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NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets its wheels and air brakes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
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
NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Irondro developing an eye  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As Tropical Cyclone Irondro continues to move through the Southern Indian Ocean, NASA's Terra satellite saw the storm developing an eye as it continued to intensify. more
NASA-NOAA satellite catches Tropical Cyclone Harold develop near Solomon Islands  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean and provided forecasters with a visible image of newly formed Tropical Cyclone Harold. Harold formed near the Solomon... more
NASA report outlines vision for long-term human lunar exploration  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
NASA released a report April 2 outlining its long-term approach to lunar exploration that involves establishing a “base... more
New NASA radar looks to monitor volcanoes and earthquakes from space  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Instead of looking up to the sky for bright bursts of fiery color, a research team spent Fourth of July 2018 peering down at fiery globs... more
Chinese commercial rocket sells for $5.6 million in April Fool’s Day auction  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
A Chinese commercial Kuaizhou-1A rocket sold for $5.6 million in a live streamed auction hosted by e-commerce platform Taobao Wednesday. SpaceNews.com more
Webinar | OneWeb’s Bankruptcy: Impacts and Implications for the Satellite Industry  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Join us for a live discussion on OneWeb’s Bankruptcy: Impacts and Implications for the... more
Chinese commercial rocket sells for $5.6 million in April Fool’s auction  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
A Chinese commercial Kuaizhou-1A rocket sold for $5.6 million in a live streamed auction... more
Satellites map the global flow of oil  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Demand for oil has collapsed due to the coronavirus pandemic just as supply is about to strengthen because of a dispute between Russia and Saudi Arabia. As a result, oil prices have sunk to... more
COVID-19: How satellites can help  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has virtually paralyzed daily life as we know it. Even when the spread of this highly infectious disease has been stemmed, the world will face huge challenges getting back to normal. To help support... more
Third Starship prototype destroyed in tanking test  SPACE NEWS · 3 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 · 3 days
If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as... more
OneWeb’s Bankruptcy: Impacts and Implications for the Satellite Industry Discussion  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Join us for a live discussion on OneWeb’s Bankruptcy: Impacts and Implications for the Satellite Industry... more
Space Development Agency to seek bids for its first constellation  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
SDA will issue a final solicitation for bids for the mesh network of satellites known as... more
Virgin Orbit selects Japanese airport as launch site  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Virgin Orbit announced April 2 it has identified an airport in Japan as a potential site for launch operations, joining... more
NASA finds heavy rain potential in new Tropical Cyclone Irondro  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA analyzed the cloud top temperatures in the newly formed Tropical Cyclone Irondro using infrared light to determine where the strongest storms were located. more
Limited work continues on JWST  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
While NASA has resumed some work on the James Webb Space Telescope, project officials say even that limited level of activity will soon come to a... 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
Professor Reimar Lüst (1923-2020)  ESA · 3 days
Professor Reimar Lüst, one of Europe’s great space pioneers, passed away on 31 March 2020 aged 97. Prof. Lüst was ESA’s third Director General, serving from 1984 until... more
Image: Hypersonic surfing simulation  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Simulating the test flight of a hypersonic glider, being developed through the international HEXAFLY-INT collaboration, involving partners across Europe, Russia, Australia and Brazil and supported by the European Commission and ESA. more
COVID-19: how can satellites help?  ESA · 3 days
The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has virtually paralysed daily life as we know it. Even when the spread of this highly infectious disease has been stemmed, the... more
Space missions return to science  ESA · 4 days
After a brief shutdown of science instruments and a period in ‘safe standby’, ESA’s planetary missions are getting back to what they do best, gathering science... more
Rodents and a rocket carried these researchers' dreams to space  PHYS.ORG · 4 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
Satellites map the global flow of oil  ESA · 4 days
Demand for oil has collapsed due to the coronavirus pandemic just as supply is about to strengthen because of a dispute between... more
NASA planning reorganization of human spaceflight directorate  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA is planning to implement changes in the structure of its human spaceflight directorate in the coming weeks, including moving a scientific... more
Space Micro wins $3 million for laser communications terminal  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The U.S. Space and Missile Systems Center awarded satellite component supplier Space Micro a $3 million contract for... more
Momentus signs up Taiwanese customer for Vigoride flight  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Momentus, a Silicon Valley in-space transportation startup, announced a launch service agreement April 1 with Odysseus Space, a satellite applications... more
NASA and ESA to fund coronavirus projects  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
NASA and ESA are separately soliciting proposals to either do research related to the coronavirus pandemic or to help provide relief services.... more
NASA call for astronauts draws 12,000 spaceflight hopefuls  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Who wants to be an astronaut? More than 12,000 people do, resulting in NASA's second-largest group of astronaut hopefuls. more
BESSY II: Ultra-fast switching of helicity of circularly polarized light pulses  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
At the BESSY II storage ring, a joint team of accelerator physicists, undulator experts and experimenters has shown how the helicity of circularly polarized synchrotron radiation... 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
Climate researcher on promise amidst the pandemic  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As people suspend travel during this time of social distancing, Earth-observing satellites have recorded a marked reduction in air pollution in regions of the world most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Space... more
Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak  ESA · 5 days
The alarming levels of spread and severity of COVID-19 have led the World Health Organization to declare COVID-19 a pandemic outbreak. Italy is currently... more
ESA Impact 2020 - Quarter 1  ESA · 5 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 · 5 days
NASA has completed the crew for the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, one that will not... more
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In a recent test, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope fully deployed its primary mirror into the same configuration it will have when in space. more
Satellite data lays scale of methane leaks bare  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is leaking from industry sites at rates equivalent to the annual carbon emissions of France and Germany combined, a new analysis using satellite data showed Tuesday. more
Research team releases new global groundwater maps  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA researchers have developed new satellite-based, weekly global maps of soil moisture and groundwater wetness conditions and one to three-month U.S. forecasts of each product. While maps of current dry/wet conditions for the United... more
ESA’s other Galileo satellite: in action, on the ground  ESA · 5 days
Europe has 26 Galileo navigation satellites in orbit, blanketing the world in positioning signals, with another 12 planned... more
Warped space-time to help WFIRST find exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) will search for planets outside our solar system toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, where most stars are. Studying the properties of exoplanet worlds will... more
Researcher offers recommendations on using remote sensing to quantify forest health  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
While using large swaths of coarse satellite data can be an effective tool for evaluating forests on a national scale, the resolution of that data is... 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
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Controllers at ESA's mission control center are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The maneuver, which will see the mission adjust its trajectory by harnessing Earth's gravitational... 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
Orbit Fab gets award to test satellite refueling technology  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
A startup that seeks to create refueling facilities in orbit for satellites has received a government grant to... more
NASA selects space science cubesat mission  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
NASA announced March 30 it will fund the development of a cluster of six cubesats that will fly in formation above geostationary orbit to... more
New studies show growing proliferation of anti-satellite weapons  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
CSIS and SWF released their annual assessments of global counterspace weapons. SpaceNews.com more
Solar array problem killed Venezuela’s VeneSat-1, officials confirm  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Venezuela confirmed its first and only government-operated communications satellite, VeneSat-1, suffered a mission-ending failure that its Chinese builder blamed on... more
Virgin Orbit designs mass-producible ventilator for coronavirus patients  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
If the design is approved, Virgin Orbit said it can start producing ventilators in April. SpaceNews.com more
TESS Discovers Its First Thick-Disk Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have spotted an Earth-sized planet orbiting LHS 1815, a star in the thick disk of our... more
How will clouds obscure the view of exoplanet surfaces?  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In 2021, NASA's next-generation observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), will take to space. Once operational, this flagship mission will pick up where other space telescopes—like Hubble, Kepler and... more
Making satellites safer: the search for new propellants  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Developing new propellants for satellites to replace toxic hydrazine would make launching and handling satellites safer but it also requires disrupting current systems, according to researchers. more
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis  ESA · 6 days
Controllers at ESA’s mission control centre are preparing for a gravity-assist flyby of the European-Japanese Mercury explorer BepiColombo. The manoeuvre,... 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
Physicists develop new photon source for tap-proof communication  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An international team with the participation of Prof. Dr. Michael Kues from the Cluster of Excellence PhoenixD at Leibniz University Hannover has developed a new method for generating quantum-entangled photons in a... more
Image: Rice fields in Vietnam from orbit  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission takes us over part of the Mekong Delta—a major rice-producing region in southwest Vietnam. more
Hubble Snaps Stunning Image of NGC 4651  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured a detailed image of a spiral galaxy called NGC 4651. NGC 4651 lies approximately 93... more
The Data Forge  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
Raytheon has developed a prototype system for managing the floods of satellite data that help generate warnings and intelligence information for combatants SpaceNews.com more
OneWeb files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Satellite internet startup OneWeb filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday after its largest investor, Softbank, rejected a request for additional funding. SpaceNews.com more
Space Fence surveillance radar site declared operational  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The $1.5 billion Space Fence can track tiny objects in low Earth orbit as small as a marble. SpaceNews.com 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
OneWeb to file for bankruptcy, sources say  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Satellite internet startup OneWeb is expected to file for bankruptcy as soon as Friday after its largest investor, Softbank, rejected a request... 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
Nonreciprocal transport in gate-induced polar superconductor SrTiO3  Science Magazine · 1 week
Polar conductors/superconductors with Rashba-type spin-orbit interaction are potential material platforms for quantum transport and spintronic functionalities. One of their inherent properties is the nonreciprocal transport, where the rightward and leftward currents become inequivalent, reflecting... more
The Latest: Space images show pollution down in Europe  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The European Space Agency has published new images showing the impact that lockdown measures related to the coronavirus are having on air pollution across Europe more
U.S. Space Command provides extra bandwidth to USNS Mercy hospital ship  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The U.S. Army Satellite Operations Brigade is increasing WGS satcom capacity to the hospital... more
Coronavirus pandemic's global impact seen from space in chilling satellite images  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
The global response to the novel coronavirus pandemic is so intense that it's visible from space. more
French space agency donates 90,000 face masks to hospitals  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Hospitals in Toulouse, France, received 90,000 face masks from the French space agency CNES this week in an... 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
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
Russia's 2020 satellite launch programme hit by production halt: Roscosmos  REUTERS · 1 week
Russia's space agency Roscosmos said on Friday it would have to adjust its 2020 launch programme... more
Coronavirus lockdown leading to drop in pollution across Europe  ESA · 1 week
New data, based on observations from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite, are showing strong reductions in nitrogen dioxide concentrations... 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
Space Force launches its first mission with virus precautions  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The newly established U.S. Space Force launched its first national security satellite Thursday with a leaner staff because of the coronavirus pandemic. 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
The shutdown is clearing New York's air—but don't get too excited, geochemist says  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Vehicle travel, factories, and other air pollution sources are shutting down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and satellites operated by... 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
Iceye unveils radar imagery with 25-centimeter resolution  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Iceye, the Finnish Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite operator, unveiled a new product March 26: imagery with a resolution of 25 centimeters.... more
Venezuelan communications satellite out of service  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Venezuela's first communications satellite, launched in 2008, is out of service due to a systems failure, the country's government said Wednesday. more
NASA looking to play greater role in coronavirus pandemic response  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA is looking for ways to leverage its expertise and capabilities to support the federal government’s... more
MHI pressing through pandemic toward late 2020 H3 rocket debut  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries still expects to conduct the maiden flight of Japan’s H3 rocket this year,... more
Curiosity Sends New Selfie from Red Planet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
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
Astrophysicists Perform Test of String Theory  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astrophysicists using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory have looked for signs of an as-yet undetected particle predicted by string theory, a set of models intended... more
Commentary | Space and coronavirus…any connection?    SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
ESA Director Jan Woerner writes: "We have to accept that the spread of novel coronavirus is one of the negative consequences of... 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
Rocket Lab postpones launch because of coronavirus pandemic  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Rocket Lab announced March 24 that it was delaying the next launch of its Electron rocket from New Zealand as... more
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