Space Exploration
Astronauts Finish Spacewalk For Final Fix Of International Space Station Device  NPR · 22 hours
Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station made their fourth foray outside the spacecraft to prolong the lifespan of a cosmic ray detector. more
Spacewalking astronauts close to fixing cosmic ray detector  PHYS.ORG · 23 hours
Spacewalking astronauts worked to complete repairs to a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Saturday and give it new life. more
Space Walk Underway For Final Fix Of International Space Station Device  NPR · 1 day
Two astronauts aboard the International Space Station make their fourth foray outside the spacecraft to prolong the lifespan of a cosmic ray detector. more
Final Images from Cassini Spacecraft  ASTRO WATCH · 1 day
Lancaster researchers are busy analyzing some of the final data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft which has been in orbit around Saturn for more than... more
NASA's Kepler witnesses vampire star system undergoing super-outburst  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
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 · 2 days
SpaceX will launch Egyptian operator NileSat’s next communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022, SpaceXsaid Jan. 23. SpaceNews.com more
Two Moon rovers are better than one  ESA · 2 days
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 · 3 days
NASA will turn off an aging infrared space telescope in a week, citing the complexities of continuing to operate the... more
Watch live: final #SpacewalkforAMS  ESA · 3 days
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 · 3 days
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
OSIRIS-REx completes closest flyover of sample site nightingale  PHYS.ORG · 3 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
Call for media: ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano returns from commanding the Space Station  ESA · 4 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
Microbial wipe down  ESA · 4 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 · 4 days
What biology research would you conduct on the International Space Station? As the world celebrates 20 years of... more
Solar Orbiter Earth flyby  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter making a flyby at Earth.Solar Orbiter will make one gravity assist flyby of Earth and numerous flybys of Venus over the course... more
Warming up for the sun  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Warming up for the Sun  ESA · 5 days
Today, the Solar Orbiter control team is simulating launch for the penultimate time, before the Sun-seeking spacecraft lifts-off for real. more
Deep Antarctic drilling will reveal climate secrets trapped in 1.5 million-year-old ice  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
An ambitious mission to drill into the Antarctic ice sheet to extract some of the oldest ice on the planet will provide vital clues... more
Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 6 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
U.S., China set for spring Civil Space Dialogue on exploration, science  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
HELSINKI — U.S. and Chinese officials are working towards meeting for a bilateral Civil... more
Spacewalking astronauts wrapping up battery improvements  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A pair of spacewalking astronauts tackled one last round of battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday. more
No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas  PHYS.ORG · 6 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 · 6 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 · 7 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 · 7 days
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a successful emergency landing on Sunday in a dramatic test of a... more
SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test  PHYS.ORG · 7 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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
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 · 1 week
Elon Musk's SpaceX simulated a dramatic emergency landing on Sunday to test a key abort system on an unmanned astronaut... more
Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day. more
SpaceX to test Crew Dragon launch abort system  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
NASA and SpaceX are ready to perform a test of the launch abort system of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft... more
Exploring tiny forces with single molecule force spectroscopy  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In terms of space organization, DNA has powers rivaling Marie Kondo. A strand of DNA that is two meters long intricately folds itself into a cell nucleus only 10 microns across. (One... 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
Deep learning enables real-time imaging around corners  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers have harnessed the power of a type of artificial intelligence known as deep learning to create a new laser-based system that can image around corners in real time. With further development, the system... 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
Cassini Reveals Saturn’s Ultraviolet Auroras in Unprecedented Detail  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
At the end of its mission in 2017, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft performed a set of ‘Grand Finale’ orbits bringing it... more
V473 Lyr has a low-mass companion, study suggests  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
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 · 2 weeks
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 · 2 weeks
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 · 2 weeks
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
Astronomers reveal interstellar thread of one of life's building blocks  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Phosphorus is an essential element for life as we know it. But how it arrived on the early Earth is something of a mystery. Astronomers have now traced... more
Back to the Moon with ESA  ESA · 2 weeks
Video: 00:04:00 The first flight of the Artemis programme, which will see humans return to the Moon, is scheduled to begin soon. The lunar... more
Final images from Cassini spacecraft  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers are busy analysing some of the final data sent back from the Cassini spacecraft which has been in orbit around Saturn for more than 13 years until the end of its mission in September 2017. more
What the 2010s taught us about women in space   SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir captured the world’s attention with their historic all-woman space walk at the... more
Mission X 2020 Walk to the Moon challenge is open!  ESA · 2 weeks
Mission X: train like an astronaut is an international educational challenge, focusing on health, science, fitness and... more
AstroSat observations unveil properties of black hole binary MAXI J1820+070  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Simultaneous spectral and temporal observations of the newly detected black hole X-ray binary (BHXB) MAXI J1820+070 using the AstroSat spacecraft, have delivered more insights into the properties of... more
Up in smoke  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: 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... more
NASA's Mars 2020 rover closer to getting its name  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Mars 2020 rover is one step closer to having its own name after 155 students across the U.S. were chosen as semifinalists in the "Name the Rover" essay contest.... more
Mars’ north polar ice cap in 3D  ESA · 2 weeks
Image: This image shows shows part of the ice cap at Mars’ north pole in 3D when viewed using red-green or red-blue... more
Wanted: Girlfriend to fly to the Moon with Japanese billionaire  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad for a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket. more
SpaceX ready for Crew Dragon in-flight abort test  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
SpaceX performed a successful static-fire test Jan. 11 of the Falcon 9 booster that will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft... more
'Space unites us': First Iranian-American astronaut reaches for stars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Jasmin "Jaws" Moghbeli earned her fierce nickname during her time as a decorated helicopter gunship pilot who flew more than 150 missions in Afghanistan. more
Eyeing Moon, NASA hosts first public astronaut graduation ceremony  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA on Friday celebrated its latest class of graduating astronauts at a public ceremony in Houston, honoring a diverse and gender-balanced group now qualified for spaceflight missions including America's return... more
NASA's latest astronaut graduates almost half women  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA on Friday honored its latest class of graduating astronauts in a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, a diverse and gender-balanced group now qualified for spaceflight missions including America's return to... more
NASA's Lucy mission confirms discovery of Eurybates satellite  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's Lucy mission team is seeing double after discovering that Eurybates, the asteroid the spacecraft has targeted for flyby in 2027, has a small satellite. This "bonus" science exploration opportunity for the... more
Landsat 9: The pieces come together  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Landsat 9's two science instruments are now attached to the spacecraft, bringing the mission one step closer to launch. In late December, the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 (TIRS-2) were... more
Dynetics, Sierra Nevada bidding on Artemis lunar lander  SPACE NEWS · 2 weeks
A team led by Dynetics that includes Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is among the bidders for a NASA program to... more
Lucy mission now has a new destination  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Less than two years before launch, scientists associated with NASA's Lucy mission, led by Southwest Research Institute, have discovered an additional small asteroid that will be visited by the Lucy spacecraft. Set to launch... more
Astronomers Find 9,000-Light-Year-Long Wave-Shaped Structure in Milky Way  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Using data from ESA’s Gaia star-mapping spacecraft, a team of astronomers from Austria and the United States has discovered a... more
NASA TV coverage set for three spacewalks in January  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Four astronauts will venture outside the International Space Station for three spacewalks in January to complete battery upgrades and finalize repairs to an invaluable cosmic ray detector. more
Researchers take exploration of key 'building block' particles into space  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As part of SpaceX's CRS-19 resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched Dec. 5, researchers from NASA, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and New York... more
Moon river: Rocket part ferried on the mighty Mississippi  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
With a brass band playing and a parade of workers sporting Mardi Gras beads, a huge component of a new rocket system was wheeled slowly from a New Orleans spacecraft... more
SpaceX, astronomers working to address brightness of Starlink satellites  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
SpaceX says it’s committed to working with the astronomy community to address the brightness of its Starlink satellites,... more
Researchers take exploration of key 'building block' particles into space  nanowerk · 3 weeks
As part of SpaceX's CRS-19 resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), researchers are set to begin a new scientific investigation to explore how a group of... more
Celestia eyes larger stake in ground segment market  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Dutch conglomerate Celestia Technologies Group hopes to provide more satellite gateway stations following its December acquisition of Antwerp Space’s ground... more
Cubesats gain broader acceptance for astrophysics missions  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
As one astronomy cubesat reaches the end of its mission, scientists and NASA officials argue that such spacecraft have demonstrated they can... more
Joint NASA-Boeing team to investigate Starliner test flight anomaly  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
NASA and Boeing will cooperate on an investigation into a timer anomaly that cut short December’s uncrewed test... more
Space-baked cookies, 'mighty' mice back on Earth via SpaceX  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The first batch of space-baked cookies is back on Earth, along with muscle-bound "mighty" mice and other space station experiments. more
ESA preview 2020  ESA · 3 weeks
Video: 00:04:00 The year 2020 will see new and exciting European space missions, from journeys to the Sun and back to Mars, and from innovative telecommunications satellites to the continuing... more
ESA TV Preview 2020  ESA · 3 weeks
Video: 00:04:00 2020 will once more  bring new and exciting missions  close to home or far away. From new and innovative Telecom satellites to continuation of Copernicus Earth... more
SpaceX launches third batch of Starlink satellites  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
SpaceX on Monday launched its third batch of 60 mini-satellites into orbit, part of its plans to build a giant constellation of thousands of spacecraft that will form a global broadband internet system. more
SpaceX becomes operator of world’s largest commercial satellite constellation with Starlink launch  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
SpaceX launched 60 of its own Starlink broadband satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket Jan. 6, becoming the operator of the world’s largest commercial... more
Blue Canyon Technologies to build its largest satellite to date for MethaneSAT  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
MethaneSAT said Jan. 6 it will use X-SAT, Blue Canyon’s largest offered spacecraft bus, to carry a methane-detection payload from Ball Aerospace. SpaceNews.com more
NASA Earth science hosted payload mission passes key review  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
A NASA Earth science hosted payload mission to study the planet’s carbon cycle has been confirmed for development,... more
45th Space Wing prepares for first launch under the U.S. Space Force  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
A SpaceX launch of Starlink satellites scheduled for Jan. 6 will be the 45th Space Wing’s inaugural launch as part of the U.S. Space... more
SpaceX’s 2020 ambitions tempered by 2019 outcomes  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
SpaceX enters 2020 with ambitious launch, spacecraft and other plans, but those expectations are modulated by what that company achieved, and didn’t... more
First reported occurrence and treatment of spaceflight medical risk 200+ miles above earth  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Serena Auñón-Chancellor, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine's branch campus in Baton Rouge,... more
First reported occurrence and treatment of venous thrombosis during spaceflight  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Serena Auñón-Chancellor, M.D., M.P.H., Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine's branch campus in Baton Rouge, is the lead author of a... more
Ultimate Telemedicine: Expert helps treat astronaut's blood clot during NASA mission  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
An astronaut aboard the ISS had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) -- or blood clot -- in the jugular vein of the neck and had it... more
UNC expert helps treat astronaut's blood clot during NASA mission  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
"My first reaction when NASA reached out to me was to ask if I could visit the International Space Station (ISS) to examine the patient myself," said Stephan... more
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