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05/24/2019

NASA Television to Air Russian Spacewalk at International Space Station Two veteran Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station for a spacewalk Wednesday, May 29, to retrieve science experiment...
22:48, 05/24/2019

Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same. NASA scientists compared the astronaut to his earthbound twin, Mark. The results hint at what humans will have to endure on long journeys through spa...
01:48, 05/24/2019

Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon In a year when we’ll celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, it’s worth remembering the pathfinders who completed the same mission with one critical ...
01:48, 05/24/2019

NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Lunar Gateway Power, Propulsion In one of the first steps of the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration plans, NASA announced on Thursday the selection of Maxar Technologies, formerly S...
22:00, 05/23/2019

By Jupiter! How the solar system’s giant made Earth ripe for life An audacious mission circling Jupiter’s poles is probing the planet’s deepest mysteries - including how it shaped our solar system and paved the way ...
18:32, 05/23/2019

NASA to Land in Mars, Pennsylvania to Celebrate Red Planet with STEAM NASA returns to Mars, Pennsylvania Friday, May 31 to celebrate Mars exploration and share the agency’s excitement about landing astronauts on the Moo...
17:16, 05/23/2019

NASA Administrator to Make Artemis Moon Program Announcement, Media Teleconference Set NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will make a significant announcement about the Artemis program’s lunar exploration plans at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, M...
03:00, 05/23/2019

High Life’s sex and black holes sci-fi intrigues without satisfying High Life, a sci-fi tale of black holes, redemption and sex, intrigues while leaving big questions unanswered – like who does the disembodied hand be...
22:00, 05/22/2019

The young sun spun slowly, which could explain why we are here The makeup of the moon shows that the young sun rotated slower than other similar stars, leaving the early solar system relatively calm so life could...
11:16, 05/22/2019

NASA Invites Public to Submit Names to Fly Aboard Next Mars Rover Although it will be years before the first humans set foot on Mars, NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — etched on microchi...
22:16, 05/21/2019

Elon Musk's SpaceX or a superpower: Who'll win the new space race? Nations from the US to China and companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX are vying to leave Earth again. But why – and are we ready for a second space a...
15:48, 05/17/2019

Elon Musk, SpaceX or a superpower: Who'll win the new space race? Nations from the US to China and companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX are vying to leave Earth again. But why – and are we ready for a second space a...
13:16, 05/17/2019

NASA Invites Media to Watch Drone Traffic Management Testing NASA is entering the final stage of testing its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) platform and invites media to learn more and watch...
22:32, 05/16/2019

We need to rediscover the wonder of space exploration to save Earth Going into space invites us to consider our position as the dominant species on a fragile planet, and how hard we must fight for it, says Richard Web...
20:16, 05/15/2019

China's rover peeks under the crust of the far side of the moon China's Yutu 2 rover on the far side of the moon has found material from deep under the satellite's crust, which we have never been able to study bef...
20:16, 05/15/2019

Inside the new space race: Who’ll be the first back to the moon? Nations from the US to China and companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX are vying to leave Earth again. But why – and are we ready for a second space a...
13:32, 05/15/2019

NASA Awards $106 Million to US Small Businesses for Technology Development Managing pilotless aircraft and solar panels that could help humans live on the Moon and Mars are among the technologies NASA is looking to develop w...
03:16, 05/15/2019

Why 'Martian' Tanya Harrison loves everything about the Red Planet Tanya Harrison has been fascinated by space since she was 5 and now works on rocks and robots on Mars. But her hobby is about as far from space as yo...
21:00, 05/14/2019

NASA Moon 2024 Budget Amendment Available, Media Teleconference Today NASA leaders, including Administrator Jim Bridenstine, will host a media teleconference today, Monday, May 13 to discuss how a new budget amendment f...
07:32, 05/14/2019

NASA Highlights Moon 2024 Mission with FY 2020 Budget Amendment NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sent a video message to agency employees Monday about the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget amendment, which wil...
07:32, 05/14/2019

Titan’s seas may be coated in organic goop that stops waves forming Saturn’s moon Titan has liquid methane seas that are remarkably calm, which may be because a layer of organic “snow” fallen from the atmosphere kills...
13:48, 05/13/2019

Kansas Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station Students from Kansas will have an opportunity this week to speak with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station who also hails from the...
21:00, 05/08/2019

SpaceX Dragon Heads to Space Station with NASA Science, Cargo After launching at 2:48 a.m. EDT Saturday, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with approximately 5,500...
16:16, 05/04/2019

NASA Investigation Uncovers Cause of Two Science Mission Launch Failures NASA Launch Services Program (LSP) investigators have determined the technical root cause for the Taurus XL launch failures of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon...
02:00, 05/01/2019

LIGO may have just spotted a black hole devouring a neutron star In a cosmic clash of the titans, we may have just spotted a black hole eat a neutron star - the first collision seen between a mixed pair of these ma...
18:00, 04/30/2019

First exomoon might not actually exist as astronomers reach stalemate What appeared to be the first moon ever discovered around planet circling another star may not really exist, but it seems like we’ll never know for s...
14:48, 04/30/2019

Matter: Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same. NASA scientists compared the astronaut to his earthbound twin, Mark. The results hint at what humans will have to endure on long journeys through spa...
13:32, 04/29/2019

Video shows the moment China's Chang'e 4 landed on moon's far side The China National Space Administration has released footage from its Chang'e 4 lander showing the moment it landed on the moon's far side on 3 Janua...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Weird star system has double binary stars and wonky planetary nursery A planet-forming disc of dust and gas is orbiting a pair of binary stars at an odd angle, and a second set of binary stars circle the whole system to...
20:16, 04/28/2019

A black hole the size of Jupiter is just wandering around the galaxy Black holes are usually the mass of one star or the mass of millions, but we may have found one wandering through our galaxy that’s right in the midd...
20:16, 04/28/2019

First moon plants sprout in China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment China's space agency has released images of cotton plants sprouting inside the Chang'e 4 moon lander's mini biosphere, the first plant to germinate o...
20:16, 04/28/2019

China's moon garden is dead as the craft is plunged into lunar night Cotton seeds growing on China's Chang'e 4 probe on the far side of the moon have been plunged into darkness, marking the end of the first lunar biosp...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Thousands of Elite Dangerous players embark on epic space voyage What exciting discoveries await the Elite Dangerous mission to the Milky Way’s outer edges? It’s not run by NASA but the epic sciencey game feels lik...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Saturn’s rings formed in a smash-up less than 100 million years ago Some of the Cassini spacecraft’s final measurements of Saturn’s gravitational field show that its rings are younger than we thought, and its winds ru...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Moon craters reveal surprise rise in asteroid shrapnel pelting Earth Craters on the moon show that it and Earth faced a massive increase in large meteorite strikes about 290 million years ago, which could have endanger...
20:16, 04/28/2019

10 year challenge: How science and the world have changed The last 10 years have seen amazing advances in science and technology – and stark damage to the world we live in. Like a lot of people on social med...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Our galaxy’s supermassive black hole may be spewing matter right at us The best image yet of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way shows that if it has a powerful jet like others do, it may be pointi...
20:16, 04/28/2019

A meteorite hit the moon during Monday's total lunar eclipse People watching the total lunar eclipse in the early hours of Monday morning noticed a brief flash of light, which has now been confirmed as a meteor...
20:16, 04/28/2019

The moon’s violent birth may have given Earth the ingredients of life We think the moon formed when a Mars-sized object crashed into the young Earth. The same object could also have brought the carbon and other elements...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Black holes eat negative energy and vomit out huge powerful jets Many black holes shoot out powerful jets of plasma and radiation, and they may be partially powered by strange particles that appear to have negative...
20:16, 04/28/2019

We’ve hacked the Curiosity rover to learn how mountains form on Mars Hacking the Curiosity rover let researchers measure the density of the rocks it was driving over, revealing that Martian mountains may not form how w...
20:16, 04/28/2019

The Milky Way may be slowly devouring a hidden neighbouring galaxy There is a huge stream of gas orbiting with our galactic neighbours, and it may come from a nearby unseen dwarf galaxy that is being consumed by the ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Don't miss: Space thrills, wooden guts and the rise of esports Enjoy space thrills and spills from your armchair, visit some wooden human innards – and discover the surprise spectator sport that's second only to ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Distant Ultima Thule is a weirdly flat snowman that defies explanation Images from the New Horizons spacecraft show that the distant space rock Ultima Thule is flatter than we thought, and we don’t know why it’s so stran...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Interstellar ‘Oumuamua might be a fractal snowflake not an alien probe The interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua might be an alien spaceship, at least according to one prominent researcher, but now there is a much more reasona...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Signal of first known exomoon may actually be from Jupiter-like planet There have been several hints of a moon orbiting the exoplanet Kepler-1625b, but now researchers say these signals might actually point to a Jupiter-...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Japan's Hayabusa 2 may finally kick-start the asteroid mining era The turn of the decade saw a huge surge of interest in asteroid mining, but now this would-be industry has flopped. Can a tiny Japanese probe revive ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Neptune’s smallest moon keeps getting smashed up and resurrected again A tiny moon of Neptune called Hippocamp, first spotted in 2013, has probably been smashed up and reassembled around nine times in the last 4 billion ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

First private mission to the moon is launched on SpaceX rocket The moon has only ever been visited by government superpowers, but a small Israeli non-profit called SpaceIL is about to change that with its lunar l...
20:16, 04/28/2019

The Wandering Earth review: Epic Chinese sci-fi film heralds a new era The Wandering Earth, an adaptation of Cixin Liu's story of humans struggling to move Earth to a new home, is coming to Netflix. Our review: Despite a...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Virgin Galactic reaches space again - this time with a passenger The first test passenger has gone to the edge of space aboard Virgin Galactic’s Unity space plane, a key milestone in the firm’s quest to send paying...
20:16, 04/28/2019

SpaceX is about to launch a dummy astronaut called Ripley to the ISS SpaceX plans an uncrewed test flight of the Dragon spacecraft on 2 March, which will carry cargo and an astronaut dummy to the International Space St...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Asteroids hitting Mars could have made hot rain fall for decades Asteroids hitting the surface of Mars billions of years ago would have produced enough energy to vaporise ice, creating clouds of hot rain that took ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

SpaceX ready to take humans to the ISS after a successful dummy run The Crew Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station on Sunday with a dummy on board, paving the way for human passengers to make the ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

At last, US dream of resuming human space launches are within reach For nearly a decade the US has relied on Russia to get its astronauts into space. With the test of SpaceX's crew capsule, it looks set to bring launc...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Jupiter could be cracking its moon Europa with powerful magnetic force Jupiter’s colossal magnetic field may create a jet stream in Europa’s subsurface ocean, which could explain cracks in its surface and help nourish li...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Black holes and lasers could let us cheat at interstellar travel Firing a laser at a pair of black holes can produce more energy than you start with, letting you travel the galaxy without needing a large amount of ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Earth may be partly made of rocks from elsewhere in the galaxy We’ve only seen one interstellar object, a rock called ‘Oumuamua that passed by in 2017, but they may be crucial to speeding up the planet-building p...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Distant space rock Ultima Thule formed in a slow and gentle collision New images of the most distant space rock we have ever visited show that it has mysterious bright spots and stripes, and that it probably formed in a...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Asteroid Ryugu is so dry we may have to rethink how Earth got water The first results from Japan’s Hayabusa-2 mission show that the asteroid Ryugu is surprisingly dry, which may have implications for how life began on...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Asteroid Bennu is spewing out dust and rocks to create its own moons NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has found that Bennu is an active asteroid and is covered in large rocks that will make grabbing a sample more difficult...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Stunning picture shows dead star racing away from a massive explosion A speedy pulsar moving 1100 kilometres per second is racing away from the supernova explosion that created it in this image taken by the Very Large A...
20:16, 04/28/2019

NASA’s InSight lander is using magnetism to search for water on Mars Measuring magnetic fields on Mars could help us figure out how much water it has, and NASA’s InSight lander has taken the first ever measurements fro...
20:16, 04/28/2019

We’ve found 4000 exoplanets but almost zero are right for life The chemical reactions that give rise to life need enough liquid water and not too much ultraviolet light, which seems to be a rare combination in th...
20:16, 04/28/2019

NASA cancels first all-women spacewalk due to spacesuit size issue NASA scheduled the first ever spacewalk with only female astronauts this week, but it has been cancelled because there isn't enough time to configure...
20:16, 04/28/2019

The US wants to send astronauts to the moon’s south pole in 2024 Vice president Mike Pence has announced that NASA’s newest goal is to land astronauts on the south pole of the moon by 2024, in an effort to beat Rus...
20:16, 04/28/2019

There’s so much junk in space that our satellites will soon be at risk We have been leaving debris in space for 60 years. Our continuing exploration of the cosmos may rely on a bizarre array of nets, lasers and gecko-lik...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Water on Mars is probably too cold and salty for life as we know it Even if there is water on Mars’s surface it may be too cold and salty for life as we know it to survive there – so there is no risk of contaminating ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Venus may have had a climate suitable for life billions of years ago Nowadays, Venus is sweltering with no liquid water on its surface. But billions of years ago it may have had an ocean and a relatively pleasant clima...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Cliffs on comet 67P wander across the landscape in summer When the Rosetta spacecraft orbited the comet 67P, it spotted cliffs that wandered around the ground, completely remaking its surface features every ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Our most pressing space mission is to clear decades of orbiting junk Sixty years ago, the focus was on getting more objects into orbit. Today, the top priority is working out how technology can bring them back down aga...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Curiosity is entering what may be the best area to find life on Mars Clay on the Martian surface may be able to sustain and nourish microbes, and the Curiosity rover has just rolled into an area on Mars that’s chock fu...
20:16, 04/28/2019

The weird and wonderful inner moons of Saturn revealed by Cassini Saturn has a smorgasbord of little moons. The final few orbits the Cassini spacecraft made before it disintegrated in the planet’s atmosphere allowed...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Sorry, but NASA probably isn't sending astronauts to the moon in 2024 The Trump administration has set NASA an ambitious goal of returning to the moon, but the agency doesn't have enough money or the right spacecraft to...
20:16, 04/28/2019

A dead planet is orbiting a dead sun in a distant dead solar system A piece of a planet that survived the death of its star has been spotted orbiting the stellar corpse. Planets in our solar system may look similar wh...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Prepare to jump to light speed: Inside the mission to go interstellar Proxima Centauri is 4 light years away. Ambitious space mission Breakthrough Starshot is developing a way to push spacecraft there at a fifth of the ...
20:16, 04/28/2019

Scott Kelly Spent a Year Taking Photos in Space. They’re Beautiful. In orbit aboard the International Space Station, the astronaut wasn’t just gathering data for NASA’s Twins Study. He also produced some, well, stella...
19:16, 04/28/2019

That First Black Hole Seen in an Image Is Now Called Pōwehi, at Least in Hawaii The word, which means “adorned fathomless dark creation,” is derived from the Kumulipo, a centuries-old Hawaiian creation chant, said a professor who...
19:16, 04/28/2019

Profiles in Science: How Do You Find an Alien Ocean? Margaret Kivelson Figured It Out For forty years, the physicist at U.C.L.A. has been uncovering the outer solar system’s secrets. Few scientists know more about the mysteries of Jupi...
19:16, 04/28/2019

What Is a Black Hole? Here’s Our Guide for Earthlings Welcome to the place of no return — a region in space where the gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape it. This is a black ho...
19:16, 04/28/2019

Moon Landing by Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Ends in Crash The spacecraft’s orbit of the moon was a first for a private effort, but the landing failure highlighted the risks of fast and cheap approaches to sp...
19:16, 04/28/2019

Should That Minor Planet Be Named Gonggong? Astronomers Want the Public’s Help Astronomers discovered the minor planet 2007 OR10 more than a decade ago. Now they’re asking the public to vote on what to submit as its official nam...
19:16, 04/28/2019

NASA Highlights Science on 17th SpaceX Resupply Mission to International Space Station NASA will host a media teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT Monday, April 22, to discuss select science investigations launching on the next SpaceX commerci...
18:48, 04/28/2019

NASA Announces First Flight, Record-Setting Mission NASA and its International Space Station partners have set a new schedule and new crew assignments that will include the first flight of NASA astrona...
18:48, 04/28/2019

NASA, Blue Origin Agreement Signals Rocketing Growth of Commercial Space Officials from NASA and the private space company Blue Origin have signed an agreement that grants the company use of a historic test stand as the ag...
18:48, 04/28/2019

Northrop Grumman Heads to Space Station with New NASA Science, Cargo Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with about 7,600 pounds of science investigations and cargo aft...
18:48, 04/28/2019

NASA Hosts University Students to Discuss Future of Space Exploration NASA is giving university students an opportunity to interact with agency leadership, including NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, as well as astron...
18:48, 04/28/2019

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public Events This Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events ar...
18:48, 04/28/2019

NASA to Broadcast Next Space Station Resupply Launch, Prelaunch Activities NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting no earlier than 3:59 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 1, for the launch of its next resupply mission to the...
18:48, 04/28/2019

NASA Invites Media to Learn More About Near-Earth Asteroids, Comets Media are invited to hear experts from around the world discuss the latest research on near-Earth objects (NEOs) at the International Academy of Astr...
18:48, 04/28/2019