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Planetary Collision That Created The Moon May Have Brought Life To Earth

A collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object 4.4 billion years ago formed the moon. Researchers now propose this same event brought the ingredients of life on Earth.

Space January 28, 2019

Mars Opportunity Rover May Have Perished 'Honorably' During Dust Storm, Says NASA

NASA might soon be ending its efforts to recover Opportunity. The principal investigator behind the mission said that while they have not given up hope yet, it might also be the end of the 15-year-old explorer.

Space January 28, 2019

NASA Team Sends New Set Of Commands To Opportunity Rover On Mars

NASA continued its attempt to recover Opportunity months after the rover had gone silent because of June's dust storm. Engineers at JPL started sending new commands in the hopes of addressing the issues preventing the rover from contacting Earth.

Space January 26, 2019

Apollo 14 Astronauts May Have Found One Of Earth's Oldest Rocks On The Moon

Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell apparently collected an ancient terrestrial rock when they explored the lunar surface in February 1971. How did the object land on the moon?

Space January 25, 2019

New Horizons' Latest Image Of Ultima Thule Is The Best View Yet

New Horizons' latest image Ultima Thule is the best view of the object yet. It is the first small KBO ever explored by a spacecraft.

Space January 25, 2019

NASA's Opportunity Rover Begins 15th Year On Mars Surface

NASA's Opportunity Rover landed on Mars 15 years ago on Jan. 24, 2004. Its last communication with Earth was detected in June 10, 2018, and NASA still does not know the current status of the rover.

Space January 25, 2019

Telescopes Spot Object Slamming Into The Moon During Lunar Eclipse

A space rock measuring 12 inches across and weighing about 22 pounds slammed into the moon during the total lunar eclipse. The strike generated a bright flash captured by telescopes on Earth.

Space January 25, 2019

Scientists Take A Peek At Earliest Massive Black Holes In The Universe

Researchers questioned a long-standing belief that the first supermassive black holes were formed due to powerful ultraviolet radiation. Through computer simulations, dark matter halos were a major factor in the creation of supermassive black holes during the early universe

Space January 24, 2019

SpaceX Starship Test Rocket Damaged By Strong Winds, Repair To Take Weeks

The nosecone of the prototype of SpaceX's Starship toppled over because of strong winds in Texas. The company's CEO, Elon Musk, said repair will take weeks and explained that the tanks at the bottom were not damaged.

Space January 23, 2019

NASA To Replace Crew Member On Boeing Starliner Flight Test

Astronaut E. Michael 'Mike' Fincke will join Nicole Aunapu Mann and Chris Ferguson onboard the Boeing CST-100 Starliner later this year. He replaced Eric Boe who was assigned to the mission in August last year.

Space January 23, 2019

Splitting Images Of Quasars Helps Researchers Understand Expansion Of The Universe

Researchers claimed that the redshift of split images of a quasar can help scientists produce a new estimate of the Hubble Constant. The new technique might help settle the debate on how fast the universe is expanding.

Space January 23, 2019

ESA Wants To Start Drilling On Moon In Search Of Oxygen And Water

The European Space Agency signed a contract with ArianeGroup to begin studying and preparing for the plan to mine resources on the moon by 2025. The space agency hopes to collect oxygen, water, and fuel for future permanent lunar base and colony.

Space January 22, 2019

Researchers Devise Method To Measure Temperature Of Atoms During Supernovae

Researchers used data from S1987A to create a model that can help scientists measure the temperature of atoms during a supernova. The model improves the understanding of the physics behind the resulting shock process of the massive explosion.

Space January 22, 2019

Research Team Wants To Send Drone To Saturnian Moon Titan

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to send a probe to Titan by 2025. The Dragonfly mission will provide scientists with a unique opportunity to study prebiotics chemistry as well as examine the Saturnian moon's potential habitability.

Space January 21, 2019

Planet Nine Need Not Exist To Explain Strange Orbits In Outer Solar System

The hypothetical Planet Nine is popularly attributed to the strange movements of objects in the outer solar system. Researchers now say these strange orbits could be explained by the collective force of smaller objects.

Space January 21, 2019

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

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