Space Exploration
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets its wheels and air brakes  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
Final assembly and testing of NASA's Perseverance rover continues at Kennedy Space Center in Florida as the July launch window approaches. In some of the last steps required... more
Tissue dynamics provide clues to human disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Scientists have studied oscillating patterns of gene expression, coordinated across time and space within a tissue grown in vitro, to explore the molecular causes of a rare human hereditary disease known as spondylocostal dysostosis. more
Spot BepiColombo during its ‘goodbye flyby’  ESA · 2 days
On 10 April, BepiColombo will be visible to amateur and professional astronomers during its first – and only – Earth flyby, as the spacecraft... more
Third Starship prototype destroyed in tanking test  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
For the third time in less than five months, a prototype of SpaceX’s Starship next-generation launch vehicle was destroyed in a test... more
Choosing rocks on Mars to bring to Earth  ESA · 2 days
If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as... more
Smart surfaces for space hygiene  ESA · 2 days
While efforts continue to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus on Earth, a space-based experiment called Matiss has been investigating how ‘smart surfaces’ on the... more
Read about ESA's activities in this interactive publication  ESA · 3 days
Read about ESA's activities in this interactive publication ESA Impact Q1 highlights dramatic events on our planet including COVID-19, bushfires,... more
Rodents and a rocket carried these researchers' dreams to space  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The human body evolved within the constant force of Earth's gravity. To prevent bone and muscle atrophy during their stays in space, astronauts must exercise every day. For... more
NASA call for astronauts draws 12,000 spaceflight hopefuls  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Who wants to be an astronaut? More than 12,000 people do, resulting in NASA's second-largest group of astronaut hopefuls. more
SpaceX almost ready to start testing third Starship prototype  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
For almost a year now, SpaceX has been building a series of Starship prototypes that will test how the system fares when launched to orbit. Coming on the heels of... more
ESA Impact 2020 - Quarter 1  ESA · 4 days
ESA Impact 2020 - Quarter 1 ESA Impact Q1 highlights dramatic events on our planet including COVID-19, bushfires, an iceberg and a fireball, plus... more
NASA selects astronauts for Crew Dragon mission  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA has completed the crew for the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, one that will not... more
Study determines burst properties of the most recurring transient magnetar  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using NASA's Fermi and Swift spacecraft, astronomers have investigated SGR J1935+2154, the most recurring transient magnetar known to date. The new research sheds more light on the burst... more
NASA selects mission to study causes of giant solar particle storms  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA has selected a new mission to study how the Sun generates and releases giant space weather storms—known as solar particle storms—into planetary space. Not only... more
Geopolymer concrete: Building moon bases with astronaut urine and regolith  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee.... more
Astronaut urine to build moon bases  nanowerk · 1 week
The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. Researchers have found that it could be used... more
SpaceX wins NASA commercial cargo contract for lunar Gateway  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA announced March 27 it has selected SpaceX to provide cargo transportation services for the agency’s planned lunar... more
#SpaceConnectsUs replay  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:00:00 Asteroid Day and the European Space Agency connected Europe and the world with astronauts, scientists and performers bringing a message of hope and support for those facing the global Coronavirus... more
Coronavirus raises interest in remote spacecraft operations  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
With the coronavirus pandemic limiting options for personnel to gather in mission control centers to operate spacecraft, some companies are turning to... more
New mission would provide a road map in the search for alien atmospheres  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new spacecraft proposed by scientists at CU Boulder could soon be NASA's nose in space, sniffing out the environments beyond Earth's... more
10.9 million names now aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign invited people around the world to submit their names to ride aboard the agency's next rover to the Red Planet. Some 10,932,295 people... more
Space data adds to the fun for music fans  ESA · 1 week
Devotees of electronic music are snapping up space-enabled creative content as they collect unique digital keepsakes and access... more
NASA requesting proposals for Orion engine  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA is seeking bids to develop a new engine for its Orion spacecraft that will effectively be a plug-in replacement for the shuttle-era engine... more
Astronomers use slime mould to map the universe's largest structures  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
The behaviour of one of nature's humblest creatures and archival data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are helping astronomers probe the largest structures in the Universe. more
Astronaut conducts heart research on station with former colleague  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When NASA astronaut Jessica Meir recently slipped her hands into the Life Sciences Glovebox on the International Space Station to conduct a new investigation on heart tissues, she brought a... more
Revisiting decades-old Voyager 2 data, scientists find one more secret about Uranus  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Eight and a half years into its grand tour of the solar system, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft was ready for another encounter. It was... more
Curiosity Sends New Selfie from Red Planet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity captured a stunning new selfie on February 26, 2020 (the 2687th Martian day, or sol, of the mission).... more
Supernova remnant W49B investigated with XMM-Newton  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Chinese astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft have investigated a luminous supernova remnant (SNR) known as W49B. Results of the new study, presented in a paper published March 16 on arXiv.org, shed more light on the properties... more
Scientists develop inexpensive method to produce E-sail tethers  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Thin metallic tethers for Coulomb drag devices that tow satellites and spacecraft can now be produced more easily than before. Scientists of the Finnish Meteorological Institute have developed a method to produce... more
ESA puts four science missions on hold during pandemic  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
The European Space Agency announced March 24 it is suspending regular operations of four of its missions, including... more
SpaceX reports problem during Crew Dragon parachute test  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
SpaceX said March 24 that one of the final parachute tests for its Crew Dragon spacecraft went awry, a problem... more
SpaceX's simulated spacecraft becomes unstable in parachute test: CNBC  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Private rocket company SpaceX had an incident during parachute testing for its Crew Dragon capsule, in which the... more
NASA to hand off spacecraft communications to industry  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA is preparing to hand off to the private sector much of the work of communicating with spacecraft in Earth... more
8 European spacecraft put in hibernation amid virus lockdown  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The European Space Agency said Tuesday that it is putting eight of its spacecraft into hibernation as it scales down operations during the coronavirus outbreak. more
Elon Musk says he'll have 1,200 ventilators ready to deliver this week  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
SpaceX and Tesla engineers are set to make a big contribution to the coronavirus fight, just a week after Elon Musk offered to help. more
NASA to participate in SpaceX engine anomaly investigation  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA representatives will be part of an ongoing SpaceX investigation into an engine anomaly on a recent Falcon 9 launch... more
Image: Bennu in unprecedented detail  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This global map of asteroid Bennu's surface is a mosaic of images collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft between Mar. 7 and Apr. 19, 2019. A total of 2,155 PolyCam images were stitched together and corrected to produce the... more
Maxar warns pandemic could delay deliveries but work continues  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Maxar Technologies warned customers that it may not be able to deliver spacecraft on time or on budget... more
ESA to issue Call for Ideas for next Earth Explorer  ESA · 2 weeks
As part of the ongoing commitment to realise new satellite missions that advance our understanding of... more
Maxar warns customers pandemic may delay spacecraft deliveries  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Maxar Technologies warned customers that it may not be able to deliver spacecraft on time or on budget due to... more
Curiosity Mars rover takes a new selfie before record climb  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recently set a record for the steepest terrain it's ever climbed, cresting the "Greenheugh Pediment," a broad sheet of rock that sits atop a... more
NASA suspends work on Moon rocket due to virus  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA said it has suspended work on building and testing the rocket and capsule for its Artemis manned mission to the Moon due to the rising number of coronavirus cases... more
“Overstressed” NASA Mars exploration budget threatens missions  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Cost overruns on a major rover mission and proposals for both sample return missions and a new orbiter are straining NASA’s Mars... more
NASA's Mars perseverance rover gets its sample handling system  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
With the launch period for NASA's Mars Perseverance rover opening in a little less than four months, the six-wheeler is reaching significant pre-launch milestones almost daily at the Kennedy Space... more
ESA Mission Control adjusts to coronavirus conditions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Responsible for spacecraft orbiting Earth, the Sun and exploring the Solar System, teams at ESA's ESOC mission control deal with in-flight challenges every day, from faulty hardware, problematic software and hazardous space debris to... more
Image: The southern hemisphere of Jupiter  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Juno mission captured this look at the southern hemisphere of Jupiter on Feb. 17, 2020, during the spacecraft's most recent close approach to the giant planet. more
NASA targets May for Crew Dragon test flight  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA announced March 18 it plans to perform a crewed flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, with two NASA astronauts... more
SpaceX plans first manned flight to space station in May  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Elon Musk's SpaceX will send astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time in May, NASA said, announcing the first crewed launch from the United States... more
OHB says coronavirus may delay satellite projects but won’t cost revenue  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
WASHINGTON — The slow-moving nature of spacecraft manufacturing will insulate OHB Systems, at least... more
SpaceX claims some success in darkening Starlink satellites  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
SpaceX says it will take more steps to reduce the impact of its Starlink satellite constellation on astronomy, although astronomers... more
Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled moon, dies at 88  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who circled the moon alone in 1971 while his two crewmates test-drove the first lunar rover, has died at age 88,... more
Polymer films pass electron gun test  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
HSE researchers, jointly with colleagues from the RAN Institute of Organoelement Compounds and the RAN Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, have studied the properties of a polyarylene ether ketone-based copolymer (co-PAEK) for potential space applications.... more
Mission Control adjusts to coronavirus conditions  ESA · 3 weeks
Responsible for spacecraft orbiting Earth, the Sun and exploring the Solar System, teams at ESA’s mission control deal with in-flight challenges every day, from... more
SpaceX launches Starlink satellites, misses booster landing for second time  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
SpaceX successfully launched 60 satellites for its Starlink broadband constellation March 18, but failed to recover... more
Growing stem cells for deep space exploration  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Earth's magnetosphere protects us from the most harmful cosmic rays that bombard our planet but beyond this natural shield, astronauts are subjected to radiation that is a hundred times more than at sea level. more
Image: Space foam already bubbling as planned  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Installed on Friday in the International Space Station and sending down images by Monday. This picture shows one of the first images of foam formed inside the Fluid Science Laboratory in Europe's space laboratory... more
SpaceX to launch Intelsat-40e satellite  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Intelsat has selected SpaceX to launch the Intelsat-40e geostationary communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022.  SpaceNews.com more
Observations unveil the nature of chemically peculiar star HD 63401  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Using NASA's TESS spacecraft and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT), astronomers from Canada and Ukraine have conducted observations of the magnetic chemically peculiar star HD 63401. Results of the... more
Asteroid Ryugu likely link in planetary formation  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The solar system formed approximately 4.5 billion years ago. Numerous fragments that bear witness to this early era orbit the sun as asteroids. Around three-quarters of these are carbon-rich C-type asteroids, such as 162173... more
NASA selects finalists for next small astrophysics mission  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
NASA has selected four finalists for the agency’s next small astrophysics mission, including both spacecraft and International Space Station experiments... more
Image: Tests complete for Orion  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The first Orion spacecraft that will fly around the moon as part of Artemis to return humans to the lunar surface has finished its space-environment tests at NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio, U.S.. The vehicle—that can transport... more
Orion completes testing at Plum Brook  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
The Orion spacecraft that will fly on the first launch of the Space Launch System has completed testing at an Ohio facility and will... more
Russian crew swap should not impact next ISS mission  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
As Russian officials give their final approval for the crew of the next Soyuz mission to the International... more
Europe-Russia delay mission to find life on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A joint Russian-European expedition to find life on Mars has been postponed for two years, the Russian and European space agencies said Thursday, citing the novel coronavirus and multiple technical issues. more
Separations between earthquakes reveal clear patterns  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
So far, few studies have explored how the similarity between inter-earthquake times and distances is related to their separation from initial events. In a new study, researchers show that the two values become increasingly correlated the... more
ExoMars to take off for the red planet in 2022  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Roscosmos Space Corporation have decided to postpone the launch of the second ExoMars mission to study the Red Planet to 2022. more
Joint Russian-European Mars mission postponed over coronavirus  REUTERS · 3 weeks
A joint Russian-European mission to send a rover to Mars has been postponed by two years because its final phase has been... more
European Mars rover delayed until 2022  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Problems with parachutes, solar panels, and electrical shorts postpone launch of ExoMars more
ExoMars rover mission delayed to late 2022  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
The ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover mission has been delayed to 2022 due to a lack of time to qualify hardware vital to... more
ExoMars to take off for the Red Planet in 2022  ESA · 3 weeks
Press Release N° 6–2020 The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Roscosmos Space Corporation have decided to postpone the launch of the second ExoMars mission to study the... more
HTS supply climbing high • Astrocast gains investor • NanoAvionics expanding in U.S.  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
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Radio galaxy NGC 3894 investigated with Fermi  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Using the Large Area Telescope (LAT) onboard NASA's Fermi spacecraft, astronomers have investigated a nearby radio galaxy known as NGC 3894. Results of the study, presented in a paper published March 3, confirm the... more
Image: The foam-coarsening experiment aboard the ISS  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Another fluid experiment joins long running research on foam stability on the International Space Station. The Foam-Coarsening experiment, developed by Airbus for ESA, is scheduled to be activated this month in the Fluid Science... more
Elon Musk dismisses astronomy concerns over Starlink network  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Monday dismissed scientists' concerns that his company's Starlink constellation of internet satellites would obscure the view of the night sky, predicting the network "will not cause any... more
Musk: we’re not spinning off Starlink   SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
SpaceX has no plans to make Starlink a separate business, Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and chief executive, said March 9.  SpaceNews.com more
OneWeb, SpaceX optimistic about cheap user terminals  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
Executives from SpaceX and OneWeb say their companies are working intensely on user terminals so customers will be able to get internet... more
SpaceX's 20th station shipment arrives with candy, science  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A SpaceX cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station on Monday, delivering the company's 20th batch of gear and treats. more
Additive manufacturing of cellulose-based materials with continuous, multidirectional stiffness gradients  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Functionally graded materials (FGM) allow diverse applications in multidisciplinary fields from biomedicine to architecture. However, their fabrication can be tedious relative to gradient continuity, interfacial bending and directional... more
Eye spy a foam  ESA · 4 weeks
Image: Another fluid experiment joins long running research on foam stability on the International Space Station. The Foam-Coarsening experiment, developed by Airbus for ESA, is scheduled to be... more
Momentus to offer last-miles service from SpaceX rideshare flights  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
Momentus purchased rides on five SpaceX Falcon 9 SmallSat Rideshare missions in 2020 and 2021 to showcase the... more
Producing human tissue in space  nanowerk · 4 weeks
Researchers have sent adult human stem cells to the International Space Station (ISS) to explore the production of human tissue in weightlessness. more
Falcon 9 launches final first-generation Dragon  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
A SpaceX Falcon 9 lifted off March 6 and placed into orbit a Dragon spacecraft on the final flight of that version of the... more
Lunar lasers and cosmic crops: NASA funds UArizona space exploration missions  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Many things change for astronauts when they leave Earth and head into space, but at least one remains the same: They need food and water. NASA... more
Boeing hit with 61 safety fixes for astronaut capsule  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Boeing faces 61 safety fixes following last year's botched test flight of its Starliner crew capsule, NASA said Friday. more
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