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Astronomers Discover Class of Strange Objects Near Our Galaxy’s Enormous Black Hole  ASTRO WATCH · 3 hours
Astronomers from UCLA’s Galactic Center Orbits Initiative have discovered a new class of bizarre objects at the center of our galaxy, not far from... 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
House introduces NASA authorization bill that emphasizes Mars over moon  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
The leadership of the House Science Committee introduced a NASA authorization bill Jan. 24 that seeks... more
NASA appoints two new center directors  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
NASA has selected acting directors at two of its field centers to take those positions on a permanent basis. SpaceNews.com more
Vector proceeding with sale of assets  SPACE NEWS · 2 days
Vector, the launch vehicle and smallsat technology company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December, announced Jan. 24 it is proceeding with plans... more
A TV satellite is about to explode following 'irreversible' battery damage  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
A Boeing satellite is being hastily moved into "graveyard orbit" following a devastating "anomaly" that turned its batteries into bombs. more
TV provider shifting satellite to high orbit over explosion fears  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
US authorities said Friday they had granted permission to a TV provider to urgently lift a four-ton (3,600-kilogram) satellite to a so-called "graveyard orbit" over fears a battery... more
2018's Four Corners drought directly linked to human-caused climate change  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
The western United States has experienced such intense droughts over the past decade that technical descriptions are becoming inadequate. In many places, conditions are rocketing past "severe," through... 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
NASA launches in-depth snow study—first in 30 years  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The last time NASA carried out an in-depth study of winter storms in the heavily populated Northeast, the Berlin Wall had just come down and George H.W. Bush occupied the White House. more
Contract secures build of ozone-monitoring Altius satellite  ESA · 2 days
ESA has awarded a contract to QinetiQ to build Altius. This new mission will deliver profiles of concentrations of stratospheric ozone with... more
Why physicists are determined to prove Galileo and Einstein wrong  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Physicists dropped objects on a satellite for two years to test Galileo's theory of falling objects. more
Flying solo  ESA · 2 days
Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the Sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while also studying the inner heliosphere – the bubble-like... more
DARPA scraps XS-1 military space plane project after Boeing drops out  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 days
Boeing has withdrawn from Experimental Spaceplane, a U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program designed to increase the nation's access to space. more
Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As well as providing global navigation services, Europe's Galileo satellite constellation is contributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying SOS messages to first responders. And from now on the satellites will... 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
EU reserves four Ariane 6 rockets for Galileo navigation satellites  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
The European Commission has “pre-booked” four launches using Europe’s next-generation Ariane 6 rocket. SpaceNews.com more
Tethers Unlimited says early results of deorbit hardware test promising  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Hoyt said observations from the U.S. military’s Space Surveillance Network showed the Prox-1 satellite deorbiting more... more
NASA finds wind shear affected new Tropical Cyclone 09S  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Tropical Cyclone 09S formed on Jan. 22 in the Southern Indian Ocean despite being affected by vertical wind shear and one day later, wind shear caused its demise. The end... more
Climate hazard scientists connect 2018's Four Corners drought directly to human-caused climate change  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The western United States has experienced such intense droughts over the past decade that technical descriptions are becoming inadequate. In many places,... more
Galileo now replying to SOS messages worldwide  ESA · 3 days
As well as providing global navigation services, Europe’s Galileo satellite constellation is acontributing to saving more than 2000 lives annually by relaying... more
Wannier90 program becomes community code in major new release  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Wannier functions were first introduced by Gregory Wannier in 1937 as an alternative way of describing the electronic ground state of periodic systems. They were linked to Bloch orbitals, the... more
How NASA's Webb Telescope will continue Spitzer's legacy  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
As one window to the universe closes, another will open with an even better view. Some of the same planets, stars and galaxies we first saw through the first window will appear... 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
Second space data highway satellite set to beam  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The second satellite in the European Data Relay System has reached its intended orbit and completed its in-orbit tests. 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
Firefly suffers anomaly during launch vehicle test  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
Firefly Aerospace says it had an “anomaly” during a Jan. 22 static-fire test of the first stage of its Alpha rocket under... more
Second space data highway satellite set to beam  ESA · 3 days
The second satellite in the European Data Relay System has reached its intended orbit and completed its in-orbit tests.Dubbed the... 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
Using artificial intelligence to enrich digital maps  MIT · 3 days
Model tags road features based on satellite images, to improve GPS navigation in places with limited map data. more
Op-ed | A Space Force needs spaceships  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The U.S. Space Force must acquire responsive, routine, and reliable access to space — starting with launch systems optimize for reaching low... more
DirecTV fears explosion risk from satellite with damaged battery  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
DirecTV is racing to move its Spaceway-1 satellite out of the geostationary arc after the 14-year-old satellite suffered... more
Boeing drops out of DARPA Experimental Spaceplane program  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Boeing has decided to no longer continue development of an experimental suborbital spaceplane for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,... more
Team develops an electrochemical method for extracting uranium, and potentially other metal ions, from solution  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Fifty years ago, scientists hit upon what they thought could be the next rocket fuel. Carboranes—molecules composed of... more
Electrochemical method for extracting uranium, and potentially other metal ions, from solution  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Fifty years ago, scientists hit upon what they thought could be the next rocket fuel. Carboranes -- molecules composed of boron, carbon and hydrogen... more
Earth’s Oldest Known Meteorite Impact Structure Identified  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
The 70 km- (43.5-mile) diameter Yarrabubba impact structure in Western Australia is approximately 2.23 billion years old, according to new research led... more
Mapping the path of climate change  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Since 1880, the Earth's temperature has risen by 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit and is predicted to continue rising, according to the NASA Global Climate Change website. Scientists are actively seeking to understand this change and its effect... 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
NASA sounding rocket observing nitric oxide in polar night  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Aurora, also known as the northern lights, are a sight to behold as they dance across the sky when solar winds collide with the Earth's atmosphere. 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
EU to invest 200 million euros into space industry  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
The European Union will provide 200 million euros ($222 million) to support Europe’s space industry, in the form... 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
Solar Orbiter launch  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of an Atlas V 411 launching Solar Orbiter into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its mission is to perform... more
Solar Orbiter solar array deployment  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch and separation, with its solar arrays deployed. The instrument boom and antennas have not been deployed at this... more
Solar Orbiter antenna deployment  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following launch, with solar arrays and antennas deployed. Solar Orbiter is a space mission of international collaboration between ESA and NASA. Its... more
Solar Orbiter separation  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of Solar Orbiter following separation from the Centaur upper stage of the Atlas V 411 rocket launching the mission into space.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Solar Orbiter launch - fairing separation  ESA · 4 days
Image: Artist's impression of the fairing encapsulating Solar Orbiter being released following launch on an Atlas V 411.Solar Orbiter is a space mission of... more
Capella unveils radar satellite design  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Capella Space unveiled the new design Jan. 21 for its Whitney constellation of seven synthetic aperture radar satellites scheduled to launch in 2020. SpaceNews.com more
Space Development Agency to start building its first constellation of surveillance satellites  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
The agency issued a broad area announcement on “National Defense Space Architecture Systems, Technologies and Emerging Capabilities.” SpaceNews.com more
Satellite propulsion startup Dawn Aerospace developing small launch vehicle  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
A green propulsion startup with more than $1 million in sales says it is gaining traction in the... more
EU announces funding for Ariane 6 and other space-tech  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The European Union on Tuesday announced 200 million euros ($222 million) of funding for the Ariane 6 rocket launcher and for small and medium-sized space technology companies. more
Budget battle hampers EU in space  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Space is becoming increasingly militarised and European satellites are under-protected, experts warned Tuesday, voicing dismay at cuts proposed in the EU's draft budget. more
A simple way to predict tropical cyclones undergoing rapid intensification  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
"Yellow streaks in sunset sky, wind and daylong rain is nigh." This old weather proverb originates from fishermen who found colors and shapes in clouds at sunset could... 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
Call for Media: Solar Orbiter launch to face the Sun  ESA · 5 days
Press Release N° 27–2020 ESA’s new Sun explorer will be launched from Cape Canaveral on 6 February. Media are invited to Europe’s mission control centre in Darmstadt, Germany,... more
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA's galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights into the binary system of stars that caused an unusual brightening of... 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
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair  ESA · 5 days
A 500-day global observation campaign spearheaded more than three years ago by ESA’s galaxy-mapping powerhouse Gaia has provided unprecedented insights... more
Startup Skylo seeks to connect millions of devices, vehicles, vessels via satellite  SPACE NEWS · 5 days
Startup Skylo emerged from stealth mode Jan. 21 with $116 million in the bank and plans to connect devices by transferring data over existing... more
Work advances on space sustainability rating  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
A consortium established last year to develop a rating to measure how well satellites comply with space sustainability guidelines expects to have an initial... more
NASA Taps Snowstorm-Chasing Team To Improve Forecasting  NPR · 6 days
NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Lynn McMurdie, a University of Washington professor and principal investigator for IMPACTS, NASA's new project to more accurately predict snowstorms. more
Iceye releases dark vessel detection product  SPACE NEWS · 6 days
Radar satellite operator Iceye released a product to detect dark vessels, ships at sea that are not identifying themselves with Automatic Identification System transponders.... more
XMM-Newton maps black hole surroundings  ESA · 6 days
Material falling into a black hole casts X-rays out into space – and now, for the first time, ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray observatory has used the reverberating... more
The dynamic behaviour of a black hole corona  ESA · 6 days
Image: These illustrations show the surroundings of a black hole feeding on ambient gas as mapped using ESA’s XMM-Newton X-ray... more
Measuring sulfur with satellites  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Seagoing vessels may emit fewer and fewer harmful substances, but how do you measure whether they comply with the standards? The Dutch Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) and the universities of Leiden and Wageningen are starting a joint study to... more
Image: The sun in 2019  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The changing activity of our sun as seen by ESA's Proba-2 satellite in 2019. more
ESA opens oxygen plant, making air out of moondust  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
ESA's technical heart has begun to produce oxygen out of simulated moondust. more
The Sun in 2019  ESA · 6 days
Image: The changing activity of our Sun as seen by ESA’s Proba-2 satellite in 2019.The satellite is continuously monitoring the Sun – one image was selected to represent... more
Hubble Views Face-On Barred Spiral Galaxy  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has imaged a beautiful spiral galaxy called NGC 1022. NGC 1022 was discovered by the German-born British astronomer William... 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
Iran says it is preparing for satellite launch  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Iran said Sunday that two newly constructed satellites have passed pre-launch tests and will be transported to the nation's space center for eventual launch, without elaborating. 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 · 7 days
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
Power loss halves Eutelsat 5 West B capacity, hosted payload spared  SPACE NEWS · 1 week
Eutelsat said an investigation into the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, launched in October,... more
NASA water vapor imagery shows Tino's heavy rain potential over Fiji  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
When NASA's Aqua satellite passed over the Southern Pacific Ocean it gathered water vapor data that provided information about the intensity of Tropical Cyclone Tino. more
Self-assembled artificial microtubule like LEGO building blocks  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Simple LEGO bricks can be assembled to more complicated structures, which can be further associated into a wide variety of complex architectures, from automobiles, rockets, and ships to gigantic castles and amusement parks. Such... more
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