Space Tech
Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space  PHYS.ORG · 1 hour
After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. more
Hubble goes deep  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
This image from the Hubble Deep UV (HDUV) Legacy Survey encompasses 12,000 star-forming galaxies in a part of the constellation Fornax known as the GOODS-South field. With the addition of ultraviolet light imagery, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope... more
Rocket Lab Successfully Launches NASA CubeSats to Orbit  ASTRO WATCH · 17 hours
US small satellite launch company Rocket Lab has launched its third orbital mission of 2018, successfully deploying satellites to orbit... more
NASA's Insight Lander on Mars Spotted from Space  LIVE SCIENCE · 18 hours
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the InSight lander, as well as the hardware that helped the stationary robot ace its Nov. 26 touchdown on the equatorial plain known as Elysium Planitia. more
DARPA's Next Project: Design A Space Development Agency  SPACE.COM · 19 hours
Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin directed Fred Kennedy, director of DARPA's Tactical Technology Office, to lead a study team and come up with recommendations for the "implementation of... more
Laser-pointing system could help tiny satellites transmit data to Earth  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
A new laser-pointing platform developed at MIT may help launch miniature satellites into the high-rate data game. more
Air Force open to reusable rockets, but SpaceX must first demonstrate performance  SPACE NEWS · 21 hours
The Air Force has not determined when it might allow reused hardware instead of brand-new Falcon 9 Block 5 rockets. SpaceNews.com more
Rocket Lab launches cubesats for NASA  SPACE NEWS · 22 hours
A Rocket Lab Electron rocket successfully launched a group of cubesats Dec. 16 on a mission funded by NASA as the company looks ahead... more
Rocket Lab Launches 13 Cubesats on 1st Mission for NASA  SPACE.COM · 1 day
A Rocket Lab Electron booster lifted off from the company's launch site on New Zealand's Mahia Peninsula early this morning (Dec. 16), successfully delivering 13 tiny satellites to... more
Prometheus: Testing of the Future LOx-Methane Engine Demonstrator Begins  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Exactly one year after the signing of the Prometheus demonstrator development contract between the European Space Agency (ESA)... more
A Young Star Caught Forming Like a Planet  ASTRO WATCH · 2 days
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected... more
NASA Lunar Orbiter Now Supporting Commercial and International Missions  SPACE.COM · 2 days
A NASA spacecraft originally built as part of the previous effort to return humans to the moon is now playing a key role in the new effort at human lunar... more
NASA moves liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville for testing  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA is moving a massive liquid hydrogen tank to Huntsville, Alabama for testing as part of its plans to eventually return to the moon. more
NASA-NOAA's satellite tracks a stronger Tropical Cyclone Owen nearing landfall  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Tropical Cyclone Owen continued to strengthen as it moved east through the Gulf of Carpentaria and toward a landfall in western Queensland, Australia. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided... more
Committee recommends review of planetary protection policies  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
The NASA Advisory Council has recommended that NASA review its existing planetary protection guidelines to balance the needs of science and exploration,... more
Hubble Finds Fast-Evaporating Warm Neptune: GJ 3470b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
Extrasolar ‘Neptunes’ are exoplanets with masses and radii similar to those of the ice giants in the Solar System. In 2015, astronomers... more
Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
On Dec. 21, at 8:49:48 a.m. PST (11:49:48 a.m. EST) NASA's Juno spacecraft will be 3,140 miles (5,053 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops and... more
A young star caught forming like a planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected companion in orbit around it. more
A young star caught forming like a planet  nanowerk · 3 days
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected companion in orbit around it. more
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Completes First Manned Spaceflight  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, named VSS Unity, successfully flew to suborbital space for the first time on Dec. 13 with four NASA-supported technology... more
Mars InSight Lander Seen in First Images from Space  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on... more
Image: Mount Triglav, Slovenia  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over Mount Triglav in Slovenia. At 2800 m above sea level, the mountain is the highest in the country and a significant source of national pride, even featuring on the Slovenian coat of arms.... more
Africa: An air pollution wildcard  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
For the past four years, atmospheric scientists have been flying around the world with NASA on a mission to analyze pollution chemistry in the air and oceans. The NASA Atmospheric Tomography Mission or ATom, which flew its last... more
Laser-pointing system could help tiny satellites transmit data to Earth  MIT · 3 days
Platform offers the precision that shoebox-sized CubeSats need to beam down hefty data packets. more
Inspiring the next generation of space doctors  ESA · 3 days
A group of 21 budding space medicine experts gathered at ESA’s astronaut centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany, in November for two days... more
Computing the origin of life  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As a principal investigator in the NASA Ames Exobiology Branch, Andrew Pohorille is searching for the origin of life on Earth, yet you won't find him out in the field collecting samples or in a laboratory conducting experiments... more
Update from ESA Council, December 2018  ESA · 3 days
The ESA Council held its 277th meeting at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt on 12 and 13 December 2018. more
A young star caught forming like a planet  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Astronomers have captured one of the most detailed views of a young star taken to date, and revealed an unexpected companion in orbit around it. more
Business Finland gives ICEYE 10 million Euros  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Business Finland, a Finnish trade and economic development agency, awarded a 10 million Euro ($11.36 million) grant to radar satellite operator ICEYE.... more
NASA's Voyager 2 Went Interstellar the Same Day a Solar Probe Touched the Sun  SPACE.COM · 3 days
Call it a cosmic coincidence: Two probes launched four decades apart, traveled in opposite directions — and ended up using... more
Mars InSight lander seen in first images from space  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on Mars. Now, the team has pinpointed InSight's exact location using images from... more
Mount Triglav  ESA · 3 days
Earth observation image of the week: the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite takes us over Mount Triglav in Slovenia more
Mars InSight lander seen in first images from space  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on Mars. Now, the team has pinpointed InSight's exact location using images from... more
Asian glaciers slowed by ice loss, NASA finds  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Asia's high mountain glaciers are flowing more slowly in response to widespread ice loss, affecting freshwater availability downstream in India, Pakistan and China, a new study finds. more
DARPA’s next project: Design a Space Development Agency  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
A DARPA team will “inventory the DoD space-based command-and-control capabilities, identify critical gaps, deficiencies and inefficiencies in our existing architectures."... more
Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA  REUTERS · 3 days
Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry will take space agency NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab after he sparked... more
ALMA Campaign Provides Unprecedented Views of the Birth of Planets  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars. Though the discovery of these... more
OneWeb scales back baseline constellation by 300 satellites  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Greg Wyler, OneWeb’s founder, said the company will need only 600 satellites or so instead of 900 after ground tests... more
Chang'e-4 Spacecraft Enters Lunar Orbit  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
China's Chang'e-4 probe decelerated and entered the lunar orbit Wednesday, completing a vital step on its way to make the first-ever soft landing on the far... more
OneWeb scales back constellation by 300 satellites  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Greg Wyler, OneWeb’s founder, said the company will need only 600 satellites or so instead of 900 after ground tests of the... more
Virgin Galactic completes crewed space test, more flights soon  REUTERS · 3 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years... more
Preparing for Discovery With NASA's Parker Solar Probe  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Weeks after Parker Solar Probe made the closest-ever approach to a star, the science data from the first solar encounter... more
Small Magellanic Cloud: A Satellite Dwarf Galaxy Neighbor  SPACE.COM · 3 days
For hundreds of years the Small Magellanic Cloud has provided astronomers with a relatively close-up view of another galaxy. more
HI-SEAS Receives NASA Grant to Complete Research  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
NASA has approved a restart of a $1-million grant to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation... more
Highly anticipated GPS 3 launch just days away  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The U.S. Air Force’s first GPS 3 satellite was encapsulated within a SpaceX payload fairing at Astrotech Space Operations on... more
NASA's Insight Lander on Mars Spotted from Space!  SPACE.COM · 4 days
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter photographed the InSight lander, as well as the hardware that helped the stationary robot ace its Nov. 26 touchdown on the equatorial plain known as Elysium Planitia. more
Revealing hidden spin-momentum locking in a high-temperature cuprate superconductor  Science Magazine · 4 days
Cuprate superconductors have long been thought of as having strong electronic correlations but negligible spin-orbit coupling. Using spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we discovered that one of the most studied... more
Virgin Galactic completes manned space test, more flights soon  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years... more
Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. more
Hubble finds far-away planet vanishing at record speed  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The speed and distance at which planets orbit their respective blazing stars can determine each planet's fate—whether the planet remains a longstanding part of its solar system or evaporates into the universe's... more
GPM observes heavy rainfall in intensifying Tropical Cyclone Owen  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As expected, tropical cyclone Owen recently intensified as it moved over the Gulf of Carpentaria and NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's GPM core satellite found very heavy rainfall... more
Virgin Galactic rocket ship reaches space in test flight  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. more
Virgin Galactic advances space tourism with successful test  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasted to the edge of space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert,... more
Virgin Galactic crew reaches edge of space in flight milestone  REUTERS · 4 days
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasted to the edge of space on Thursday, capping off years... more
The Universe of Gaia  ESA · 4 days
A taste of the exciting science that is being performed using data from ESA’s Gaia star surveyor, delving into the formation history of our Milky Way more
After a 1.2 billion-mile journey, a reward: There is water on the asteroid Bennu  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Nineteen years ago, scientists discovered an asteroid oscillating between the orbits of Earth and Mars. In 2013, they mapped it,... more
NASA's Webb Telescope will provide census of fledgling stars in stellar nursery  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The dazzling glow of young stars dominates images of the giant stellar nursery NGC 346, in the neighboring dwarf galaxy called the Small Magellanic... more
Preparing for discovery with NASA's Parker Solar Probe  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Weeks after Parker Solar Probe made the closest-ever approach to a star, the science data from the first solar encounter is just making its way into the hands of the mission's scientists.... more
An astronaut returns to Earth  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth alongside NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev on 20 December. After more than six months living and working on the International Space Station, their Soyuz is expected... more
New ESA Kids blasts off!  ESA · 4 days
ESA Education office is proud to launch the new and improved ESA Kids website, the online home of our Mascot, Paxi more
Four NASA-sponsored experiments set to launch on Virgin Galactic spacecraft  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A winged spacecraft will soon take off with four NASA-supported technology experiments onboard. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo will separate from the WhiteKnightTwo twin-fuselage carrier aircraft and continue its rocket-powered... more
Auroras, Lightning and Rings of Jupiter Amaze in Surprising NASA Juno Photos  SPACE.COM · 4 days
Its main job is to spot the stars, but an ultrasensitive navigation camera on NASA's Juno spacecraft is returning amazing images of Jupiter's rings,... more
Mars InSight's 'Mole' Should Start Burrowing into the Red Planet Next Month  SPACE.COM · 4 days
NASA's Mars InSight lander has settled into its new home on Elysium Planitia and is preparing to deploy its instruments — and if all... more
Photos from Japan space rovers show rocky asteroid surface  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Japan's space agency says more than 200 photos taken by two small rovers on an asteroid show no signs of a smooth area for the planned touchdown of a spacecraft... more
New and improved ESA Kids website  ESA · 4 days
The ESA Education office is proud to launch the new and improved ESA Kids website, the online home of Paxi, the ESA Education mascot.... more
An astronaut returns to Earth  ESA · 4 days
ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will return to Earth alongside NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev on Thursday 20 December. After more than six... more
Rocket Lab Postpones Launch of NASA Cubesats Due to Bad Weather  SPACE.COM · 4 days
Bad weather forced the private spaceflight company Rocket Lab to postpone the launch of more than a dozen small satellites, including 10 for a NASA education... more
Large population of potential young planets found in distant planetary systems  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers used the powerful ALMA telescope to discover that in other parts of the Milky Way Galaxy (seen here) there is potentially a large population of... more
Watch Rocket Lab Launch a Cubesat Fleet for NASA Tonight!  SPACE.COM · 4 days
The California-based startup Rocket Lab will launch 10 tiny satellites into orbit for NASA tonight and you can watch it all live online. more
The Parker Solar Probe takes its first up-close look at the sun  SCIENCE-NEWS · 4 days
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe survived its first encounter with the sun and is sending data back to Earth. more
InSight Lander Takes Its First Selfie  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie - a mosaic made up... more
Satellite industry seeks answers on future direction of military satcom  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
This year’s satcom workshop comes amid major questions about the Pentagon’s plans — or lack thereof... more
Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. more
The epoch of planet formation, times twenty  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars. Though the discovery of these newfound worlds has taught us much, there is still a great deal we do not know about the... more
Harris says first cubesat performing well in orbit  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Harris Corp.’s first small satellite, a six-unit cubesat, is fully operational, receiving commands and transmitting information to the satellite operations... more
NASA's Juno mission halfway to Jupiter science  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
On Dec. 21, NASA's Juno spacecraft will be 3,140 miles (5,053 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops and hurtling by at a healthy clip of 128,802 mph (207,287 kilometers per hour). This will mark the... more
NASA's InSight takes its first selfie  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
NASA's InSight lander used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie -- a mosaic made up of 11 images. This is the same imaging process used by NASA's Curiosity rover mission, in... more
Mars Rovers
Tour Jezero Crater! Fly Over the Landing Site of NASA's Next Mars Rover (Video)
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Actual image of a white dwarf feeding on material from a larger red giant 650 light years from Earth
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GPM observes heavy rainfall in intensifying Tropical Cyclone Owen
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NASA measures rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Owen's remnants at Queensland coast
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It's Official! NASA's Famed Voyager 2 Spacecraft Reaches Interstellar Space
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NASA provides new look at Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria
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NASA's Voyager 2 probe enters interstellar space
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InSight lander 'hears' Martian winds
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NASA's InSight Mars Lander 'Hears' Martian Wind, a Cosmic First
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Ariane 6 on the way to flight
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Copernicus Sentinel-5P ozone boosts daily forecasts
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Copernicus Sentinel-5P ozone boosts daily forecasts
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Astrocast successfully launches its first satellite
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Monitoring climate change from space
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Galileo satellites prove Einstein's Relativity Theory to highest accuracy yet
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Taking the measure of an asteroid
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ESEO student satellite successfully launched to space
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NASA catches newborn Tropical Cyclone Owen's rainfall, observed by GPM satellite
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Charting a course for astronaut safety as NASA launches to the Moon and to Mars
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Image: Robotic hopper
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