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Martian Brine May Have Enough Oxygen To Support Microbes

A new study found that the salty water detected by radar scans might hold enough oxygen to sustain microbial or even basic animal life on Mars. The salty liquid water, however, can only be found under the surface of the red planet.

Space October 23, 2018

BepiColombo Takes First Selfie As It Starts Long Journey To Mercury

The BepiColombo Mercury Transfer Module took a photo from its first day in its seven-year journey to Mercury. The spacecraft was launched on Friday night and is expected to arrive at its destination by 2025.

Space October 22, 2018

NASA Is Looking For Tech And Science Payloads To Go On Commercial Lunar Landers

NASA has officially announced its formal solicitation for small lunar payloads ahead of planned robotic and manned missions on the surface of the Moon. The first round of proposals will be accepted until November.

Space October 20, 2018

Asteroid Ryugu Landscape Filled With Rocks And Boulders

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency found that the surface of the asteroid Ryugu is rockier than expected with little flat areas to land. It has delayed the planned touchdown of Hayabusa2 to next year.

Space October 15, 2018

Another NASA Telescope In Safe Mode: Chandra Goes To Sleep

Two of NASA's Great Observatories have gone into safe mode in the past week. After Hubble's gyroscope malfunction, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory has reportedly transitioned to safe mode for unknown reasons.

Space October 15, 2018

The Last Paper Stephen Hawking Worked On Released By Colleagues

Stephen Hawking final paper on the information paradox has been revealed by his colleagues. The study proposed that some information from matter that gets pulled into a black hole can be retrieved from photons that escape from the event horizon.

Space October 12, 2018

Astronauts Forced To Make Emergency Landing After Soyuz Rocket Malfunctions

The Russian space agency Roscosmos has launched an investigation following a Soyuz rocket malfunction on Oct. 11. The two astronauts onboard the capsule made an emergency ballistic landing but were otherwise safe.

Space October 12, 2018

Meteorite From The Moon Auctioned, Could Fetch $500,000

A meteorite called 'The Moon Puzzle' is up for auction at RR Auction and it is expected to rake in $500,000. What are lunar meteorites?

Space October 12, 2018

Moonception: Study Shows Bigger Moons Can Have Moons Of Their Own

The moon has the right conditions to have its own moon. According to a new study, while it has not been observed in the Solar System, moons can have their own submoons or moonmoons.

Space October 11, 2018

Scientists Unveil Their New Strategy To Find Alien Life

Astrobiologists have submitted a report detailing recent discoveries that became the basis of a new guideline in the grand search for life outside of Earth. This should inform future missions on what and where to look for aliens.

Space October 11, 2018

Jupiter's Moon Europa Covered By Giant 'Ice Spikes' Says Study

A new study suggested that the surface of Europa might have sharp ice spikes that will make landing a rover a challenge. Jupiter's icy moon is a prime candidate in the search for alien life.

Space October 10, 2018

Gyroscope Malfunction Forces NASA To Put Hubble Into 'Safe Mode'

NASA confirmed on Monday that the Hubble Space Telescope has been in safe mode for the past weekend. One of the six gyroscopes onboard the almost 30-year-old spacecraft failed on Friday night.

Space October 10, 2018

Draconid Meteor Shower Lights Up The Skies This October

Once again, the Draconid meteor shower brightened the October night sky. This phenomenon happens when the Earth passes through the orbit of the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.

Space October 9, 2018

New Horizons Spacecraft To Do A New Year's Flyby Of Kuiper Belt Object Ultima Thule

New Horizons will flyby object 2014 MU69, also referred to as Ultima Thule, on Jan. 1, 2019 at 12:33 a.m. It will be the first time that a spacecraft has explored the region which is made up of trillions of celestial objects.

Space October 7, 2018

Voyager 2 On The Verge Of Entering Interstellar Space Says NASA

NASA revealed that the instruments onboard Voyager 2 have picked up an increase of cosmic rays. The spacecraft is 11 billion miles away from Earth and about to reach the edge of the Solar System.

Space October 7, 2018

Rock Used As Doorstop For Decades Turns Out To Be Meteorite Worth $100,000

Analysis of a rock doorstop revealed that it was actually a meteorite worth $100,000. The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the profits for students of CMU's earth and atmospheric sciences.

Space October 6, 2018

Mostly Sunny With A Chance Of Sonic Booms: USAF Warns California Residents To Expect SpaceX Rocket Landing

The U.S. Air Force issued an advisory to warn the public about the launch and landing of the SpaceX Falcon 9 at the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Residents might hear sonic booms which are completely normal and safe.

Space October 7, 2018

Fallen Cassini's Data Still Showering Scientists With Stunning Findings About Saturnian Rings

Scientists have released 11 new papers that present the analysis of the final data sent by Cassini. Before it self-destructed, the spacecraft gave scientists one last rare look at the gas giant and its rings.

Space October 6, 2018

Lockheed Martin Unveils New Lunar Lander Concept

The lunar lander designed by Lockheed Martin can carry up to four astronauts to the surface of the moon in one trip. If not in use, it will be on the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway.

Space October 5, 2018

Scientists Discover First Known Exomoon: How Is It Different From Solar System Moons?

Researchers may have confirmed the discovery of the first known exomoon, or a moon that is outside of the solar system. The exomoon is believed to be orbiting the exoplanet Kepler-1625b, and is thought to be as big as Neptune.

Space October 4, 2018

NASA Funded Study Says Prolonged Space Travel Could Destroy Astronauts' Guts

Astronauts who will be traveling toward the surface of Mars are at risk of developing stomach or colon cancer. Scientists found that long-term exposure to cosmic radiation can significantly damage a person's gastrointestinal tissues.

Space October 3, 2018

'Goblin' Planet In Outer Edge Of Solar System Could Point To Something Bigger

Scientists found a dwarf planet at the outer edge of the Solar System, far beyond Pluto. They believe that it might lead to the discovery of the mysterious Planet X.

Space October 3, 2018

NASA Unveils '60 Years In 60 Seconds' Video To Celebrate Its 60th Anniversary

On Monday, NASA celebrated its 60th anniversary with a video highlighting milestones such as the first man on the moon. Jim Bridenstine also addressed the future of the space agency.

Space October 3, 2018

Researchers Identity Areas Of The Universe Where Dark Matter Might Be Found

Researchers from Japan, Taiwan, and the United States created a cosmic map of dark matter using the Hyper Suprime-Cam. The map was inferred from the distortion of galaxies created by gravitational lensing.

Space October 4, 2018

Scientists Are Making And Selling Artificial Martian Dirt For $20 Per Kilogram

The University of Central Florida created dirt that closely resembles the one on the surface of Mars using data collected by NASA's Curiosity rover. Moon and asteroid dirt are also available.

Space October 1, 2018

Spooky Skull-Shaped Dead Comet To Zip Past Earth This Halloween

The comet shaped like a human skull will once again make a close flyby to Earth this coming November. Its first observed near encounter with Earth happened in 2015 on Halloween day.

Space October 1, 2018

NASA Releases Roadmap For New And Sustainable Lunar Missions

NASA published a 21-page roadmap that details the space agency's space exploration plans for the next two decades. The report is in line with U.S. President Trump's directive to return to the moon.

Space September 29, 2018

Scientists Narrow Down Possible Origins Of Mysterious Cigar-Shaped Space Rock 'Oumuamua

Astronomers believe that they have found the home star system of 'Oumuamua, the comet that visited the Solar System last year. They have pinned down four possible dwarf stars based on data collected by Gaia.

Space September 28, 2018

Mars Orbiter HiRISE Sends Back Photo Of Opportunity Rover Covered In Dust

Opportunity can be seen as a black dot in the photo captured using the HiRISE. The 15-year-old rover has been silent since the Red Planet was engulfed in a red haze caused by a dust storm.

Space September 27, 2018

Ancient Mars Had Right Conditions To Support Underground Life

A new study proposed that life might have existed underneath the surface of Mars. Researchers from Brown University claimed that the hydrogen from water molecules might have allowed microbes to thrive for billions of years.

Space September 25, 2018

The SpaceX Mars Base Will Become A Reality In 10 Years, Elon Musk Says

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that Mars Base Alpha will be built by 2028. This gives SpaceX 10 years to test the BFR rocket, send supplies to the Red Planet, and transport humans who will construct the man-made structures.

Space September 25, 2018

Newfound Galileo Galilei Letter Shows He Toned Down Some Ideas To Avoid Church Inquisition

A letter, which has long been thought by historians as lost, was found misdated in the library of the Royal Society. In it, Galileo Galilei discussed the heliocentric model of the solar system that got him in trouble with the Catholic Church.

Space September 24, 2018

Japanese Spacecraft Sends Down Tiny Robots To Explore Asteroid

JAXA confirmed that Hyabusa2 has deployed the MINERVA-II1 hopping rovers on the surface of Ryugu. Japan has already released the first few photos of the asteroid taken by the rovers upon landing.

Space September 23, 2018

Scientists Detect Aftershocks Of Near Miss Between Milky Way And Tiny Galaxy

Gaia, the space observatory of the ESA, found substructures in the Milky Way that was caused by a gravitational disturbance from 300 to 900 million years ago. Scientists hypothesized that this was caused by the Sagittarius Dwarf.

Space September 21, 2018

Scientists Find Real-Life Version Of 'Star Trek' Planet Vulcan

Could a real Spock be hiding in a planet 16 light-years away from Earth? A group of scientists has discovered a super-Earth orbiting a star similar to the Sun and where life can spring and thrive.

Space September 19, 2018

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Smoking Weed In Space Is Not A Good Idea

Neil deGrasse Tyson said that it would be dangerous if an astronaut decides to use weed while on a mission in space. In an interview, he also defended Elon Musk.

Space September 18, 2018

The First Private Passenger On SpaceX BFR To The Moon Will Be Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa

Elon Musk revealed that the first private passenger on the SpaceX BFR will be Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. The Zozotown founder will not be alone in the week-long mission though, as he will be bringing along up to eight artists.

Space September 18, 2018

Elon Musk Teases New Images Of Ambitious BFR Spacecraft On Twitter

SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk tweeted renders of the BIg Falcon Rocket or the BFR that will bring a private passenger on a trip around the Moon. The ship will eventually carry humans to Mars.

Space September 17, 2018

Japan Space Agency Delays Vital Cargo Launch To Space Station For The Second Time

The launch of the cargo resupply ship from Japan was canceled on Saturday morning because of equipment flaws. The HTV-7 was supposed to deliver batteries, water, and other equipment to the crew onboard the ISS.

Space September 16, 2018

NASA And Roscosmos Issue Joint Statement Addressing ISS Air Leak

NASA and Roscosmos discussed the recent air pressure leak onboard the International Space Station during a teleconference. A committee to investigate the source of the mysterious hole has been created.

Space September 16, 2018

FBI Investigates Mysterious Evacuated Solar Observatory In New Mexico

The FBI reportedly shut down and evacuated the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico. No reason was divulged to the public, but the site has remained close and deserted for over a week.

Space September 16, 2018

Stunning Hubble Snapshot Showcases Ancient And Far-Off Galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope used the technique called gravitational lensing to see distant galaxies that otherwise would not be detected by its sensitive lenses. The image was part of the new project dubbed BUFFALO.

Space September 15, 2018

SpaceX Signs First Private Space Tourist To Fly To The Moon And Back

In a tweet, SpaceX revealed that the first person who will be sent on a trip around the Moon has already been found. More details will be revealed by Monday.

Space September 15, 2018

NASA Just Tested An Umbrella-Shaped Heatshield That May Soon Be Used On Mars

NASA tested an aeroshell that will be used in future space missions. The device opens like an umbrella, protects its cargo from heat, and slow the descent of the spacecraft to the ground.

Space September 17, 2018

Stephen Colbert Pokes Fun At NASA Advertising Concept

Stephen Colbert criticized the proposal to sell naming rights for future NASA missions to private corporations to earn money. The late-night show host mused what the Moon landing would have looked if it had advertisements.

Space September 14, 2018

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