SpaceX aims to start flight-testing key design components of its Mars-settling spaceship next year, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.
Scientists are one step closer to understanding why some comets have strange dust bands in their tails. The main culprit in this cosmic mystery? Our own sun.
The Kepler mission officially ended on Oct. 30, when NASA announced that the spacecraft had run out of fuel and would receive its last commands this week or next — but its legacy will stretch far beyond just the planets it happened to spot.
A supercomputer that "thinks" like a brain can simulate neural activity in real time.
Sometimes, boring is best — and that's certainly true when you're trying to set a lander down on the surface of Mars, where any eventfulness is likely bad news.
A NASA mission to loft a satellite from an airplane to probe Earth's atmosphere at the edge of space has been delayed at least one more day due to a glitch with its rocket that was detected just before launch early Wednesday (Nov. 7).
A robotic Japanese cargo ship cast off from the International Space Station Wednesday (Nov. 7) for a weekend date with oblivion to wrap up a successful resupply mission.
An eerie, marmalade-colored light show made Earth look like a gigantic orange lollipop early this morning (Nov. 7), prompting an astronaut aboard the International Space Station to snap a photo of it to share with Earthlings down below.
For the first time, astronomers have observed the final stages of galactic mergers, peering through thick walls of gas and dust to see pairs of supermassive black holes drawing closer together and the black holes' rapid growth.
The Neil Armstrong biopic "First Man" is a distortion of the personalities involved in the Apollo 11 mission and a less-than-convincing account of the U.S. space program of the 1960s, according to historian and space-policy expert John Logsdon.
The odd interstellar object that zoomed through the inner solar system last October might be an alien reconnaissance spacecraft, a new study suggests.
Humanity could advertise its presence to potential intelligent aliens in our cosmic neighborhood via a powerful laser beacon, a new study suggests.
Being under a starry sky has fascinated me since I was a child, especially when I tried to "reach for the stars," setting my feet on the floor, just extending my arm while thinking about how there is nothing separating us from outer space.
The first known interstellar visitor to the solar system, 'Oumuamua, highlights how life could also spread between the stars, and perhaps even across the galaxy, two new studies find.
It's not every day you meet a bona fide genius — much less become one. But that's exactly what happened to Sarah Stewart, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Davis, when she became one of the MacArthur Foundation's 25 fellows for 2018
Portal origin URL: Cosmic Collisions: SOFIA Unravels the Mysterious Formation of Star Clusters Portal origin nid: 435180Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 11:00Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: SOFIA provides new evidence that star clusters form through collisions between giant molecular clouds.Portal image: Illustration of a star cluster forming from the collision of turbulent molecular clouds surrounded by green atomic envelopes.Science Categories: Universe
Portal origin URL: NASA’s ICON to Explore Boundary Between Earth and SpacePortal origin nid: 435175Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 10:44Featured (stick to top of list): noPortal text teaser: Neither fully Earth nor space, the ionosphere reacts both to winds and weather from the lower atmosphere below and solar energy streaming in from above, changing constantly to form conditions we call space weather. Early in the morning of Nov. 7, 2018, NASA launches ICON, a spacecraft that will explore this dynamic region.Portal image: illustration of ICON spacecraftScience Categories: Sun
Europe's latest Earth-observation satellite blasted off into orbit today (Nov. 6) on a mission to improve weather forecasts and monitor changing climates around the globe.
MetOp-C, the third and final spacecraft of the European Meteorological Operational satellite program (MetOp), launched into orbit on Nov. 6, 2018. See photos of the mission here!
Even the International Space Station has a local polling site, thanks to a Texas law that arranges special absentee ballots for U.S. astronauts who are orbiting on Election Day