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NASA Satellite Provides First-Of-Its-Kind Supernova Observation

Ohio State University scientists successfully used NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite to observe a white dwarf supernova. The spacecraft allowed the team to measure traces of hydrogen in the aftermath of the explosion.

Space July 17, 2019

SpaceX, NASA Identify Problem That Caused Crew Dragon Spacecraft Explosion During April Engine Test

A propellant leak turned out to be the cause of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft explosion last April. SpaceX and NASA revealed all the details about the unexpected accident.

Space July 17, 2019

NASA Reveals First Fruit To Be Grown On The International Space Station

NASA announced plans to make the Chile peppers the first fruiting plant onboard the International Space Station. The Espanola pepper plant from New Mexico can withstand space conditions, and provide vitamins and minerals for astronauts.

Space July 16, 2019

NASA Chief Jim Bridenstine Says Americans Would Have Gone To Mars Had There Been No Political Risks

It's not just technological limitations that are holding NASA back from getting to Mars and the moon. In a recent interview, NASA head Jim Bridenstine said that political risks in the past kept the space agency from reaching Mars.

Space July 16, 2019

NASA's Next Mission Takes Dragonfly Drone To Saturn's Moon, Titan

NASA announced its next mission in the solar system. The next destination will be the icy world of Saturn's moon, Titan, with the Dragonfly set to launch in 2026.

Space June 28, 2019

Soyuz Spacecraft Lands Back On Earth After Spending Over 200 Days Docked On The ISS

Three crew members of the International Space Station returned to Earth on Monday. The Russian Soyuz MS-11 delivered the NASA, CSA astronauts, and Roscosmos cosmonaut safely back to the ground after their 204-day mission in low orbit.

Space June 27, 2019

Curiosity Rover Finds High Levels Of Methane On Mars

Last week, Curiosity rover detected unusually high levels of methane, a gas generated by microbes and other living organisms, in Gale Crater. NASA recently released the results from the rover's follow-up observations.

Space June 27, 2019

Huge Mass Of What Could Be Iron On Moon Could Jumpstart Investment In Space Mining

A mysterious mass underneath the lunar surface could provide a wealthy source of valuable metals to be mined. If researchers were right, iron that can be used to construct facilities outside of Earth can be mined from the Moon.

Space June 24, 2019

ESA Testing New Device That Could Save Lives In Future Moon Missions

The ESA has begun testing the new prototype of Lunar Evacuation System Assembly, or LESA, during the NEEMO 23 mission at the Atlantic Ocean. The technology will one day be used to rescue injured astronauts on the moon.

Space June 22, 2019

NASA's New Rover Gets Shiny New Set Of Wheels And Legs

NASA's Mars 2020 rover is starting to look like an actual rover. This month, engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California installed the vehicle's legs and wheels in preparation for the July 2020 launch.

Space June 21, 2019

First Female Astronaut In Space Sally Ride Made Historic Trip 36 Years Ago

On July 18, 1983, 32-year-old Ride became the first American woman to go into space as part of the Challenger's STS-7 mission. During her first flight, she operated the robotic arm that deployed satellites into low orbit.

Space June 19, 2019

Former Astronaut Michael Collins Posts Previously Unreleased Photo Of Apollo 11 Crew

Fifty years after the historic Moon landing, NASA astronaut Michael Collins shared a photo of the Apollo 11 crew that the public has never seen before. The photo showed Collins holding a replica of the moon.

Space June 18, 2019

NASA Finds Newly Made Impact Crater On Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted a new crater near the equator of Mars. Scientists said that the feature might have been created when a small space rock crashed into the Red Planet.

Space June 18, 2019

Atomic Clock Will Keep Mars Mission On Schedule

The Deep Space Atomic Clock will enable future spacecraft to be autonomous as they explore worlds far away from Earth. The technology will be launched into orbit next week onboard the Falcon Heavy for its first trial in space.

Space June 18, 2019

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Moves Closer Than Ever To Bennu Asteroid

NASA's OSIRIS-REx performed a maneuver that brought it closer to the surface of the asteroid Bennu. For the next couple of weeks, it will collect look for sites where it can safely retrieve a sample.

Space June 17, 2019

NASA Puts Out Open Call To Private Companies On Supplying Lunar Station

NASA's Lunar Gateway is part of the United States' goal to maintain a presence on the Moon. The space station will serve as an outpost for astronauts who will explore the lunar surface and other destinations across the solar system.

Space June 15, 2019

William Shatner Takes Playful Jab At 'Star Wars' Over 'Starfleet' Symbol Found On Mars

An old rivalry between the 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars' fandom was ignited thanks to a photo captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The photo featured a mark that looks eerily like the symbol of the Starfleet.

Space June 15, 2019

Cassini Mission Dives Deep Into Inner Workings Of Saturn's Rings

In a new study, scientists analyzed data from Cassini's close encounters with Saturn's rings. They found textures and patterns, as well as understood the composition of the planet's famous feature.

Space June 14, 2019

NASA Admin Estimates New Moon Landing Mission Will Cost Up To $30 Billion

The Artemis program will place two American astronauts on the surface of the moon in 2024. It will cost up to $30 billion, which exceeds NASA's current annual budget.

Space June 14, 2019

Star Trek's Starfleet Insignia Spotted On Mars Again

What is Star Trek's Starfleet insignia doing on Mars? This is not the first time that the iconic insignia was spotted on the Red Planet.

Space June 14, 2019

The Sweetest Moon Of The Year: The Next Full Moon Is June's Sweet 'Strawberry Moon'

June's upcoming full moon is the sweet "strawberry moon." It is also called the "Honey moon," "LRO moon," "Mead moon," and even "Rose moon."

Feature | Science June 14, 2019

NASA Now Working On Giving Recognition To Hidden Figures Who Helped Make Space History

In honor of the African American women whose calculations helped bring the first Americans into space, NASA renamed a street 'Hidden Figures Way' in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, June 12, an event was held to make the designation official.

Space June 13, 2019

NASA Takes Radiation Shielding In Spacecraft Very Seriously: Here's How They Do It

Before a spacecraft gets launched into outer space, it goes through several testing. At the Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland, spacecraft are subjected to levels of radiation it will encounter throughout its mission.

Space June 13, 2019

Human Settlements On Mars Might Look More Like Caves Than Glassy Domes

The harsh conditions on the surface of Mars would require the construction of structures that can protect astronauts from radiation and other potential hazards. Future living and working habitats might look like caves.

Space June 10, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NASA's Juno Discovers That Jupiter's Magnetic Field Is Changing

New readings made by the Juno spacecraft revealed small but distinct changes in the magnetic field of Jupiter. NASA scientists explained that the shifts are caused by the planet's atmospheric winds in the deep atmosphere.

Space May 21, 2019

NASA Now Testing 'Bumble' Robot Assistant On-Board Space Station

Bumble and its companion Honey, two of the three Astrobee robots, arrived at the International Space Station last month. The free-flying cubes were designed to assist the crew in day-to-day tasks.

Robotics May 21, 2019

Scientists Find Telltale Signs Of Water On Ultima Thule

New Horizons mission scientists found traces of water ice, methanol, and organic materials on the surface of Ultima Thule. The Kuiper Belt object is the farthest ever explored by the spacecraft.

Space May 21, 2019

ISS Flies Over North America, How To Spot The ISS From Where You Are

The ISS is flying over North America this weekend, giving many an opportunity to spot it in the night sky. How can one have the chance to have a look at it the next time it flies over the area?

Space May 19, 2019

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