Space

ESA confirms cause of Schiaparelli spacecraft's Mars crash

After a seven-months investigation, ESA has released the results of its inquiry into the crash of its unmanned Schiaparelli lander on Mars last …

Mars Orbiter

Poorly understood Mars landing conditions led to probe’s demise: report

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - Europe's Schiaparelli spacecraft came very close to a successful landing on Mars last year, but engineers failed to realize how jarring the probe's parachute descent could be, dooming the touchdown, a report released on Wednesday said.<p>Schiaparelli flew to Mars with …

Mars Orbiter

The more Juno: Exploring Jupiter's deeper mysteries

Researchers are analysing the information gathered about Jupiter by NASA's Juno probe, and the first papers are in.<p>It's been nearly a year since NASA probe Juno entered orbit around Jupiter in July 2016. In the intervening months, we've seen some incredible photos of our solar system's largest …

Space Exploration

Amateurs Spot Supernova Star Explosion For Space Scientists Studying Universe

A star exploded before the time of the dinosaurs, and average people just helped space scientists find it.<p>The stellar explosion called a supernova is …

Universe

First data from Juno shows strong magnetic field, massive polar storms

Unexpected features of gravity and magnetic fields provide new hints of interior.<p>It's hard to imagine that the Solar System's biggest planet, which …

Astronomy

NASA Just Fast-Tracked Its Mission to Explore a $10,000 Quadrillion Metal Asteroid

It would collapse the global economy if we brought it home.<p>It might have just pushed back its manned mission to Mars, but NASA just fast-tracked a …

Space Exploration

Monstrous cyclones churning over Jupiter's poles

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Monstrous cyclones are churning over Jupiter's poles, until now largely unexplored.<p>NASA's Juno spacecraft spotted the chaotic weather once it began skimming the giant gas planet's cloud tops last year. Scientists released their first major findings Thursday.<p>The cyclones …

Cape Canaveral

New Zealand test rocket makes it to space but not to orbit

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – California-based company Rocket Lab said Thursday it had launched a test rocket into space from its New Zealand launch pad, although the rocket didn't reach orbit as hoped.<p>The company said its Electron rocket lifted off at 4:20 p.m. Thursday and reached space three minutes …

SpaceX

NASA's Juno Mission Just Dropped Its First Huge Pile of Results

There’s no drama quite like space drama. And Juno’s flight to Jupiter has been about as dramatic as a sci-fi thriller can get. Last October, Juno’s …

Space Exploration

This Image is All We'll Know of NASA's Killed Carbon Spectrometer

On Tuesday, NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot addressed the 2018 budget for space exploration, explaining that beloved Mars missions like …

NASA

Watch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy booster static test fire

This static test fire of one of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy booster may not actually be sending any rockets to space, but it does put off a lot of exhaust. The bulk of that is actually steam, as SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk pointed out on Twitter following the release of the test fire footage – and …

SpaceX

Nasa's Juno probe captures dramatic first close-up images of Jupiter

Excitement greets pictures of giant, chaotic weather systems plus new measurements that will help build unprecedented map of planet’s interior<p>The first close-up observations from Nasa’s Juno spacecraft have captured towering clouds, swirling cyclones and dramatic flows of ammonia that drive giant …

Space Exploration

Here's what we'll lose with Trump's proposed NASA budget cuts, and why one expert is calling it out

If congress agrees with Trump’s latest budget proposal, NASA will have about $561 million less to work with in 2018 than it did in 2017.<p>The …

NASA

Boeing, DARPA to develop experimental spaceplane

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it will collaborate with Boeing (NYSE:BA) to develop a reusable spaceplane that can carry and …

Spacecraft

NASA Spacecraft Finds a Chaotic Dance of Storms at Jupiter’s Poles

The top and bottom of Jupiter are pockmarked with a chaotic mélange of swirls that are actually immense storms hundreds of miles across. The planet’s interior core appears bigger than expected, generating surprisingly strong magnetic fields. Auroral lights shining in Jupiter’s polar regions seem to …

Space Exploration

Do We Finally Have Evidence of the Multiverse?

For a long time, astronomers have hypothesized about parallel universes and ultimately the multiverse, but have never been able to prove the …

Space Science

NASA spots five asteroids set to fly by Earth this year

NASA has spotted five asteroids which will make a close approach to the Earth this year.<p>One of the space rocks will come within 0.15 lunar distances …

Space Exploration

Nerd Nite meets NASA – and sparks memories for astronaut – GeekWire

The High Dive is known for drawing crowds into the local music scene, but this week, music wasn’t what drew nearly 200 people to the venue – it was …

NASA

The FruitGuys keeps Elon Musk’s employees healthy — while saving America's farms

Successful people don't wait around to jump on a trend after it happens. They are the trailblazers, the innovators who set the stage and push beyond …

SpaceX

The Wristwatch Made Out Of Space Travel History

<i>This content was created in collaboration</i> <i>with Werenbach Watches, who just released the Earth Series, the first wristwatch made from an actual space</i> …

Space Travel

Five asteroids will cruise by Earth in the next year, and one is coming very close

There’s so many cool things to see out in space — from gorgeous views of Jupiter to stunning glimpses of Saturn, and a star that might have aliens …

Space Exploration

2017 May 25 - Star Cluster, Spiral Galaxy, Supernova

<b>Star Cluster, Spiral Galaxy, Supernova</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Paolo Demaria<p><b>Explanation:</b> A cosmic snapshot from May 19, this colorful telescopic …

Astronomy

This New Goldilocks Rocket Is Juuust Right for Small Satellites

At 4 pm local time on May 25, Rocket Lab’s Electron stood on the company’s private launch pad on the Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. Perched on the …

Space Travel

Michael Jordan-LeBron James debate is more about the loud pro-MJ crowd

God bless Sun-Times writer Steve Greenberg. He recently (and bravely) walked into the landmine field that is the Michael Jordan-LeBron James …

Basketball

Nasa’s social media team on its mission to create out-of-this-earth content

If any organisation epitomises mankind’s thirst for knowledge it’s Nasa, whose social media division is constantly looking for ways to reach new …

NASA

Oh m, There Could Be Space Donuts

Scientists have proposed a new type of planet-like object called a “synestia,” which is essentially a massive donut-shaped glob of gaseous rock. …

Universe

'Astrophysics for People in a Hurry': Charlie Rose

On "Charlie Rose," a conversation with astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. He is the director of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium at the Museum …

Astrophysics

Why you won’t see the new supermoon

The new moon of May 25, 2017 is a supermoon. In fact, it’s 2017’s closest and largest supermoon. This is the first time since 2009 that a new moon …

Moon

Wil Wheaton Honors ‘Big Bang Theory’ Co-Creator Bill Prady’s Commitment to Justice

For those who have always wanted to know, apparently “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator and executive producer <b>Bill Prady</b> wears a size 38 pant.<p>At least, …

Entertainment

What Happens When Galaxies Collide?

<i>Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI Science Center. Sutter is also host of Ask a Spaceman,</i> …

Universe