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European Space Agency's new LISA mission will measure gravitational waves in space

Why it matters to you<p>LISA is a space observatory that will give us a brand new way of seeing the universe. And that's no exaggeration.<p>After a lengthy …

Astrophysics

Astronomers promise more mysterious planets like Planet Nine

<b>The last time researchers “found” another mysterious planet not named Neptune in our solar system was the famous Planet Nine.</b><p>Our solar system is …

Universe

FCC grants OneWeb approval to launch over 700 satellites for ‘space internet’

Coming as early as 2018<p>FCC chairman Ajit Pai has released a statement announcing that the commission has granted OneWeb approval for US market access to launch a network of internet-beaming satellites into orbit. OneWeb, which is backed in part by Richard Branson, has been working on providing …

Internet

Living on Mars: Is it even possible ?

Space : the Final Frontier, say the famous opening lines in Star Trek. And, the stars have always fascinated humanity. Now, human beings are actively …

Space Travel

House lawmakers endorse reusable rockets for military purposes

This represents a pretty remarkable turnaround for SpaceX and the feds.<p>The US Congress has begun the "markup" process to consider budget …

U.S. House of Representatives

Scientists Uncover Origins of Dynamic Jets on Sun's Surface

Astronomy

Full thrust on Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket

Jonathan Amos Science correspondent<p><b>Manufacturers say they are making rapid progress in the development of Europe's new rocket - the Ariane 6.</b><p>The vehicle is due to enter service in 2020, gradually replacing the existing workhorse, the Ariane 5.<p>The prime contractor, the recently rebranded …

Scientists say there may be yet another unseen planet at solar system’s edge

Astronomers say they’ve found hints that an unseen planetary-mass object may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system. And no, they’re not …

Asteroid collision with Earth inevitable, could destroy major cities: Experts

An asteroid strike on the Earth is just a matter of time and such events could destroy major cities, experts warn.<p>According to Alan Fitzsimmons from …

Space Exploration

Elon Musk releases details of plan to colonise Mars – here's what a planetary expert thinks

Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, has released new details of his vision to colonise parts of the solar system, including Mars, Jupiter’s …

What Ikea’s Designers Learned From Living In A Fake Mars Habitat

“Being locked in this small environment, everything can kill you.”<p>Ikea is looking to space for inspiration–literally. The furniture company announced last week that it will be collaborating with NASA in order to learn about what life would be like on Mars, and how the company might apply the space …

learned

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on battling depression, alcoholism, and why Mars is the next frontier

For a moment, we almost believe it’s him. We’re in the vast Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern, London, for a lavish Lost in Space-themed dinner to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Omega Speedmaster watch. George Clooney and Professor Brian Cox are standing on a dais beside me. Both men are …

Buzz Aldrin

Meet the elite team revolutionizing how NASA thinks -- from a California trailer

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA'S Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a cluster of concrete 1970s-style buildings nestled among the San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena, is the birthplace of some of humanity's most astounding achievements.<p>The first US mission to the moon, the Mars rover, the first scientific satellites in …

Space Exploration

NASA Finds 219 Possible Planets, Including 10 'Earths'

The worlds are part of the final census from the Kepler telescope, which found a total of more than 4,000 planet candidates over four years.<p>NASA just added 219 possible planets to its growing catalogue of worlds beyond our solar system, including 10 that are potentially temperate, rocky worlds like …

Universe

China’s quantum satellite achieves ‘spooky action’ at record distance

Result paves way for hack-proof quantum communications

Quantum Mechanics

Hawking urges Moon landing to 'elevate humanity'

Science correspondent, BBC News<p><b>Prof Stephen Hawking has called for leading nations to send astronauts to the Moon by 2020.</b><p>They should also aim to build a lunar base in 30 years' time and send people to Mars by 2025.<p>Prof Hawking said that the goal would re-ignite the space programme, forge new …

Stephen Hawking

Europe selects grand gravity mission

BBC Science Correspondent, Paris<p><b>It is set to be one of the major science projects of the 2030s.</b><p>The European Space Agency has just given the green light to the LISA mission to detect gravitational waves.<p>This will see lasers bounced between three identical satellites separated by 2.5 million km.<p>By …

Astrophysics

This New Explanation For Dark Matter Could Be The Best One Yet

Has it been shifting forms this whole time?<p>It makes up about 85 percent of the total mass of the Universe, and yet, physicists still have no idea …

Dark Matter

NASA eyes Neptune and Uranus for missions in the 2030s

Four possible missions to the ice giants are being proposed, including orbiters and a fly-by, to tell us what they’re made of and how such planets …

Astronomy

Why Interstellar Travel Will Be Possible Sooner Than You Think

The term “moonshot” is sometimes invoked to denote a project so outrageously ambitious that it can only be described by comparing it to the Apollo 11 …

Emerging Technology

New Paper Depicts NASA’s Plan For A Lunar Station

The race to colonize our solar system and beyond is in full swing. There’s already an agreement between China and the European Space Agency (ESA) to …

NASA

How depressing is space privatization? KFC is sending a chicken sandwich to space

Privatization of space exploration has had the unintended consequence of opening it up to frivolous PR stunts<p>Space: the final frontier of capitalism. Obama’s pro-space privatization policies ushered in a new commercial space race, epitomized by the bloom in government-contracted private spaceflight …

Liberal POV

Elon Musk Just Published His Plan to Colonize Mars

A New Plan<p>They say everything’s sweeter the second time around, and that seems to be the case for SpaceX’s plans to colonize Mars. Last year, Musk …

Elon Musk

China's quantum satellite in big leap

BBC Radio Science Unit<p><b>The term "spy satellite" has taken on a new meaning with the successful test of a novel Chinese spacecraft.</b><p>The mission can provide unbreakable secret communications channels, in principle, using the laws of quantum science.<p>Called Micius, the satellite is the first of its kind …

Quantum Mechanics

‘What the hell happened?’: The rise and fall of suborbital space tourism companies

<i>This article originally appeared in the June 5, 2017 issue of SpaceNews magazine.</i>Burt Rutan was not happy.The famous aircraft designer, now retired, …

Space Travel

A spy satellite buzzed the space station this month, and no one knows why

An accidental flyby may represent “gross incompetence” on the part of the feds.<p>About six weeks ago, SpaceX launched a spy satellite into low Earth …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

NASA Creates Radiation Rain On Earth, To Prepare For Mars Mission

"<p>☔️ ☔️ ☔️<p>You might think that a rainy day in the UK is a miserable affair; all grey skies, wet feet and that constant drizzle that umbrellas cannot seem to keep at bay.<p>But count your lucky stars that you’re not caught in a storm in space, as dangerous ‘radiation rain’ can leave you with much …

Mars Mission

Hubble Finds Massive Galaxies Aligned With Their Surroundings 10 Billion Years Ago | International Business Times

As the universe expanded after the Big Bang, galaxies spread out too, and many of them grouped together in gigantic clusters that can be thought of …

Universe