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Japan Launches Mini-Satellite That Can Create Artificial Meteor Showers To Space

Japan's Epsilon rocket successfully lifted off for the fourth time from JAXA Uchinoura Space Center since its maiden voyage in 2013. Seven spacecraft are on board the booster, including a microsatellite that can create the first ever artificial meteor showers.

Space January 19, 2019

Russian Startup StartRocket Wants To Put Ads In Space By 2021

A Russian startup wants to put ads in space using tiny satellites with reflective sails. The ads would only be visible at night but could be seen from anywhere in the world.

Space January 18, 2019

NASA's Hubble Spacecraft Back In Business After Camera Malfunction

The Hubble Space Telescope experienced another malfunction this month after its Wide Field Camera 3 automatically had shut down due to hardware issues. On Thursday, however, the instrument was already fully operational.

Space January 18, 2019

China's First Plants To Grow On Moon Die After Scientists Shut Down Power

China's first seedling in space sprouted but died soon after when scientists had to shut down power. Evidently, the temperature in the biosphere became extreme and erratic.

Space January 18, 2019

Scientists Report Spike In Asteroid Impacts: Is Earth Headed For Collision?

The frequency of asteroid impacts had increased between two to three times about 290 million years ago before dinosaurs emerged. Researchers noticed an uptick in asteroid strikes by studying impact craters on the moon and Earth.

Space January 18, 2019

Dinosaur Age Collision May Have Formed Saturn's Rings

Data gathered by the Cassini mission before it plunged into Saturn's atmosphere shed light on the age of the gas giant's rings. Researchers said these likely formed around the age of the dinosaurs.

Space January 18, 2019

Scientists Study Possible Rainfall On Saturnian Moon Titan

The summer season has officially started in the northern hemisphere of Titan. Scientists finally spotted the first evidence of methane rainfall along the north pole of the Saturnian moon.

Space January 17, 2019

Harvard Professor Avi Loeb Justifies Why Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua Is An Alien Probe

SETI researchers were not able to find signals that could indicate 'Oumuamua is an alien spacecraft. Harvard Professor Avi Loeb, however, said this does not rule out the idea the interstellar object is an alien probe.

Space January 17, 2019

China's Chang'e 4 Mission Sprouts First Plant On The Moon

After landing the first spacecraft on the dark side of the moon, China made another history by sprouting cotton seeds on the lunar surface. What is the objective of this biosphere experiment?

Space January 16, 2019

Astronomers Find Unusual Quadruple Star System With Unique Planet Forming Disc

Scientists found a binary system in which a protoplanetary disk lined up in the stars' poles. According to researchers, this would see planets formed and eventually orbit in a right angle.

Space January 16, 2019

China Already Planning Next Moon Mission This Year, Mars In 2020

Shortly after the successful landing of the Chang'e-4 probe on the far side of the moon on Jan. 3, China will launch the second of four planned moon missions by year-end. Spacecraft Chang'e-5 will collect samples from the near side of the moon.

Space January 15, 2019

Scientists Figure Out How Supermassive Black Holes Get So Massive

A team of scientists observed a new way of feeding that might explain how supermassive black holes grow to become so big. In a new paper, they revealed that black holes feed on large amounts of gas around them.

Space January 15, 2019

Scientists Want To Grow Beans In Space As Early As 2021

Space garden. The crew of the International Space Station will soon be eating fresh beans grown while in orbit. The experiment which will begin in 2021 will inform how food will be produced for long journeys across space.

Space January 14, 2019

WINE Spacecraft Can Propel Itself To Asteroids Using Steam Instead Of Fuel

A new type of spacecraft can extract water from planetary bodies and turn it into steam energy to propel the vehicle deeper into space. This project aims to reduce the costs related to building such technology in the future.

Space January 14, 2019

Russia's Spektr-R Space Telescope Stops Responding To Earth's Command

Russia’s only space radio telescope Spektr-R (RadioAstron) is not responding to commands from Earth, according to Roscosmos adviser Alexander Bloshenko. The warranty period of the telescope's active operation elapsed in 2014.

Space January 13, 2019

Footage Of Chinese Probe Chang'e-4's Landing On Far Side Of The Moon Released

China's space agency recently released the footage of the landing of Chang'e-4 on the far side of the moon. The video came just days after a panoramic photo of the site gave everyone a glimpse of the surrounding.

Space January 13, 2019

Elon Musk Shows Off Fully Assembled SpaceX Starship

SpaceX has finished assembling a test hopper, an experimental spaceship that looks like the Starship. The test hopper will not be launched to orbit but will instead will be propelled 16,400-feet up in the sky.

Space January 12, 2019

Alien Life May Exist On Newly Discovered Barnard's Star Planet, According To Astronomers

The exoplanet called Barnard b is a frigid planet with a surface temperature of nearly -275 degrees Fahrenheit. A group of astronomers, however, thinks the icy world could still allow life to evolve depending on its size.

Space January 11, 2019

Aging Hubble Spacecraft's Wide Field Camera Down For The Count

NASA confirmed that Wide Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Space Telescope is currently offline due to a malfunction. Teams are hard at work troubleshooting the glitch, saying that a system reboot might be needed to fix the error.

Space January 10, 2019

Death Of Star Helps Scientists Analyze Black Hole Event Horizon

Researchers used an X-ray signal from a star being ripped apart to study a supermassive black hole. Researchers claim that this is the first time that tidal disruption flare to estimate the speed in which a black hole spins.

Space January 10, 2019

Researchers Investigate Why Milky Way-Sized Galaxy Is Missing Neighbors

Scientists used a ground-based telescope to observe the M 94 galaxy about 16 million light-years away from the Milky Way. The study found M 94 only has two satellite galaxies which question the current model on the formation of galaxies.

Space January 10, 2019

CHIME Telescope Detects Second Repeating Fast Radio Bursts From Deep Space

Astronomers have detected the second sample of repeating fast radio bursts, suggesting there could be more out there. The discovery was made using the CHIME Telescope in British Columbia.

Space January 9, 2019

Stars Like The Sun Become Giant Crystal Ball When They Die

The sun will collapse into a white dwarf when it dies. Data from ESA’s Gaia spacecraft show that white dwarfs eventually solidify into a crystal ball. How does this cosmic crystallization work?

Space January 9, 2019

Scientists Find New Way Of Looking For Galactic Mergers

Scientists created a computer program that can effectively spot subtle signs of galactic merging. This could lead to the discovery of hundreds or even thousands of missing merging galaxies that scientists would otherwise miss.

Space January 10, 2019

Space Bacteria Adapting To Harsh Environment To Survive, Scientists Explain

A new study sheds light on why bacteria in space are adapting to harsh conditions. Researchers further said that these microbes don't actually mutate into antibiotic-resistant organisms but were just coping with their new environment.

Space January 8, 2019

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Captures Image Of Volcanic Plume In Jovian Moon Io

Space scientists have spotted a volcanic eruption on Jupiter’s moon Io. The image was captured by NASA’s probe, Juno, which is currently on its 17th flyby over the gas giant.

Space January 8, 2019

NASA TESS Spacecraft Finds Host Of Strange And Bizarre Worlds

TESS, the successor of Kepler has already found hundreds of possible planets outside of the solar system and identified at least eight. Among its recent discoveries is an oddball planet that has a stretched-out orbit.

Space January 8, 2019

Newly Discovered K2-288Bb Planet Lies Within Habitable Zone And May Have Liquid Water On Its Surface

K2-288Bb lies within the star's habitable zone, suggesting it may have liquid water on the surface. The exoplanet lies in the stellar system K2-288, which has two dim, cool stars.

Space January 8, 2019

SpaceX Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Nearing First Orbital Test Flight

Due to the government shutdown, the scheduled uncrewed test flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship this month might be delayed. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the launch will take place next month.

Space January 7, 2019

Dark Matter Heats Up Then Moves Away During Star Formation In Dwarf Galaxies

A new study found that dark matter can heat up and then move away from the center of galaxies. This phenomenon called dark matter heating is typical of any star-forming galaxy.

Space January 7, 2019

NASA Shows Off Unique Mars 2020 Mission Rover Paint Job

Mars 2020 rover is slated to touch down on Mars in February 2021. About two years before the scheduled launch, NASA showed off the unique paint job involved.

Space January 6, 2019

Scientists Want To Use Swarm Of Small Satellites To Act As Giant Telescope

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel invented a cheaper and groundbreaking satellite imaging system. Called synthetic aperture systems, this technique will change how photographs are captured on space and on Earth.

Space January 6, 2019

Milky Way Collision With Large Magellanic Cloud Will Happen Sooner Than Expected

Researchers revealed that the Milky Way Galaxy will collide with the Large Magellanic Cloud in 2 million years. The impact might cause a shock within the entire galaxy that might knock the solar system into outer space.

Space January 5, 2019

'Super Blood Wolf Moon' 101: What To Expect And How To Make The Most Of It

On Jan. 20, skywatchers in North America, South America, and Europe will witness a rare astronomical event called Super Blood Wolf Moon. During the event, the moon will turn red as it passes through the shadow of Earth.

Space January 4, 2019

Queen Guitarist And Scientist Brian May Releases Song About Ultima Thule Flyby

New Horizons now marked its historic visit to Ultima Thule, which is known as the most distant celestial body and the first small object in the Kuiper Belt ever visited by a spacecraft. Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May wrote a song as a tribute to the mission.

Space January 3, 2019

Chinese Rover Lands Safely On Far Side Of Moon

On Thursday, the Chang'e-4 space probe landed on the Von Kármán crater within the South Pole-Aitken Basin. This is the first time that the region of the moon, which is forever facing away from Earth, will be explored.

Space January 3, 2019

OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Enters Bennu Asteroid Orbit Ahead Of Schedule

On Dec. 31, NASA reached another milestone after the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully entered the orbit of Bennu 70 million miles away from Earth. The asteroid is now the smallest celestial body to be orbited by a spacecraft.

Space January 2, 2019

'Dream Chaser' Cargo Plane For Space Gets Nod Of Approval From NASA

The Dream Chaser can carry up to 5,500 kilograms of cargo to the International Space Station. It is one of the three companies contracted by NASA to deliver supply to the artificial satellite.

Space December 31, 2018

China Lunar Probe Chang'e-4 Readies To Land On Dark Side Of The Moon

China's Chang'e-4 probe has already entered a planned lunar orbit and now readies to make history to become the first mission to land on the dark side of the moon.

Space December 30, 2018

SpaceX Looks Into Raising $500 Million For Ambitious Internet Service Project

Starlink, the ambitious internet service project of Elon Musk's SpaceX, will launch 12,000 satellites to bring better internet access to rural areas and developing countries. The aerospace company aimed to raise $500 million to finance the project.

Space December 29, 2018

Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launch Postponed Yet Again To 2019 Date

The Delta IV Heavy rocket will try again to launch on Jan. 6, 2019 from Space Launch Complex-6 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The exact time of the liftoff has yet to be announced.

Space December 29, 2018

'Mother' Of Hubble Space Telescope Nancy Grace Roman Passes Away At 93

Nancy Grace Roman was the first woman to hold an executive position at NASA. She was best known for her involvement in the planning and developing of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Space December 29, 2018

Elon Musk Says There's A 30 Percent Chance The First Martian Will Be An AI

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk said there is a 30 percent chance that artificial superintelligence would be the first to claim the Red Planet as home. The tech entrepreneur said a Mars colony would likely arrive on the Red Planet as early as 2025.

Space December 28, 2018

Rare Super Blood Wolf Moon To Coincide With Total Lunar Eclipse This January

The total lunar eclipse will be witnessed on the evening of Jan. 20 to 21 wherein the rare Super Blood Wolf Moon is going to pass through the northern half of Earth's shadow. This phenomenon is the first and last to occur across the winter skies within the next three years.

Space December 27, 2018

Striking New Study Proposes Model Of The Universe That Can Explain Dark Energy

A theory proposed a new model that explains the mystery of dark energy which, scientists believe, makes up more than 60 percent of the universe. The new model also works within the existing framework of string theory.

Space December 29, 2018

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