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Next stop: A trip inside the Sun's atmosphere

Every so often the sun emits an explosive burst of charged particles that makes its way to Earth and often wreaks havoc on power grids, aircraft and …

Space

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the gas giant

A probe the size of a basketball court has taken unprecedented new images of Jupiter.<p>NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft, launched in August 2011, took five years to reach and settle into orbit around the gas giant, which is more than 415 million miles from Earth.<p>The probe has so far photographed …

Solar System

Blue Origin releases first interior photos of the capsule that will take tourists to space

People could go as soon as 2018<p>Private spaceflight company Blue Origin has released the first interior photos for the New Shepard, offering a glimpse at what the finished crew capsule will look like.<p>New Shepard is a reusable vehicle aimed at taking tourists to the edge of space, where they can …

Space Travel

Gazing Into the Abyss

Astronomers are set to peer into the event horizon of a black hole for the first time.<p>The landscape appeared more Martian than terrestrial—barren for the most part, with a reddish hue, and dotted with salt-splashed mountain ridges. We passed a few wild donkeys among the desert shrubs and a field of …

Astronomy

Finally, some details about how NASA actually plans to get to Mars

“We are ready to start putting pencils to paper and cutting hardware."<p>NASA has spent the last six years building the massive Space Launch System …

Space Travel

The first woman in space: 'People shouldn’t waste money on wars'

In 1963 Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman to go into space. On her 80th birthday, she looks back at a lifetime of immense political change<p>Parachuting was her first love. The moment she could, Valentina Tereshkova joined the renowned paramilitary flying club in her native Yaroslavl …

Russia

NASA made it easy for everyone to trawl its media archives

You won't have to go through dozens of mission websites anymore just to find space photos to print or to use as desktop or mobile wallpapers. NASA has launched a new library to host its best high-res images, videos and audio files from across 60 collections. Best thing about it? It's searchable and …

NASA

Successful HotFire Test Sets SpaceX on Course for Historic Relaunch of 1st 'Flight-Proven' Rocket

SpaceX conducts successful static hot fire test of 1st previously flown Falcon 9 booster atop Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on 27 …

SpaceX

The dark universe and how to leave earth - Bluedot 2017 unveils science lineup for Jodrell Bank weekender

Experts will explore topics including space travel, volcanoes, black holes and how children compare to monkeys

Here’s why the imminent test of Jeff Bezos’ BE-4 rocket engine is a huge deal

A good test would prove the doubters wrong and further advance new space.<p>Key Blue Origin officials have begun to drop hints about the imminent …

Space Travel

Astronaut who spent 229 days in space speaks to area water experts

<b>AUSTIN</b> - Dr. Leroy Chiao spent 15 years as a NASA astronaut, logging 229 days in space. During that time, he also served as an International Space …

Space Station

The US is facing a choice between the International Space Station and a new deep space rocket

In one corner, we have an international, orbital laboratory that cost over $150 billion to build and operate. In the other, a $23 billion and growing program to develop a huge new deep-space rocket and spacecraft to carry humans to the moon and beyond. Now, they will face off in a Darwinian …

Space Travel

Out-of-this-world possibilities: A look at life-sustaining planets beyond Earth

For as long as man has looked up at the heavens, he’s pondered one question: Are we alone in the universe?<p>While the answer remains unclear, there’s a tonne of research being conducted to determine just what life-sustaining planets beyond Earth might exist — and what they might look like.<p>There’s no …

Exoplanets

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

Gravitational Waves

New report: NASA spends 72 cents of every SLS dollar on overhead costs

Report suggests NASA should become a customer, just like the US Air Force.<p>After President George W. Bush announced a plan to return to the Moon and …

NASA

Life on Earth is Used to Gravity — So What Happens to Our Cells in Space?

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Biology

Goodnight, Pluto

Bad AstronomyPlutoNew Horizons<p>Phil Plait<p>Mon, Mar 27, 2017 8:52am<p>On July 14, 2015, just after noon UTC, the small space probe New Horizons shot past …

Superheroes

More Than Stars: The Milky Way's Dust Mapped In 3D For The First Time Ever

It’s easy to look at the night sky and find that it’s full of stars.<p>Moreover, the stars cluster together in a great plane spanning the sky, making up our galaxy: the Milky Way.<p>But the Milky Way is more than just stars, it’s also full of gas, plasma, and — most importantly — light-blocking dust.<p>This …

Astronomy

Russia’s Space Program Is Struggling Mightily

A Russian Soyuz rocket lifts off from the launch pad at the new Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia on April 28.Kirill Kudryavtsev/Reuters The Russian …

Russia

Boeing and Lockheed Could Lose Billions of Dollars of Business This Year

Billions of space-launch contracts come up for grabs in the next few months -- but United Launch Alliance can no longer compete on price.<p>Last week, …

Aerospace

'We've left junk everywhere': why space pollution could be humanity's next big problem

With satellites under threat from collisions, a former lieutenant is now focused on technology that can remove space debris<p>Jason Held rekindled his love for space while lying in a ditch in Bosnia in 1996, where he was one of 16,500 US troops deployed on a peacekeeping mission at the end of the …

Space

There’s a brand new theory about how Mars' moons were formed

Fresh research has revealed Mars could once have had one big moon instead of two smaller ones which will eventually form rings similar to Saturn.<p>The …

Space

Staring Down a Star in search of Giant Rings

Go out on a cloudless night away from street lights, and you can see thousands of stars from a dark site. For a few minutes, the view is wonderful. …

Astronomy

This Russian ISS Module Has Been Delayed For a Decade and It's Still Not Ready to Fly

Russia's next big piece of the ISS hits with another snag just a few months before launch.<p>After years of delays, the Russian component of the International Space Station—which Roscosmos originally planned to deploy in 2007—finally looked like it was ready for launch. However another problem with …

NASA

Nasa to launch a space LASER that will provide internet 100 times faster than current broadband within two years

A powerful laser shining up into space will soon transmit data between the Earth and the International Space Station.<p>Nasa is hoping to establish …

Supersonic plasma jets discovered

Information from ESA’s magnetic field Swarm mission has led to the discovery of supersonic plasma jets high up in our atmosphere that can push …

Space

This New 3D Map of Stardust is a Treasure Map Leading to New Stars

The galaxy is a filthy place. With bits and debris lingering everywhere, it is very difficult for scientists to see neighboring planets and stars. …

Astronomy

Uranus Is a Wonderland and We Should Go There

Uranus is tired of being the butt of your jokes—especially that one.<p>You see, Uranus is so sad and so very lonely; despite being discovered in 1781, …

Space

Researchers Think Portals May Link Our Visible World With The "Dark Sector"

Long ago, physicists identified and categorized the components of the visible universe. Up until recently, 16 particles formed everything in the …

Dark Matter