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21:52, 2019-07-18

Apollo 11 Anniversary: Everything You Need to Read on the Moon Landing The New York Times has been covering the anniversary of the moon landing, looking back at the event’s meaning and forward to humankind’s next giant leaps in space....
19:34, 2019-07-18

Apollo 11 space mission: Diabolically hard practice got us to the moon Before anyone had been to space, NASA simulated everything that could go possibly wrong – efforts that averted catastrophe as the Apollo 11 crew were about to land...
16:51, 2019-07-18

Internet joke plan to 'raid' Area 51 gets stern reply from US military What has driven millions of people to sign up to "storm" Area 51, the US government's military base? It's clearly just a bit of fun by internet jokesters, but the US military isn't laughing...
19:17, 2019-07-17

NASA Adds Events to Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing ​NASA is offering new opportunities, in addition to those announced July 2, for America to celebrate with the agency the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission and look to the future of exploration on the Moon and Mars....
22:00, 2019-07-16

Martin Parr's Laika and Soviet space dog kitsch collection - in photos Laika, the Soviet space dog, paved the way for the race to the moon with her heroic flight. Now she’s acquired cult status, as Martin Parr's new book and exhibition of memorabilia shows...
14:00, 2019-07-16

NASA to Broadcast Next Space Station Resupply Launch, Prelaunch Activities NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting 7:35 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 21, for the launch of its 18th agency-contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Live coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website Sunday with prelaunch events....
09:34, 2019-07-16

Terraforming Mars with strange silica blanket could let plants thrive Mars’s surface is not suitable for life because of its low temperatures and constant radiation bombardment, but just a few centimetres of aerogel could fix that...
22:51, 2019-07-15

There aren’t enough space explosions to explain strange radio bursts Weird flashes of radio waves from space could in theory be coming from huge explosions, but now we know the radio bursts occur too often for that idea to work...
18:00, 2019-07-15

After Delay of Chandrayaan-2 Launch, Indians Are Disappointed but Confident The country had been watching, eager for India to seize its place in space with a lunar landing. Scientists say the mission is still on — they just don’t know when....
17:00, 2019-07-15

NASA to Broadcast Launch, Arrival of Astronaut Andrew Morgan at Space Station A multinational crew of space travelers, including NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station on Saturday, July 20 – the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s historic landing on the Moon. NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of t...
04:17, 2019-07-13

NASA Funds Demo of 3D-Printed Spacecraft Parts Made, Assembled in Orbit NASA has awarded a $73.7 million contract to Made In Space, Inc. of Mountain View, California, to demonstrate the ability of a small spacecraft, called Archinaut One, to manufacture and assemble spacecraft components in low-Earth orbit. The in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly technologies co...
04:17, 2019-07-13

NASA Awards Contract for Infrastructure Support Services NASA has awarded eight contracts for architect-engineering services in support of the Facilities Infrastructure Division at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland....
04:17, 2019-07-13

NASA, NOAA Invite Media to Preview Study of Fires’ Impact on US Air Quality Media are invited to a behind-the-scenes tour of a joint field campaign led by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study the impacts of U.S. wildfires and agricultural fires on air quality and climate....
09:17, 2019-07-10

7 bizarre objects from the festival's worth of trash left on the moon The Apollo 11 lunar lander and other moon missions left behind some weird stuff, including cannons, bags of poop, golf balls and the secrets to top magic tricks...
18:17, 2019-07-09

Future moon missions probably won't carry astronauts - here's why Unlike the Apollo missions, the new era of moon exploration might be about mining, tourism or art. The reason we pick to return will define the moon's future...
18:17, 2019-07-09

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Groundbreaking Astrophysics Mission NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE) mission, which will allow astronomers to discover, for the first time, the hidden details of some of the most exotic astronomical objects in our universe....
02:00, 2019-07-09

Moon rocks can tell us where life could thrive beyond the solar system Moon rocks collected by the Apollo missions contain a pristine record of Earth's history. Reading it can teach us where best to look for habitable exoplanets...
21:51, 2019-07-08

Media Invited to News Conference, Interviews with Next Space Station Crew NASA astronaut Jessica Meir, along with crewmates Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Hazzaa Ali Almansoori of the United Arab Emirates, a Roscosmos spaceflight participant, will discuss the upcoming Expeditions 60 and 61 crew increments aboard the International Space Station a...
20:51, 2019-07-08

Apollo 11 only made it to the moon through diabolically hard practice Before anyone had been to space, NASA simulated everything that could go possibly wrong – efforts that averted catastrophe as the Apollo 11 crew were about to land...
15:51, 2019-07-08

Neil Armstrong: First Man on the Moon, and Its First Great Geologist Had the Apollo program stopped after July 21, 1969, another astronaut says, its lunar samples would have been enough to reshape knowledge of the solar system....
12:34, 2019-07-06

Exomoons that run away from their planets could become 'ploonets' We haven’t found any moons around exoplanets, which may be because they are flung away and turn into “ploonets” - a fate that could one day befall our own moon...
11:00, 2019-07-04

NASA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Historic Moon Landing with Live TV Broadcast, Events NASA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon mission and look to the future of exploration on the Moon and Mars with a live, two-hour television broadcast Friday, July 19, and partner-led events taking place across the country from July 16 through July 20....
08:17, 2019-07-03

Successful Orion Test Brings NASA Closer to Moon, Mars Missions NASA successfully demonstrated Tuesday the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system can outrun a speeding rocket and pull astronauts to safety during an emergency during launch....
15:34, 2019-07-02

NASA Selects 12 New Lunar Science, Technology Investigations NASA has selected 12 new science and technology payloads that will help us study the Moon and explore more of its surface as part of the agency’s Artemis lunar program. These investigations and demonstrations will help the agency send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 as a way to prepare to send humans...
07:51, 2019-07-02

NASA Awards Contract for WFIRST Science Operations Center NASA has awarded a contract to the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland for the agency’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission Science Operations Center (SOC)....
07:51, 2019-07-02

NASA Awards Contract for Acquisition of Nitrogen, Oxygen NASA has awarded eight contracts under the NASA-wide Acquisition for Nitrogen and Oxygen 3 (NANO 3) solicitation to eight U.S. companies to supply nitrogen and oxygen to NASA centers for a variety of operational activities....
07:51, 2019-07-02

Interstellar object 'Oumuamua almost definitely not aliens, we think After the interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua flew through our solar system in 2017, some researchers speculated it might be an alien ship - it’s very likely not...
19:51, 2019-07-01

NASA Selects Teams to Study Our Moon, Mars’ Moons, and More NASA has selected eight new research teams to collaborate on research into the intersection of space science and human space exploration as part of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)....
07:34, 2019-06-29

NASA Awards Contract for Telescope Facility Management, Operations NASA has awarded a contract to University of Hawaii Systems in Honolulu for management and operational support of the agency’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) and related services....
07:34, 2019-06-29

Planet in triple-star system may be our best chance to find alien life An exoplanet 22.5 light years away that orbits in a system with three stars has the perfect conditions for us to search its atmosphere for signs of alien life...
15:51, 2019-06-28

NASA's Dragonfly Will Fly Around Titan Looking for Origins, Signs of Life NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn’s icy moon....
03:51, 2019-06-28

NASA to Livestream South America Total Solar Eclipse NASA has partnered with the Exploratorium in San Francisco to bring live views to people across the world of a total solar eclipse, occurring Tuesday, July 2, over South America....
03:51, 2019-06-28

NASA Astronaut Anne McClain, Crewmates Return from Space Station Mission NASA astronaut Anne McClain and two of her Expedition 59 crewmates returned to Earth from the International Space Station Monday, landing safely in Kazakhstan at 10:47 p.m. EDT (8:47 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, local time) after months of science and four spacewalks aboard the microgravity laboratory....
19:17, 2019-06-27

NASA Technology Missions Launch on SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA technology demonstrations, which one day could help the agency get astronauts to Mars, and science missions, which will look at the space environment around Earth and how it affects us, have launched into space on a Falcon Heavy rocket....
19:17, 2019-06-27

NASA Awards Contract for Second Mobile Launcher at Kennedy Space Center NASA has selected Bechtel National, Inc., of Reston, Virginia, to design and build a second mobile launch platform, known as Mobile Launcher 2 or ML2, for Exploration Ground Systems at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida....
19:17, 2019-06-27

Coverage Set for NASA Test of Orion Abort System for Moon to Mars Missions NASA Television will broadcast launch and prelaunch activities for the Ascent Abort-2 flight test of the launch abort system for NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will help pave the way for Artemis missions with astronauts to the Moon and then Mars....
19:17, 2019-06-27

NASA to Announce New Solar System Mission, Hold Media Teleconference NASA will announce a major new science mission to explore our solar system during a broadcast of NASA Science Live at 4 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 27. The announcement will air on NASA Television, the agency's website, Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope and USTREAM....
19:17, 2019-06-27

NASA Highlights Science on 18th SpaceX Resupply Mission to Space Station NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 9, to discuss select science investigations launching on the next SpaceX commercial resupply flight to the International Space Station....
19:17, 2019-06-27

Unique chance to confirm methane spikes – and perhaps life – on Mars NASA’s Curiosity rover has detected a brief burp of methane on Mars, and we may be able to confirm the signal because satellites were monitoring the same region...
18:34, 2019-06-27

NASA Invites Media to Renaming Ceremony for West Virginia Facility Media are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, July 2, celebrating the renaming of NASA’s Katherine Johnson Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, after the West Virginia native and storied NASA icon....
01:17, 2019-06-22

Media Invited to See Progress on NASA’s Space Launch System for Its First Moon Mission Media are invited to NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans at 9:30 a.m. CDT Friday, June 28, to view progress on the rocket core stage for the Space Launch System’s Artemis 1 Moon mission....
01:17, 2019-06-22

NASA is going back to the moon but most people in the US don't want to Most people in the US don’t support going to the moon or Mars, according to a recent survey, but about half say they’d take a trip to orbit Earth if given the chance...
20:34, 2019-06-21

NASA Invites Media to Opening of Newly-Restored Apollo Mission Control Center Fifty years ago, an unparalleled team of experts in a mission control center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston landed the first humans on the Moon. Media are invited to join NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine for the reopening of this historic and newly-restored facility at 9 a.m. CDT Friday...
02:51, 2019-06-21

SpaceX is about to launch a sail propelled through space by sunshine The Planetary Society’s LightSail-2 satellite, which uses sails to harness the energy of sunlight, is planned to launch on 24 June aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket...
00:00, 2019-06-21

Coverage Set for NASA Tech Missions Launching on SpaceX Falcon Heavy NASA Television coverage is scheduled for an upcoming prelaunch activity and first nighttime launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, which will be carrying four agency technology missions to help improve future spacecraft design and performance....
19:51, 2019-06-20

NASA Television to Cover Departure, Landing of Astronaut Anne McClain and Space Station Crew NASA astronaut Anne McClain and two crewmates on the International Space Station are scheduled to conclude their stay aboard the orbiting laboratory Monday, June 24....
19:51, 2019-06-20

Japan wants to launch the first ever rover to visit a Martian moon In 2024, Japan wants to send a rover to one of Mars’s moons, Phobos and Deimos. Samples taken there could help us sort out how they formed and whether they hold ice...
13:51, 2019-06-20

How Mercury and Venus can guide our hunt for alien life on exoplanets Earth's nearest neighbours have turned into uninhabitable hellholes. Understanding their transformation will teach us which rocky exoplanets might be fit for life...
13:51, 2019-06-20

NASA Awards Environmental Test, Integration Services Contract NASA has awarded the Environmental Test and Integration Services III contract to Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems’ Technical Services Division (TSD) in Greenbelt, Maryland....
23:17, 2019-06-19

ESA plans triple spacecraft to lurk in wait for a speedy comet After the success of Rosetta, the European Space Agency plans to launch three spacecraft to wait in space until a speedy comet from the edge of the solar system passes by...
22:34, 2019-06-19

Media Invited to Final Roll of Mobile Launcher Before Artemis 1 Moon Mission Media are invited to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida from 6 to 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, June 27, to view the agency’s mobile launcher as it makes its final roll on crawler-transporter 2 to Launch Pad 39B prior to the launch of the first Artemis mission....
18:00, 2019-06-19

NASA Invests $45M in US Small Businesses for Space Tech Development American small businesses will help NASA land astronauts on the Moon in five years and establish a sustainable presence there, as part of the agency’s larger Moon to Mars exploration approach....
04:00, 2019-06-19

NASA Awards Contract for Near-Earth Mission Services NASA has awarded the Space Exploration Network Services and Evolution (SENSE) contract to Peraton, Inc. in Herndon, Virginia, to perform telemetry, tracking and command services for near-Earth missions....
04:00, 2019-06-19

NASA Astronaut Available for Interviews Before First Space Mission NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan will be available from 7 to 8:15 a.m. EDT Monday, July 1, for live satellite interviews from Star City, Russia, before launching on his first space mission, a nine-month expedition aboard the International Space Station....
20:34, 2019-06-18

Urban Air Mobility, Alternate Propulsion Among NASA Research at Aviation Forum NASA’s cutting-edge aeronautics research will be the focus of agency discussions and demonstrations at this year’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) annual Aviation Forum and Exposition, otherwise known as Aviation 2019....
17:34, 2019-06-18

NASA Administrator Available to Speak with Media at Paris Air Show NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will be available to speak with media during the International Paris Air Show on Tuesday, June 18, in Le Bourget, France....
20:51, 2019-06-14

Mission to Mars: The complete guide to getting to the Red Planet Humanity's first Mars mission will need a big rocket, lots of free time, reliable team mates and lots of NASA cash. Here's our 5-step plan to get people to the planet and back...
17:34, 2019-06-13

Europa’s salty surface may indicate an ocean that’s good for life Jupiter’s moon Europa has an ocean buried beneath its icy shell which may be full of regular table salt. That’s a good sign for the possibility of life there...
23:17, 2019-06-12

NASA Invests in Tech Concepts Aimed at Exploring Lunar Craters, Mining Asteroids Robotically surveying lunar craters in record time and mining resources in space could help NASA establish a sustained human presence at the Moon – part of the agency’s broader Moon to Mars exploration approach....
00:34, 2019-06-12

NASA will let people pay to stay on the International Space Station NASA has announced that it is opening the International Space Station up to private business, including astronauts who will pay $35,000 a night to visit...
18:34, 2019-06-07

NASA Opens International Space Station to New Commercial Opportunities, Private Astronauts NASA is opening the International Space Station for commercial business so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit....
16:00, 2019-06-07

NASA Awards Launch Range Operations Contract for Wallops Flight Facility NASA has awarded a contract to KBRwyle Technology Solutions LLC of Columbia, Maryland, to provide launch range operations support at the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia....
02:17, 2019-06-06

We've seen signs of a mirror-image universe that is touching our own New experiments are revealing hints of a world and a reality that are complete reflections of ours. This mirrorverse may be able to solve the mystery of the universe's missing dark matter...
16:00, 2019-06-05

NASA Invites Media to 18th SpaceX Cargo Launch to Space Station Media accreditation is open for the launch of the next SpaceX delivery of NASA supplies, equipment and science investigations to the International Space Station....
20:00, 2019-06-04

Tana Joseph: The Hubble Space Telescope hooked me on science Astronomer Tana Joseph found her calling as a kid. She talks cosmic beauty, binary black holes and how even unlikely people can achieve something awesome...
19:01, 2019-06-04

Media Briefing Highlights NASA Tech on Next SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch NASA is sending four technology missions that will help improve future spacecraft design and performance into space on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket launch. Experts will discuss these technologies, and how they complement NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration plans, during a media teleconference Mon...
22:34, 2019-06-03

NASA to Announce Commercial Opportunities at International Space Station NASA will announce the agency’s plans to open the International Space Station to expanded commercial activities at 10 a.m. EDT Friday, June 7, at Nasdaq in New York City....
06:51, 2019-06-01

NASA has selected three lunar landers to bring science to the moon Three companies - Orbit Beyond, Astrobotic and Intuitive Machines - have been awarded contracts by NASA to send landers to the moon’s surface in 2020 and 2021...
23:00, 2019-05-31

NASA Selects First Commercial Moon Landing Services for Artemis Program NASA has selected three commercial Moon landing service providers that will deliver science and technology payloads under Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) as part of the Artemis program....
20:34, 2019-05-31

NASA to Announce Selection of Science Commercial Moon Landing Services, Hold Media Teleconference NASA will announce the next major step in the Artemis program’s lunar surface exploration plans during a NASA Science Live broadcast at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, May 31....
03:34, 2019-05-31

Pennsylvania Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on International Space Station Students from Pennsylvania will have an opportunity to speak live with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station at 1:40 p.m. EDT Monday, June 3....
21:17, 2019-05-30

NASA TV Set to Air US Cargo Ship Departure from Space Station Filled with more than 4,200 pounds of valuable scientific experiments and other cargo, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to return to Earth from the International Space Station Monday, June 3....
18:00, 2019-05-30

SpaceX’s bright Starlink satellites are upsetting astronomers SpaceX launched 60 internet satellites last week and their bright appearance has caused concern amongst astronomers, who say plans for 12,000 of them could ruin the night sky...
23:34, 2019-05-28

‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects No one at the Pentagon is saying that the objects are extraterrestrial, but the Navy has issued new classified guidance for reporting unexplained aerial phenomena....
05:34, 2019-05-27

Celebrate the moon with the best films, books and festivals The 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing is coming. In honour of that, here is the cream of the cultural highlights celebrating all things lunar...
20:51, 2019-05-26

Murray Gell-Mann, Who Peered at Particles and Saw the Universe, Dies at 89 A Nobel winner, he found hidden patterns in the subatomic matter that forms the universe, evoking James Joyce in calling one kind of particle “quarks.”...
21:51, 2019-05-24

NASA Television to Air Russian Spacewalk at International Space Station Two veteran Russian cosmonauts will venture outside the International Space Station for a spacewalk Wednesday, May 29, to retrieve science experiments and conduct maintenance on the orbiting laboratory....
19:34, 2019-05-24

By Jupiter! How the solar system’s giant made Earth ripe for life An audacious mission circling Jupiter’s poles is probing the planet’s deepest mysteries - including how it shaped our solar system and paved the way for our existence...
00:00, 2019-05-24

NASA picks Maxar to build the first piece of its lunar space station NASA chose Maxar Technologies to build the power and propulsion element of the Gateway lunar space station, which will be an outpost for going to the moon and Mars...
00:00, 2019-05-24

Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same. NASA scientists compared the astronaut to his earthbound twin, Mark. The results hint at what humans will have to endure on long journeys through space....
22:17, 2019-05-23

Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon In a year when we’ll celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, it’s worth remembering the pathfinders who completed the same mission with one critical order: don’t actually land on the moon....
22:17, 2019-05-23

NASA to Land in Mars, Pennsylvania to Celebrate Red Planet with STEAM NASA returns to Mars, Pennsylvania Friday, May 31 to celebrate Mars exploration and share the agency’s excitement about landing astronauts on the Moon in five years....
21:34, 2019-05-23

NASA Awards Artemis Contract for Lunar Gateway Power, Propulsion In one of the first steps of the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration plans, NASA announced on Thursday the selection of Maxar Technologies, formerly SSL, in Westminster, Colorado, to develop and demonstrate power, propulsion and communications capabilities for NASA’s lunar Gateway....
21:34, 2019-05-23

NASA Administrator to Make Artemis Moon Program Announcement, Media Teleconference Set NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will make a significant announcement about the Artemis program’s lunar exploration plans at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 23, at the Florida Institute of Technology. The remarks will be carried live on NASA Television and the agency’s website....
04:34, 2019-05-23

High Life’s sex and black holes sci-fi intrigues without satisfying High Life, a sci-fi tale of black holes, redemption and sex, intrigues while leaving big questions unanswered – like who does the disembodied hand belong to?...
04:17, 2019-05-23

What Is a Black Hole? Here’s Our Guide for Earthlings Welcome to the place of no return — a region in space where the gravitational pull is so strong that not even light can escape it. This is a black hole....
02:51, 2019-05-23

SpaceX Dragon Heads to Space Station with NASA Science, Cargo After launching at 2:48 a.m. EDT Saturday, a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station with approximately 5,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science investigations that include research into Earth’s carbon cycle and the formation of asteroids and comets....
21:01, 2019-05-21

Kansas Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station Students from Kansas will have an opportunity this week to speak with a NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station who also hails from the Sunflower State....
21:01, 2019-05-21

NASA Moon 2024 Budget Amendment Available, Media Teleconference Today NASA leaders, including Administrator Jim Bridenstine, will host a media teleconference today, Monday, May 13 to discuss how a new budget amendment for the fiscal year 2020 proposal will help NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024....
21:01, 2019-05-21

NASA Highlights Moon 2024 Mission with FY 2020 Budget Amendment NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine sent a video message to agency employees Monday about the president’s fiscal year 2020 budget amendment, which will support accelerated plans to land astronauts on the Moon by 2024....
21:01, 2019-05-21

NASA Awards $106 Million to US Small Businesses for Technology Development Managing pilotless aircraft and solar panels that could help humans live on the Moon and Mars are among the technologies NASA is looking to develop with small business awards totaling $106 million....
21:01, 2019-05-21

NASA Invites Media to Watch Drone Traffic Management Testing NASA is entering the final stage of testing its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) platform and invites media to learn more and watch drone demonstrations Tuesday, May 21, in Reno, Nevada....
21:01, 2019-05-21

Moon Landing by Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Ends in Crash The spacecraft’s orbit of the moon was a first for a private effort, but the landing failure highlighted the risks of fast and cheap approaches to space exploration....
18:34, 2019-05-21

Matter: Scott Kelly Spent a Year in Orbit. His Body Is Not Quite the Same. NASA scientists compared the astronaut to his earthbound twin, Mark. The results hint at what humans will have to endure on long journeys through space....
18:34, 2019-05-21

Interstellar ‘Oumuamua might be a fractal snowflake not an alien probe The interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua might be an alien spaceship, at least according to one prominent researcher, but now there is a much more reasonable explanation...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Signal of first known exomoon may actually be from Jupiter-like planet There have been several hints of a moon orbiting the exoplanet Kepler-1625b, but now researchers say these signals might actually point to a Jupiter-like planet...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Japan's Hayabusa 2 may finally kick-start the asteroid mining era The turn of the decade saw a huge surge of interest in asteroid mining, but now this would-be industry has flopped. Can a tiny Japanese probe revive it?...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Neptune’s smallest moon keeps getting smashed up and resurrected again A tiny moon of Neptune called Hippocamp, first spotted in 2013, has probably been smashed up and reassembled around nine times in the last 4 billion years...
15:01, 2019-05-21

First private mission to the moon is launched on SpaceX rocket The moon has only ever been visited by government superpowers, but a small Israeli non-profit called SpaceIL is about to change that with its lunar lander...
15:01, 2019-05-21

The Wandering Earth review: Epic Chinese sci-fi film heralds a new era The Wandering Earth, an adaptation of Cixin Liu's story of humans struggling to move Earth to a new home, is coming to Netflix. Our review: Despite a few science bloopers, it's cinematic gold...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Virgin Galactic reaches space again - this time with a passenger The first test passenger has gone to the edge of space aboard Virgin Galactic’s Unity space plane, a key milestone in the firm’s quest to send paying customers to space...
15:01, 2019-05-21

SpaceX is about to launch a dummy astronaut called Ripley to the ISS SpaceX plans an uncrewed test flight of the Dragon spacecraft on 2 March, which will carry cargo and an astronaut dummy to the International Space Station...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Asteroids hitting Mars could have made hot rain fall for decades Asteroids hitting the surface of Mars billions of years ago would have produced enough energy to vaporise ice, creating clouds of hot rain that took decades to clear...
15:01, 2019-05-21

SpaceX ready to take humans to the ISS after a successful dummy run The Crew Dragon capsule docked with the International Space Station on Sunday with a dummy on board, paving the way for human passengers to make the trip in July...
15:01, 2019-05-21

At last, US dream of resuming human space launches are within reach For nearly a decade the US has relied on Russia to get its astronauts into space. With the test of SpaceX's crew capsule, it looks set to bring launches home again soon...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Jupiter could be cracking its moon Europa with powerful magnetic force Jupiter’s colossal magnetic field may create a jet stream in Europa’s subsurface ocean, which could explain cracks in its surface and help nourish life there...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Black holes and lasers could let us cheat at interstellar travel Firing a laser at a pair of black holes can produce more energy than you start with, letting you travel the galaxy without needing a large amount of fuel...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Earth may be partly made of rocks from elsewhere in the galaxy We’ve only seen one interstellar object, a rock called ‘Oumuamua that passed by in 2017, but they may be crucial to speeding up the planet-building process...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Distant space rock Ultima Thule formed in a slow and gentle collision New images of the most distant space rock we have ever visited show that it has mysterious bright spots and stripes, and that it probably formed in a slow-motion collision...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Asteroid Ryugu is so dry we may have to rethink how Earth got water The first results from Japan’s Hayabusa-2 mission show that the asteroid Ryugu is surprisingly dry, which may have implications for how life began on Earth...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Asteroid Bennu is spewing out dust and rocks to create its own moons NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has found that Bennu is an active asteroid and is covered in large rocks that will make grabbing a sample more difficult...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Stunning picture shows dead star racing away from a massive explosion A speedy pulsar moving 1100 kilometres per second is racing away from the supernova explosion that created it in this image taken by the Very Large Array radio telescope...
15:01, 2019-05-21

NASA’s InSight lander is using magnetism to search for water on Mars Measuring magnetic fields on Mars could help us figure out how much water it has, and NASA’s InSight lander has taken the first ever measurements from the surface...
15:01, 2019-05-21

We’ve found 4000 exoplanets but almost zero are right for life The chemical reactions that give rise to life need enough liquid water and not too much ultraviolet light, which seems to be a rare combination in the galaxy...
15:01, 2019-05-21

NASA cancels first all-women spacewalk due to spacesuit size issue NASA scheduled the first ever spacewalk with only female astronauts this week, but it has been cancelled because there isn't enough time to configure a spacesuit that fits...
15:01, 2019-05-21

The US wants to send astronauts to the moon’s south pole in 2024 Vice president Mike Pence has announced that NASA’s newest goal is to land astronauts on the south pole of the moon by 2024, in an effort to beat Russia and China...
15:01, 2019-05-21

There’s so much junk in space that our satellites will soon be at risk We have been leaving debris in space for 60 years. Our continuing exploration of the cosmos may rely on a bizarre array of nets, lasers and gecko-like grippers...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Water on Mars is probably too cold and salty for life as we know it Even if there is water on Mars’s surface it may be too cold and salty for life as we know it to survive there – so there is no risk of contaminating Mars with Earth microbes...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Venus may have had a climate suitable for life billions of years ago Nowadays, Venus is sweltering with no liquid water on its surface. But billions of years ago it may have had an ocean and a relatively pleasant climate...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Antony Gormley’s virtual reality adventure lets you ski on the moon Best known for his figures celebrating the human form, Antony Gormley’s latest endeavour is an epic virtual reality project letting you fly through space...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Cliffs on comet 67P wander across the landscape in summer When the Rosetta spacecraft orbited the comet 67P, it spotted cliffs that wandered around the ground, completely remaking its surface features every summer...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Our most pressing space mission is to clear decades of orbiting junk Sixty years ago, the focus was on getting more objects into orbit. Today, the top priority is working out how technology can bring them back down again...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Curiosity is entering what may be the best area to find life on Mars Clay on the Martian surface may be able to sustain and nourish microbes, and the Curiosity rover has just rolled into an area on Mars that’s chock full of it...
15:01, 2019-05-21

The weird and wonderful inner moons of Saturn revealed by Cassini Saturn has a smorgasbord of little moons. The final few orbits the Cassini spacecraft made before it disintegrated in the planet’s atmosphere allowed it to observe five of the planet’s small inner moons up close....
15:01, 2019-05-21

Sorry, but NASA probably isn't sending astronauts to the moon in 2024 The Trump administration has set NASA an ambitious goal of returning to the moon, but the agency doesn't have enough money or the right spacecraft to achieve this...
15:01, 2019-05-21

A dead planet is orbiting a dead sun in a distant dead solar system A piece of a planet that survived the death of its star has been spotted orbiting the stellar corpse. Planets in our solar system may look similar when the sun dies...
15:01, 2019-05-21

First ever picture of a black hole may be revealed this week The Event Horizon Telescope aims to capture an image of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way – and its first results will be released on 10 April...
15:01, 2019-05-21

NASA's method of paying for its giant rocket belongs in the Apollo era Contracts that leave NASA meeting all the extra development costs for its Space Launch System make no sense when firms like SpaceX offer fixed-price flights...
15:01, 2019-05-21

LIGO has spotted another gravitational wave just after turning back on One week after LIGO switched back on, it has already detected the gravitational waves from another pair of merging black holes, marking the beginning of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Everything you need to know about the first black hole image Space and physics reporter Leah Crane answers New Scientist readers’ questions on the first ever images of a black hole from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)...
15:01, 2019-05-21

First black hole picture: The big mysteries we still need to solve We finally have the first real image of a black hole, so researchers can begin studying these cosmic mysteries in detail. Here is what they are hoping to learn...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Israel's Beresheet lunar lander has crashed on the moon The first privately funded lunar lander, SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft, suffered an engine failure and crashed as it was attempting to land on the moon...
15:01, 2019-05-21

What happened when one twin went to space and the other stayed home? Astronaut twin brothers Scott and Mark Kelly took part in a unique space travel experiment and it turns out that space changes your urine but not your faeces...
15:01, 2019-05-21

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has flown its first commercial flight The Falcon Heavy rocket’s maiden flight was last February, but now it has launched a satellite for a paying customer for the first time, which is a big step for SpaceX...
15:01, 2019-05-21

A mission to Alpha Centauri affirms humanity's faith in the future Designing and building spacecraft that can traverse 4.3 light years in just two decades is an unprecedented challenge, but one well worth undertaking...
15:01, 2019-05-21

There is water just under the surface of the moon that we could use When there’s a meteor shower on the moon, the impacts cause puffs of water, which means that it’ll be simple for us to get that water to use for exploration...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Our nearest neighbour Proxima Centauri may host a second exoplanet Proxima Centauri is the closest star to the solar system, and it may be home to a frigid planet six times the size of Earth in addition to the possibly habitable Proxima b...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Prepare to jump to light speed: Inside the mission to go interstellar Proxima Centauri is 4 light years away. Ambitious space mission Breakthrough Starshot is developing a way to push spacecraft there at a fifth of the speed of light...
15:01, 2019-05-21

We’ve found the first type of molecule to form after the big bang The first atoms fused into molecules about 400,000 years after the big bang, and now we’ve seen signs of those earliest types of molecule in a distant nebula...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Zero-gravity robot cleaner could automatically sterilise the ISS Cleaning the International Space Station is laborious work, so hygiene firm GermFalcon has made a drone that works in zero-gravity to do the job instead...
15:01, 2019-05-21

An interstellar rock may have hit Earth in 2014 but nobody noticed In 2017 astronomers spotted the first interstellar object in our solar system, ‘Oumuamua, but our planet may have been hit by a meteor from another star in 2014...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Black hole breakthrough: a lot done, much more to do The first direct image of a black hole is another triumph for Einstein's general relativity – but to make further progress we must look for even better theories...
15:01, 2019-05-21

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule lost after 'anomaly' during ground test The Crew Dragon capsule is intended to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, but a possible explosion during a ground test may set launches back...
15:01, 2019-05-21

NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has felt its first marsquakes Measuring seismic activity on Mars could help us figure out how much water the planet has, and now NASA’s InSight lander has felt marsquakes for the first time...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Tomorrow Inc: how Stanley Kubrick designed the future Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition comes to London's Design Museum, and in its wake a renewed fascination for the futuristic design culture of the 1960s and 1970s. ...
15:01, 2019-05-21

The moon may be made of magma that once covered Earth’s entire surface The moon’s makeup is extremely similar to Earth’s - perhaps because a huge rock smashed into a magma-covered Earth, splashing out the material to make the moon...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Titan has a belt of ice 6300 kilometres long that shouldn't be there The surface of Saturn’s moon Titan is mostly coated in a thick layer of sediment, but it has a long corridor of bare ice that is proving difficult to explain...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Battle of the exomoon: Astronomers can't agree on controversial find What appeared to be the first moon ever discovered around a planet circling another star may not really exist, but it seems like we’ll never know for sure...
15:01, 2019-05-21

LIGO may have just spotted a black hole devouring a neutron star In a cosmic clash of the titans, we may have just spotted a black hole eat a neutron star - the first collision seen between a mixed pair of these massive objects...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Surprisingly wet asteroid dust could spark a rethink of Earth's water Samples of space dust from the Hayabusa mission to the asteroid Itokawa are far less dry than we expected, which may prompt a rethink of how Earth got its water...
15:01, 2019-05-21

The race to build a space internet available to anyone, anywhere Tech billionaires are building a wireless, orbiting internet accessible in even the deepest jungle. The first satellites are already up - but do we really want it?...
15:01, 2019-05-21

We’ve spotted a strange asteroid that’s spinning itself to pieces There’s a new type of asteroid that has a tail like a comet because it’s spinning so fast it’s constantly falling apart and leaving a trail of debris behind it...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Jeff Bezos announces plans for delivery service to the moon by 2024 Space flight company Blue Origin unveiled a new lunar lander that the firm says will deliver scientific instruments, rovers and astronauts to the moon...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Titan’s seas may be coated in organic goop that stops waves forming Saturn’s moon Titan has liquid methane seas that are remarkably calm, which may be because a layer of organic “snow” fallen from the atmosphere kills any waves...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Why 'Martian' Tanya Harrison loves everything about the Red Planet Tanya Harrison has been fascinated by space since she was 5 and now works on rocks and robots on Mars. But her hobby is about as far from space as you can get...
15:01, 2019-05-21

We need to rediscover the wonder of space exploration to save Earth Going into space invites us to consider our position as the dominant species on a fragile planet, and how hard we must fight for it, says Richard Webb...
15:01, 2019-05-21

China's rover peeks under the crust of the far side of the moon China's Yutu 2 rover on the far side of the moon has found material from deep under the satellite's crust, which we have never been able to study before...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Elon Musk's SpaceX or a superpower: Who'll win the new space race? Nations from the US to China and companies such as Elon Musk’s SpaceX are vying to leave Earth again. But why – and are we ready for a second space age?...
15:01, 2019-05-21

Selfish motives must not imperil the new space age As Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Donald Trump rush to return people to space, we need to make sure nationalism and rivalries don’t mortgage the solar system’s future...
15:01, 2019-05-21