Earth's Orbit
A TV satellite is about to explode following 'irreversible' battery damage  LIVE SCIENCE · 24 minutes
A Boeing satellite is being hastily moved into "graveyard orbit" following a devastating "anomaly" that turned its batteries into bombs. more
TV provider shifting satellite to high orbit over explosion fears  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
US authorities said Friday they had granted permission to a TV provider to urgently lift a four-ton (3,600-kilogram) satellite to a so-called "graveyard orbit" over fears a battery... more
NASA's Kepler witnesses vampire star system undergoing super-outburst  PHYS.ORG · 4 hours
NASA's Kepler spacecraft was designed to find exoplanets by looking for stars that dim as a planet crosses the star's face. Fortuitously, the same design makes it ideal for spotting other astronomical... more
SpaceX to launch Egyptian satellite in 2022  SPACE NEWS · 5 hours
SpaceX will launch Egyptian operator NileSat’s next communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022, SpaceXsaid Jan. 23. SpaceNews.com more
NASA launches in-depth snow study—first in 30 years  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
The last time NASA carried out an in-depth study of winter storms in the heavily populated Northeast, the Berlin Wall had just come down and George H.W. Bush occupied the White House. more
Contract secures build of ozone-monitoring Altius satellite  ESA · 5 hours
ESA has awarded a contract to QinetiQ to build Altius. This new mission will deliver profiles of concentrations of stratospheric ozone with... more
Two Moon rovers are better than one  ESA · 13 hours
Image: ESA has signed a deal with space engineering company COMEX in France to develop an innovative double-rover architecture for lunar surface... more
NASA prepares to shut down Spitzer Space Telescope  SPACE NEWS · 20 hours
NASA will turn off an aging infrared space telescope in a week, citing the complexities of continuing to operate the... more
Space industry group focused on cybersecurity to begin operations in spring 2020  SPACE NEWS · 22 hours
The Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Space ISAC, will launch an unclassified portal where companies can share and analyze cybersecurity information. SpaceNews.com more
EU reserves four Ariane 6 rockets for Galileo navigation satellites  SPACE NEWS · 23 hours
The European Commission has “pre-booked” four launches using Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket. SpaceNews.com more
Tethers Unlimited says early results of deorbit hardware test promising  SPACE NEWS · 23 hours
Hoyt said observations from the U.S. military’s Space Surveillance Network showed the Prox-1 satellite deorbiting more... more
NASA finds wind shear affected new Tropical Cyclone 09S  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
Tropical Cyclone 09S formed on Jan. 22 in the Southern Indian Ocean despite being affected by vertical wind shear and one day later, wind shear caused its demise. The end... more
How NASA's Webb Telescope will continue Spitzer's legacy  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
As one window to the universe closes, another will open with an even better view. Some of the same planets, stars and galaxies we first saw through the first window will appear... more
Watch live: final #SpacewalkforAMS  ESA · 1 day
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan will exit the International Space Station airlock together for the fourth time Saturday 25 January. It is the ninth... more
Spacewalks, science and Beyond  ESA · 1 day
Spacewalk season continues on the International Space Station. ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan are getting ready to step outside the Quest airlock for their... more
Firefly suffers anomaly during launch vehicle test  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
Firefly Aerospace says it had an “anomaly” during a Jan. 22 static-fire test of the first stage of its Alpha rocket under... more
Second space data highway satellite set to beam  ESA · 1 day
The second satellite in the European Data Relay System has reached its intended orbit and completed its in-orbit tests.Dubbed the... more
OSIRIS-REx completes closest flyover of sample site nightingale  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Preliminary results indicate that NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully executed a 0.4-mile (620-m) flyover of site Nightingale yesterday as part of the mission's Reconnaissance B phase activities. Nightingale, OSIRIS-REx's primary sample collection site,... more
Using artificial intelligence to enrich digital maps  MIT · 2 days
Model tags road features based on satellite images, to improve GPS navigation in places with limited map data. more
Op-ed | A Space Force needs spaceships  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
The U.S. Space Force must acquire responsive, routine, and reliable access to space — starting with launch systems optimize for reaching low... more
Firefly, Innovative Space Logistics sign launch agreement • Viasat nabs $90M IDIQ contract  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Dutch launch broker Innovative Space Logistics and Firefly Aerospace signed a launch services agreement for... more
Earth’s Oldest Known Meteorite Impact Structure Identified  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
The 70 km- (43.5-mile) diameter Yarrabubba impact structure in Western Australia is approximately 2.23 billion years old, according to new research led... more
Mapping the path of climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Since 1880, the Earth's temperature has risen by 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit and is predicted to continue rising, according to the NASA Global Climate Change website. Scientists are actively seeking to understand this change and its effect... more
Call for media: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returns from commanding the Space Station  ESA · 2 days
Press Release N° 28–2020 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is returning to Earth after six months on the International Space Station. He will... more
NASA sounding rocket observing nitric oxide in polar night  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Aurora, also known as the northern lights, are a sight to behold as they dance across the sky when solar winds collide with the Earth's atmosphere. more
Microbial wipe down  ESA · 2 days
Image: Sometimes doing science is as simple as wiping up. NASA astronaut Jack Fisher is seen here using a wet wipe on the surfaces of the European Cupola module of... more
Shape the future of European biology research in space  ESA · 2 days
What biology research would you conduct on the International Space Station? As the world celebrates 20 years of... more
Solar Orbiter launch  ESA · 3 days
Image: Artist's impression of an Atlas V 411 launching Solar Orbiter into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its mission is to perform... more
Solar Orbiter solar array deployment  ESA · 3 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch and separation, with its solar arrays deployed. The instrument boom and antennas have not been deployed at this... more
Solar Orbiter antenna deployment  ESA · 3 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch, with solar arrays and antennas deployed. Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its... more
Solar Orbiter separation  ESA · 3 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following separation from the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V 411 rocket launching the mission into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation  ESA · 3 days
Image: Artist's impression of the fairing encapsulating Solar Orbiter being released following launch on an Atlas V 411.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Capella unveils radar satellite design  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Capella Space unveiled the new design Jan. 21 for its Whitney constellation of seven synthetic aperture radar satellites scheduled to launch in 2020. SpaceNews.com more
Satellite propulsion startup Dawn Aerospace developing small launch vehicle  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
A green propulsion startup with more than $1 million in sales says it is gaining traction in the... more
EU announces funding for Ariane 6 and other space-tech  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The European Union on Tuesday announced 200 million euros ($222 million) of funding for the Ariane 6 rocket launcher and for small and medium-sized space technology companies. more
A simple way to predict tropical cyclones undergoing rapid intensification  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
"Yellow streaks in sunset sky, wind and daylong rain is nigh." This old weather proverb originates from fishermen who found colors and shapes in clouds at sunset could... more
Warming up for the sun  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun  ESA · 3 days
Press Release N° 27–2020 ESA’s new Sun explorer will be launched from Cape Canaveral on 6 February. Media are invited to Europe’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany,... more
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA's galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights into the binary system of stars that caused an unusual brightening of... more
Warming up for the Sun  ESA · 3 days
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the Sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  ESA · 3 days
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA’s galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights... more
Startup Skylo seeks to connect millions of devices, vehicles, vessels via satellite  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Startup Skylo emerged from stealth mode Jan. 21 with $116 million in the bank and plans to connect devices by transferring data over existing... more
NASA Taps Snowstorm-Chasing Team To Improve Forecasting  NPR · 4 days
NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Lynn McMurdie, a University of Washington professor and principal investigator for IMPACTS, NASA's new project to more accurately predict snowstorms. more
Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall. more
XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings  ESA · 4 days
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 · 4 days
Image: These illustrations show the surroundings of a black hole feeding on ambient gas as mapped using ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray... more
Image: The sun in 2019  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The changing activity of our sun as seen by ESA's Proba-2 satellite in 2019. more
Spacewalking astronauts wrapping up battery improvements  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A pair of spacewalking astronauts tackled one last round of battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday. more
ESA opens oxygen plant, making air out of moondust  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
ESA's technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. more
The Sun in 2019  ESA · 4 days
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 · 4 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 5 days
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 · 5 days
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a dramatic emergency landing on Sunday to test a key abort system on an unmanned astronaut... more
Stars Need a Partner to Spin Universe’s Brightest Explosions  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
When it comes to the biggest and brightest explosions seen in the Universe, University of Warwick astronomers have... more
SpaceX to test Crew Dragon launch abort system  SPACE NEWS · 7 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 · 7 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 · 1 week
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
Image: Hubble views galaxy from famous catalog  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
ESA opens oxygen plant – making air out of moondust  ESA · 1 week
ESA’s technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. more
Arianespace launches Eutelsat, ISRO satellites on first 2020 mission  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
WASHINGTON — European launch provider Arianespace completed its first launch of the year Jan. 16, sending two communications... more
First Spacebus Neo satellite launched  ESA · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
ESA seeks new cooperative agreement with EU  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
With its funding secured for the next three years, the head of the European Space Agency is now focused on implementing those... more
China launches Yinhe-1 commercial low Earth orbit 5G satellite  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
HELSINKI — China carried out its second orbital launch in just over 24 hours late Wednesday, sending the... more
ExoMars Rover completes environmental tests  ESA · 1 week
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
NASA, NOAA analyses reveal 2019 second warmest year on record  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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 · 1 week
Satellite data of Tropical Cyclone Claudia's cloud top temperatures revealed that the storm was weakening. more
NASA, NOAA analyses reveal 2019 second warmest year on record  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
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
Cassini Reveals Saturn’s Ultraviolet Auroras in Unprecedented Detail  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
At the end of its mission in 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft performed a set of ‘Grand Finale’ orbits bringing it... more
Replay: ESA Director General's press briefing  ESA · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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
Mission X 2020 Walk to the Moon Challenge is open  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge, focusing on health, science, fitness and nutrition, which encourages pupils to train like an astronaut. more
Image: Astronaut captures the fires ravaging Australia  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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
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