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Calling for ideas for next Earth Explorer  ESA · 1 hour
As part of ESA’s continuing commitment to realise cutting-edge satellite missions to advance the scientific understanding of our planet and to show... more
Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 3895  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 hours
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured this vivid image of a barred spiral galaxy called NGC 3895. NGC 3895 resides some 161 million... more
China space programme targets July launch for Mars mission  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
China is targeting a July launch for its ambitious plans for a Mars mission which will include landing a remote-controlled robot on the surface of the red planet, the company... more
Milestones of US human spaceflights  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
Here are key milestones in the history of crewed US spaceflights, which resume on May 27 with the first transport of US astronauts to the International Space Station for nine years. more
Rocketman (and woman): Elon and Gwynne, the pair who made SpaceX  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
Space Exploration Technologies Corp.—commonly known as SpaceX—is slated to send two astronauts into space on Wednesday. Despite not yet being 20 years old, the company has... more
SpaceX overcame parachute, thruster problems in Crew Dragon development  SPACE NEWS · 12 hours
To get a new, state-of-the-art crewed spacecraft ready to carry astronauts, SpaceX and NASA had to overcome problems... more
SpaceX ready to launch astronauts into space for the first time  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
In the beginning, everyone was skeptical. But Elon Musk's SpaceX defied expectations—and on Wednesday hopes to make history by ferrying two NASA astronauts into space, the... more
SpaceNews Webinar | Back to the Moon: Private Partnerships for Lunar Landers  SPACE NEWS · 18 hours
SpaceNews Senior Staff Writer Jeff Foust and Editor-in-Chief Brian Berger lead a live panel discussion about NASA's use of public-private partnerships to develop lunar... more
1st test launch by Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit postponed  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit postponed its first space launch Sunday due to a technical problem. more
SpaceX's 1st astronaut launch breaking new ground for style  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
The first astronauts launched by SpaceX are breaking new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek rocketship—all of it white with black trim. more
Ready, SETI, go: Is there a race to contact E.T.?  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Researchers using China's huge new FAST radio telescope are piecing together a technological strategy to carry out a major and sweeping search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). more
Trump to attend Demo-2 launch, but fewer other guests  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
While both the president and vice president plan to attend the Demo-2 commercial crew launch, there will be... more
Virgin Orbit sets expectations for first launch  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Virgin Orbit says that it’s ready for its first orbital launch attempt, scheduled for May 24, while acknowledging potentially long odds of... more
SpaceX Demo-2 commercial crew mission passes flight readiness review  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA has given SpaceX approval to proceed with final preparations for the first commercial crew mission with astronauts... more
NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week's launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel—the first crewed space flight from US soil in... more
Researchers boost microwave signal stability a hundredfold  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Researchers have used state-of-the-art atomic clocks, advanced light detectors, and a measurement tool called a frequency comb to boost the stability of microwave signals 100-fold. This marks a giant step toward better electronics to... more
Possibility of realizing superionic ice VII in external electric fields of planetary bodies  Science Magazine · 3 days
In a superionic (SI) ice phase, oxygen atoms remain crystallographically ordered while protons become fully diffusive as a result of intramolecular dissociation.... more
NASA's newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX's brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons. more
NASA examines tropical storm Mangga in infrared light  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's Aqua satellite used infrared light to provide forecasters with a look at the temperatures of the cloud tops in Tropical Storm Mangga. more
Astronomers spot twinkling heart of milky way  nanowerk · 3 days
Astronomers found quasi-periodic flickers in millimeter-waves from the center of the Milky Way. The team interpreted these blinks to be due to the rotation of radio spots circling the supermassive black hole with an... more
ALMA spots twinkling heart of the Milky Way  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Astronomers have found quasi-periodic flickers in millimeter-waves from the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius (Sgr) A*. The team interpreted these blinks to be due to the rotation of radio spots circling... more
Earth's lower mantle can be oxidized in the presence of water  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
If we took a journey from Earth's surface to the center, the midway point is roughly at 1900 km depth in the lower mantle. The lower... more
DESI team prepares for telescope instrument's restart after unexpected shutdown  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), installed on an Arizona mountaintop, was quickly moving through its testing stages and making headway toward the start of its 5-year observing... more
Video: Isolation in Antarctica  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Cold, dark, remote, Antarctica is as close to space as you can get on Earth. Humans conduct research in Antarctic bases on a wide range of topics, from climate studies and astronomy to glaciology and human physiology and psychology. more
The bold plan to see continents and oceans on another Earth  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
What if we could take a picture of an Earth-like planet around another star that was sharp enough to see continents, oceans, and clouds? more
Air deliveries bring NASA's Perseverance Mars rover closer to launch  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Progress continues to speed along as NASA's Perseverance rover readies for its launch this summer. On May 11, the rover team at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in... more
ALMA spots twinkling heart of Milky Way  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) found quasi-periodic flickers in millimeter-waves from the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius (Sgr) A*. The team interpreted these blinks to be due to the rotation... more
Massive disk galaxy could change our understanding of how galaxies are born  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
A massive, rotating disk galaxy that first formed just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang, could upend our understanding of galaxy formation, scientists suggest in... more
Meet the Experts: Isolation in Antarctica  ESA · 3 days
Video: 00:05:43 Cold, dark, remote, Antarctica is as close to space as you can get on Earth. Humans conduct research in Antarctic bases on... more
Solar energy farms could offer second life for electric vehicle batteries  MIT · 3 days
Modeling study shows battery reuse systems could be profitable for both electric vehicle companies and grid-scale solar operations. more
Space Development Agency scouting the market for launch services  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
SDA wants information on "potential launch solutions" for its first 30 satellites to be deployed in low Earth... more
NASA Snow campaign wraps 2020 survey  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
As spring and summer temperatures return to the Northern Hemisphere, winter's snow is melting, releasing precious fresh water into Earth's streams, rivers and oceans. This annual change provides liquid water for drinking, agriculture and hydropower for... more
Cosmic Rays May Have Played Key Role in Origin of Life’s Handedness  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Living organisms comprise a system of molecules organized with specific handedness. Handedness — or chirality — is the geometric property of an object that... more
New gravitational-wave model can bring neutron stars into even sharper focus  nanowerk · 4 days
Gravitational-wave researchers have developed a new model that promises to yield fresh insights into the structure and composition of neutron stars. more
Scientists boost microwave signal stability a hundredfold  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have used state-of-the-art atomic clocks, advanced light detectors, and a measurement tool called a frequency comb to boost the stability of microwave signals 100-fold.... more
Curiosity Finds Evidence of Mars’ Ancient Ice-Covered Lakes  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Using data from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument on NASA’s rover Curiosity, researchers have found that certain minerals... more
D-Orbit preps for in-orbit transportation business with upcoming Arianespace and SpaceX launches  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Bruno Carvalho, D-Orbit’s vice president of business development, said the company hopes to launch one of its InOrbit Now (ION) propulsive cubesat deployers every... more
NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the... more
Commercial crew launch preparations continue despite leadership shakeup  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Preparations for the launch of a SpaceX commercial crew test flight with two NASA astronauts on board are continuing despite... more
Astronomers Witness Ongoing Planet Formation in AB Aurigae System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Astronomers using the SPHERE (Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) have observed a... more
Towable sensor free-falls to measure vertical slices of ocean conditions  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The motion of the ocean is often thought of in horizontal terms, for instance in the powerful currents that sweep around the planet, or the waves that ride... more
WISE J135501.90-825838.9 is a young, extremely low-mass substellar binary, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), astronomers have investigated a nearby binary system designated WISE J135501.90-825838.9. The new research reports that the studied... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx ready for touchdown on asteroid Bennu  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA's first asteroid sample return mission is officially prepared for its long-awaited touchdown on asteroid Bennu's surface. The Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security—Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission has targeted Oct. 20... more
NASA telescope named for 'Mother of Hubble,' Nancy Grace Roman  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA is naming its next-generation space telescope currently under development, the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST), in honor of Nancy Grace Roman, NASA's first chief astronomer, who... more
How galaxies and black holes grow together  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Over the past two decades, astronomers have concluded that most, if not all, galaxies host massive black holes at their centers—and the masses of a black hole and its host galaxy are correlated. But... more
ATLAS telescope discovers first-of-its-kind asteroid with a comet-like tail  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
We often think of asteroids and comets as distinct types of small bodies, but astronomers have discovered an increasing number of "crossovers." These objects initially appear to be asteroids, and... more
Mammoths, mastodons and the fruit they left behind at Fermilab  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are constantly pushing at the boundaries of the unknown in their attempt to understand the origin and physical... more
Global warming now pushing heat into territory humans cannot tolerate  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The explosive growth and success of human society over the past 10,000 years has been underpinned by a distinct range of climate conditions. But the range of weather... more
Baby exoplanet spotted growing around distant star (photo)  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
New imagery pinpoints the spot where a baby planet is forming around the young star AB Aurigae, which lies 520 light-years from Earth. more
New gravitational-wave model can bring neutron stars into even sharper focus  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Gravitational-wave researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a new model that promises to yield fresh insights into the structure and composition of neutron stars. more
How cosmic rays may have shaped life  nanowerk · 4 days
Astrophysicists propose that the influence of cosmic rays on early life may explain nature's preference for a uniform 'handedness' among biology's critical molecules. more
Astronauts arrive for NASA's 1st home launch in decade  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. more
How cosmic rays may have shaped life  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Physicists propose that the influence of cosmic rays on early life may explain nature's preference for a uniform 'handedness' among biology's critical molecules. more
Virgin Orbit ready for first orbital launch attempt  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Virgin Orbit announced May 20 it will make the first flight of its LauncherOne air-launched vehicle as soon as May... more
U.S. Space Command signs space data sharing agreement with Peru  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
The agreement was signed last week between Maj. Gen. Javier Tuesta Marquez, of Peru's space agency,... more
Cosmic rays may have left indelible imprint on early life, physicists say  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Before there were animals, bacteria or even DNA on Earth, self-replicating molecules were slowly evolving their way from simple matter to life beneath a... more
Astronauts arriving for NASA's 1st home launch in decade  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA flew to Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. more
Galactic cosmic rays now available for study on Earth  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
To better understand and mitigate the health risks faced by astronauts from exposure to space radiation, we ideally need to be able to test the effects of galactic cosmic rays... more
Massive, Rotating Disk Galaxy Spotted 12.3 Billion Light-Years Away  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found evidence for the most distant rotationally supported disk... more
NASA-NOAA satellite catches post-tropical storm Arthur's end  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the western North Atlantic Ocean and provided forecasters with a visible image of Post Tropical Storm Arthur. more
NASA satellites covering typhoon Amphan headed for landfall  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA satellites have been providing forecasters with various types of imagery on Typhoon Amphan as it heads toward a landfall near the border of eastern India and Bangladesh on May 20. more
Massive rotating disk galaxy challenges the traditional models of galaxy formation  nanowerk · 5 days
The discovery of the Wolfe Disk galaxy provides a challenge for many galaxy formation simulations, which predict that massive galaxies at this point in the evolution... more
3D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Tests on new designs for next-gen solar cells can now be done in minutes instead of days thanks to a new system. more
NASA renames WFIRST space telescope after pioneering woman astronomer  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA announced May 20 it is renaming a major space telescope under development after an astronomer who led... more
ALMA discovers massive rotating disk in early universe  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
In our 13.8 billion-year-old universe, most galaxies like our Milky Way form gradually, reaching their large mass relatively late. But a new discovery made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) of... more
Going nuclear on the moon and Mars  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
It might sound like science fiction, but scientists are preparing to build colonies on the moon and, eventually, Mars. With NASA planning its next human mission to the moon in 2024, researchers are looking... more
Momentus announces contracts with Sen, Alba Orbital and SatRevolution  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Momentus Space announced contracts with video streaming company Sen, satellite manufacturer Alba Orbital and Polish nanosatellite startup SatRevolution.... more
A new plasma engine will allow less expensive, more efficient, and longer space missions  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have patented a new spatial plasma-fueled engine capable of satellite and spacecraft... more
Swarm probes weakening of Earth's magnetic field  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth's magnetic field is gradually weakening. This strange behaviour has geophysicists puzzled and is causing technical disturbances in satellites orbiting Earth. Scientists are using data... more
ALMA discovers massive rotating disk in early universe  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
In our 13.8 billion-year-old universe, most galaxies like our Milky Way form gradually, reaching their large mass relatively late. But a new discovery made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) of... more
The Tunguska explosion could have been caused by an asteroid that still orbits the sun  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
On a cool summer morning in 1908, a fireball appeared over northern Siberia. Eyewitnesses described a column of... more
Coming to a sky near you: Comet SWAN at its best  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN), perhaps the brightest comet we will see this year, is at its best from now until mid-June. It should be visible in... more
Astronomers see signs of planet birth  nanowerk · 5 days
Around the young star AB Aurigae lies a dense disc of dust and gas in which astronomers have spotted a prominent spiral structure with a 'twist' that marks the site where a planet may be forming.... more
ESO telescope sees signs of planet birth  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
Observations made with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) have revealed the telltale signs of a star system being born. Around the young star AB Aurigae lies a dense disc of... more
Ariane 6 maiden flight likely slipping to 2021  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
The inaugural launch of Europe’s Ariane 6 rocket appears all but certain to slip into 2021 because of development delays... more
Very Large Telescope sees signs of planet birth  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Observations made with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) have revealed the telltale signs of a star system being born. Around the young star AB Aurigae lies a dense... more
The mystique of mathematics: 5 beautiful math phenomena  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Mathematics is visible everywhere in nature, even where we are not expecting it. It can help explain the way galaxies spiral, a seashell curves, patterns replicate, and rivers bend. more
Swarm probes weakening of Earth’s magnetic field  ESA · 5 days
In an area stretching from Africa to South America, Earth’s magnetic field is gradually weakening. This strange behaviour has geophysicists puzzled and... more
A new plasma engine will allow less expensive, more efficient, and longer space missions  nanowerk · 5 days
Researchers have developed a new spatial plasma-fueled engine capable of satellite and spacecraft propulsion, with magnetic field geometry and configuration... more
NASA exec resigns days before 1st astronaut launch in years  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
NASA's chief of human exploration has resigned just days before the first astronaut launch in nearly a decade from Kennedy Space Center. more
NASA human spaceflight chief resigns ahead of launch  REUTERS · 6 days
NASA's human spaceflight chief Doug Loverro resigned on Tuesday, according to an internal memo seen by agency employees, capping his... more
Curiosity rover finds clues to chilly ancient Mars buried in rocks  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
By studying the chemical elements on Mars today—including carbon and oxygen—scientists can work backwards to piece together the history of a planet that once had the... more
UAE to launch first Arab probe to Mars  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
After sending its first astronaut to space last year, the United Arab Emirates is to launch a probe to Mars in July, state news agency WAM announced Tuesday. more
NASA human spaceflight head Loverro leaves agency  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Doug Loverro, the NASA official responsible for human spaceflight programs, left the agency May 18 after less than six months on the... more
NASA-NOAA satellite sees Amphan's eye obscured  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Early on May 18, 2020, Tropical Cyclone Amphan was a Category 5 storm in the Northern Indian Ocean. On May 19, satellite data from NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite revealed that the storm has weakened and the... more
NASA examines tropical storm Arthur's rainfall as it transitions  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
When the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed over the western North Atlantic Ocean, it captured rainfall data on Tropical Storm Arthur as the storm was transitioning... more
Astronomers Capture New Images of Two Protoplanets around PDS 70  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Using the Near-Infrared Camera (NIRC2) on the Keck II telescope at W. M. Keck Observatory on... more
Ultra-thin sail could speed journey to other star systems  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A tiny sail made of the thinnest material known—one carbon-atom-thick graphene—has passed initial tests designed to show that it could be a viable material to make solar sails for spacecraft. more
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