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Football Field-Sized Asteroid To Pass Close To Earth In September, Has Low Chance Of Hitting

Experts are expecting an asteroid to have a close encounter with Earth this coming September. There is no need to worry about it, as the chances of it hitting Earth are very low.

Space June 8, 2019

NASA Planning To Open ISS To Commercial Business, Private Astronauts

International Space Station has been accepting more and more commercial projects. Soon, the agency will be letting private citizens visit the space station as well, but it will come at a price.

Space June 8, 2019

Strange Radio Bridge 10 Million Light-Years Long Discovered To Connect Colliding Galaxy Clusters

Two galaxy clusters slowly crashing into each other are linked with a long thread of plasma. New research revealed that these invisible threads could have a magnetic field that emit radio waves.

Space June 8, 2019

Jupiter Will Be So Close To Earth This Month, Its Moons Can Be Seen With Binoculars

Sky watchers should get ready, because Jupiter is showing up this June. The planet will be so close to the Earth that it and its moons can be seen even just using binoculars.

Space June 7, 2019

Scientists Solved Bizarre Mystery Of 'The Galaxy Without Dark Matter'

The NGC1052-DF2 ultra-diffuse galaxy was first discovered and presented as the ‘galaxy without dark matter’. Astronomers from Spain found new evidence disputing the previous estimates of the galaxy’s mass and distance.

Space June 6, 2019

Mars 2020 Rover Getting High-Def Camera Kits Installed

The Mars 2020 rover received two high-definition cameras that will aid in its mission to find evidence of habitable conditions and past life on the surface of the Red Planet. The robotic explorer is scheduled to launch in July 2020.

Space June 5, 2019

Parker Solar Probe Could Find Answers To Mystery Behind The Sun's Superheating

The outer atmosphere of the Sun is far hotter than the surface, a phenomenon that scientists can't explain yet until now. The Parker Solar Probe will be able to solve the mystery in two years' time.

Space June 5, 2019

Scientists Concerned Musk's Starlink Satellites Might Ruin View Of Night Sky

After photos and videos of the Starlink satellite constellations had been shared on social media, astronomers expressed concerns that the bright string of lights might interfere with scientific observations. SpaceX will send thousands of satellites into orbit.

Space June 4, 2019

A Rare, Beautiful Galaxy Is Inching Closer To The Milky Way

The stunning Messier 90 is located 60 million light-years away but it's a distance that's dropping over time. Unlike most galaxies in the universe, this spiral galaxy is moving toward the Milky Way.

Space June 3, 2019

A Solar Storm Of Similar Magnitude To 1859 Carrington Event Could Cause Trillions Worth Of Damage

A Harvard professor warned that another solar storm similar to the Carrington event in 1859 is imminent. He said that when it happens, it will cause damages worth up to $3 trillion in infrastructure damage.

Space June 3, 2019

Frigid Ice Volcano Spews Liquid Water Over Pluto Surface

Scientists found ammonia on the icy crust of the distant dwarf planet. They claimed that ammonia found its way to the surface through a recent eruption of a volcano that spewed liquid water from a subsurface ocean.

Space June 3, 2019

NASA Selects 3 Companies To Deliver Science Payloads To Lunar Surface For Moon Missions

NASA is shooting for a return to the moon by 2024, but who's coming along for the ride? The space agency announced three commercial landing service providers that will be carrying lunar payloads for them.

Space June 3, 2019

Strange 'Flashes' Of Light Reported To Appear On Lunar Surface

Several times a week, brief flashes of light appear on the surface of the Moon. A team of researchers from Germany proposed that the mysterious phenomena might be related to the recent discovery of seismic activity in the natural satellite.

Space June 2, 2019

NASA's NICER Shows What Universe Looks Like If Humans Could See X-Rays

NASA stitched together an image of the sky using X-ray data from the first 22 months of the NICER onboard the International Space Station. The observatory watches the sky to help scientists determine the size of neutron stars and pulsars.

Space June 1, 2019

LOOK: Stunning Time-Lapse Video Of Earth Captured By Astronaut Aboard The ISS

Have a look at the time-lapse video showing the stunning beauty of Earth viewed from the International Space Station. One can see the cloudy sky over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Space May 31, 2019

NASA's Spitzer Takes Stunning 'Family Photo' Of Cepheus Stars

NASA recently published a mosaic showing the Cepheus B and Cepheus C regions in space. The image featured young and evolved stars, all born from a single cloud of gas and dust.

Space June 1, 2019

NASA's New James Webb Space Telescope Survives Last Thermal Vacuum Test

The James Webb Space Telescope has successfully completed another round of testing. The powerful observatory was subjected to extreme temperature in a vacuum chamber to make sure that it will be able to endure conditions in space.

Space May 31, 2019

Lego Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Set Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Historic Moon Landing

Lego released a really awesome building set that replicates the Apollo 11 Eagle lunar lander. This 1,087-piece brick set is Lego's way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Space May 31, 2019

Curiosity Rover Goes Cloud Watching On Mars

The Mars Curiosity rover went skywatching with the InSight lander in May to help scientists measure the altitude of Martian clouds. The 6-year-old robotic explorer is currently exploring the clay-bearing unit of Mount Sharp.

Space May 31, 2019

Black Hole Created In Lab Confirms Stephen Hawking's Prediction

Stephen Hawking says black holes aren't entirely black — and he's probably right, again. With a lab-grown sonic black hole, researchers find evidence of one of the physicist's most famous theory in the laboratory: Hawking radiation.

Space May 30, 2019

NASA Mission To Jovian Moon Europa Facing Tough Challenges Ahead

An internal investigation found that NASA's Europa Clipper and Lander, two upcoming missions, faced several problems. The investigators found that both projects suffer from budget and schedule issues as well as a shortage of staff.

Space May 31, 2019

Curiosity Rover Finds Cache Of Clay On Mars

The Mars Curiosity rover drilled into two target rocks and found high amounts of clay minerals in the lower region of Mount Sharp. NASA said that the discovery hints at the Red Planet's watery past.

Space May 30, 2019

Cosmonauts Send Birthday Tribute To First Man In Space, Plus Other Highlights Of Their ISS Spacewalk

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Alexey Ovchinin completed a six-hour spacewalk on Wednesday, May 29. Aside from routine maintenance, the pair paid tribute to fellow Russian Alexei Leonov, who was the first human being ever to go on a spacewalk.

Space May 30, 2019

Forbidden Planet Spotted In Neptunian Desert Where It Should Not Exist

NGTS-4b is a rogue exoplanet located some 920 light-years away from Earth, in a region known as the Neptunian Desert. It is believed to be 20 percent smaller than Neptune but is about three times the size of the human world.

Space May 30, 2019

Companies Like Boeing And Blue Origin Looking Into Building Privately Owned Space Stations

NASA has released proposals from 12 private companies that will turn the Low Earth Orbit into a prime destination for research and manufacturing. Companies like Blue Origin and Axiom want to launch their own space stations.

Space May 29, 2019

Russia Wants To Send Crewed Mission To Lunar Surface By 2030

Dmitry Rogozin recently spoke about Roscosmos' future lunar plans, including a manned mission by 2030. Russia is only one of the many nations, including the United States, that aims to land on the surface of the Moon.

Space May 29, 2019

Ancient Supernova May Have Led Humans To Walk On Two Legs

A new study suggests that an explosion of stars in the Milky Way may have spurred early humans to learn how to walk upright. The cosmic event caused a chain reaction on Earth that drastically transformed the environment.

Space May 29, 2019

NASA Is Intentionally Putting Helicopters Into Precarious Nosedives To Test New Mars Mission Hardware

NASA recently took out the Lander Vision System on a day-out for testing. The vision system will aid the Mars 2020 rover to a safe touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet in Feb. 2021.

Space May 29, 2019

Jupiter's Gigantic Great Red Spot Storm System May Be Starting To Unravel

Amateur astronomers reported large sections, some of which bigger than 10,000 kilometers, detach from Jupiter's Great Red Spot every week. The storm has been raging for at least 350 years is shrinking steadily.

Space May 29, 2019

Lightning Strikes Russian Soyuz Rocket During Satellite Launch

Lightning struck the Soyuz-2-1b rocket shortly after the launch vehicle's liftoff. No damage happened and the rocket was able to deliver its payload — a replenishment satellite for Russia's orbital navigation network in mid-Earth orbit.

Space May 28, 2019

Falling Meteor Breaks Up Over Australian Bay Releasing As Much Energy As 1.6 Kiloton Nuke

A meteor zipped across Australia's skies last week. According to a research center, the object entered the atmosphere with the force equal to 10 percent of the explosive yield of the Hiroshima nuclear bomb.

Space May 28, 2019

Extraterrestrial Organic Matter Discovered In The Mountains Of South Africa

Ancient volcanic rock dated to 3.3 billion years ago contains organic matter originating from outer space, supporting theories that life on Earth sprung from material from elsewhere. What does this mean for our hunt for alien life?

Space May 27, 2019

SpaceX Is Flying Pieces Of Human Organs To The International Space Station: Here's Why

Scientists sent four tissue chips, a technology that mimics the structure and function of human organs, to the International Space Station. Each chip will be used to observe the effects of microgravity on the body.

Space May 28, 2019

Oldest Meteorite Collection On Earth Found In Chile's Atacama Desert

A collection of well-preserved meteorites was found in the driest place on Earth: the Atacama Desert in Chile. Some of the space rocks are older than 2 million years.

Space May 25, 2019

Chinese Space Program Suffers From Launch Failure

The Thursday launch of China's Long March 4C rocket ended in failure. The mission was meant to place a Yaogan satellite, which analysts believe is used for military reconnaissance purposes, into orbit.

Space May 25, 2019

Ground Penetrating Radar Hints At Massive Amount Of Water Beneath Polar Region On Mars

Researchers just discovered a large reservoir of water ice underneath the surface of Mars. They believe that the slabs of ice sandwiched between alternating sand layers are remnants of ancient polar ice caps.

Space May 25, 2019

Satellite Manufacturer Maxar Technologies To Build First Piece Of NASA's Lunar Orbital Station Gateway

In line with the moon mission set for 2024, NASA picked Maxar Technologies to develop the first piece of lunar station Gateway. The power and propulsion element will be the foundation of outpost orbiting the moon.

Space May 24, 2019

Rare Union Between Nitrogen Ice And Carbon Monoxide Ice Observed Neptunian Moon Triton

Neptune's largest moon Triton has a rare mix of carbon monoxide and nitrogen ice on its surface. Researchers used the Gemini Observatory's telescope in Chile to study the distant object.

Space May 24, 2019

Scientists Find 18 New Earth-Like Exoplanets From Old Kepler Data Using New Search Algorithm

Scientists used a more sensitive algorithm to reanalyze the data collected by the now-retired Kepler Space Telescope. They found 18 additional exoplanets, one of which is in the habitable zone.

Space May 24, 2019

Traveler IV Rocket Built By USC Students Blasts Off Into Space For Record-Breaking Launch

A team of engineers has blasted off into space the first ever single stage rocket build entirely by students. During a record-breaking launch, the rocket flew higher than the boundary between Earth and outer space.

Space May 24, 2019

Asteroid With Its Own Moon To Have Close Encounter With Earth This Weekend

A potentially hazardous asteroid massive enough to have its own moon will fly by Earth this weekend. It will be the object's second-closest encounter with Earth in the past two decades.

Space May 24, 2019

Get Your Mars 2020 Rover Boarding Pass To Fly Your Name To Red Planet

NASA announced that the public can send in their names to the Red Planet through the Mars 2020 spacecraft. The selected names will be etched on a micro silicon chip to symbolize humanity's presence on Mars.

Space May 23, 2019

All Water On Earth Originated From The Moon’s Formation, Says Study

New research showed evidence that the same cosmic collision that created the moon also brought water to Earth. It means that life on Earth can be traced to this single collision 4.4 billion years ago.

Space May 22, 2019

Rare ‘Extraterrestrial Mud Ball’ Falls To Earth For The First Time In 50 Years

Cosmic clay streaked across the Costa Rica sky last April 23, falling to Earth in many pieces that scientists raced to collect. These rare carbonaceous chondrite meteorites can reveal incredible insights about the early solar system.

Space May 22, 2019

Dwarf Planet May Have Collided With The Moon A Long Time Ago

A new study suggests that the Moon's asymmetrical look may have been caused by a direct collision with another space object. The culprit may have been an asteroid or a dwarf planet about 450 to 480 miles in diameter.

Space May 22, 2019

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