Earth's Orbit
Scientists explore outback as testbed for Mars  PHYS.ORG · 5 hours
This week, scientists from NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission joined their counterparts from the joint European-Russian ExoMars mission in an expedition to the Australian Outback, one of the most remote, arid regions on the... more
This is ESA  ESA · 11 hours
How much do you know about ESA? There's always more to discover... more
Helping NASA spacecraft travel faster and farther with math  SCIENCE DAILY · 11 hours
By combining cutting-edge machine learning with 19th-century mathematics, a mathematician is working to make NASA spacecraft lighter and more damage tolerant by developing methods to detect imperfections in carbon nanomaterials... more
Image: Amazonian fires continue shrouding South America in smoke  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
NOAA/NASA's Suomi NPP satellite collected this natural-color image using the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) instrument on August 21, 2019. Smoke from the fires raging in in the Amazon... more
Q&A: Scientist models exoplanet's atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
In the search for life beyond our galaxy, many scientists have their eyes turned toward orbs like Earth: rocky planets. So after the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) detected a rocky planet slightly larger than Earth last fall,... more
30 years ago: Voyager 2's historic Neptune flyby  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Thirty years ago, on Aug. 25, 1989, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft made a close flyby of Neptune, giving humanity its first close-up of our solar system's eighth planet. Marking the end of... more
NASA's aqua satellite finds a weaker Chantal, now a depression  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Over the last day, winds outside of Tropical Storm Chantal have been weakening the storm in the North Atlantic Ocean. When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the storm... more
Storms on Jupiter are disturbing the planet's colorful belts  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Coordinated observations of Jupiter in early 2017 by six ground-based telescopes and Hubble allowed astronomers to study the evolution of bright plumes and connect them with cloud movements deep in... more
Last Delta 4 Medium launches GPS-3 satellite  SPACE NEWS · 1 day
United Launch Alliance completed the last launch of a Delta 4 Medium Aug. 22, sending a GPS-3 satellite into a medium Earth... more
Where are new stars born? NASA's Webb Telescope will investigate  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
When it comes to making new stars, the party is almost over in the present-day universe. In fact, it's been nearly over for billions of years. Our Milky... more
Last of its kind rocket puts GPS satellite in orbit  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A rocket that's the last of its kind delivered the newest, most powerful GPS satellite to orbit for the Air Force on Thursday. more
Study started for bacteria-free space missions  ESA · 1 day
Bacteria grow everywhere, including inside the International Space Station. That is why ESA has selected the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) to... more
How to become a great impostor  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Unlike other icons who have appeared on the front of Life magazine, Ferdinand Waldo Demara was not famed as an astronaut, actor, hero or politician. In fact, his 23-year career was rather varied. He was, among... more
NASA sees a lopsided Atlantic Tropical Storm Chantal form  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
NASA's Aqua satellite provided a view of newly formed Tropical Storm Chantal in the North Atlantic Ocean. The image revealed that the storm formed despite being battered by outside winds. more
Jupiter mission takes first images of destination from Earth  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
As part of preparations for the launch of ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, its navigation camera has been given a unique test: imaging its destination from Earth. more
NASA finds Tropical Depression Bailu forms east of Philippines  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean and captured an image of newly developed Tropical Depression Bailu, east of the Philippines. more
Europa Clipper passes key review  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
A NASA mission to a potentially habitable moon of Jupiter has cleared a major review despite uncertainty about when, or how, it will launch. SpaceNews.com more
Earth to FEDOR: Russia launches humanoid robot into space  REUTERS · 2 days
A Russian humanoid robot was making its way on Thursday to the International Space Station after blasting off... more
Russia sends its first humanoid robot Fedor into space  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. more
Boeing spacecraft astronauts see new frontier for commercial space  REUTERS · 2 days
A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training in Houston for a manned mission to the... more
Jupiter mission takes first images of destination – from Earth!  ESA · 2 days
As part of preparations for the launch of ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, its navigation camera... more
Russia sends 'Fedor' its first humanoid robot into space  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Russia on Thursday launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. more
NASA awards Aerospace Corp. contract worth up to $621 million  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
NASA awarded the Aerospace Corp. an engineering, evaluation and testing support contract with a maximum potential... more
Search continues for new NASA human spaceflight leader  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
More than a month after he reassigned the longtime head of its human spaceflight division, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said... more
Spaceflight consistently affects the gut  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
A new study discovered that spaceflight -- both aboard a space shuttle or the International Space Station (ISS) -- has a consistent effect on the gut microbiome. more
Steam balloon to facilitate satellite launches  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Steam balloons could be used to lift space rockets to higher altitude for launch. Launching from high altitude reduces air drag and thus improves efficiency. The researchers present the method in an article published in The... more
Spaceflight consistently affects the gut  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A new Northwestern University study discovered that spaceflight—both aboard a space shuttle or the International Space Station (ISS)—has a consistent effect on the gut microbiome more
Spacewalking astronauts add parking spot to space station  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Spacewalking astronauts added another parking spot to the International Space Station on Wednesday. more
MAXI J1621–501 is a low-mass X-ray binary, study finds  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
An international team of astronomers has uncovered important insights about the recently discovered transient source known as MAXI J1621–501. Results of new observations conducted with NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft indicate that... more
Deployment test of Webb's secondary mirror  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The secondary mirror—visible in the top right corner of the image—is among the most important pieces of equipment on the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and is essential to the success of the mission. more
NASA Confirms Europa Clipper Mission  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
NASA’s Europa Clipper mission is moving toward completion of its final design, followed by the construction and testing of the solar-powered spacecraft and science payload. “We... more
New US Space Command Will Launch Next Week, VP Pence Says  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 days
The United States Space Command will officially be up and running by the end of the month, Vice President Mike Pence said today (Aug. 20) at... more
Space Council recommendations address exploration and management concerns  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Despite a strong public endorsement of NASA’s efforts to return humans to the moon as a step towards Mars, a... more
Space Council says NASA’s exploration programs “on track”  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Nearly five months after directing NASA to accelerate its plans to return humans to the surface of the moon, Vice... more
Chinese telecommunications satellite hit by anomalies after launch  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
A Chinese telecommunications satellite has suffered unspecified anomalies following an apparently successful launch into geosynchronous transfer orbit. SpaceNews.com more
Thomas Pesquet on a new underwater lunar adventure  ESA · 3 days
Over the next two weeks ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Drew Feustel and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will take... more
Space station's data rate increase supports future exploration  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA recently doubled the rate at which data from the International Space Station returns to Earth, paving the way for similar future upgrades on Gateway, NASA's upcoming outpost in lunar orbit, and... more
Pass the basalt  ESA · 3 days
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano installs the BioRock experiment on the International Space Station more
Wired for sound: A third wave emerges in integrated circuits  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
A research renaissance into chip-based control of light-sound interactions could transform our 5G networks, satellite communications and defence industries. These interactions, known as Brillouin scattering, are set to... more
Long-Duration Spaceflight Alters Brain Connectivity: Study  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
An international team of scientists has found alterations of task-based functional brain connectivity in a group of astronauts after a long-duration spaceflight. The findings... more
A space cocktail of science, bubbles and sounds  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The International Space Station was again the stage for novel European science and routine operations during the first half of August. Plenty of action in the form of bubbles and sounds added... more
Microgravity in space and its effects on the brain  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Researchers from Russia and Belgium have found that space travel that leads to microgravity situations may have a significant effect on the brains of humans. Cosmonauts who travel in space... more
SLS contractors expect first launch in 2021  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
While NASA has yet to update the schedule for the first flight of its Space Launch System, companies working on the heavy-lift... more
Commercial crew providers prepare for fall test flights  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Boeing and SpaceX said Aug. 19 that they expect to carry out critical test flights of their commercial crew systems... more
FAA launch office, with mounting workload, prioritizing reorganization over expansion  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The Federal Aviation Administration’s space-related workload is growing faster than its workforce, but the agency wants... more
Plans detailed for first U.S. mission to land on moon since Apollo  REUTERS · 4 days
The first American spacecraft expected to land on the moon in nearly 50 years will be a robotic moon lander built by closely held... more
How NASA is becoming more business friendly  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A new case study demonstrates the steps being taken by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) to make it easier for small businesses and entrepreneurs to understand its needs and do business... more
A space cocktail of science, bubbles and sounds  ESA · 4 days
The International Space Station was again the stage for novel European science and routine operations during the first half of... more
Viasat taps Blue Canyon Technologies to build Link 16 satellite  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Viasat selected Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) to design and manufacture a cubesat for a U.S. Air... more
Tiny GPS backpacks uncover the secret life of desert bats  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A new study from the University of Helsinki using miniaturized satellite-based tags revealed that during drier periods desert bats must fly further and longer to fulfill their nightly... more
Robotic tool operations bring in-space refueling closer to reality  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission 3 (RRM3) completed an initial set of tool operations, bringing the idea of using water ice or methane from other worlds as fuel for spacecraft one... more
Chinese commercial rocket Smart Dragon-1 reaches orbit with first launch  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
A Chinese rocket company launched its first rocket Saturday, successfully sending three commercial satellites into orbit... more
Hubble Spots Bipolar Planetary Nebula  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has delivered an unrivalled snapshot of the bipolar (two-lobed) planetary nebula NGC 2371/2. NGC 2371/2 is located approximately 4,300 light-years away... more
Rocket Lab Electron launches four smallsats  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Rocket Lab launched four small satellites Aug. 19 on a mission that also brings the company one step closer to reusing the first stage... more
Eerie 'Fire Cloud' Floats Like Alien Structure Over Washington  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
A photographer on a NASA airplane captured a rare and spectacular shot when flying through a fire cloud, a type of thunderhead that forms above a wildfire's smoke plume. more
NASA issues call for proposals for Gateway logistics  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
NASA formally issued a call for proposals to provide cargo transportation services for its lunar Gateway Aug. 16, offering up... more
About The NASA Mars Rover 2020 Trip  ASTRO WATCH · 7 days
One of the most exciting projects to be coming in only just a few short months is the NASA Mars Rover project... more
China state agency successfully launches rocket for commercial use: CCTV  REUTERS · 7 days
A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use,... more
NASA picks Alabama's 'Rocket City' for lunar lander job  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA picked Alabama's "Rocket City" on Friday to lead development of the next moon lander for astronauts. more
APT Satellite nets $21 million from Apstar-6 insurance claim, next satellite delayed  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
APT Satellite says it has received $21 million in insurance payments for the partial failure of the Apstar-6 communications satellite in May 2018.  SpaceNews.com more
Marshall selected to lead NASA human lunar lander program  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center will manage the agency’s efforts to develop a lander needed to achieve the... more
NASA chief announces Alabama facility as moon spacecraft headquarters  REUTERS · 1 week
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will serve as headquarters for... more
Tiny GPS backpacks uncover the secret life of desert bats  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A new study using miniaturized satellite-based tags revealed that during drier periods desert bats must fly further and longer to fulfill their nightly needs. According to researchers this... more
Space samples link NASA's Apollo 11 and Mars 2020  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
On July 24, 1969, Apollo 11 command module Columbia splashed down in the Pacific, fulfilling President Kennedy's goal to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to... more
Image: Hubble's portrait of star's gaseous glow  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Although it looks more like an entity seen through a microscope than a telescope, this rounded object, named NGC 2022, is certainly not algae or tiny, blobby jellyfish. Instead, it is a vast orb... more
Robotic toolkit added to NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The bit carousel—a mechanism that will play a key role in the acquisition, containment and eventual return to Earth of humanity's first samples from another planet—has been incorporated into NASA's Mars 2020... more
NASA selects proposals to demonstrate smallSat technologies to study interplanetary space  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA has selected two proposals to demonstrate small satellite technologies to improve science observations in deep space, which could help NASA develop better models to predict... more
Air Force soliciting bids for small, medium satellite launch program  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
OSP-4 is designed to accommodate payloads greater than 400 lbs. The Air Force projects it will... more
NASA picks Alabama site as HQ for human moon lander program: sources  REUTERS · 1 week
The head of NASA is set to announce plans on Friday to name the U.S. space agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama as... more
Top NASA official gets look at next moon rocket  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's top official says the rocket expected to power the next mission to the moon is about 90 percent complete. more
NASA pinpointed tropical storm Krosa's strength before Japan landfall  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA's Aqua satellite provided forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center with infrared data and cloud top temperature information for Tropical Storm Krosa as it was making landfall in southern... more
Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
If our eyes could see gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our neighbor in space... more
Moon glows brighter than sun in images from NASA's Fermi  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
If our eyes could see high-energy radiation called gamma rays, the Moon would appear brighter than the Sun! That's how NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has seen our... more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
To boldly go, again!  ESA · 1 week
The award-winning Space Rocks returns to the indigo at The O2 in London on 21 September for another celebration of space science and engineering, along with the art,... more
NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
NASA scientists are crisscrossing Greenland on a mission to track melting ice. more
Conceptual design ready for PLATO telescope simulator  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research designs and builds a space simulator to test and calibrate eight out of twenty-six cameras for ESA's next exoplanet hunter telescope, PLATO. The conceptual design is now complete.... more
Three new Beta Cephei stars detected  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, astronomers have identified three new Beta Cephei stars. The newly found trio is an important addition to the still short list of known stars of this type. The... more
First DJ in space  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano made space (and music) history on 13 August when he broadcast the first DJ music set from orbit, performing to an audience of over 3000 people as part of the BigCityBeats WORLD CLUB DOME Cruise Edition. more
Virgin Galactic unveiling mission control for space tourism  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. more
Sierra Nevada Corp. selects ULA Vulcan for Dream Chaser missions  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Sierra Nevada Corp. announced Aug. 14 that it will use United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan launch vehicle... more
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Had Tiny, Temporary Moon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Astrophotographer Jacint Roger has spotted a small object in a sequence of images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft on October 21, 2015.... more
Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A colossal, head-on collision between Jupiter and a still-forming planet in the early solar system, about 4.5 billion years ago, could explain surprising readings from NASA's Juno spacecraft, according to... more
NASA follows tropical storm Krosa's approach to landfall in southern Japan  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite shows that Tropical Storm Krosa contains powerful thunderstorms with heavy rain capabilities as it moves toward landfall in southern Japan.... more
First DJ in space  ESA · 1 week
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The first DJ in space  ESA · 1 week
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano made space (and music) history on 13 August when he broadcast the first DJ music set from orbit, performing to an audience... more
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