Space

Here's What's So Worrying About Elon Musk's Latest Moon Plans

Things are going to get awfully busy for Elon Musk in 2023. That’s the year that Japanese entrepreneur and paying passenger Yusaku Maezawa will set …

Falcon Heavy

NASA's Curiosity Rover Is Suffering From a Computer Glitch

NASA scientists noticed Curiosity wasn't sending back most of its data. Fortunately, it seems to be a problem that's fixable.<p>NASA hasn’t had a lot of luck lately with its Mars rovers. For the past few months, a global dust storm has threatened the agency’s Opportunity rover, and now the Curiosity …

Mars Rover

NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' beams back first images

NASA's Parker Solar Probe is a little over a month into its seven-year mission to high-five the sun and it's already producing the goods.<p>Much like NASA's TESS telescope, the Parker Solar Probe recently beamed back "first light" data -- the first images from its suite of four instruments set to …

Parker Solar Probe

Amazing footage shows a net being shot through outer space to clean up dangerous space debris

Researchers from Airbus and the University of Surrey in England have captured a small satellite in space using a net fired from another spacecraft.<p>Here's the actual footage of the moment:<p>That makes "Space Debris Catcher" sound like one of the coolest jobs going in the future.<p>But it's one possible …

Space Debris

Astronauts Going to Mars Will Absorb Crazy Amounts of Radiation. Now We Know How Much.

There are plenty of challenges to putting people on Mars, whether you look at the rocket, the astronaut or the planet itself.<p>New data from one of the …

European Space Agency

Home Ministry Signs Pact with ISRO to Set up Emergency Response Control Room

In a statement, the ministry said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will render its technical expertise for the proposed ICR-ER whereas the …

ISRO

Space Junk Net Successfully Completes Capture Test

In a first, a net was able to track down its target in space.<p>A British satellite has just successfully proven that it can capture space junk using a system both innovative and old-school: nets.<p>RemoveDEBRIS, based out of the University of Surrey and funded by a variety of partners including the …

European Space Agency

We Know Almost Nothing About Proxima b, The Closest Exoplanet To Earth

Every star that fills the night sky carries along with it one of the greatest hopes and fears that humanity has ever wondered about: the possibility that we aren’t alone in the Universe. A generation ago, each star was considered a luminous point of hope, but we had no idea whether planets were …

Planetary Habitability

Tossed net captures space junk in orbit-cleanup experiment

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A tossed net has managed to capture space junk in a demonstration of ways to clean up orbit. In the British-led …

Space Station

Just Four Dimensions in the Universe, if You Believe Gravitational Waves

Many physics theories predict more dimensions beyond the four that we know and love (three dimensions of space, one of time). Having those extra …

Neutron Stars

Why You Wouldn't Want to Enter a Wormhole

Whether you're a fan of "Star Trek,", "Doctor Who" or the Marvel universe, all of these franchises have at least one thing in common —– they use …

Wormholes

The Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics

A singularity occurs when some property of a "thing" is infinite, and so the laws of physics as we know them break down. At the center of black holes …

Albert Einstein

Matter falling into a black hole at 30 percent of the speed of light

Astronomers report the first detection of matter falling into a black hole at 30% of the speed of light, located in the center of the billion-light …

European Space Agency

Gaia detects a shake in the Milky Way

A team led by researchers from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB, UB-IEEC) and the University of Groningen has …

European Space Agency

Scientists discovered dozens of ice volcanoes on Ceres

It sounds like something George R. R. Martin might cook up in the next Game of Thrones book: Ice Volcanoes.<p>New research suggests the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is home to dozens of volcanoes that spew water ice and gases known as …

The Future

Jeff Bezos heats up rich-guy space race against Elon Musk’s SpaceX

When it comes to private space flight, Tesla boss Elon Musk and SpaceX get most of the public’s attention. A good reason for that might be Musk’s …

Jeff Bezos

SpaceX Will Livestream Moon Tourist Flight in HD Virtual Reality, Elon Musk Says

Only a lucky handful of artists and a Japanese billionaire will take a trip on a rocketship to the moonwith SpaceX. But the moonshot won't just be …

Moon Missions

Will Elevators to Outer Space Ever Get Off the Ground?

Gradually you accelerate upward, reaching a cruising speed of several hundred miles per hour. Your elevator car moves up a cable 100 million times as long as it is wide—connected on one end to a platform in the ocean and, on the other end, to a counterweight, a heavy mass orbiting high above the …

Virgin Galactic

Japan's Space Agency Is About to Land Bouncing Rovers on an Asteroid

The rovers are a redemption story for a plan that went awry a decade ago.<p>This week the Japanese space agency’s asteroid-exploring spacecraft, Hayabusa2, will deploy a pair of rovers to explore the surface of an asteroid. It’s a mission of redemption as much as it is science, because the last time …

Aerospace

Hulu: Ads As Wretched As Plot Of 'The First'

It seems Hulu has become the lost child of OTT, with three parents all trying to figure out who will get custody if and when the divorce is final. …

Media Industry

Launch Slips One Day as Station Boosts Orbit and Life Science Continues – Space Station

The launch of a Japanese resupply ship to the International Space Station was postponed till Saturday. Meanwhile, the Expedition 56 crew moved on …

Space Station

ESA’s Gaia finds the Milky Way is still recovering from near collision

Gaia is a star mapping mission that the ESA is conducting, and it recently discovered something very interesting. Gaia has found that the Milky Way …

Audio Mixing

Nissan's rugged truck/trailer concept tows high-powered telescope in search of dark skies

Earlier this week, Nissan teased a Navara pickup concept with trailer in tow. The heavily cropped image led us to believe that Nissan Europe was …

Off-roading

A bracelet 20,000 years in the making

<b>NEWS</b> – Well, at least the image was 20,000 years ago… The Celestial Fireworks LED Bracelet is adorned with a Hubble Telescope image of the Westerlund …

Rechargeable Batteries

Curiosity Mars rover experiencing memory problem

A picture from Curiosity’s Mast Camera on Sol 2171 shows a drill hole only 0.16 inches (4 millimeters) deep, which is much less than was anticipated. …

Mars Rover

A pair of tiny hopping rovers are about to land on an asteroid

Spacecraft incoming! Japan’s Hayabusa 2 spacecraft is getting ready to release its first rovers on to the asteroid Ryugu. This kicks off a year-long …

Asteroids

Mars trips may involve less radiation exposure than previously thought

Astronauts might 'just' face 60 percent of their career radiation dose.<p>There's no question that the first human mission to Mars will be extremely dangerous. Some studies have suggested that the radiation levels would exceed the maximum <i>career</i> dose for a given astronaut, greatly increasing the risk …

Magnetism

Houston media members fondly recall acclaimed reporter Dave Barrett

Image 1 of / 1<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Longtime Houston media representatives remember CBS Radio News anchor Dave Barrett, a University of Houston alumnus who …

Barrett

Dream Chaser Space Plane Set to Land as Matchbox Sky Busters Toy

A commercial space plane designed to carry astronauts and cargo into Earth orbit will soon touch down in stores as a popular toy.<p>Sierra Nevada …

Dollar General

Narrowing Down the Mass of the Milky Way

These include the intricacies of galaxy formation, discrepancies with the current Lambda Cold Dark Matter (Lambda CDM) model, alternative theories on …

Galaxies