Space Research, Development & Colonization

By Keith Barrows | I have a huge interest in "getting out to the stars". I believe I will see this in my lifetime. Not just Mars or the outer planets but the stars themselves.

The Mystery of Jupiter’s Swirling Colors Is Finally Solved, Scientists Say

The answer was buried way below the surface.<p>A new study has finally offered an explanation for Jupiter’s trippy colors and unusual swirls. These …

Astronomy

Using JwtBearer Authentication in an API-only ASP.NET Core Project

In my Pluralsight courses1 on ASP.NET Core, I show how to use JWT Tokens to secure your API. In building a new example for my upcoming Vue.js course, …

Astronomers find 72 bright and fast explosions

There and gone in a cosmological flash. Astronomers report on 72 bright, quick events found in a recent survey. They’re like supernovae, but flash …

Universe

Image - The Dog Star, Sirius, and its Tiny Companion

The Dog Star, Sirius, and its Tiny Companion<p>Download Options<p>×<p>Fast Facts<p>About the Object<p>Sirius A, the Dog Star, and Sirius B<p>Binary Star System<p>06h 45m …

Gaia Spacecraft Captures ‘Central Flash’ of Neptune’s Moon Triton

Triton passed in front of a star, a process called occultation, which provided researchers an opportunity to better study its atmosphere.<p>The European …

Scientists detect signal from ‘cosmic dawn,’ when stars first lit up the universe

For the first time, scientists have detected a signal from “cosmic dawn” — the moment when the universe's earliest stars emerged.<p>The signal, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, is little more than a blip in the radio echo of that ancient era, as difficult to detect as the wingbeat of a …

Universe

Proxima Centauri's no good, very bad day

A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Meredith MacGregor and Alycia Weinberger detected a massive stellar flare—an energetic explosion of …

Galaxies

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is typical: it has hundreds of billions of stars, enough gas and dust to make billions more stars, and at least ten times …

Universe

Track Elon Musk’s Tesla as it travels towards Mars at 43,861mph

There was a lot to like about SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch last week, like the fact that it was the heaviest commercial rocket to ever launch, or …

NASA Continues To Rack Up “Firsts,” Including “Heat Shield Rock” Found On Mars

As many of you know, I love the NASA site and all things associated with space exploration. In that vein, I had to share this photo of the first …

Meteorites

Savill's FAQs: PowerShell commands for replacing strings in files

Three times a week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), John Savill tackles your most pressing IT questions.<p>Read through the FAQ archives, or send him your …

Linux

The Greatest Leap, part 3: The triumph and near-tragedy of the first Moon landing

Across the cislunar blackness, we set sail for a landing that almost didn't happen.<p>A vast, gray expanse loomed just a few hundred meters below as …

Space Science

MIT Team Wins Mars City Design Contest for 'Redwood Forest' Idea

A team of engineers and architects from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has won the top prize for architecture in 2017’s …

Habitats

Nearby planet is 'excellent' target in search for life

<b>Astronomers have found a cool, Earth-sized planet that's relatively close to our Solar System.</b><p>The properties of this newly discovered planet - called Ross 128 b - make it a prime target in the search for life elsewhere in the cosmos.<p>At just 11 light-years away, it's the second closest exoplanet of …

spacewarp

New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy's Future

Since humanity first turned our gaze skyward, we’ve realized that the cosmic story of our existence — our origins, all that exists today, and what our ultimate fate is — is literally written across the Universe. Our understanding of what our Universe truly is, what it’s made up of, and how it came …

Universe

The mysterious light-eating, super-hot, pitch-black exoplanet

A new study of a mysterious hot exoplanet called WASP-12b has revealed it to be a pitch-black, light-eating oddity. The revelation surprised …

Here Are 15 All-Time Best Photos From Cassini That You Absolutely Must See

Wow. Just, wow.<p>Cassini has been out there hard at work for a long time. The Saturn probe departed Earth in 1997 and spent seven years speeding across …

Click here to support Race To Space organized by Fred Koschara

I'm running this campaign to finance writing a book: <b>Race To Space</b> is a novel approach to popularizing the only long-term solution for the looming …

President Trump Signs the Space Council Executive Order

Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo space plane flexes its wings in flight for first time

Virgin Galactic passed another essential milestone today in the flight test program for VSS Unity, its upgraded SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, by bending …

The Next International Space Station Will Orbit The Moon

The International Space Station is hitting the end of its career. It’s expected to last at least until the 2020s, but once it’s retired we’ll need a …

Incredible video of Mars stitched together by hand from 33,000 images

If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with Mars, check out this incredible video recently released by NASA that shows the Red Planet’s …

What Will Happen When Betelgeuse Explodes?

Every star will someday run out of fuel in its core, bringing an end to its run as natural source of nuclear fusion in the Universe. While stars like our Sun will fuse hydrogen into helium and then — swelling into a red giant — helium into carbon, there are other, more massive stars which can …

NASA Studying Manned Trip Around the Moon After Prod From Trump

The U.S. is studying a possible manned mission around the moon as early as next year, marking the first such trip since the Apollo era ended in the …

Space Exploration

88 satellites will launch on Valentine's Day to image the entire Earth every day

On Valentine's Day, instead of chowing down on chocolates, a group of engineers and scientists are going to get pancakes and a rocket …

NASA to explore an asteroid containing enough mineral wealth to collapse the world economy

We think of asteroids as giant useless rocks floating around space. Perhaps it’s a good place to hide the Millennium Falcon or a worrisome cause of a …

Asteroids

Interstellar Travel Is a Lot More Than Rocket Science

Rachel Armstrong's vision of the future requires existential questions.<p>Rachel Armstrong wants to build starships. The professor of experimental …

An astronaut has recorded a 'first of its kind' video of mysterious blue jets of electricity

We're used to lightning that shoots down from clouds, but a lesser-known form of electricity blasts up from cloud tops — and out toward space.<p>Called blue jets, these gigantic electrical discharges are rarely photographed. Typically, only pilots who fly over active thunderstorms see or photograph …

Geophysics