Exploration

Hubble spots a strange new type of celestial object

Astronomers have discovered a brand new type of object in our solar system: an active binary asteroid. That means the object, named Body 288P, is the …

Space

New Horizons Probe Wakes from 5-Month Slumber

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is zooming through the outer solar system with its eyes open once again.<p>New Horizons woke from a five-month …

Space Exploration

Elon Musk has an update for us on his Mars colony plans

It's been almost a year since SpaceX founder and Mars obsessive Elon Musk laid out his elaborate and insanely ambitious plan to build a colony, one million humans strong, on the Red Planet. Now he's ready to announce some tweaks to his multiplanetary magnum opus.<p>Musk announced his scheme, which …

Elon Musk

Why NASA's Next Great Spacecraft Is About to Slingshot Around Earth

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will fly by Earth on Friday on its way to collect samples from an asteroid and then return. Here's why NASA seems like it's always doing these planetary slingshots.<p>A spacecraft that left Earth one year ago has returned to pay us a visit. OSIRIS-REx—the Origins, Spectral …

Space Exploration

Three asteroids give Earth a close shave in a single week

In the past week, astronomers discovered three never-before-seen asteroids as they whizzed by Earth significantly closer than the vast majority of passing space rocks.<p>The trio pose no threat to our planet, but it is a little unsettling that the largest of the three (Asteroid 2017 SQ2) was spotted …

Space Exploration

NASA releases image from the final observations of the Yin-Yang moon Iapetus by Cassini

The <b>Cassini spacecraft</b> has ended its mission by diving into the Saturnian atmosphere and <b>becoming a part of the planet</b> it has studied so long, but the …

Space Exploration

Stratolaunch's Giant Rocket-Launching Aircraft Passes Engine Test

WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch announced Sept. 19 that the company has achieved another milestone in the development of a unique giant aircraft that will …

Aerospace

Trump Plan to Open Up Monuments Draws Industry Praise, Environmentalists' Ire

More than 100 miles off Cape Cod, a patch of the Atlantic Ocean conceals four undersea mountains, three canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, and serves as a refuge for the world’s most endangered sea turtle.<p>It also supports a buffet of tuna and swordfish vital to the livelihood of New Jersey …

News (U.S.)

Asteroids need to be mapped if we're going to mine their resources

Extra-Terrestrial Excavations<p>Last September, some of the world’s leading asteroid scientists and asteroid mining entrepreneurs were brought together …

Space Exploration

Scientists Propose Studying Hundreds of Asteroids with Nanoprobe Fleet - ExtremeTech

By on September 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The solar system is rife with …

Space Exploration

​The ISS just got its own Linux supercomputer | ZDNet

The International Space Station will host a test of computer hardware that's vital for any future missions to Mars.<p>A year-long project to determine …

Space Station

Comet or Asteroid? Hubble Discovers that a Unique Object is a Binary

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids …

Astronomy

Dawn Probe Finds Evidence of Subsurface Ice on Vesta

In 2011, NASA’s <i>Dawn</i> spacecraft established orbit around the large asteroid (aka. planetoid) known as Vesta. Over the course of the next 14 months, …

Space Exploration

Europe urged to reconsider pullout from 'Armageddon' asteroid mission

But the methods must be tested and refined with real-life practice runs to prepare for "if we actually have to deflect an asteroid some day."<p>"We have …

European Space Agency

Pasadena 9/28: Voyager Golden Record panel with Ann Druyan, Reggie Watts, Lynda Obst, Ed Stone, and David Pescovitz

I'm honored to be included on a free panel discussion next Thursday, 9/28, at Caltech about the cultural influence of the Voyager Golden Record, the …

Space Exploration

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to run NASA

President Trump called for “unlocking the mysteries of space” in his inaugural address and then envisioned “American footprints on distant worlds” in …

NASA

300 Asteroids to be Explored by a Fleet of Nanosatellites

The more that planetary astronomers study asteroids, they more they’re realizing just how varied and different they can be. Some, like 16 Psyche are …

Space Exploration

Jaw-dropping pictures of Jupiter from Juno space probe

New photos by NASA's Juno spacecraft capture the solar system's largest planet in all its complex glory.<p>The four photos — which Juno took over an 8-minute span on Sept. 1, during its most recent close flyby of Jupiter — show the gas giant's many cloud bands and countless swirling storms (but not …

Science

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 Captures Blistering Pitch-Black Planet

Think of it as a kind of Vantablack planet<p>A pitch black planet that traps at least 94 percent of starlight entering its atmosphere has been …

Exoplanets

Giant aircraft reaches milestone in bid to carry rockets towards space

<b>A giant aircraft that will be capable of carrying rockets towards low earth orbit has reached a major milestone.</b><p>Stratolaunch Systems successfully …

Aerospace

SpaceX might name its satellite broadband internet service ‘Starlink’

SpaceX has previously discussed its plans to put a satellite-based broadband Internet network into operation, as a way of supplementing its revenue picture with a brand new revenue stream. Now, we know what SpaceX might call its new broadband product: Starlink.<p>The name comes from documents filed by …

Internet

Boeing says it’s a 'buyer' after Northrop Grumman acquisition of Orbital ATK

Boeing executive Leanne Caret said Wednesday the defense company is a "buyer," looking to make acquisitions.<p>Her comments came two days after Northrop …

Northrop Grumman

Hopeful Martians Emerge From 8-Month Experiment To Find Earth Horrific As Ever

Before Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and other space enthusiasts can ship humans to Mars as easily as an Amazon Prime delivery, we need to figure out they’ll …

Space Exploration

China's maiden mission to Mars to carry 13 payloads, including six rovers

China's Mars probe will carry 13 types of payloads, including six rovers, in its first mission to the red planet scheduled for 2020, as Beijing aims …

Mars

First steps: returning humanity to the Moon

20 September 2017<p>In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA …

Returning

SpaceX Wants You To Pay For It To Explore Deep Space When It Can’t Even Explore Shallow Space

In the aftermath of President Obama’s cuts to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and subsequent reliance on Russian space agencies, …

Conservative View

How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demise

It was not yet dawn on the U.S. West Coast when the Cassini spacecraft sent its final message to Earth and began its suicide plunge into Saturn. At …

Space Exploration

Who Were Cassini and Huygens?

NASA's Cassini mission came to a dramatic end last week after two decades in space.<p>The Cassini orbiter illuminated gigantic storms on Saturn, …

Science

SpaceX seeks “Starlink” trademark for its satellite broadband network | Ars Technica

Low-latency, gigabit network inches closer to commercialization.<p>SpaceX has filed trademark applications for the word "Starlink" to describe its …

Internet