Space Exploration
ESA launches new podcast for Beyond mission  ESA · 1 hour
What does a space mission sound like? Well, aside from the roaring of engines, the hum of the Space Station and the... more
Sailing among the stars: how photons could revolutionize space flight  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
A few days from now, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket will lift off from Florida, carrying a satellite the size of a loaf of bread with nothing to... more
Poll: Tracking asteroids a favored focus for space program  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
A new poll shows Americans prefer a space program that focuses on potential asteroid impacts, scientific research and using robots to explore the cosmos over sending humans back to the... more
Contractors continue to win award fees despite SLS and Orion delays  SPACE NEWS · 11 hours
A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that the prime contractors for... more
NASA Wants Robots to Sniff Out Moon Pits for Astronaut Homes  SPACE.COM · 14 hours
With funding from NASA, researchers are working to build robots that can explore moon pits, sinkhole-like structures that could be full of resources and could even... more
This Is NASA's Best View Yet (and Closest, Too!) of Asteroid Bennu  SPACE.COM · 17 hours
NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft inched closer still to an asteroid called Bennu, breaking the record it set previously — but the real reward is the... more
Cassini Reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings  ASTRO WATCH · 18 hours
As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex... more
ESA’s new mission to intercept a comet  ESA · 18 hours
 ‘Comet Interceptor’ has been selected as ESA’s new fast-class mission in its Cosmic Vision Programme. Comprising three spacecraft, it will be the... more
Ion beams and atom smashers: secrets of moon rocks  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
Moon samples collected by the Apollo astronauts a half-century ago hold answers to questions that weren't even on scientists' minds at the time, as new technological tools provide insight into... more
The satellite with X-ray vision  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
In the early hours of October 23, 2011, ROSAT was engulfed in the waves of the Indian Ocean. This was the end of a success story that is unparalleled in German space exploration research. The satellite, developed and... more
NEEMO: Testing space gear under the sea  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations takes place more than 18 meters below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. For nine days, astronauts, engineers, and scientists live and work underwater, testing new technologies for space. more
Orbit Fab Demonstrates Satellite Refueling Technology on Space Station  SPACE.COM · 21 hours
A startup company that plans to develop tankers for refueling satellites has completed a key test of its technology on the International Space Station. more
OasISS reunion  ESA · 23 hours
Live on Friday from 18:00 CEST: join three astronauts as they look back on their Space Station mission and discuss the future of exploration more
Fully Restored, Apollo-Era Saturn IB Rocket Returns to NASA Display  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA's last flight-configured example of the rocket that launched the first Apollo astronauts into space is back on public view, having undergone an almost year-long, extensive restoration. more
NASA snaps most detailed image yet of asteroid Bennu  Sky News · 2 days
A US spacecraft has captured its closest and most detailed image yet of the 78 billion kilogram asteroid Bennu which gets closer to Earth every six years. more
Apollo astronauts celebrate 50 years since first moon landing  REUTERS · 2 days
Three astronauts instrumental in the groundbreaking U.S. space program of the 1960s and 70s gathered at the Paris... more
NASA to Seek Proposals for Lunar Gateway Logistics  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA will issue a formal call for proposals later this summer for cargo transportation services for its lunar Gateway, seeking to model that effort on the space station’s commercial cargo program. more
Forward to the Moon… and beyond  ESA · 2 days
  Tune in on 21 June at 18:00 CEST (16:00 GMT) as OasISS mission astronauts talk about their mission to the International Space Station on the tenth anniversary of the flight, live from Belgium’s Planetarium of... more
eROSITA – the hunt for dark energy begins  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On 21 June 2019 the Spektrum-Röntgen-Gamma (Spektr-RG / SRG) spacecraft will be launched from the Kazakh steppe, marking the start of an exciting journey. SRG will be carrying the German Extended ROentgen... more
NASA’s best-yet photo of asteroid Bennu nails the dramatic lighting  TechCrunch · 2 days
NASA has taking a breathtaking new image of near-earth asteroid Bennu, captured by its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft from its new, second orbit of the extraterrestrial object. The new picture,... more
Under the Keys  ESA · 2 days
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti and fellow NEEMO crew strike a pose more
Orbit Fab demonstrates satellite refueling technology on ISS  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
A startup company that plans to develop tankers for refueling satellites has completed a key test of its technology on... more
Inflatable heat shield could deliver heavy payloads to worlds with a thick atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
One of the greater challenges of sending payloads to Mars is contending with the planet's atmosphere. While incredibly thin compared to Earth's... more
NASA Boss Says 'No Doubt' SpaceX Explosion Delays Flight Programme  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
The explosion that destroyed a SpaceX astronaut taxi in April "no doubt" delays NASA's drive to return Americans to the ISS from US soil later this year. more
NASA Wants to Build a 'Starshade' to Hunt Alien Planets  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Such a mission would have to keep two spacecraft, separated by thousands of miles, aligned within 3 feet of each other. more
What to Expect When LightSail 2 Launches into Space  SPACE.COM · 2 days
The Planetary Society's LightSail 2 spacecraft is finally ready to attempt flight by light. Here's what to expect from the June 24 launch! more
NASA's Cassini reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex rings, new analysis shows. more
Twin NASA Satellites Will Ride SpaceX Falcon Heavy to Study Earth's Ionosphere  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA will be launching two identical miniature satellites next week as part of a project designed to help scientists understand how Earth's atmosphere muddies... more
NASA's Webb Sunshield undergoes rocket fitting, more testing  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope's spacecraft element, which consists of the observatory's spacecraft bus and the sunshield, was put in the same folded-up configuration that it will be in when mounted on... more
Smithsonian Extends Apollo 11 Spacecraft Tour, Adds Stop in Cincinnati  SPACE.COM · 3 days
The spacecraft that carried the crew of the first moon landing to and from Earth 50 years ago has just had its current mission extended. more
NASA vows to land first female astronaut on the moon by 2024  Sky News · 3 days
NASA has laid out plans for the first woman to set foot on the moon by 2024 as part of a new programme testing... more
Image: Instant space selfies  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
How many times have you taken a selfie and posted it instantly to your favourite social media channel? The Mercury Transfer Module of the BepiColombo spacecraft, currently en route to Mercury, is equipped with three 'selfie-cams' and this morning captured... more
NASA to seek proposals for Gateway logistics  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA will issue a formal call for proposals later this summer for cargo transportation services for its lunar Gateway, seeking to model... more
How a ‘Moon Rock Hunter’ Is Tracking Down Apollo Lunar Souvenirs  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
Beginning with Apollo 11, which landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969, and ending with Apollo 17, in December 1972, US astronauts collected 842 pounds... more
What happened to the Apollo goodwill moon rocks?  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
US President Richard Nixon gave moon rocks collected by Apollo 11 and Apollo 17 astronauts to 135 countries around the world and the 50 US states as a token of American goodwill. more
Out of the Fog: Amazing SpaceX Launch Photos of Canada's Radarsat Constellation  SPACE.COM · 5 days
On June 12, 2019, a used SpaceX rocket launched three satellites for Canada's Radarsat Constellation Mission to study Earth from space. See the photos... more
India Will Launch an Ambitious Moon Orbiter-Lander-Rover Combo in July  SPACE.COM · 5 days
India is about to take its biggest leap to the moon yet next month, with a mission to land at the lunar south pole. more
NASA asks private companies to share how they might supply the Lunar Gateway  TechCrunch · 5 days
NASA’s stated goal of sending the first woman ever, and the first man since the Apollo program, to the Moon involves setting... more
NASA ask private companies to share how they might supply the Lunar Gateway  TechCrunch · 5 days
NASA’s stated goal of sending the first woman ever, and the first man since the Apollo program to the Moon involves setting... more
The mast is raised for NASA's Mars 2020 rover  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
In this image, taken on June 5, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020... more
Star Trek 'Starfleet logo' spotted on Mars  Sky News · 6 days
A NASA spacecraft has spotted curious shapes on the surface of Mars closely resembling the Starfleet logo from the sci-fi hit TV show, Star Trek. more
Sunrise, Sunset: Amazing Astronaut Views Show Our Changing Planet from Space  SPACE.COM · 6 days
If you're looking for a spectacular sunset, look no further than a new video showing what the end of the day looks like on the International... more
Astronaut Snaps Stunning View of Venus Over an Earth Sunrise  SPACE.COM · 6 days
A photo of Earth at sunrise shows Venus, our closest neighboring planet, shining in the distance above Earth's shimmering blue horizon. more
NASA Chief Says Returning Astronauts to the Moon Could Cost $30 Billion  SPACE.COM · 6 days
It was always going to be expensive, but NASA's first cost estimate for the agency's push to land humans on the moon by 2024,... more
Apollo 8 Astronauts Describe Watching Moon Swallow Stars in New Film  SPACE.COM · 6 days
A movie following the journey of Apollo 8, the first trip astronauts took around the moon, shares the feelings the crewmembers experienced as they encountered their... more
OSIRIS-REx breaks another orbit record  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
On June 12, NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft performed another significant navigation maneuver—breaking its own world record for the closest orbit of a planetary body by a spacecraft. more
Space agencies come together  ESA · 6 days
On 14 June, President Hiroshi Yamakawa of JAXA was welcomed at the 282nd meeting of the ESA Council – the Agency’s governing body – held at ESA’s Operations Centre... more
Cassini reveals new sculpting in Saturn rings  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex rings, new analysis shows. more
International Experiments Selected for China's Space Station  SPACE.COM · 6 days
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the China Manned Space Agency have announced the winners of their joint opportunity to conduct experiments onboard the China Space Station. more
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to Retire in 2020  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on January 30, 2020, after nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light. more
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover to Explore Ancient Life  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
NASA's Mars 2020 rover, its latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, will include technology to explore ancient life on Mars, according to the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. more
NASA Spacecraft Spots 'Star Trek' Logo on Mars  SPACE.COM · 6 days
It looks like Starfleet is literally embedded on the planet next door: A dune in the shape of the famous logo from "Star Trek" appears prominently in a new picture from Mars. more
Pioneering private space explorer Anousheh Ansari welcomes ISS commercialization  TechCrunch · 6 days
XPRIZE CEO and Prodea founder Anousheh Ansari dreamt of being an astronaut as a child growing up in Iran, but understandably most people around her were skeptical about her ambitions.... more
How NASA's Spitzer has stayed alive for so long  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
After nearly 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope will be switched off permanently on Jan. 30, 2020. By then, the spacecraft will have... more
Cassini-Huygens exploration of the Saturn system: 13 years of discovery  Science Magazine · 7 days
The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn provided a close-up study of the gas giant planet, as well as its rings, moons, and magnetosphere. The Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn... more
Close-range remote sensing of Saturns rings during Cassinis ring-grazing orbits and Grand Finale  Science Magazine · 7 days
Saturn’s rings are an accessible exemplar of an astrophysical disk, tracing the Saturn system’s dynamical processes and history. We present close-range remote-sensing... more
India plans to launch own space station: space agency  REUTERS · 7 days
India will look to create its own space station following the completion of the country's first manned mission... more
'Eyes in the Skies': The Intrepid Probes That Show Us Space — And Earth  SPACE.COM · 7 days
As auditorium lights were dimming for an event called "Eyes in the Skies," a girl and her mother made their... more
India plans to have its own space station  TechCrunch · 7 days
India plans to have its own space station in the future and conduct separate missions to study Sun and Venus, it said on Thursday, as the nation moves to bolster its status... more
Meet Ariane 6 and Vega C: Europe's New 'Rideshare' Rockets (Videos)  SPACE.COM · 7 days
Europe is taking advantage of the small-satellite trend by building two rockets that act as a rideshare, taking several spacecraft up at the same time. more
India plans 'very small' space station after 2022  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
India plans to establish its own "very small" space station in the next decade as the country gears up for a first manned mission beyond earth. more
Visualizing a quantum crystal: Imaging the electronic Wigner crystal in 1-D  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
When electrons that repel each other are confined to a small space, they can form an ordered crystalline state known as a Wigner crystal. Observing the... more
International experiments selected to fly on Chinese space Station  SPACE NEWS · 7 days
Six experiments have been granted a place aboard to the future Chinese Space Station through a joint international... more
NASA's Mars 2020 will blaze a trail for humans  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
When a female astronaut first sets foot on the moon in 2024, the historic moment will represent a step toward another NASA first: eventually putting humans on Mars. NASA's latest... more
Solar activity forecast for next decade favorable for exploration  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
The last astronauts of the Apollo program were lucky. Not just because they were chosen to fly to the moon, but because they missed some really bad weather en route.... more
NASA Eyes Wild Space Tech Ideas to Mine the Moon (and Asteroids, Too!)  SPACE.COM · 7 days
Two far-off NASA concepts could quickly survey lunar craters for astronauts and help identify mining resources on nearby asteroids. more
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