simultaneous Rocket Launches (Arianespace, Too!)  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
With no less than FOUR rocket launches by four different companies, today promised to be an epic one for space fans. But by mid-morning, two of... more
Rocket Glitch Delays Spy Satellite Launch Again  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
Wednesday's (Dec. 19) planned launch of the NROL-71 spy satellite was scrubbed due to a rocket glitch. The liftoff is now scheduled for Thursday (Dec. 20) at 8:31 p.m. EST (0131 GMT on Dec.... more
Astronauts land from ISS stint marred by air leak, rocket failure  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Three astronauts landed back on Earth on Thursday after a troubled stint on the ISS marred by an air leak and the failure of a rocket... more
When, Where and How to See the Planets in the 2019 Night Sky  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Here is a guide to when certain planets will appear brightest and most visible in the 2019 night sky, including Mercury's rare... more
How a CrossFit champion begins her day  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Ence hits the gym with some serious workout moves as part of her daily routine. more
China's space journey, to the moon's far side and beyond  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
China has come a long way since the founding of its space program in 1956. more
Mom's viral workout video inspires millions as she vows to lose 451 pounds  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A mother's ambitious weight loss journey is receiving global support after a video of her exercising was viewed by millions. more
My Morning Routine: How a CrossFit champion begins her day  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Ence hits the gym with some serious workout moves as part of her daily routine. more
Scientists use magnetic defects to achieve electromagnetic wave breakthrough  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Surfers spend much of their time watching long waves come onto the shoreline as they attempt to catch one right as it begins to curve and break. more
Medical News Today: 7 simple steps for heart health also prevent diabetes
MNT
Gillette urges men to get rid of 'toxic masculinity' in #MeToo era
ABC NEWS
Time to step inside your DNA
PHYS.ORG
Researcher creates 'minimal chair' that can ship flat, take seconds to assemble with no tools
PHYS.ORG
Astronomers develop new tool to find merging galaxies
PHYS.ORG
Feisty hummingbirds prioritize fencing over feeding
SCIENCE DAILY
George H.W. Bush's Overlooked Legacy in Space Exploration
SPACE.COM
Best of Last Year—The top Phys.org articles of 2018
PHYS.ORG
Medical News Today: The 12 best ways to lose butt fat
MNT
We discovered more about the honeybee 'wake-up call'—and it could help save them
PHYS.ORG
Fresh