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The First Private Rocket Launch In China Reaches 127,000 Feet: Following The Footsteps Of SpaceX

OneSpace Technologies became the first among private space companies in China to launch a rocket, after the successful maiden flight of the OS-X. OneSpace is following the footsteps of SpaceX, which is behind the Falcon 9 rocket.

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NASA Exoplanet Hunter TESS Takes Test Image As It Gets Gravity Boost From The Moon

NASA's exoplanet hunting spacecraft TESS snapped a photograph as it made its way pay the moon, thanks to a gravity assist. TESS will be hunting for exoplanets and is expected to find thousands.

Space May 18, 2018

China Launching Satellite To Study Far Side Of The Moon On May 21

China is getting ready to launch its satellite that will study the far side of the Moon, which is tidally locked and perpetually facing away from Earth. The satellite is a preparation for a rover China will send in the future.

Space May 18, 2018

NASA Will Test A New Method To Fix Mars Curiosity Rover's Drill On May 19

NASA is testing a new technique that might allow the Mars Curiosity rover to drill again. In 2016, a mechanical failure with the brake caused the drill to stop working.

Space May 18, 2018

Scientists May Have Found Evidence Of Planet Nine Due To Strange Orbit Of Trans Neptunian Object

Scientists have theorized that there may be a ninth planet in the solar system due to strange orbits that many Trans Neptunian objects have. One of those objects may have just delivered evidence of a ninth planet.

Space May 17, 2018

International Space Station Privatization By 2025 Will Likely Not Happen, NASA Says

The Trump administration proposed to hand over the International Space Station to the private sector by 2025. A NASA inspector general, however, said that ISS privatization will likely not happen.

Space May 17, 2018

Stars Found To Have Formed Only 250 Million Years After The Big Bang

Astronomers have found stars that formed just 250 million years after the Big Bang. This is the first time that astronomers have detected stars that are that old.

Space May 16, 2018

Stephen Hawking's Final Book 'Brief Answers to the Big Question' Will Be Released In October 2018

UK publisher John Murray announced it is releasing Stephen Hawking's final book in October 2018. The book will cover artificial intelligence, black holes, and alien intelligence.

Space May 16, 2018

NASA Astronauts Make Improvements To International Space Station During Spacewalk

NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold performed a spacewalk to fix items outside of the International Space Station. They worked on the space station’s cooling system, a communications receiver, and installed communications equipment.

Space May 16, 2018

‘Lost’ And Found Asteroid Safely Sweeps Past Earth On May 15

Asteroid 2010 WC9, an Apollo-type space rock, made a safe flyby close to Earth on May 15. NASA said it is the closest distance it can get for at least two centuries.

Space May 16, 2018

On The Way To Mars, NASA Satellite Snaps A Photo Of Earth And Moon

The MarCO CubeSats accompanying the InSight lander headed to Mars wanted to check if the journey is going well, so it snapped a photo of its antenna. But there were a couple of photobombers.

Space May 16, 2018

Nonprofit Company Plans To Print All 25 Million English Wikipedia Pages And Send Them To The Moon

A nonprofit company revealed its plan to print out all of the pages in the English archive of Wikipedia on metal sheets and send them to the moon. The sheets will be thinner than human hair.

Space May 16, 2018

Scientists Say Earth's Acidic Streams Suggest 12,000 Olympic-Sized Pools Of Evidence Of Life On Mars

Scientists believe that there is a connection between the acidic streams on Earth and potential life on Mars. They studied acidic streams in Dorset, an area in the United Kingdom.

Space May 15, 2018

SkyMapper Telescope Detects Fastest Growing Black Hole In The Universe

Astronomers found the fastest growing black hole outside the Milky Way. They reported that the size of the supermassive black hole is comparable to 20 billion stars combined with a growth rate of 1 percent per 1 million years.

Space May 15, 2018

NASA Finds Evidence That Spacecraft Flew Through Water Plume On Jupiter's Moon Europa Back In 1997

Old data from the Jupiter probe Galileo shows that it flew through a water plume on the moon of Europa. Although the data has been available for more than 20 years, scientists were just able to see this now.

Space May 15, 2018

Universes In The Multiverse Are Potentially Hospitable To Life: Study

Computer simulations of the cosmos revealed that higher amount of dark energy would still allow life to exist in other universes if they exist. Why does it pose a problem to the multiverse theory?

Space May 14, 2018

Earth To Have Close Encounter With 'Lost' Asteroid This Week: Is There Reason To Worry?

The May 15 pass will be Earth's closest encounter for an asteroid the size of 2010 WC9, a space rock larger than the Chelyabinsk meteor that injured 1,600 in 2013. Does this 'lost' asteroid pose significant threat?

Space May 14, 2018

The Sun Will Turn Into A Luminous Gas When It Dies: What Is A Planetary Nebula?

The sun will turn into a luminous planetary nebula when it dies in approximately 5 billion years. As the sun ages, its temperature will reach up to 30,000 degrees Celsius, eventually engulfing Mercury and Venus.

Space May 14, 2018

Asteroid Possibly Longer Than Football Field Will Soon Have Near-Earth Encounter

An asteroid that may be longer than a football field will zoom past Earth on May 15. According to NASA, it will be the closest flyby for an asteroid of its size in almost 300 years.

Space May 13, 2018

NASA Astronaut Receives Honorary Degree From Purdue University Aboard The International Space Station

Purdue University connected live to the International Space Station to award NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Feustel is a veteran spacewalker despite having a mild fear of heights.

Space May 12, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 Launch And Landing Successful: Here's What This Means For Space Travel

The SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket launched and landed successfully in its first flight. The milestone is a big deal for space travel, as it progresses the goal of developing reusable rockets and spacecraft.

Space May 12, 2018

NASA Will Send An Autonomous Helicopter To Mars During The 2020 Mission To Take Photos

NASA announced that an autonomous helicopter will join a rover for the Mars 2020 mission. The helicopter will fly around Mars and take bird's-eye view photos of the planet.

Space May 11, 2018

Scientists Discover 'Thousands' Of Black Holes Three Light Years Within Our Milky Way Galaxy

Researchers from Columbia University made a shocking discovery in our milky way galaxy. Evidence of thousands of black holes were discovered within three light years of the heart of the milky way galaxy.

Space May 11, 2018

Dutch Astronomers Discover Possible 'Toddler Planet' By Accident

Dutch astronomers and an international team of scientists accidentally discovered a toddler planet. It was found to be a small companion of the binary CS Cha that they were studying.

Space May 14, 2018

Proposed NASA Budget Allots $10 Million To Find Technosignatures From Aliens

A proposed bill from Congress brought the spotlight back again to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence or SETI. Its approval would set a milestone for NASA after the government canceled its SETI program in 1992.

Space May 11, 2018

SpaceX Aborts Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket Launch 58 Seconds Before Liftoff

The first flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket was aborted just 58 seconds before liftoff. The rocket and its cargo were in good condition though, so the wait will not be long for the next launch attempt.

Space May 11, 2018

Astronomers Chart 3D Shape Of Musca Cloud For The First Time By Watching It 'Sing'

Astronomers from the University of Crete charted the 3D structure of the Musca cloud for the first time. Their model revealed that it was shaped like a pancake and not like a needle as what previous studies stated.

Space May 12, 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson Criticizes The Movie 'Chappaquiddick' For Getting Moon Phases Wrong

Neil deGrasse Tyson criticized the film 'Chappaquiddick' for getting the lunar phases wrong. Twitter jumped on his back for obsessing over such a minute detail in the movie.

Space May 10, 2018

How The Seasonal Changes In The Atmospheres Of Exoplanets Could Help Find Alien Life

A new study revealed that seasonal changes on the atmospheres of exoplanets can determine possible alien life. Telescopes with ultraviolet capabilities would be needed to search for life.

Space May 10, 2018

Exiled Asteroid May Have Been Kicked Out Into Kuiper Belt By Young Gas Giants

Gas giants such as Saturn and Jupiter may have thrown out the carbon-rich asteroid 2004 EW95 into the Kuiper Belt, beyond Neptune during the early stages of the Solar System’s formation. How did this happen?

Space May 11, 2018

NASA Chief Bridenstine Sees Moon Missions As Railroad In Space

During the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington D.C., Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s new administrator, explained to Mars mission supporters the agency’s vision of the return to the surface of the moon. Bridenstine also spoke about InSight and Mars 2020 rover missions.

Space May 10, 2018

New Mysterious Magnetic Phenomenon Discovered In Earth’s Outer Atmosphere

NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission spacecraft has uncovered a new form of magnetic reconnection in a more turbulent region of the Earth's outer atmosphere. Researchers say the discovery could lead to an understanding of the properties of the universe.

Space May 10, 2018

Jill Tarter Says Congress Wants To Give NASA $10 Million To Search For Aliens

Astronomer Jill Tarter says that Congress wants to give NASA $10 million a year to search for alien life. About 25 years ago, Congress slashed funding for similar activities.

Space May 9, 2018

Exiled Asteroid Discovered Past Neptune In Kuiper Belt: How Did It Get All The Way Out There?

Scientists have discovered the first carbon-rich asteroid found in the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune. The asteroid has originally formed between Mars and Jupiter.

Space May 10, 2018

Scientists Say They Discovered The Energy That Sizzles The Sun's Corona To 1 Million Degrees

Researchers just discovered why the sun's corona is 1 million degrees Fahrenheit and hotter than the surface. They captured photos of the corona from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Space May 9, 2018

Giant Swirls Found On The Sun Similar To Planetary Waves That Control Earth’s Weather

Scientists were able to finally characterize the solar Rossby waves that had been the subject of debates for 40 years. The team found that these waves are similar to the Rossby waves that control weather condition on Earth.

Space May 10, 2018

World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Experiment Gets US Funding

The experiment aimed at solving the mystery surrounding dark matter received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. The SuperCDMS project has been touted as the world’s most sensitive experiment in the search for the dark matter.

Space May 9, 2018

NASA Researcher Thinks Pluto Should Be A Planet Again And That Planets Should Be Redefined

Happy day for those out there who think Pluto should be promoted back to planet status. Some scientists at NASA agree. Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006.

Space May 8, 2018

SpaceX Falcon 9 Prepares For Thursday Launch From Kennedy Space Center

Elon Musk and SpaceX are in the final stages to launch the newest incarnation of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The SpaceX Falcon 9 Block Five rocket is expected to carry Bangladesh’s first communications satellite.

Space May 8, 2018

Sodium In Hot Saturn WASP-96b Suggests Exoplanet Has Cloud-Free Atmosphere

A complete fingerprint of sodium in hot Saturn WASP-96b suggests that the exoplanet has a cloud-free atmosphere. What is the significance of studying clouds in atmospheres of planets?

Space May 8, 2018

Scientists Say Orbits Of Jupiter And Venus Impact Earth's Climate Every 405,000 Years

A new study has revealed that gravitational pull from Jupiter and Venus changes the Earth's orbit every 405,000 years. This impacts climate and all life on Earth.

Space May 7, 2018

Tests Show That Moon Dust Can Kill Cells And Alter DNA, Which Could Kill Chances Of Lunar Colony

A study simulated the effects of moon dust on the human body and showed that it may be hazardous for health. This could put the idea of a moon colony on hold.

Space May 9, 2018

Scientists Say The Sun Will Become A Bright Planetary Nebula When It Dies In 10 Billion Years

A new study reveals what will happen to the sun after it dies in 10 billion years from now. Researchers believe it will become a planetary nebula as bright as other stars.

Space May 7, 2018

First CubeSats Signal Radio Home On Way To Mars, NASA Says

NASA just received two radio signals from the MarCO satellites. The two small satellites will accompany the InSight lander on its journey to study Mars’ structure and its interior.

Space May 7, 2018

Triangular Shaped UFO Seen Traveling Into A Lightning Bolt: Could This Be Proof Of Alien Life?

A video was captured of a UFO traveling into a lightning bolt and was posted on YouTube. The YouTube account is known for sharing videos about aliens.

Space May 7, 2018

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