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SpaceX set to launch satellites from California air base

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:18:11 EDT

SpaceX is going for a weekend double-header with a planned launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, just two days after a successful satellite launch from Florida.

Mars rover Opportunity on walkabout near rim

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:09:08 EDT

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind.

CHESS mission will check out the space between stars

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:20:29 EDT

Deep in space between distant stars, space is not empty. Instead, there drifts vast clouds of neutral atoms and molecules, as well as charged plasma particles called the interstellar medium—that may, over millions of years, evolve into new stars and even planets. These floating interstellar reservoirs are the focus of the NASA-funded CHESS sounding rocket mission, which will check out the earliest stages of star formation.

Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:30:01 EDT

This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

Does dark matter annihilate quicker in the Milky Way?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:54:00 EDT

Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai have proposed a theory that predicts how dark matter may be annihilating much more rapidly in the Milky Way, than in smaller or larger galaxies and the early Universe.

Sun eruptions hit Earth like a 'sneeze', say scientists

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:19:36 EDT

Long-term power cuts, destruction of electronic devices and increased cancer risk for aeroplane passengers are all potential effects of the Earth being hit by a powerful solar eruption.

Dutch astronomers discover recipe to make cosmic glycerol

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:25:05 EDT

A team of laboratory astrophysicists from Leiden University (the Netherlands) managed to make glycerol under conditions comparable to those in dark interstellar clouds. They allowed carbon monoxide ice to react with hydrogen atoms at minus 250 degrees Celsius. The researchers published their findings in the Astrophysical Journal.

ESA to develop gravitational wave space mission with NASA support

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:24:36 EDT

ESA (the European Space Agency) has selected the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) for its third large-class mission in the agency's Cosmic Vision science program. The three-spacecraft constellation is designed to study gravitational waves in space and is a concept long studied by both ESA and NASA. 

Why no one under 20 has experienced a day without NASA at Mars

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:23:23 EDT

As the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination on July 4, 1997, no NASA mission had successfully reached the Red Planet in more than 20 years.

Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:18:19 EDT

Just before sunrise, there's typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon's second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light.

Scientists uncover origins of the Sun's swirling spicules

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:01:07 EDT

At any given moment, as many as 10 million wild jets of solar material burst from the sun's surface. They erupt as fast as 60 miles per second, and can reach lengths of 6,000 miles before collapsing. These are spicules, and despite their grass-like abundance, scientists didn't understand how they form. Now, for the first time, a computer simulation—so detailed it took a full year to run—shows how spicules form, helping scientists understand how spicules can break free of the sun's surface and surge upward so quickly.

Jerry Nelson, astronomer who built advanced telescopes, dies

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:28:01 EDT

Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed advanced telescopes that help scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe, has died in California. He was 73.

New orbiters for Europe's Galileo satnav system

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:26:31 EDT

The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday.

NASA's Webb telescope gets freezing summertime lodging in Houston

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:16:00 EDT

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope was placed in Johnson Space Center's historic Chamber A on June 20, 2017, to prepare for its final three months of testing in a cryogenic vacuum that mimics temperatures in space.

Magnetic memories of a metal world

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:22:38 EDT

4.5 billion years ago in the violent, high-speed environment of the early solar system, a protoplanet roughly the size of Mars was involved in a series of fierce collisions with other large planetary bodies.

Space tourism could boost science and health research—here's how

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:30:01 EDT

The announcement of the draft Spaceflight Bill in the Queen's Speech will allow the development of spaceports in the UK. This could see members of the paying public launched into space as tourists, or taking sub-orbital flights from London to New York in just 45 minutes.

Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:20:17 EDT

Scientists have spent decades debating whether asteroids and comets hit the Earth at regular intervals. At the same time, a few studies have found evidence that the large extinction events on Earth – such as the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 66m years ago – repeat themselves every 26m to 30m years. Given that there's good evidence that an asteroid triggered the dinosaur extinction, it makes sense to ask whether showers of asteroids could be to blame for regular extinction events.

Unseen 'planetary mass object' signalled by warped Kuiper Belt

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:51:44 EDT

An unknown, unseen "planetary mass object" may lurk in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research on the orbits of minor planets to be published in the Astronomical Journal. This object would be different from—and much closer than—the so-called Planet Nine, a planet whose existence yet awaits confirmation.

JPL scientists predict future space probes will have artificial intelligence to operate autonomously

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:50:03 EDT

(—A pair of space scientists working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology has written a Focus piece for the journal Science Robotics. Steve Chien and Kiri Wagstaff suggest that future space probes will be given enough intelligence to carry out much of their mission without prompts from people back on Earth.

Software on Mars rover allows it to pick research targets autonomously

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:40:01 EDT

(—A team of researchers form the U.S., Denmark and France has created a report regarding the creation and use of software meant to give exploratory robots in space more autonomy. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the team describes the software, called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), and how well it performed on the Mars rover Curiosity.

Student-built satellite aims to provide insight on effects of solar storms

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:36:24 EDT

This summer, astronauts on the International Space Station will launch a Penn State student-built satellite into orbit that will help learn more about space weather.

Image: Visualization of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:11:03 EDT

On August 21, 2017, the Earth will cross the shadow of the moon, creating a total solar eclipse. Eclipses happen about every six months, but this one is special. For the first time in almost 40 years, the path of the moon's shadow passes through the continental United States. This visualization shows the Earth, moon, and sun at 17:05:40 UTC during the eclipse.

Is human hibernation possible? Going to sleep for long duration spaceflight

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:10:02 EDT

We've spent a few articles on Universe Today talking about just how difficult it's going to be to travel to other stars. Sending tiny unmanned probes across the vast gulfs between stars is still mostly science fiction. But to send humans on that journey? That's just a level of technology beyond comprehension.

The astronaut's extra nose

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:50:02 EDT

How do we prevent astronauts in space from inhaling hazardous gases? A German-Norwegian hi-tech optical gas sensor provides a solution.

Could a dedicated mission to Enceladus detect microbial life there?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:43:50 EDT

Saturn's icy moon Enceladus is best known for its numerous geysers ejecting plumes of water and ice. These eruptive fountains perplex researchers searching for signs of microbial life beyond Earth. A dedicated spacecraft designed to study the plume-like features spewing from Enceladus could definitely tell us whether or not they contain alien microorganisms.

Rare US total solar eclipse excites Americans coast-to-coast

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 03:02:30 EDT

For the first time in almost a century the United States is preparing for a coast-to-coast solar eclipse, a rare celestial event millions of Americans, with caution, will be able to observe.

Hubble captures massive dead disk galaxy that challenges theories of galaxy evolution

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:32:05 EDT

By combining the power of a "natural lens" in space with the capability of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers made a surprising discovery—the first example of a compact yet massive, fast-spinning, disk-shaped galaxy that stopped making stars only a few billion years after the big bang.

A new virtual approach to science in space

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:00:04 EDT

When Apollo astronauts on the Moon spoke with Mission Control on Earth, there was a noticeable time gap between a statement from Tranquility Base and its immediate acknowledgment from Houston. The gap lasted almost three seconds, or ten times longer than human reaction times would account for.

MUSES facility enables investigation opportunities for future users

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:33:45 EDT

The Multiple User System for Earth Sensing Facility (MUSES) will inspire and enable numerous branches of research and science through its ability to support many different kinds of investigations and hardware aboard the International Space Station. Providing a platform for payloads such as high-resolution digital cameras and hyperspectral imagers, MUSES provides precision pointing and other accommodations for various kinds of research and science.

Radioactive elements in Cassiopeia A suggest a neutrino-driven explosion

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:40:21 EDT

Stars exploding as supernovae are the main sources of heavy chemical elements in the Universe. In particular, radioactive atomic nuclei are synthesized in the hot, innermost regions during the explosion and can thus serve as probes of the unobservable physical processes that initiate the blast. Using elaborate computer simulations, a team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) and RIKEN in Japan were able to explain the recently measured spatial distributions of radioactive titanium and nickel in Cassiopeia A, a roughly 340 year old gaseous remnant of a nearby supernova. The computer models yield strong support for the theoretical idea that such stellar death events can be initiated and powered by neutrinos escaping from the neutron star left behind at the origin of the explosion.