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  • Current Event
    14 hours ago
    by ppp
    +6 +1

    It’s Official: Researchers Have Discovered A Second Earth

    Researchers have confirmed the existence of a SECOND Earth located in the Proxima Centauri System. The planet is believed to have oceans just like Earth and may host alien life. In the past, thousands of exoplanets have been discovered in the universe, but none of them is like Proxima B. Proxima b, as has been baptized, has very ‘promising characteristics’: it is probably rocky, slightly more massive than our own planet and is located in the region around its star that would allow liquid water on its surface to exist.

  • Current Event
    3 days ago
    by larylin
    +1 +1

    Rover Team Confident Curiosity Will Bounce Back from Glitch

    It's still unclear exactly what's ailing NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, but mission team members are optimistic they can get the six-wheeled robot up and running again. Since last Saturday night (Sept. 15), Curiosity has had trouble beaming home to Earth certain science and engineering data stored in its memory. Curiosity has stood down from all science operations while the mission team investigates the problem.

  • Current Event
    4 days ago
    by gottlieb
    +12 +1

    The First Earthlings Around the Moon Were Two Soviet Tortoises

    Anders. Borman. Lovell. The names of the first three humans to journey around the moon will echo throughout eternity. But these brave Apollo 8 astronauts were actually not the first earthlings to complete the voyage. Two tortoises beat NASA to the moon by a matter of months. Fifty years ago today, on September 18, 1968, the Soviet Union’s Zond 5 spacecraft circled the moon, ferrying the first living creatures known to have orbited another world. On board were two Russian steppe tortoises along with some worms, flies and seeds.

  • Analysis
    5 days ago
    by paddystacks
    +18 +1

    China appears to be accelerating development of a super-heavy lift rocket

    The Long March 9 rocket would be on par with the Saturn V booster.

  • Current Event
    5 days ago
    by wildcard
    +12 +1

    How NASA plans to use lunar dust to build structures on the Moon

    NASA’s new focus has been made clear: the space agency is sending humans back to the Moon — this time, in a sustainable way. At least, that’s the claim made by NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine, who says he’s not interested in just leaving “flags and footprints” on the lunar surface. “This time when we go, we’re going to go to stay,” he said at a meeting with NASA advisers in August.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by ilyas
    +8 +1

    The first science image from NASA’s TESS exoplanet hunter is mind-boggling

    NASA’s TESS spacecraft — that stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, in case you had somehow forgotten — is an incredibly powerful tool for spotting distant worlds. It was launched back in April, but it took some time to get the satellite up to speed and begin working on actual science objectives. Now, in a demonstration of its power, NASA is showing off the first science image the satellite has captured, and boy is it a beauty. The image is absolutely packed with stars, taking a half hour to soak in the light and produce the collection of pictures you see below.

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +13 +1

    SpaceX: We’ll Consider Launching Space Weapons If Asked

    Today, it’s Tesla Roadsters; tomorrow, space lasers? SpaceX’s president and CEO says the firm would consider launching weapons into orbit for the U.S. government, if asked. “If it’s for the defense of this country, yes, I think we would,” Gwynne Shotwell said, in response to a question about SpaceX’s willingness to launch “offensive weapons” into space for the United States. She made her remarks at the Air Force Association’s annual conference. The crowd broke into applause.

  • Analysis
    2 weeks ago
    by Apolatia
    +29 +2

    What the Heck Happened on the International Space Station?

    The puzzling story of a mysterious malfunction 250 miles above Earth

  • Current Event
    7 days ago
    by canuck
    +26 +1

    SpaceX to Unveil 1st Passenger for Private BFR Rocket Moon Trip Tonight! How to Watch.

    It's going to be a big night for space tourism. The private spaceflight company SpaceX will reveal its first passenger for a trip around the moon on the company's massive BFR rocket and you can watch it all live online. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has even dropped tantalizing previews of the BFR's new rocket design on Twitter.

  • Current Event
    11 days ago
    by jedlicka
    +18 +1

    SpaceX Books the First Tourist to the Moon

    The moon may soon get its first tourist — and first human visitor in more than four decades. SpaceX announced Thursday that it's booked the world's first private passenger to the moon. Elon Musk's space technology company said on Twitter the unnamed traveler would board its BFR (or Big Falcon Rocket) to the moon, where only 24 people have ever traveled. Only 12 of those people actually walked on the moon, and they were all Americans.

  • Current Event
    10 days ago
    by rawlings
    +18 +1

    Space observatory at centre of alien conspiracy asks for ‘patience’

    A space observatory at the centre of swirling alien conspiracy theories has asked for “patience” as it continues to be locked down. The Sunspot Solar Observatory in Sunspot, New Mexico caught the attention of the world when it was shut down by FBI agents who reportedly swooped on the facility after arriving in elite Blackhawk helicopters. It led immediately to suggestions the advanced technology inside of the facility spotted something it shouldn’t – such as proof of extraterrestrials, UFOs or even some baseless speculation that the observatory had spotted that the sun has started dying.

  • Current Event
    9 days ago
    by TNY
    +24 +1

    Why NASA wants to build a nuclear reactor on the Moon

    Everyone's talking about the Moon. It'll be 50 years this Christmas since Apollo 8 first flew to the Moon – with the crew taking the famous Earthrise photos – and we're close to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's first moon landing and moonwalk for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Can we go back? Should we go back? NASA knows we probably have to go back, if only to use the Moon as an off-Earth stepping stone to enable deeper solar system exploration missions, so it's spent years trying to create a nuclear reactor that can be operated there.

  • Current Event
    12 days ago
    by everlost
    +10 +1

    Beyond the cloud: Amazon Web Services hiring engineers for ‘big, audacious space project’

    According to two recently deleted job postings on the internet, where nothing can ever really be deleted, Amazon Web Services is hiring technical engineers to develop cloud services for satellites and “space-based systems.” TJI Research spotted the listings, which called for a software engineer and product manager to “to help innovate and disrupt the launch, satellite and space world with new AWS products, services and features,” according to one of the job ads, for “a new AWS service that will have a historic impact.”

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by junglman
    +10 +1

    Russia cuts off U.S. access to ISS, pledges to stop ferrying American astronauts in 2019

    Russia will stop shipping U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2019, Russian station Kommersant FM 93.6 has reported. Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov reportedly said the return flight of a Soyuz-MS next year "will finalize the fulfillment of our obligation under a contract with NASA." With new crew-carrying vehicles still under development, the move may leave the U.S. unable to send astronauts to the ISS.

  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by Apolatia
    +22 +1

    Nuclear fusion rocket engine is under development by a British start-up

    A British nuclear start-up company is developing a nuclear fusion rocket engine as a step towards revolutionising space travel. The UK company Applied Fusion Systems are currently filing a patent for a new nuclear fusion rocket engine, creating by turning a small fusion reactor into a rocket. This technology could be used to run from a compact nuclear fusion reactor, a development which could pave the way for high speed, interstellar space travel.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by sauce
    +9 +1

    Someone might have pierced a hole in the outside of the International Space Station

    Mystery continues to swirl around a hole found in the outside of the International Space Station. Last week, Nasa and the Russian space agency scrambled to fix a leak in the floating laboratory that was causing air to slowly rush out of the space station. The crew on board eventually plugged up the gap with epoxy, fixing the problem at least temporarily.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +22 +1

    Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn May Be 180 Miles Tall

    The weird hexagon swirling around Saturn's north pole is much taller than scientists had thought, a new study suggests. Researchers have generally regarded the 20,000-mile-wide (32,000 kilometers) hexagon — a jet stream composed of air moving at about 200 mph (320 km/h) — as a lower-atmosphere phenomenon, restricted to the clouds of Saturn's troposphere.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +26 +1

    A supernova secret may be hidden inside meteorites

    New research suggests rocks from outer space could provide a proxy for studying the neutrinos generated in the explosion that occurs when a massive star dies. Let us sympathize, for a moment, with neutrino researchers. These tireless folks devote their energies toward understanding subatomic particles that, it would appear, want nothing to do with them.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by lexi6
    +14 +1

    NASA's $1 Million Mars-Settling Challenge: Turn CO2 into Sugar

    If you know your way around a chemistry lab, you could help humanity set up shop on Mars — and make some serious cash in the process. NASA is challenging people throughout the United States to come up with a new and efficient way to convert carbon dioxide into glucose, a simple sugar. CO2 dominates the thin atmosphere of Mars, and energy-rich glucose is a great fuel for microbe-milking "bioreactors" that could manufacture a variety of items for future settlers of the Red Planet, NASA officials said.

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by ppp
    +16 +1

    Deteriorating Kepler Space Telescope Refuses to Die

    Unwilling to go quietly into that good night, the Kepler Space Telescope is once again gathering scientific data—despite a malfunctioning thruster and painfully low levels of fuel. With the $600 million Kepler Space Telescope high atop our dead pool lists, this brief report published yesterday by NASA comes as a rather pleasant and unexpected surprise...

  • Current Event
    2 weeks ago
    by geoleo
    +10 +1

    Saturn's Famous Hexagon May Tower Above the Clouds

    A new long-term study using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed a surprising feature emerging at Saturn's northern pole as it nears summertime: a warming, high-altitude vortex with a hexagonal shape, akin to the famous hexagon seen deeper down in Saturn's clouds. The finding, published Sept. 3 in Nature Communications, is intriguing, because it suggests that the lower-altitude hexagon may influence what happens above, and that it could be a towering structure hundreds of miles in height.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by jasont
    +11 +1

    Fragment of impacting asteroid recovered in Botswana

    On Saturday, June 23, 2018, a team of experts from Botswana, South Africa, Finland and the United States of America recovered a fresh meteorite in Botswana´s Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). The meteorite is one of the fragments of asteroid 2018 LA which collided with Earth on June 2, 2018 and turned into a meteor fireball that detonated over Botswana a few seconds after entering the atmosphere. The incident was witnessed by a number of spectators in Botswana and neighbouring countries and was captured on numerous security cameras.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by canuck
    +11 +1

    12 new moons found orbiting around Jupiter

    Scientists have found 12 new moons orbiting around Jupiter, in a breakthrough discovery about our mysterious neighbour. They include an object that scientists have referred to as an “oddball”. It is just one kilometre in size, and is flying in the opposite direction to many of the planet’s moons – and behaves in an entirely different way to any of the other 78 objects orbiting the planet. As such, it might be responsible for having smashed up many of the other objects that make up the moons around Jupiter.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by estherschindler
    +9 +1

    The Oral History of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

    The knuckle-biting story of the first lunar landing from the people who were there.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by aj0690
    +13 +1

    The Moon May Have Been Home to Simple Lifeforms, New Study Shows

    The Moon hangs above us like a dusty old rock, devoid of life, pock-marked by craters. As static and unchanging as it seems to us now, the Moon may have looked quite different four billion years ago, in its earliest years, according to a new study that suggests the surface may have held life.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Pfennig88
    +19 +1

    Mars will be the closest to earth it's been in 15 years tonight

    If you missed the glorious display from a blood red moon and radiant Mars during the weekend's early morning eclipse, there's another opportunity to get a good glimpse of the red planet tonight – Mars will be the closest to Earth it's been in the last 15 years. Unlike the eclipse, (which was more lengthy than usual but still a tough one to catch if you're usually in bed at 5.30am on a Saturday), this planetary performance can be enjoyed over the course of several hours tonight – and in the next few nights too.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by estherschindler
    +12 +1

    4 cool ways tech firms are working with the International Space Station

    Will the next wave of Silicon Valley innovations be space-driven? Panelists at the recent International Space Station R&D conference think so.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by iamsanchez
    +23 +1

    SpaceX set to re-fly a Block 5 rocket for the first time tonight

    Mission success would open the door to the third flight of a Falcon 9 rocket.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +18 +1

    NASA on Sleeping Mars Opportunity Rover: "We Still Haven't Heard From It"

    Mars is kind of a bummer: That place is a hotbed of dynamic dust storms that got so big in recent months that they encircled the entire planet. Those conditions, sure to be a challenge for future Mars colonies, are a buzzkill for NASA’s Opportunity Rover right now: A dust storm forced the droid, which has been roaming Mars for 14 years, to shut down in June, and it’s still turned off today.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +15 +1

    Hubble just took a brand new photo that will make you feel completely insignificant

    We all might be anxiously awaiting the eventual launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope — which has been stuck in an endless series of delays thanks to the idiots at Northrop Grumman — but the trusty Hubble is still delivering some pretty fantastic views of the heavens. The telescope’s latest snapshot is a real doozy, and it’s going to make you feel like you barely even exist.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by junglman
    +11 +1

    Mars' skies are clearing up, but the Opportunity rover is still fast asleep

    For the past three months, Mars has been in the midst of a global dust storm, depriving the red planet almost entirely of sunlight. That's been particularly challenging for the heavenly body's resident robot, the solar-powered Opportunity rover, and his commanding engineers back here on Earth. But this week, the skies have become much clearer, with the Sun's light finally reaching the planet's surface. Unfortunately, it seems the skies are still not bright enough for the rover to wake.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jackthetripper
    +14 +1

    NASA spacecraft approaches Bennu asteroid, snaps first photo

    Two years after launching from Florida, a NASA spacecraft is closing in on an ancient asteroid, Bennu, for a sample of space dust that could reveal clues to the start of life in the solar system. The spacecraft, OSIRIS-REx, has even snapped its first, blurry pic of the cosmic body, which is about the size of a small mountain, about 500 yards (meters) in diameter.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ilyas
    +6 +1

    NASA releases thousands of hours of Apollo 11 mission audio

    NASA and the University of Texas have teamed up to digitize 19,000 hours of recordings from the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first two people on the moon. The audio was uploaded to the Internet Archive, a nonprofit website that hosts digitized versions of cultural artifacts. “One of the things that comes across is that each of the people working for NASA is proud of what they do. They were always working collaboratively,” John Hansen, a speech researcher at the university and principal investigator for the project, told NBC News.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by bogdan
    +14 +1

    Real life 'Pac-Man' satellite will clean up space junk

    Swiss ‘Pac-Man’ eats tiny satellites, not pills.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by Cobbydaler
    +22 +1

    NASA Spacecraft Less Than 1 Year from Jupiter

    NASA's Juno probe is now less than one year away from its rendezvous with Jupiter. Juno, which launched in August 2011, is scheduled to slip into orbit around the gas giant on July 4, 2016.