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Iceye releases dark vessel detection product  SPACE NEWS · 3 hours
Radar satellite operator Iceye released a product to detect dark vessels, ships at sea that are not identifying themselves with Automatic Identification System transponders.... more
XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings  ESA · 5 hours
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now, for the first time, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating... more
The dynamic behaviour of a black hole corona  ESA · 5 hours
Image: These illustrations show the surroundings of a black hole feeding on ambient gas as mapped using ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray... more
Measuring sulfur with satellites  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
Seagoing vessels may emit fewer and fewer harmful substances, but how do you measure whether they comply with the standards? The Dutch Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) and the universities of Leiden and Wageningen are starting a joint study to... more
Image: The sun in 2019  PHYS.ORG · 7 hours
The changing activity of our sun as seen by ESA's Proba-2 satellite in 2019. more
ESA opens oxygen plant, making air out of moondust  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
ESA's technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. more
The Sun in 2019  ESA · 9 hours
Image: The changing activity of our Sun as seen by ESA’s Proba-2 satellite in 2019.The satellite is continuously monitoring the Sun – one image was selected to represent... more
Hubble Views Face-On Barred Spiral Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 11 hours
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a beautiful spiral galaxy called NGC 1022. NGC 1022 was discovered by the German-born British astronomer William... more
No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch... more
SpaceX in 'perfect' test of Crew Dragon emergency abort system  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
SpaceX successfully tested its emergency abort system on an unmanned spacecraft moments after launch Sunday, according to a live broadcast of the event, the last major test before... more
NASA considering extended Crew Dragon test flight to ISS  SPACE NEWS · 20 hours
NASA will decide in the coming weeks whether to extend a crewed SpaceX test flight to the International... more
SpaceX says 'picture perfect' test paves way for human mission  REUTERS · 1 day
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a... more
Iran says it is preparing for satellite launch  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Iran said Sunday that two newly constructed satellites have passed pre-launch tests and will be transported to the nation's space center for eventual launch, without elaborating. more
SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. more
SpaceX capsule splashes down off Florida after rocket failure test  REUTERS · 1 day
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a... more
SpaceX performs in-flight abort test of Crew Dragon spacecraft  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
SpaceX successfully tested the abort system of its Crew Dragon spacecraft, one of the final milestones before the... more
SpaceX capsule splashes down after rocket failure test  REUTERS · 1 day
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a dramatic emergency landing on Sunday to test a key abort system on an unmanned astronaut... more
Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day. more
SpaceX to test Crew Dragon launch abort system  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA and SpaceX are ready to perform a test of the launch abort system of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft... more
Power loss halves Eutelsat 5 West B capacity, hosted payload spared  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Eutelsat said an investigation into the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, launched in October,... more
NASA water vapor imagery shows Tino's heavy rain potential over Fiji  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean it gathered water vapor data that provided information about the intensity of Tropical Cyclone Tino. more
Self-assembled artificial microtubule like LEGO building blocks  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Simple LEGO bricks can be assembled to more complicated structures, which can be further associated into a wide variety of complex architectures, from automobiles, rockets, and ships to gigantic castles and amusement parks. Such... more
Researchers develop self-assembled artificial microtubule like LEGO building blocks  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 days
Simple LEGO bricks can be assembled to more complicated structures, which can be further associated into a wide variety of complex architectures, from automobiles, rockets, and ships to gigantic castles... more
Self-assembled artificial microtubules developed  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Simple LEGO bricks can be assembled to more complicated structures, which can be further associated into a wide variety of complex architectures, from automobiles, rockets, and ships to gigantic castles and amusement parks. Such an event of multi-step assembly, so-called... more
Image: Hubble views galaxy from famous catalog  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
This bright, somewhat blob-like object—seen in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope—is a galaxy named NGC 1803. It is about 200 million light-years away, in the southern constellation of Pictor (the... more
XMM-Newton discovers scorching gas in Milky Way's halo  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
ESA's XMM-Newton has discovered that gas lurking within the Milky Way's halo reaches far hotter temperatures than previously thought and has a different chemical make-up than predicted, challenging our understanding of our... more
First Spacebus Neo satellite launched  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Ariane 5's first launch of 2020 has delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned transfer orbits. Arianespace announced liftoff at 21:05 GMT (22:05 CET, 18:05 local time) this evening from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French... more
Huge Philippines Volcano Blasts Ash 9 Miles Up As Satellites Watch (Video)  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
The Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines this week sent ash plumes 9 miles (14 kilometers) into the air, new satellite imagery shows. more
ESA opens oxygen plant – making air out of moondust  ESA · 3 days
ESA’s technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. more
SpinLaunch raises $35 million  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
SpinLaunch, a startup pursuing an alternative approach for placing payloads into orbit, has raised $35 million in a new funding round disclosed Jan. 16. SpaceNews.com more
Arianespace launches Eutelsat, ISRO satellites on first 2020 mission  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
WASHINGTON — European launch provider Arianespace completed its first launch of the year Jan. 16, sending two communications... more
Slow-motion interplate slip detected in the Nankai Trough near Japan  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Researchers used a Global Navigation Satellite System-Acoustic ranging combination technique to detect signals due to slow slip events in the Nankai Trough with seafloor deformations of 5 cm... more
Ariane 5 liftoff  ESA · 4 days
Image: On 16 January 2020, Ariane 5 flight VA251 lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana and delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned orbits. more
First Spacebus Neo satellite launched  ESA · 4 days
Ariane 5’s first launch of 2020 has delivered two telecom satellites, Konnect and GSAT-30, into their planned transfer orbits. Arianespace announced liftoff at 21:05 GMT (22:05... more
NASA catches the dissipation of Tropical Cyclone Claudia  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Tropical Cyclone Claudia was dissipating in the Southern Indian Ocean when NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of storm as it flew overhead in its orbit around the Earth. more
2019 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record, NASA Says  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
It's the award no one wanted to win: 2019 was the second hottest year on record, government scientists confirmed yesterday (Jan. 15). more
XMM-Newton discovers scorching gas in Milky Way’s halo  ESA · 4 days
ESA’s XMM-Newton has discovered that gas lurking within the Milky Way’s halo reaches far hotter temperatures than previously thought and... more
ExoMars Rover completes environmental tests  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The Rosalind Franklin rover of the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission completed a series of environmental tests at the end of 2019 at Airbus, Toulouse, France. This included final thermal and vacuum tests where the Rover is heated and... more
Deep learning enables real-time imaging around corners  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Researchers have harnessed the power of a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning to create a new laser-based system that can image around corners in real time. With further development, the system... more
Possible discovery of a new super-Earth orbiting Proxima Centauri  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Astronomers have discovered another candidate exoplanet orbiting our neighbor Proxima Centauri. A paper announcing these results was just published in the journal Science Advances. If confirmed, it will be the... more
ESA seeks new cooperative agreement with EU  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
With its funding secured for the next three years, the head of the European Space Agency is now focused on implementing those... more
Proxima c: Possible Second Planet Found around Sun’s Nearest Neighbor  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
An international team of astronomers has detected a candidate super-Earth planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the nearest... more
Scientists Sent Mighty Mice To Space To Improve Treatments Back On Earth  NPR · 4 days
Forty mice spent more than a month in orbit to test two approaches to strengthening muscle and bone in microgravity conditions. The results could... more
China launches Yinhe-1 commercial low Earth orbit 5G satellite  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
HELSINKI — China carried out its second orbital launch in just over 24 hours late Wednesday, sending the... more
ExoMars Rover completes environmental tests  ESA · 5 days
Image: The Rosalind Franklin rover of the joint ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars mission completed a series of environmental tests at the end of 2019 at Airbus, Toulouse, France.... more
Astronomers Trace Journey of Phosphorus from Stellar Nurseries to Solar System Comets  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
To understand how molecules containing phosphorus — one of life’s building blocks — are formed in star-forming regions, a team of astronomers has analyzed... more
A low-mass planet candidate orbiting Proxima Centauri at a distance of 1.5 AU  Science Magazine · 5 days
Our nearest neighbor, Proxima Centauri, hosts a temperate terrestrial planet. We detected in radial velocities evidence of a possible second planet with... more
NASA, NOAA analyses reveal 2019 second warmest year on record  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth's global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began... more
NASA infrared data analyzes cloud top temperatures in Tropical Cyclone Claudia  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Satellite data of Tropical Cyclone Claudia's cloud top temperatures revealed that the storm was weakening. more
Air pollution from oil and gas production sites visible from space  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Oil and gas production has doubled in some parts of the United States in the last two years, and scientists can use satellites to see impacts... more
NASA, NOAA analyses reveal 2019 second warmest year on record  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
According to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earth's global surface temperatures in 2019 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began... more
Air pollution from oil and gas production sites visible from space  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
US and European satellites help scientists measure nitrogen dioxide from drilling, production and flaring. more
Astronomers discover class of strange objects near our galaxy's enormous black hole  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers from UCLA's Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from... more
Plant-powered sensor sends signal to space  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A device that uses electricity generated by plants as its power source has communicated via satellite—a world first. more
Cassini Reveals Saturn’s Ultraviolet Auroras in Unprecedented Detail  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
At the end of its mission in 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft performed a set of ‘Grand Finale’ orbits bringing it... more
Spy Satellite Images Uncover Staggering Mount Everest Ice Loss  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
Declassified spy-satellite photos show that the glaciers near Mount Everest are shrinking more than expected. more
Replay: ESA Director General's press briefing  ESA · 5 days
Video: 01:31:40 Recording of the ESA Director General’s start-of-the-year press briefing, held at ESA headquarters in Paris, France, on 15 January 2020.This briefing, with... more
Mapping the cosmic journey of phosphorus with Rosetta and ALMA  ESA · 5 days
Astronomers using the combined powers of ESA’s Rosetta mission and the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array... more
V473 Lyr has a low-mass companion, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, astronomers have conducted X-ray observations of a peculiar Cepheid variable star known as V473 Lyr. Results of the study suggest that this star has a young, low-mass companion.... more
Helmet trouble strikes second all-female spacewalk  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Two NASA astronauts ventured out Wednesday on a second all-female spacewalk to finish upgrades to the International Space Station's power grid, but quickly ran into a helmet problem. more
Image: Astronaut captures the fires ravaging Australia  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Another pair of eyes provides a sobering perspective on the fires ravaging Australia. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano took images such as this one on 12 January from his vantage point of the International Space... more
High-gravity water waves  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
What might look like jelly being stirred is actually water subjected to 20 times normal Earth gravity within ESA's Large Diameter Centrifuge—as part of an experiment giving new insight into the behavior of wave turbulence. more
Huygens landing spin mystery solved  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Fifteen years ago today, ESA's Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn's moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully land on another world in the outer solar system. However, during its... more
Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life's building blocks  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Phosphorus is an essential element for life as we know it. But how it arrived on the early Earth is something of a mystery. Astronomers have now traced... more
Spire Global shares early data from GNSS Reflectometry satellites  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Spire Global shared the first light data from its new Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Reflectometry satellites at... more
Orbital debris mitigation guidelines still useful, if complied with  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
A long-standing guideline for deorbiting satellites within 25 years, criticized by many in the space industry for being... more
Plant-powered sensor sends signal to space  ESA · 5 days
A device that uses electricity generated by plants as its power source has communicated via satellite – a world first.Such sensors could be used... more
High-gravity water waves  ESA · 6 days
Image: What might look like jelly being stirred is actually water subjected to 20 times normal Earth gravity within ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge – as part of an experiment giving... more
From smoke going round the world to aerosol levels, NASA observes Australia's bushfires  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA scientists using data from its NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite, has traced the movement of the smoke coming off the Australian fires... more
Huge Eruption of Philippines Volcano Seen from Space  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
Taal volcano in the Philippines rumbled to life on Jan. 12, sending steam and sulfur skyward. Satellites have captured images of the eruption. more
NASA snow-chasers set to fly into East Coast winter storms  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
When giant white swirls of clouds cover the weather map with a winter storm warning, one question looms in the minds of people in its path: How much... more
Back to the Moon with ESA  ESA · 6 days
Video: 00:04:00 The first flight of the Artemis programme, which will see humans return to the Moon, is scheduled to begin soon. The lunar... more
Huygens landing spin mystery solved  ESA · 6 days
Fifteen years ago today, ESA’s Huygens probe made history when it descended to the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan and became the first probe to successfully... more
NASA-NOAA satellite imagery reveals a weaker Tropical Cyclone Claudia  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Tropical Storm Claudia now has two factors against it: wind shear and dry air.  NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with an image of the storm on January 14 as... more
Final images from Cassini spacecraft  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers are busy analysing some of the final data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft which has been in orbit around Saturn for more than 13 years until the end of its mission in September 2017. more
Cheops seen by SAINT-EX telescope  ESA · 6 days
Image: ESA’s Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, is shown here as a long streak against a backdrop of stars as it orbits the Earth after its successful... more
'Cold Neptune' and two temperate super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars  nanowerk · 6 days
A 'cold Neptune' and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars. more
'Cold Neptune' and two temperate super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A "cold Neptune" and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars,... more
'Cold Neptune' and two temperate super-Earths found orbiting nearby stars  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A 'cold Neptune' and two potentially habitable worlds are part of a cache of five newly discovered exoplanets and eight exoplanet candidates found orbiting nearby red dwarf stars.... more
Up in smoke  ESA · 6 days
Image: Another pair of eyes provides a sobering perspective on the fires ravaging Australia. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano took images such as this one on 12 January from his vantage... more
NASA's Mars 2020 rover closer to getting its name  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA's Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to having its own name after 155 students across the U.S. were chosen as semifinalists in the "Name the Rover" essay contest.... more
Magnetic storms originate closer to Earth than previously thought, threatening satellites  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Beyond Earth's atmosphere are swirling clouds of energized particles—ions and electrons—that emanate from the sun. This "solar wind" buffets the magnetosphere, the magnetic force field that... more
TriSept buys Orbex Prime rocket for rideshare flight  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Launch integrator TriSept Corp. announced plans Jan. 14 to buy an Orbex Prime launch vehicle for a dedicated rideshare mission... more
NASA tracking Tropical Storm Claudia battling wind shear  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Tropical Storm Claudia is battling wind shear as it continues moving away from Western Australia and through the Southern Indian Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided forecasters with an image of the... more
Watch: ESA Director General’s press briefing  ESA · 1 week
Follow the ESA Director General’s start-of-the-year press briefing at 08:30 GMT (09:30 CET) on 15 January 2020.  more
Rippling ice and storms at Mars' north pole  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
ESA's Mars Express has captured beautiful images of the icy cap sitting at Mars' north pole, complete with bright swathes of ice, dark troughs and depressions, and signs of strong winds and... more
UAE’s Falcon Eye 2 satellite switched from Vega to Soyuz  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace, said Airbus, the satellite’s manufacturer, asked to switch from Vega to... more
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