Earth's Orbit
Choosing rocks on Mars to bring to Earth  ESA · 43 minutes
If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as... more
Smart surfaces for space hygiene  ESA · 2 hours
While efforts continue to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus on Earth, a space-based experiment called Matiss has been investigating how ‘smart surfaces’ on the... more
Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida  ABC NEWS · 12 hours
A cruise ship that had at least two passengers die of coronavirus and others sickened while barred from South American ports has finally docked in Florida more
Virgin Orbit selects Japanese airport as launch site  SPACE NEWS · 14 hours
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 · 18 hours
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 · 19 hours
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 · 20 hours
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 · 21 hours
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 · 22 hours
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 · 23 hours
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
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 · 1 day
Momentus, a Silicon Valley in-space transportation startup, announced a launch service agreement April 1 with Odysseus Space, a satellite applications... more
Feds: Man intentionally derailed LA train near hospital ship  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Authorities say a train engineer intentionally drove a speeding locomotive off a track at the Port of Los Angeles because he was suspicious about the presence of a Navy hospital... more
NASA and ESA to fund coronavirus projects  SPACE NEWS · 2 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 · 2 days
Who wants to be an astronaut? More than 12,000 people do, resulting in NASA's second-largest group of astronaut hopefuls. more
SpaceX almost ready to start testing third Starship prototype  PHYS.ORG · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 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 · 2 days
NASA has completed the crew for the first operational SpaceX commercial crew mission to the International Space Station, one that will not... more
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as ''intermediate-mass,'' which betrayed its existence by tearing apart... more
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success  PHYS.ORG · 3 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
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Astronomers have found the best evidence for the perpetrator of a cosmic homicide: a black hole of an elusive class known as "intermediate-mass," which betrayed its existence by tearing apart... more
Research team releases new global groundwater maps  PHYS.ORG · 3 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 · 3 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 · 3 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
Study determines burst properties of the most recurring transient magnetar  PHYS.ORG · 3 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 · 3 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 · 3 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
NASA selects space science cubesat mission  SPACE NEWS · 3 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
Solar array problem killed Venezuela’s VeneSat-1, officials confirm  SPACE NEWS · 4 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
Image: Hubble hooks a one-arm galaxy  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NGC 4618 was discovered on April 9, 1787, by the German-British astronomer William Herschel, who also discovered Uranus in 1781. Only a year before discovering NGC 4618, Herschel theorized that the "foggy" objects astronomers were seeing... more
TESS Discovers Its First Thick-Disk Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 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 · 4 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 · 4 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 · 4 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 · 4 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 · 4 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
Hubble Snaps Stunning Image of NGC 4651  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 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
Astronaut urine to build moon bases  nanowerk · 7 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. Researchers have found that it could be used... more
SpaceX wins NASA commercial cargo contract for lunar Gateway  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
NASA announced March 27 it has selected SpaceX to provide cargo transportation services for the agency’s planned lunar... more
#SpaceConnectsUs replay  ESA · 7 days
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
The Latest: Space images show pollution down in Europe  ABC NEWS · 7 days
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
French space agency donates 90,000 face masks to hospitals  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
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 · 7 days
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 · 7 days
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
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
Avio, exempt from Italy’s coronavirus lockdown, seeks reopening of French Guiana spaceport  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Since 60% of Avio’s revenue comes from manufacturing, the French government’s March 16 decision to suspend launches from the Guiana Space Center shouldn’t impact... 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
Venezuelan communications satellite out of service  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
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 · 1 week
NASA is looking for ways to leverage its expertise and capabilities to support the federal government’s... more
Curiosity Sends New Selfie from Red Planet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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, shed more light on the properties... more
Astrophysicists Perform Test of String Theory  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
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 · 1 week
ESA Director Jan Woerner writes: "We have to accept that the spread of novel coronavirus is one of the negative consequences of... more
ESA puts four science missions on hold during pandemic  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The European Space Agency announced March 24 it is suspending regular operations of four of its missions, including... more
Supercomputer helps benchmark new molecular docking tool  NEWS MEDICAL · 1 week
With the American Cancer Society estimating 1.76 million new cases and more than 600,000 deaths during 2019 in the U.S. alone, cancer remains a critical healthcare challenge. more
Rocket Lab postpones launch because of coronavirus pandemic  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Rocket Lab announced March 24 that it was delaying the next launch of its Electron rocket from New Zealand as... more
45th Space Wing: Launches to go on as scheduled  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The wing has implemented telework but people are needed on site to support launches. more
NASA to hand off spacecraft communications to industry  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA is preparing to hand off to the private sector much of the work of communicating with spacecraft in Earth... more
Starliner flight raises profile of Space Network  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
The Space Network continues to offer reliable global coverage 24-hours a day for missions led by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric... more
8 European spacecraft put in hibernation amid virus lockdown  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The European Space Agency said Tuesday that it is putting eight of its spacecraft into hibernation as it scales down operations during the coronavirus outbreak. more
NASA to participate in SpaceX engine anomaly investigation  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA representatives will be part of an ongoing SpaceX investigation into an engine anomaly on a recent Falcon 9 launch... more
Image: Bennu in unprecedented detail  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
This global map of asteroid Bennu's surface is a mosaic of images collected by NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft between Mar. 7 and Apr. 19, 2019. A total of 2,155 PolyCam images were stitched together and corrected to produce the... more
ESA scales down science mission operations amid pandemic  ESA · 1 week
In response to the escalating coronavirus pandemic, ESA has decided to further reduce on-site personnel at its mission control centre... more
Astra rocket damaged in pre-launch tests  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Small launch vehicle startup Astra has postponed its next launch attempt after the rocket was damaged in what local officials say was an “anomaly”... more
Venezuela’s flagship communications satellite out of service and tumbling  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Venezuela’s first and only state-owned communications satellite has been out of service since March 13 when a series... more
New 3-D view of methane tracks sources  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's new 3-dimensional portrait of methane concentrations shows the world's second largest contributor to greenhouse warming, the diversity of sources on the ground, and the behavior of the gas as it moves through the... more
East Antarctica's Denman Glacier has retreated almost 3 miles over last 22 years  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
East Antarctica's Denman Glacier has retreated 5 kilometers, nearly 3 miles, in the past 22 years, and researchers at the University of... more
ESA to issue Call for Ideas for next Earth Explorer  ESA · 2 weeks
As part of the ongoing commitment to realise new satellite missions that advance our understanding of... more
NASA leadership assessing mission impacts of coronavirus  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
To protect the health and safety of the NASA workforce as the nation responds to coronavirus (COVID-19), agency leadership recently completed the first assessment of work underway across all missions, projects, and programs. The... more
Study recommends minimizing elements for Artemis lunar lander  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
A study by a space propulsion company concludes that a human return to the moon by 2024 will require minimizing... more
NGC 4618: Hubble Spots Spiral Galaxy with Single Arm  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured an amazing new photo of an unusual spiral galaxy called NGC... more
Troubled cruise ship with 2,000 passengers docks in Honolulu  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
A cruise ship that had to cut short its trip because of the coronavirus and mechanical problems docked Sunday in Honolulu's harbor more
Soyuz launches 34 OneWeb satellites  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Arianespace launched 34 small broadband satellites for OneWeb March 21, expanding the startup’s constellation to 74 satellites in low Earth orbit. more
Curiosity Mars rover takes a new selfie before record climb  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recently set a record for the steepest terrain it's ever climbed, cresting the "Greenheugh Pediment," a broad sheet of rock that sits atop a... more
Coronavirus pauses work on JWST  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
NASA has suspended work on the James Webb Space Telescope as it prioritizes what agency missions require people to be on site during the coronavirus pandemic.... more
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SpaceX almost ready to start testing third Starship prototype
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope full mirror deployment a success
Warped space-time to help WFIRST find exoplanets
Hubble finds best evidence for elusive mid-sized black hole
Research team releases new global groundwater maps
ESA to conduct BepiColombo flyby amid coronavirus crisis
How will clouds obscure the view of exoplanet surfaces?
New 3-D view of methane tracks sources
Curiosity Mars rover takes a new selfie before record climb
NASA's Mars perseverance rover gets its sample handling system
ESA Mission Control adjusts to coronavirus conditions
On the origin of massive stars
European Gateway experiment will monitor radiation in deep space
Bartolomeo heading for space to join Columbus
Curiosity Mars rover snaps its highest-resolution panorama yet