Space Exploration
NASA says core stage of next Moon rocket now ready  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
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
New reentry CubeSat in orbit  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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
Russian supply ship docks with International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
An unmanned Russian ship carrying tons of supplies successfully docked Monday with the International Space Station. more
SpaceX delivers 'mighty mice,' worms, robot to space station  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, dropping off super muscular "mighty mice," pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot. more
New dates set for commercial crew test flights  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
SpaceX will conduct an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in early January as the launch of Boeing’s... more
Life of a foam  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A fine coffee froth does not last forever. The bubbles that make the milk light and creamy are eventually torn apart by the pull of gravity. But there is a place where foams have a more stable life—in the weightless... more
Nobel Prize laureates call to Space Station  ESA · 4 days
Video: 00:54:35 Station on 6 December 2019. The call was made from Stockholm, Sweden, at the start of Nobel Week festivities. ESA... more
We're using lasers and toaster-sized satellites to beam information faster through space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Satellites are becoming increasingly important in our lives, as they help us meet a demand for more data, exchanged at higher speeds. This is... more
New reentry CubeSat in orbit  ESA · 4 days
Image: ESA’s latest space mission has reached orbit. The Qarman CubeSat flew to space aboard SpaceX’s Dragon launched from Florida, USA, on Thursday 5 December, ahead... more
SpaceX Dragon heads to space station with NASA science  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station after launching at 12:29 p.m. EST today (Dec. 5). Dragon will deliver more than 5,700 pounds... more
Russian supply ship lifts off to International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
An automatic Russian supply ship carrying tons of supplies successfully blasted off Friday heading for the International Space Station. more
Life of a foam  ESA · 4 days
A fine coffee froth does not last forever. The bubbles that make the milk light and creamy are eventually torn apart by the pull of gravity. But there... more
SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including "mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission explains Asteroid Bennu's mysterious particle events  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. more
Emotion-sensing robot launches to assist space station astronauts  REUTERS · 5 days
An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on... more
OSIRIS-REx mission explains Bennu's mysterious particle events  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. The ongoing examination of... more
Episodes of particle ejection from the surface of the active asteroid (101955) Bennu  Science Magazine · 5 days
Active asteroids are those that show evidence of ongoing mass loss. We report repeated instances of particle ejection from the surface of... more
SpaceX launches caring robot, beer malt and 'mighty mice'  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including "mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of... more
Mice in space: NASA's latest experiment  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Scientists are sending mighty mice to space, but rather than being gym rats, their strength was enhanced through genetic experimentation in the hopes of preventing human astronauts from experiencing muscle loss in microgravity. more
Radiation rotifer  ESA · 5 days
The 19th SpaceX Dragon supply mission to the International Space Station will carry cargo for astronauts to run experiments for European researchers on Earth. One curious cargo is the microscopic organism, rotifers,... more
Could hibernating astronauts make it easier to reach other planets?  nanowerk · 5 days
New research suggests that hibernation is a likely option to make deep space exploration a reality. more
Life on Mars? Europe commits to groundbreaking mission to bring back rocks to Earth  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
It will be one of the most daunting, complicated and, potentially, scientifically rewarding missions ever undertaken to the red planet.... more
Image: Thermal enclosure for Orion  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module at NASA's Plum Brook Station. The first Orion will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any human-rated vehicle has ever flown before—but first it will undergo testing... more
Astronomers probe the nature of a peculiar pulsar wind nebula  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, astronomers have investigated the nature of a peculiar pulsar wind nebula (PWN) in the supernova remnant (SNR) CTB 87. Results of the study, presented... more
Thermal enclosure for Orion  ESA · 5 days
Image: The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module at NASA’s Plum Brook Station. The first Orion will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any... more
Watch live: Nobel Prize laureates call to Space Station  ESA · 5 days
Nobel Prize laureates in physics and chemistry will talk to ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Jessica... more
NASA faces spacewalk schedule crunch  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA space station managers are still trying to find ways to squeeze in at least three spacewalks into a crowded schedule before the station’s crew drops... more
NASA's Parker Solar Probe sheds new light on the sun  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Since its 2018 launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe (record-holder for closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun) has finished three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun's... more
Closest-ever approach to the sun gives new insights into the solar wind  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
The Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, which has flown closer to the sun than any mission before, has found new evidence of the origins of... more
NASA's Parker Solar Probe sheds new light on the sun  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In August 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched to space, soon becoming the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun. With cutting-edge scientific instruments to measure the environment around the... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx in the midst of site selection  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is just days away from selecting the site where the spacecraft will snag a sample from asteroid Bennu. After a lengthy and challenging process, the team is finally ready... more
Mexican students launch a small satellite to the International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The first satellite built by students in Mexico for launch from the International Space Station is smaller than a shoebox but represents a big step for... more
NASA launching RiTS 'robot hotel' to International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Sometimes robots need a place to stay in space, too. NASA is attaching a "robot hotel" to the outside of the International Space Station with the upcoming launch of the... more
Image: A cloudy martian night through the eyes of a supercomputer  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
As NASA's Curiosity rover makes its way over the surface of Mars, it's sometimes accompanied by clouds drifting by in the sky above. Like Earth, the... more
Centre swage  ESA · 7 days
Image: 'Swage' was the word of the day on Monday as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano carried out the third spacewalk to service the cosmic ray hunting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02. Here Luca... more
China to continue world-leading launch rate in 2020  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
China will attempt major space exploration missions and test a reusable rocket in 2020 while also looking to continue a... more
Science around the planet uses images of Earth from the space station  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Artificial lighting at night affects the behavior of urban wildlife, according to a recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports, which examined animals in... more
NASA develops second-generation search and rescue beacon technology  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
NASA's Search and Rescue (SAR) office, technology development lead for the international Cospas-Sarsat program, has developed second-generation emergency beacons that offer users improved accuracy and quicker response times. Artemis astronauts returning from... more
Gamma-ray binary HESS J0632+057 contains a pulsar, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Using NuSTAR spacecraft and the VERITAS array of telescopes, an international team of astronomers has investigated a gamma-ray binary known as HESS J0632+057. The study found that a compact object... more
Spacewalking astronauts add new pumps to cosmic detector  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Spacewalking astronauts installed new pumps on a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Monday in a bid to extend its scientific life. more
When space travel is a blur  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Canadian scientists are working on a new way to measure the mechanics of the human eye to better identify astronauts at risk of developing ocular damage before they go into space. Collaborating with the Canadian Space... more
Solar Wind Around Pluto instrument confirms solar wind slows farther away from the sun  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights... more
Solar wind slows farther away from the Sun  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights from some of the farthest reaches of space ever explored. Astronomers now... more
Nicolas's YGT as a Spacecraft Operations Engineer  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:02:43 Nicolas Soubirous, Spacecraft Operations Engineer, shares his YGT experience at ESA, working in the EarthCARE, SEOSat & SMOS Missions Operations... more
Astronaut Luca feeling the force, to advance rover control  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has made robotics history, reaching out from the International Space Station in orbit around Earth at 8 km/s, to control an Earth-based rover, equipped with an... more
Watch live the new spacewalk for AMS  CERN · 1 week
Watch live the new spacewalk for AMS abelchio Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:57 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano imaged during the first spacewalk for AMS hitching a ride on the International Space Station’s 16-metre long robotic... more
NASA shares mid-sized robotic lunar lander concept with industry  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
As NASA presses forward with the agency's mission to the Moon, Mars and beyond, the development of top-tier technology is critical to success. With emphasis on lunar exploration and scientific... more
Italy satisfied with outcome of ESA ministerial  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Italy, one of the largest contributors to the European Space Agency, is pleased with the outcome of the recent ministerial meeting that... more
Astronaut Luca feeling the force, to advance rover control  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has made robotics history, reaching out from the International Space Station in orbit around... more
Space as a service takes root at RBC Signals  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
RBC Signals is expanding its global network of ground stations by combining excess capacity in existing antenna networks... more
Cleaning the dishes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Large antennas are our only current way of communicating through space across vast distances, and every now and then they need to be spruced up to ensure we can keep in touch with our deep-space exploration spacecraft. more
Space is key to monitoring ocean acidification  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
This week, the UN World Meteorological Organization announced that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another high. This ongoing trend is not only heating up the planet, but also affecting... more
Watch live: third #SpacewalkForAMS  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and his spacewalking buddy NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan will venture beyond the International Space Station’s airlock for the third time on 2 December as... more
ESA’s Hera asteroid mission is go  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:00:42 Europe’s space ministers gathered at Space19+ in Seville, Spain in November 2019 have approved ESA’s Hera asteroid mission for construction and launch,... more
Leaky gut and space flight – the mechanism revealed  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
A new study on the effects of simulated microgravity, the condition that astronauts face in space, interferes with the epithelial barrier of the intestine, and the effect persists even after... more
European Space Agency agrees record budget to meet new challenges  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
European Space Agency (ESA) members agreed Thursday a record 14.4 billion euros budget, promising to maintain Europe's place at the top table as the United States and China... more
120 university students take part in the Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2019!  ESA · 2 weeks
Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus was the target of ESA Academy’s Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2019. Would participants... more
Space is key to monitoring ocean acidification  ESA · 2 weeks
This week, the UN World Meteorological Organization announced that concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached yet another high. This... more
Novel out-of-this-world approach to cancer research  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Australia's first space research mission to the International Space Station will attempt to establish how some of the most aggressive cancer cells behave in a zero-gravity environment. more
New launch communications segment empowers Artemis  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As Artemis astronauts lift off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida, new ground systems will provide them with the communications links needed to ensure safety and mission success. more
Orion spacecraft arrives at Plum Brook  ESA · 2 weeks
The Orion spacecraft that will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any human-rated vehicle has ever flown before, arrived at... more
Europe faces up to new space challenges  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
European ministers met Wednesday in Spain aiming to defend its top space ranking against challenges from the United States and China, and increasingly from industry disruptors such as Elon Musk's Space X. more
Impact crater data analysis of Ryugu asteroid illuminates complicated geological history  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Analysis of the impact craters on Ryugu using the spacecraft Hayabusa 2's remote sensing image data has illuminated the geological history of the Near-Earth asteroid. more
Cleaning the dishes  ESA · 2 weeks
Large antennas are our only current way of communicating through space across vast distances, and every now and then they need to be spruced up to ensure we can keep... more
Call for media – Nobel Prize laureates call to Space Station  ESA · 2 weeks
Press Release N° 21–2019 First ever video call between Space Station and Nobel Prize Laureates. Follow live on 6 December 2019. Astronauts Luca Parmitano and Jessica... more
Science never stops on the Space Station  ESA · 2 weeks
The past two weeks in Earth orbit saw ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan conduct two of four planned... more
Dutch-Chinese radio telescope antennas unfolded behind the moon  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The three antennas on the Dutch-Chinese radio telescope, which is currently located behind the moon, have been unfolded. This was officially announced today by the Dutch team. The Netherlands-China Low Frequency Explorer... more
Testing OPS-SAT  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: OPS-SAT during testing of its solar arrays at the Graz University of Technology, Austria.Only 30 cm high, OPS-SAT packs a punch. Carrying an experimental computer ten times more powerful than on any current ESA spacecraft, OPS-SAT is... more
Go for lunch: Japanese yakitori chicken gets space thumbs-up  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Japanese chicken yakitori kebabs, one of the country's most-loved fast foods, will soon be making an appearance in orbit after Japan's space agency cleared them for astronaut meals. more
Space travel can affect intestinal function of astronauts  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
Bacteria, fungi, and viruses can enter our gut through the food we eat. Fortunately, the epithelial cells that line our intestines serve as a robust barrier to prevent these microorganisms from invading... more
Happy rovers  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: The team behind ESA’s Interact Centaur rover are all smiles after ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano successfully manoeuvres the rover in the Netherlands from space.Last week’s dry-run of the Analog-1 experiment, in... more
From the stars to the ocean, Pierre-Yves Cousteau’s YGT experience  ESA · 2 weeks
Pierre-Yves Cousteau is a marine conservationist, professional diver and filmmaker. Prior to exploring the oceans like... more
Amateur astronomers help choose asteroid flybys for Hera  ESA · 2 weeks
Amateur astronomers around the world are being asked to help the proposed ESA asteroid mission. As well as exploring its... more
ESA Explores Spacecraft Operations: Behind The Burn  ESA · 2 weeks
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Spacewalking astronauts repairing cosmic ray detector  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Spacewalking astronauts ventured out for the second week in a row Friday to repair a cosmic ray detector, this time actually cutting into the $2 billion instrument. more
Spacewalk excursion to extend the life of a powerful spectrometer  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
One of the largest human-made permanent magnets in space resides on the International Space Station (ISS), and it's helping scientists better understand the origins of our universe. The... more
Starship Mk1 blows its top during testing  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
SpaceX has been on a roll lately. With the completion of tethered and untethered flight tests with the Starship Hopper, SpaceX founder Elon Musk unveiled the newly completed Starship Mk1 prototype and announced that... more
Hera scans Didymoon  ESA · 3 weeks
Image: Hera is a candidate ESA mission be presented to ESA’s Space19+ meeting next week as part of the Agency’s Space Safety programme, where Europe’s space ministers will take a final... more
Reflecting on the first #SpacewalkForAMS  ESA · 3 weeks
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and his spacewalking partner NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan completed the first spacewalk to service the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) on 15 November... more
NASA Photos Show Insect- and Reptile-Like Life Forms on Mars, Entomologist Says  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Ohio University Emeritus Professor William Romoser has analyzed photos from NASA’s various Mars rovers, mostly from the rover Curiosity, and found insect/arthropod- and reptile-like... more
Luca aces telerobotic lunar geology test drive  ESA · 3 weeks
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano took command of a rover in the Netherlands on Monday and expertly drove it over an obstacle course... more
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