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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Now On Its Second Close Flyby Of The Sun

The Parker Solar Probe is beginning its second approach to the sun. The encounter will last until April 10, during which all four instruments will be collecting data.

Space April 4, 2019

Apollo 11 Astronauts Neil Armstrong And Buzz Aldrin Planted British Flag On The Moon

A British engineer made Apollo 11 astronauts put a British flag on the moon. The sneaky move was successful and actually had Armstrong and Aldrin inject Britishness to the lunar mission.

Space April 5, 2019

Australia Reveals Plans To Mine Water On The Moon Within 5 Years

Mining water from the moon could drastically cut down the cost of space exploration and future long-term space missions. Australia's Space Agency recently announced plans to mine water from the lunar surface.

Space April 5, 2019

SpaceX Starhopper Starship Prototype Engine Completes First Test With Flying Colors

Elon Musk, the SpaceX CEO, tweeted about the Starhopper's short rocket test firing at the company's newest launch site in Boca Chica, Texas. Prior to Starship's maiden voyage to space, the company plans to first carry out several hover flights with the Starhopper.

Space April 5, 2019

Falcon Heavy Launch Expected To Cause A Lot Of Traffic Over The Weekend

SpaceX Falcon Heavy will likely lift off on Sunday between 6:36 p.m. and 8:35 p.m. The officers from Kennedy Space Center Protective Services will be enforcing restricted access around the launch area.

Space April 6, 2019

Boeing Starliner Testing Pushed Back Even Further

NASA confirmed that the uncrewed test flight of Boeing's CST-100 Starliner has been moved to August. The delay, according to the space agency, is due to limited launch opportunities this spring.

Space April 4, 2019

India Satellite Missile Test Created So Much Space Junk That Now Threatens The ISS

India's satellite missile test generated a pile of junk in space, leaving NASA officials disappointed. NASA said the event places astronauts and ongoing space experiments in the ISS at risk.

Space April 2, 2019

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine Says US Agency Needs More Funding For 2024 Moon Mission

The Space Launch System is key for NASA to meet the target of sending people back to the moon by 2024, according to agency chief Jim Bridenstine. Production of the megarocket has reportedly been delayed due to budget requests.

Space April 2, 2019

NASA Announces Finalists For Mars Habitat Design Competition

Team SEArch+/Apis Cor, Team Zoperhous, and Mars Incubator were all named as finalists in NASA's 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. Their designs will be featured as potential home designs for future space exploration projects.

Space April 2, 2019

ESO Astronomers May Soon Reveal First Ever Photo Of A Black Hole

Scientists around the world are gearing up for an important announcement from the European Southern Observatory. The international space agency may have finally captured a photo of a black hole's event horizon.

Space April 2, 2019

ABRACADABRA Experiment Uses Donut-shaped Magnet To Find Dark Matter Particles

Dark matter makes up 85 percent of the universe, but physicists are still hunting it down. In the ABRACADABRA experiment, scientists from MIT attempt to catch dark matter candidate axions in action.

Space April 2, 2019

Methane On Mars: Scientists Find Source Of Life-Indicating Gas On Red Planet

Scientists appear to have identified the source of methane on planet Mars. Methane is a gas that can indicate the presence of life because it is generated by living organisms, albeit it can also be released by geological processes.

Space April 2, 2019

Sun's Magnetic Field 10 Times Stronger Than Previously Believed: Why This Matters

The sun's magnetic field is more powerful than scientists initially thought. By observing a particularly strong solar flare that occurred in 2017, a team of researchers achieved the most accurate measurement of the sun's magnetic field yet.

Space April 1, 2019

Second Galaxy Without Any Dark Matter Found By Astronomers

Yale astronomers discovered a second ultra-diffuse galaxy that is almost devoid of dark matter. The existence of DF2 and DF4 back the dark matter theory, proving that the mysterious stuff can exist separately from regular matter.

Space April 1, 2019

LOOK: Fireball Lights Up Florida Night Sky

A meteor exploding in the Earth's atmosphere was witnessed by several people in Florida over the weekend. The event appeared as a bright light streaking across the evening sky.

Space April 1, 2019

NASA's Mars Helicopter Drone Aces First Flight Tests

NASA's Mars Helicopter went through a series of flight tests at the Jet Propulsion Lab in preparation for its launch next year. The technology will blast off alongside the Mars 2020 rover on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

Space April 1, 2019

ISS Crew Members Go On Spacewalk To Replace Old Batteries

NASA's Nick Hague joined astronaut Christina Koch on a spacewalk on Friday. The duo replaced old six nickel-hydrogen batteries with new ones that will last until last days of the International Space Station.

Space March 31, 2019

Cassini Spacecraft Spots Tiny 'Ring Moons' On Saturn

During its final days, NASA's Cassini made several close flybys of Saturn's tiny ring moons. In a new study, scientists found that the moons are made up of the same materials as the planet's rings and icy particles from Enceladus.

Space March 30, 2019

Hubble Captures Image Of Rare Self-Destructing Asteroid

A rare asteroid self-destruction event was captured in clear images thanks to collaborative efforts from facilities all over the world. New survey telescopes can now scan the entire sky for such rare asteroids.

Space March 30, 2019

Israeli Team SpaceIL May Win $1 Million If Beresheet Lands On The Moon Next Month

Israel's SpaceIL is poised to win $1 million if its Beresheet spacecraft successfully lands on the moon in April. SpaceIL is the first of the Google Lunar X Prize teams to launch to the moon.

Space March 28, 2019

Amateur Astronomer Ken Lawson Captures Photo Of International Space Station In Front Of The Moon

An amateur astronomer was able to take a photo of the International Space Station as it passed by the moon. It took Ken Lawson a simple camera, a manual telescope, and eight years of waiting.

Space March 30, 2019

NASA Finds Stellar Nursery Shaped Like A Butterfly

NASA published 'Space Butterfly,' a photo of a nebula from images captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope during its primary mission. According to NASA, hundreds of new stars are born in the nebula.

Space March 29, 2019

New TESS Mission Data Shows Evidence Of Large Saturn-Sized Exoplanet

Astronomers identified one of the first exoplanets that TESS, NASA's Kepler replacement, have discovered since its launch last year. The new exoplanet was described as a "hot Saturn" that is about 5 billion years old.

Space March 30, 2019

Mars Rivers That Once Covered The Red Planet Flowed Longer Than Previously Thought

Mars is dry and arid now, but it didn't used to be so. For billions of years, much longer than scientists realized, the surface of Mars used to feature raging rivers much bigger than Earth's.

Space March 28, 2019

Jupiter Formed 4 Times Farther From The Sun Before Migrating To Its Current Orbit

Jupiter landed on its orbit after wandering from an origin that is four times further away from its current distance to the sun. The Trojan asteroids adjacent to this gas giant provided clues about its migration.

Space March 28, 2019

NASA And ESA Will Pay You $19K To Lie In Bed For 60 Days

Scientists still need participants to take part in the second phase of the AGBRESA study. They will pay participants 16,500 euros, or $19,000 to lie in bed for 60 days. What are the qualifications?

Space March 27, 2019

Astronomers Make First Direct Observation Of Planet Outside The Solar System

For the first time, astronomers were able to directly observe a planet outside the Milky Way. Experts used an innovative technique involving four telescopes to disentangle the blinding lights from the planet's parent star.

Space March 27, 2019

Terrestrial Organisms Found Outside Space Station Still Alive After 533 Days In Vacuum

In a remarkable space-experiment finding, terrestrial organisms outside the International Space Station lived for more than 500 days despite the harsh conditions. It suggested that life may be possible on Mars.

Space March 28, 2019

Israeli Spacecraft Beresheet Captures Video Of Sunrise On Earth

Since its launch, the unmanned Israeli spacecraft Beresheet has snapped several images from outer space including a selfie with the Earth. It recently captured an amazing view of the sunrise.

Space March 27, 2019

Astronomers Announce New List Of Stars That Could Be Home To Earth-Like Planets

A team of astronomers has identified nearly 2,000 exoplanets that are similar to Earth in size and irradiation. They believe that the catalog will aid in finding habitable planets outside of the Solar System.

Space March 27, 2019

2 New Super-Earths Discovered Using Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning

A new technique in deep learning and artificial intelligence helped astronomers discover two new exoplanets. Traditional planet-hunting methods typically miss potential planets due to data noise, according to a new study

Space March 27, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence Wants NASA To Send Astronauts To Moon Within 5 Years

Vice President Mike Pence wants NASA to put astronauts back on the moon within five years. The future of space exploration is at a standstill, however, due to funding.

Space March 27, 2019

Curiosity Snaps Pics Of Pea-Like Pebbles On Mars

Curiosity snapped photos on its way to a new drill site in the clay-bearing unit called Glen Torridon. The new image shows rounded pebbles, including some that resemble small peas.

Space March 27, 2019

Hubble Documents Gigantic Storm As It Forms On Neptune

A team of scientists observed the formation and development of a Great Dark Spot on the southern hemisphere of Neptune using data from Hubble. Understanding the conditions of the ice giant could aid in the study of exoplanets.

Space March 26, 2019

NASA Ditches All-Female Spacewalk Because Of Shortage Of Spacesuits

Lack of spacesuit sizes caused NASA to reassign astronauts and cancel the scheduled all-female spacewalk in history. This highlights the need for more women in human space flight and more available spacesuits.

Space March 26, 2019

Scientists Explore Possibility of Aliens Observing Humans In A ‘Galactic Zoo’

Are aliens out there? If there is extraterrestrial life beyond Earth, scientists said one possible reason why Earth hasn't heard from them is that they're watching humans the way humans watch animals in a zoo.

Space March 26, 2019

Artificial Gravity May Help Keep Astronauts Healthy During Space Missions

Eight male and four female participants will participate in the Artificial Gravity Bed Rest Study. The findings may help address muscular atrophy caused by microgravity and other stressors astronauts are subjected to in space.

Space March 25, 2019

Rocket Lab Military Satellite Launch Called Off Due To Transmitter Problem

Rocket Lab's first commercial launch of the year has to be postponed yet again after mission engineers detected an issue with the video transmitter. The launch was rescheduled on Tuesday, March 26 (U.S. time).

Space March 25, 2019

NASA Captures Image Of Massive Fireball Over Bering Sea

A meteor exploded over the Bering sea on Dec. 18, 2018. Amazingly, the instrument aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured a true-color image of the meteor's passage after it exploded.

Space March 23, 2019

'Marble Planet' Photo Of Jupiter Showcases Stunning Power Of Jovian Storms

Jupiter Marble, a reference to the classic Earth photo dubbed Blue Marble, shows the swirling clouds and storms of the gas giant. The photo was captured by the Juno spacecraft which has been studying Jupiter since 2016.

Space March 24, 2019

Japanese Scientists Figure Out Where Asteroid Ryugu Might Be From

Where exactly did the mysterious Ryugu asteroid come from? Japanese scientists think they now know the space rocks that could be its possible source parents.

Space March 23, 2019

CERN's Large Hadron Collider Experiment Unravels Why There Is More Matter Than Antimatter In The Universe

If matter and antimatter existed in equal parts after the Big Bang, they would have annihilated each other into energy. The LHCb experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider is starting to shed light on this mystery.

Space March 22, 2019

Queen Guitarist Brian May Shares Movie Of New Horizons Ultima Thule Flyby

Queen's guitarist and astrophysicist Dr. Brian May made a cool music video featuring the celestial object Ultima Thule. According to May, the video is packed with real science and astro technological achievements.

Space March 22, 2019

Scientists Put Mars 2020 Rover Through Its Paces

NASA engineers have been simulating the entry and landing of the Mars 2020 rover on the Red Planet in preparation for next year's launch. The rover will study the planet's habitability, including whether it harbored microbial life in the past.

Space March 21, 2019

Boeing Pushes Back Test Flights For NASA Human Spaceflight Program Till Later This Year

Boeing CST-100 Starliner's first uncrewed flight was moved to a later date, according to industry insiders. Instead of an April launch, the spacecraft's orbital flight test has been delayed for at least three months.

Space March 21, 2019

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