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Former NASA chief hails creation of Australian space agency

Charles Bolden, the recently retired head of NASA, says he was surprised it took Australia this long to announce a national space agency.

Exploration

Elon Musk to detail updates and new uses for SpaceX’s interplanetary rocket

Elon Musk revealed the Spaceship Interplanetary Spaceship and Rocket at last year’s International Astronautical Congress (embedded below), detailing a very ambitious plan to get humans to Mars – and to help them stay there and colonize, and even commercialize, the red planet. This Friday, he’ll …

SpaceX

Fast radio bursts firing every second?

New theoretical work indicates at least 1 fast radio burst, or FRB, going off somewhere each second. It contradicts a more speculative study that …

Astrophysics

Cassini's life passes before its eyes in NY art exhibition

Cassini became a cultural touchstone not just because it was a useful and productive space probe, but because it completed a classic hero's journey. So it's fitting that an art exhibition presented by the WOW visual design studio at HGPRP Gallery in New York City celebrates the life of the probe …

Space Exploration

Australia enters space race with national agency

The federal government has announced that it will establish a new national agency to grow Australia's domestic space industry.<p>Senator Michaelia Cash, …

Australian National University

A crew member on a fake Mars mission details what it was like to say goodby to Earth for 8 months

Laura Lark spent most of 2017 in a dome habitat in Hawaii<p>Last weekend, a group of six people emerged from a white dome on the slopes of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano, feeling the fresh outside air for the first time in eight months<p>This was the crew of HI-SEAS — an experiment simulating what it might …

Hawaii

SpaceX's Texas-based Mars launch facilities to be completed as soon as 2019

Reddit Email Comments<p>As part of a recruitment effort, SpaceX engineers from the company’s McGregor, Texas testing facilities visited Texas A&M …

SpaceX

Moon Villages Like This Could Be a Reality in Less Than 20 Years

Get ready for Moon Olympics.<p>Welcome to Lunar Park. You'll find the ice melting and filtering plant to your left. Low-G tennis is up there on the …

Fusion Reactor

NASA-produced damage maps may aid Mexico quake response

The views indicate the extent of damage caused by the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks, based on changes to the ground surface detected by …

Mexico City

Hurricane Damages Giant Radio Telescope—Why It Matters

Staff at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico are safe, but the storm destroyed a key instrument, and conditions in surrounding towns are still unknown.<p><i>This story was updated at 4:30 p.m. ET on September 22.</i><p>After a tense 36 hours, scientists and ham radio operators have confirmed that the Arecibo …

Puerto Rico

Mysterious Deep Space Radio Bursts May Be Suprisingly Common

Since their discovery in 2002, scientists have struggled to understand Fast Radio bursts—high-energy pulses that originate from galaxies billions of …

Universe

ARCA's revolutionary aerospike engine completed and ready for testing

ARCA Space Corporation has announced its linear aerospike engine is ready to start ground tests as the company moves towards installing the engine in …

Exploration

The most energetic cosmic rays pelting Earth are coming from outside our galaxy

Finally answering a decades-old question<p>Astronomers have finally solved a long-standing mystery about the origins of cosmic rays, the highly energetic particles that zoom throughout space. For half a century, scientists haven’t been able to pin down where the most energetic rays in our Universe …

Astrophysics

China is on track for 2020 mission to Mars

China's plans to launch its first Mars probe around 2020 and retrieve soil and rock samples before 2030 are still on track, said Zhang Rongqiao, the …

Mars

What do we need to know to mine an asteroid?

The mining of resources contained in asteroids, for use as propellant, building materials or in life-support systems, has the potential to …

Solar System

NASA is about to sling a spacecraft onto an asteroid

When it comes to studying samples of otherworldly material, scientists on Earth are in a bit of a bind. We’ve brought rocks back from the moon and …

Space Exploration

Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System

heic1715 — Science Release<p>Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the Solar System<p>With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a …

Space Exploration

Gravity Could Be the Result of Random Quantum Fluctuations — NOVA Next

If this theory is true, quantum mechanics might be more fundamental to the structure of the universe than gravity itself.<p>Scientists have been trying …

Quantum Mechanics

Finnish Scientists Push for 50 Nano-Spacecraft to Explore 300 Asteroids

A fleet of small spacecraft propelled by electric solar wind sails (E-sails) could catalogue nearby asteroids like never before.<p>Between Mars and Jupiter, orbiting in the asteroid belt, there are an estimated 1.1 to 1.9 million space rocks with a diameter of 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) or more. Millions …

Space Exploration

The ExoLife finder telescope could revolutionize the search for life on exoplanets

A new revolutionary telescope is in the works that would lessen the cost of studying exoplanets, but it needs more funding to come to fruition.<p>Enter …

Exoplanets

Cassini captured unexplained ‘glitch’ on Saturn’s rings before death dive

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft completed its incredibly successful extended mission last week, punctuated by a fiery death at the hands of Saturn’s upper …

Astronomy

Scientists searching for alien life are starting to consider some weird biological possibilities

From blob-like jellyfish to rock-like lichens, our planet teems with such diversity of life that it is difficult to recognize some organisms as even being alive. That complexity hints at the challenge of searching for life as we <i>don’t</i> know it – the alien biology that might have taken hold on other …

Planets

Billionaire Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch space venture fires up its engines – all six of ’em

The world’s biggest airplane hit another milestone this week with the completion of the first phase of engine testing at California’s Mojave Air and …

Aerospace

Innovative sensor system for the International Space Station will keep astronauts safe

Ontario-based company awarded $11.9-million contract to design space vision system<p><b>September 18, 2017 – Longueuil, Quebec</b><p>Canadians working in the …

Exploration

Machines and People: Why Do We Have Feelings About the End of Cassini?

From NASA: "In the shadow of Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The robotic Cassini spacecraft now orbiting Saturn drifted in giant planet's shadow …

Dark Energy Debate Takes Another Turn Thanks to New Supernova Analysis

A new theory’s emerged by a group at the the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand that has suggested the expansion of the Universe …

Space Science

The Art of Space Art

Between 1952 and 1954, the Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun ran a popular series in <i>Collier’s Weekly</i> called “Man Will Conquer Space Soon!”, outlining a manifest-destiny approach to space, the moon, and Mars. The articles were prescient in their analysis of how we might colonize the stars, but …

Art

Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

HONOLULU (AP) — Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits and fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food while in isolation and some …

Hawaii

Three Planets Will Slide Behind the Moon in an Occultation

At the start of this week, the moon will play a game of planetary peek-a-boo as it momentarily blocks Venus, then Mars and then Mercury in the sky. Although it will be difficult to see this disappearing act in much of the world, it’s a vivid reminder of the cosmic clockwork at play in our solar …

Planets