Space Exploration
NASA’s MAVEN Orbiter Maps Martian Upper Atmospheric Winds  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Using NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, a team of planetary researchers have measured the speed and direction... more
Investing in 'space on Earth'  ESA · 2 days
With more than fifty years of experience operating spacecraft, ESA has built up an incredible web of state-of-the art operations systems and technologies across the globe. more
Video: OPS-SAT, the flying laboratory  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
On 17 December, ESA will launch a first-of-its-kind space laboratory, OPS-SAT. The small, low-cost test satellite has been specifically designed for operational experiments in space, and includes the most powerful flight computer on board any current ESA spacecraft. more
NASA's Juno navigators enable Jupiter cyclone discovery  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Jupiter's south pole has a new cyclone. The discovery of the massive Jovian tempest occurred on Nov. 3, 2019, during the most recent data-gathering flyby of Jupiter by NASA's Juno spacecraft. It was the... more
NASA selects OSIRIS-REx asteroid sampling site  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
NASA announced Dec. 12 that it has selected the site on a near Earth asteroid where a spacecraft will touch down and collect samples,... more
OPS-SAT: the flying laboratory  ESA · 2 days
Video: 00:03:18 On 17 December, ESA will launch a first-of-its-kind space laboratory, OPS-SAT. The small, low-cost, test satellite has been specifically designed for operational experimentation in space, and... more
NASA approves Dec. 20 Starliner test flight  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
NASA gave its approval Dec. 12 to proceed with the launch later this month of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner commercial crew spacecraft on... more
Boeing's crew capsule declared ready for 1st space flight  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Boeing's Starliner crew capsule finally has a launch date for its first test flight to the International Space Station. more
Global circulation of Mars upper atmosphere  Science Magazine · 3 days
The thermosphere of Mars is the interface through which the planet is continuously losing its reservoir of atmospheric volatiles to space. The structure and dynamics of the thermosphere is driven by a global circulation that redistributes... more
Scientists map Mars' global wind patterns for the first time  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Today, a paper published in Science documents for the first time the global wind circulation patterns in the upper atmosphere of a planet, 120 to 300 kilometers above... more
Super-cool addition to deep space family  ESA · 3 days
Image: It's confirmed! ESA is building its fourth deep space antenna – much like the Cebreros dish pictured here – that will ensure upcoming missions like... more
NASA's NICER delivers best-ever pulsar measurements, first surface map  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Astrophysicists are redrawing the textbook image of pulsars, the dense, whirling remains of exploded stars, thanks to NASA's Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), an X-ray telescope aboard the International... more
Kepler books SpaceX rideshare for LEO satellites  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Kepler Communications on Dec. 11 said it booked 400 kilograms of rideshare capacity with SpaceX  in order to launch an unspecified number... more
Martian aurora offers climate change clues, research reports  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A newly published study, presented on Dec. 12 at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, reveals that a type of Martian aurora originally detected by NASA's MAVEN spacecraft is in fact the... more
Secret life above thunderstorms uncovered  ESA · 3 days
The space-borne storm-hunter on Europe’s Columbus laboratory is continuously monitoring thunderstorms as it flies 400 km overhead on the International Space Station. more
The return to Venus and what it means for Earth  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Sue Smrekar really wants to go back to Venus. In her office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the planetary scientist displays a 30-year-old image of... more
Mars Express views Phobos phases  ESA · 3 days
Video: 00:00:28 ESA’s Mars Express recently tracked Phobos as the moon passed in front of the spacecraft's camera, capturing detailed views of the small, irregularly shaped... more
NRL-camera aboard NASA spacecraft confirms asteroid phenomenon  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-built camera mounted on the NASA Parker Solar Probe revealed an asteroid dust trail that has eluded astronomers for decades. more
A terrestrial gamma-ray flash and ionospheric ultraviolet emissions powered by lightning  Science Magazine · 3 days
Terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) are transient gamma-ray emissions from thunderstorms, generated by electrons accelerated to relativistic energies in electric fields. Elves are ultraviolet and optical emissions... more
ISS sensors show terrestrial gamma-ray flash and ionospheric UV emissions spurred by lightning  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A team of researchers from Denmark, Norway, Spain and Italy has found that both terrestrial gamma-ray flashes and ionospheric ultraviolet emissions are... more
Tech for life  ESA · 4 days
From robotics and more efficient batteries to wheel animals with extraordinary survival skills, life and technology are intertwined on the International Space Station. The last deliveries of the year arrived... more
New NASA ebook reveals insights of Earth seen at night from space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Earth has many stories to tell, even in the dark of night. Earth at Night, NASA's new 200-page ebook, is now available online and... more
Engineers pull off daring rescue of OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
On Friday, Oct. 11, the OSIRIS-REx team should have been preparing to point their spacecraft cameras precisely over the asteroid Bennu to capture high-resolution images of a region known as... more
X-ray satellite XMM-Newton celebrates 20 years in space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Two decades ago, on Dec. 10, 1999, an Ariane 5 rocket climbed into the morning sky from Kourou, French Guiana. It carried into orbit the X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton), the largest scientific... more
Bennu is Active Asteroid, OSIRIS-REx Team Says  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer) spacecraft recently observed several particle ejection events on the surface of the... more
Two rovers to roll on Mars again: Curiosity and Mars 2020  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Curiosity won't be NASA's only active Mars rover for much longer. Next summer, Mars 2020 will be headed for the Red Planet. While the newest rover... more
NASA's treasure map for water ice on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA has big plans for returning astronauts to the Moon in 2024, a stepping stone on the path to sending humans to Mars. But where should the first people on the Red... more
Holiday kristall  ESA · 5 days
Image: This box of holiday cheer is actually tubes of plasma containing suspended microparticles exposed to an electrical current to form 3D crystal structures.Called Plasma Kristall-4, this ESA–Roscosmos experiment has been helping... more
NASA says core stage of next Moon rocket now ready  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
NASA has completed the giant rocket that will take US astronauts back to the Moon, the space agency's head announced Monday, pledging the mission would take place in... more
New reentry CubeSat in orbit  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
ESA's latest space mission has reached orbit. The Qarman CubeSat flew to space aboard SpaceX's Dragon launched from Florida, U.S., on Thursday 5 December, ahead of a planned rendezvous with the International Space Station on Sunday 8 December.... more
Russian supply ship docks with International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An unmanned Russian ship carrying tons of supplies successfully docked Monday with the International Space Station. more
SpaceX delivers 'mighty mice,' worms, robot to space station  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, dropping off super muscular "mighty mice," pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot. more
New dates set for commercial crew test flights  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
SpaceX will conduct an in-flight abort test of its Crew Dragon spacecraft in early January as the launch of Boeing’s... more
Life of a foam  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A fine coffee froth does not last forever. The bubbles that make the milk light and creamy are eventually torn apart by the pull of gravity. But there is a place where foams have a more stable life—in the weightless... more
Nobel Prize laureates call to Space Station  ESA · 1 week
Video: 00:54:35 Station on 6 December 2019. The call was made from Stockholm, Sweden, at the start of Nobel Week festivities. ESA... more
We're using lasers and toaster-sized satellites to beam information faster through space  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Satellites are becoming increasingly important in our lives, as they help us meet a demand for more data, exchanged at higher speeds. This is... more
New reentry CubeSat in orbit  ESA · 1 week
Image: ESA’s latest space mission has reached orbit. The Qarman CubeSat flew to space aboard SpaceX’s Dragon launched from Florida, USA, on Thursday 5 December, ahead... more
SpaceX Dragon heads to space station with NASA science  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station after launching at 12:29 p.m. EST today (Dec. 5). Dragon will deliver more than 5,700 pounds... more
Russian supply ship lifts off to International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An automatic Russian supply ship carrying tons of supplies successfully blasted off Friday heading for the International Space Station. more
Life of a foam  ESA · 1 week
A fine coffee froth does not last forever. The bubbles that make the milk light and creamy are eventually torn apart by the pull of gravity. But there... more
SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including "mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission explains Asteroid Bennu's mysterious particle events  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. more
Emotion-sensing robot launches to assist space station astronauts  REUTERS · 1 week
An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on... more
OSIRIS-REx mission explains Bennu's mysterious particle events  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at asteroid Bennu, an unexpected discovery by the mission's science team revealed that the asteroid could be active, or consistently discharging particles into space. The ongoing examination of... more
Episodes of particle ejection from the surface of the active asteroid (101955) Bennu  Science Magazine · 1 week
Active asteroids are those that show evidence of ongoing mass loss. We report repeated instances of particle ejection from the surface of... more
SpaceX launches caring robot, beer malt and 'mighty mice'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including "mighty mice" for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of... more
Mice in space: NASA's latest experiment  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists are sending mighty mice to space, but rather than being gym rats, their strength was enhanced through genetic experimentation in the hopes of preventing human astronauts from experiencing muscle loss in microgravity. more
Radiation rotifer  ESA · 1 week
The 19th SpaceX Dragon supply mission to the International Space Station will carry cargo for astronauts to run experiments for European researchers on Earth. One curious cargo is the microscopic organism, rotifers,... more
Could hibernating astronauts make it easier to reach other planets?  nanowerk · 1 week
New research suggests that hibernation is a likely option to make deep space exploration a reality. more
Life on Mars? Europe commits to groundbreaking mission to bring back rocks to Earth  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
It will be one of the most daunting, complicated and, potentially, scientifically rewarding missions ever undertaken to the red planet.... more
Image: Thermal enclosure for Orion  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module at NASA's Plum Brook Station. The first Orion will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any human-rated vehicle has ever flown before—but first it will undergo testing... more
Astronomers probe the nature of a peculiar pulsar wind nebula  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Using ESA's XMM-Newton spacecraft, astronomers have investigated the nature of a peculiar pulsar wind nebula (PWN) in the supernova remnant (SNR) CTB 87. Results of the study, presented... more
Thermal enclosure for Orion  ESA · 1 week
Image: The Orion spacecraft with European Service Module at NASA’s Plum Brook Station. The first Orion will fly farther from Earth on the Artemis I mission than any... more
Watch live: Nobel Prize laureates call to Space Station  ESA · 1 week
Nobel Prize laureates in physics and chemistry will talk to ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA astronaut Jessica... more
NASA faces spacewalk schedule crunch  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA space station managers are still trying to find ways to squeeze in at least three spacewalks into a crowded schedule before the station’s crew drops... more
NASA's Parker Solar Probe sheds new light on the sun  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Since its 2018 launch, NASA's Parker Solar Probe (record-holder for closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun) has finished three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun's... more
Closest-ever approach to the sun gives new insights into the solar wind  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
The Parker Solar Probe spacecraft, which has flown closer to the sun than any mission before, has found new evidence of the origins of... more
NASA's Parker Solar Probe sheds new light on the sun  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In August 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe launched to space, soon becoming the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun. With cutting-edge scientific instruments to measure the environment around the... more
NASA's OSIRIS-REx in the midst of site selection  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission is just days away from selecting the site where the spacecraft will snag a sample from asteroid Bennu. After a lengthy and challenging process, the team is finally ready... more
Mexican students launch a small satellite to the International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The first satellite built by students in Mexico for launch from the International Space Station is smaller than a shoebox but represents a big step for... more
NASA launching RiTS 'robot hotel' to International Space Station  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Sometimes robots need a place to stay in space, too. NASA is attaching a "robot hotel" to the outside of the International Space Station with the upcoming launch of the... more
Image: A cloudy martian night through the eyes of a supercomputer  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As NASA's Curiosity rover makes its way over the surface of Mars, it's sometimes accompanied by clouds drifting by in the sky above. Like Earth, the... more
Centre swage  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: 'Swage' was the word of the day on Monday as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano carried out the third spacewalk to service the cosmic ray hunting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer AMS-02. Here Luca... more
China to continue world-leading launch rate in 2020  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
China will attempt major space exploration missions and test a reusable rocket in 2020 while also looking to continue a... more
Science around the planet uses images of Earth from the space station  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Artificial lighting at night affects the behavior of urban wildlife, according to a recent study published in Nature Scientific Reports, which examined animals in... more
NASA develops second-generation search and rescue beacon technology  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Search and Rescue (SAR) office, technology development lead for the international Cospas-Sarsat program, has developed second-generation emergency beacons that offer users improved accuracy and quicker response times. Artemis astronauts returning from... more
Gamma-ray binary HESS J0632+057 contains a pulsar, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using NuSTAR spacecraft and the VERITAS array of telescopes, an international team of astronomers has investigated a gamma-ray binary known as HESS J0632+057. The study found that a compact object... more
Spacewalking astronauts add new pumps to cosmic detector  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Spacewalking astronauts installed new pumps on a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Monday in a bid to extend its scientific life. more
When space travel is a blur  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Canadian scientists are working on a new way to measure the mechanics of the human eye to better identify astronauts at risk of developing ocular damage before they go into space. Collaborating with the Canadian Space... more
Solar Wind Around Pluto instrument confirms solar wind slows farther away from the sun  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights... more
Solar wind slows farther away from the Sun  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Measurements taken by the Solar Wind Around Pluto (SWAP) instrument aboard NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are providing important new insights from some of the farthest reaches of space ever explored. Astronomers now... more
Nicolas's YGT as a Spacecraft Operations Engineer  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:02:43 Nicolas Soubirous, Spacecraft Operations Engineer, shares his YGT experience at ESA, working in the EarthCARE, SEOSat & SMOS Missions Operations... more
Astronaut Luca feeling the force, to advance rover control  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has made robotics history, reaching out from the International Space Station in orbit around Earth at 8 km/s, to control an Earth-based rover, equipped with an... more
Watch live the new spacewalk for AMS  CERN · 2 weeks
Watch live the new spacewalk for AMS abelchio Mon, 12/02/2019 - 11:57 ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano imaged during the first spacewalk for AMS hitching a ride on the International Space Station’s 16-metre long robotic... more
NASA shares mid-sized robotic lunar lander concept with industry  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As NASA presses forward with the agency's mission to the Moon, Mars and beyond, the development of top-tier technology is critical to success. With emphasis on lunar exploration and scientific... more
Italy satisfied with outcome of ESA ministerial  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Italy, one of the largest contributors to the European Space Agency, is pleased with the outcome of the recent ministerial meeting that... more
Astronaut Luca feeling the force, to advance rover control  ESA · 2 weeks
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano has made robotics history, reaching out from the International Space Station in orbit around... more
Space as a service takes root at RBC Signals  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
RBC Signals is expanding its global network of ground stations by combining excess capacity in existing antenna networks... more
Cleaning the dishes  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Large antennas are our only current way of communicating through space across vast distances, and every now and then they need to be spruced up to ensure we can keep in touch with our deep-space exploration spacecraft. more
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