Space Exploration

Astronomers Want to Send a Probe to That Interstellar Asteroid, But There's a Catch

They'd better hurry!<p>It's not every day that an asteroid from outside the Solar System comes whizzing past your front door. In fact, it's only ever …

Science

The Massive 3200 Phaethon Asteroid Will Be Making An Extremely Close Approach To Earth On December 17

A huge asteroid known as the 322 Phaethon which is three miles in length will be making an extremely close approach to Earth on December 17. This …

Astronomy

NASA publishes final amazing picture of Saturn captured by doomed Cassini space probe

NASA's Cassini spacecraft crashed into the surface of Saturn after 13 years spent orbiting the gas giant.<p>Before it died, the probe sent back 42 …

Exploration

Saturn in natural colours

The ring swirling around Saturn consists of chunks of ice and dust. Saturn itself is made of ammonia ice and methane gas. The little dark spot on …

Astronomy

Russian billionaire wants to beat NASA in the search for alien life, and he’s moving forward with his plan

If you’ve been paying attention to the scientific search for extraterrestrial life you’ll already know that in recent months the frosty Saturn moon …

Enceladus

10 Scientific Phenomena To Be Thankful For, Today And Every Day

Every day, we have a choice whether we take our lives, our existence, our freedoms, and our moments for granted, or whether we express appreciation and gratitude for the good things that exist. The biggest unifier that all human beings have in common, that we all exist on the same world and in the …

Universe

A Russian billionaire could beat NASA in search for alien life near Saturn

A Russian billionaire plans to scour one of the solar system’s mysterious moons for alien life and he could end up getting there faster than NASA, …

Planets

InSight Mars lander clears crucial test, inches closer to 2018 launch

The InSight mission was initially scheduled to launch last year, however, it was postponed due to a leaky container.<p>Nasa's next Mars lander has …

Exploration

Meet '`Oumuamua,' the Strange Interstellar Asteroid That Sent Us a Message

In the classic 1973 Arthur C. Clarke science fiction novel "Rendezvous With Rama," a mysterious object is detected outside the orbit of Jupiter as it …

Science

Armed with tough computer chips, scientists are ready to return to the hell of Venus

<b>CLEVELAND, OHIO—</b>In an underdog city, at an underdog NASA lab, researchers are thinking hard about an undeservedly neglected planet. Venus is Earth's …

Engineering

Search

Pause your game of Asteroids, space fans! Astronomers spotted an interstellar asteroid traveling through the Milky Way. (We’d forgive you for reading …

Exploration

Why Galaxies Come in Different Shapes

Hanging on the walls in countless science classrooms around the world are illustrations of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. You've probably heard of …

Universe

Stunning image of Saturn stitched together from final Cassini flyby

On September 15th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its hall of fame mission to Saturn with a dramatic plunge into the gas giant's atmosphere. NASA …

Space

Flat-Earther to Launch Himself in Homemade Steam Rocket Saturday

Well, this should liven up everyone's Thanksgiving weekend.<p>A flat-Earth enthusiast who claims not to believe in science plans to launch himself 1,800 …

Weird

Magnetic sails could put the brakes on interstellar space probes

Our nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, is just four light-years from Earth, and while that's pretty close in the grand scheme of things, we …

Exoplanets

NASA shows off Mars rover tires that bounce back into shape

The next Mars rover could ride across the alien planet on a new kind of tire that remembers its shape after running over rocks.<p>NASA's Curiosity rover has tender feet. The Mars exploration vehicle is suffering tire damage from the rocky terrain, so NASA is looking for ways to improve the tires for …

Planets

Hubble Finds 'Tenth Planet' is Slightly Larger than Pluto

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has resolved the "tenth planet," nicknamed "Xena" for the first time, and has found that it is only just a little …

Astronomy

So, you want to send a probe to catch up to ‘Oumuamua… | Ars Technica

"Chemical propulsion just doesn’t close the case in this scenario."<p>A little more than a month ago, an interstellar visitor now known as 'Oumuamua …

Space Travel

A Mysterious Object Flying Past the Sun Is Our First Confirmed Visitor From Another Solar System

A mysterious asteroid detected speeding past the sun in October has been confirmed by scientists to be a visitor from outside our solar system, the …

Astronomy

A Hand-Picked Gift Guide For the Classical Music Lover On Your List

A gift guide from the WQXR staff for those who have a classical-music lover on their list this holiday season.

Orchestras

Alien lifeforms travelled to Earth on a stream of space dust, scientists claim

Alien organisms may have been carried to Earth on a stream of space dust, scientists have claimed.<p>British researchers said that tiny microbes from …

Nebulas

Home On Lagrange

Space: there's a whole lot of it.<p>But if you want a spacecraft to stick around your celestial neighborhood, there are only five places to …

History of Science

Extreme conditions of alien worlds damage spacecraft irreparably

Death to Spacecraft<p>The Juno space probe is a craft operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory that orbits the planet Jupiter. It is allowing …

Exploration

NASA's Curiosity rover takes a selfie on Mars

Selfies are so frequent that it’s not easy for them to capture our attention any longer. But when a Curiosity rover takes a selfie… on Mars… well, …

Planets

NASA finishes 100 day cryogenic vacuum test of the James Webb Space Telescope

<b>NASA</b> has unsealed the 40-tonne doors of a 12-meter diameter cryogenic test chamber at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The unsealing …

NASA

NASA’s Cassini is dead, but you can still enjoy its last gorgeous photo of Saturn

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was an incredibly reliable machine, providing an incredible amount of data and relaying countless observations from its …

Science

Scientists finally know why Saturn's moon, Titan, has weird cyanide ice clouds

There's a giant icy cloud of, among other chemicals, cyanide looming high above the south pole of Saturn's largest moon, Titan. And if that's not bad …

Planets

The race to put blockchain in space

From ecommerce to social networking to cloud computing, the lion’s share of internet services depends on a few, multibillion dollar corporates. …

Space

NASA Joins Japanese Mission to Martian Moons

<b>NASA is developing a key instrument for a daring mission to the Martian moons, Phobos and Deimos, including a sample return from Phobos.</b> <br>An artist's …

Space

WATCH: 'It's very puzzling' - Lost interstellar asteroid enters solar system and baffles scientists

November 21 2017 9:25 AM<p>A lost interstellar asteroid has entered the solar system after wandering between the stars for hundreds of millions of …

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