Space Exploration

Scientists searching for alien life are starting to consider some weird biological possibilities

From blob-like jellyfish to rock-like lichens, our planet teems with such diversity of life that it is difficult to recognize some organisms as even being alive. That complexity hints at the challenge of searching for life as we <i>don’t</i> know it – the alien biology that might have taken hold on other …

Big Ideas

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

Jaw-Dropping Jupiter: Juno Probe Snaps Dramatic Up-Close Views of Planet

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 …

Astronomy

A NASA spacecraft is about to slingshot around Earth to meet up with an asteroid

OSIRIS-REx is getting an assist<p>On Friday, a spacecraft the size of an SUV will slingshot around Earth’s South Pole, altering its trajectory through space. The probe is NASA’s OSIRIS-REx, and its upcoming maneuver around our planet is known as a gravity assist — a way to harness Earth’s gravity to …

Exploration

What do we need to know to mine an asteroid?

Further studies are needed to understand the link between meteorites and asteroids, and to share data more widely about the composition of meteorites …

Exploration

After Cassini's End at Saturn, Outer Planets Exploration Shifts to Jupiter

With NASA's Cassini spacecraft now just a blur of molecules in Saturn's cloud tops, another gas giant is rotating into the crosshairs of the …

Exploration

Venus Express Probe Reveals the Planet's Mysterious Night Side

Venus’ atmosphere is as mysterious as it is dense and scorching. For generations, scientists have sought to study it using ground-based telescopes, …

Astronomy

Cassini crashes: It’s time for a new mission to explore the possibility of life on Saturn’s moons

As Cassini’s titanic mission comes to an end, we need to start thinking ahead.<p>NASA’s Cassini mission has made its “death plunge” into the swirling …

Planets

Juno Jupiter Images: NASA Captures Gas Giant in Incredible Detail During Close Approach

They're out of this world.

Astronomy

4 Things You Should Know About The Cassini Space Probe

<i>Every Wednesday at 9:30 PM, a talented crew roleplays their way to fulfill their mission and boldly go where no one has gone before. Join the</i> …

Exploration

NASA is about to send a spacecraft to steal rocks from 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 …

Science

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 …

Exploration

A day in the life of NASA's Voyagers

Throughout their 40 years in space, the pioneering Voyagers have redefined what scientists consider the final frontier. "Decades ago, the joke among …

Exploration

Latvia has invested EUR 3.2 million in space exploration projects

RIGA - Latvia has so far supported 27 space exploration projects as a result of three tenders, investing more than EUR 3.2 million in total in these …

European News

The Last Photo Cassini Took Was Its Forever Home on Saturn

For those who’ve followed NASA’s Cassini mission these past 20 years, it’s still a bit hard to believe it’s gone. On Friday, September 15th, the …

Space

Farewell, Cassini: Gorgeous Final Photos Are a Fitting Send-Off for Saturn Probe

The Cassini spacecraft's farewell images are jaw-dropping, just like countless other photos the probe snapped during its 13 years in the Saturn …

Planets

Finnish Scientists Push for 50 Nano-Spacecraft to Explore 300 Asteroids

A fleet of small spacecraft propelled by electric solar wind sails (E-sails) could catalogue nearby asteroids like never before.<p>Between Mars and Jupiter, orbiting in the asteroid belt, there are an estimated 1.1 to 1.9 million space rocks with a diameter of 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) or more. Millions …

Exploration

Northrop Grumman’s $7.8B deal to acquire Orbital ATK fuels aerospace consolidation

Northrop Grumman’s purchase of Orbital ATK for $7.8 billion will create a company involved in projects ranging from America’s next stealth bomber and …

Science

Attention, goths! Hubble just spotted a ‘pitch black’ planet

‘I see a black, black planet,’ droned Andrew Eldritch on the Sisters of Mercy’s relentlessly miserable 1985 goth hit Black Planet.<p>Cyclist gets 18 …

Hubble Space Telescope

09/18/2017: Asteroid mining and the economics of outer space

When we think space, we often think about observation — watching the skies and figuring out what’s out there. But some people are already thinking about how to put the assets up in space to good use. One way to do that? Asteroid mining. It may sound like science fiction, but established companies …

Business

If An Asteroid Ever Threatened Earth, How Would We Stop It?

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)<p><i>If there is a huge asteroid capable of destroying Earth that is going to hit us, how would we attempt to stop it (2017)? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the</b> …

Asteroids

New operating chief at Voyager Therapeutics; shares up 5%

Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR +4.7%) appoints Matthew Ottmer as Chief Operating Officer. He joins the firm from Momenta Pharmaceuticals were he was also …

Business

The Asteroid Belt May Be a 'Treasure Trove' of Planetary Building Blocks

The asteroid belt may have started out empty, later becoming a "cosmic refugee camp" taking on leftovers of planetary formation from across the solar …

Exploration

Young immigrants shout down Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi

AP National News VideoMore>><p>The U.S. military flew advanced bombers and stealth jets over the Korean Peninsula and near Japan in drills with South …

Hawaii

What we're hoping to learn from the magnetic readings of Cassini's final orbits

It was a proud but sad moment when NASA announced that mission control had lost the signal from the Cassini spacecraft on September 15. As it takes …

Magnetism

Space exploration: Cassini bows out in a blaze of glory

Grand finale: Veteran spacecraft, was launched back in 1997 to study Saturn and its moons. The mission came to an abrupt end on Friday. Nasa<p>We …

Business (South Africa)

Animal Collective Sampled the Now-Incinerated Cassini Probe on "My Girls"

Space music is cool.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey US</i><p>The Cassini probe was ordered to destroy itself on the surface of Saturn yesterday and it duly obliged, plunging towards the sixth planet from the sun at 75,000 miles per hour, incinerating as it travelled through her atmosphere. It …

Exploration

Farewell to Iapetus

Photojournal: PIA21347<p>September 18, 2017<p>Cassini bids farewell to Saturn’s yin-and-yang moon, Iapetus. This image is from the last set of observations …

Astronomy

Cassini is gone. What comes next?

Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions.<p>It sent back data until the last possible moment, struggling against the atmospheric forces that would soon vaporize the spacecraft into dust. Then, it was gone. Cassini’s perfectly executed dive last week shuttered one of our few windows to …

Space

World's Smallest Spacecraft Is Prelude to Enormous Voyage

Breakthrough Starshot's 'Sprite' is about the size of a matchbook.<p>Subscribe<p>Let our news meet your inbox.<p>SIGN UP<p>In pursuit of one of space exploration’s biggest dreams — sending a spacecraft to a nearby star system to look for evidence of alien life — Breakthrough Starshot is putting its faith in …

Exploration