The Wall Street Journal, December 18
It’s been a pretty amazing year for India’s space agency: reaching Mars orbit at first attempt and on a tight budget then clubbing together with the United States for future explorations of the Red planet. On Thursday morning the Indian Space Research Organization wrapped up 2014 with the successful […]
BBC, By Rebecca Morelle, December 10
Scientists have dealt a blow to the theory that most water on Earth came from comets.
Results from Europe’s Rosetta mission, which made history by landing on Comet 67P in November, shows the water on the icy mass is unlike that on our planet. The results are published in […]
The Orion spacecraft could eventually take astronauts to an asteroid or Mars.
Scientific American, By Clara Moskowitz, December 3
Cape Canaveral, FL – NASA’s Kennedy Space Center here has been relatively quiet since the space shuttles retired three years ago. But now the site is bustling with media, top NASA officials are traveling to Florida, […]
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Business Insider, By Leslie Baehr
Human-induced warming is sending Earth into frightening and uncharted climate territory — but humans are not the first force to cause colossal changes to our climate.
Other celestial bodies, including planets, tug at Earth causing it to move in ways that affect our ice caps in history-shaping ways, as discussed […]
Discovery of gravitational waves by Bicep telescope at south pole could give scientists insights into how universe was born
The Guardian, By Stuart Clark, March 14
There is intense speculation among cosmologists that a US team is on the verge of confirming they have detected “primordial gravitational waves” – an echo of the big bang […]
AFP – One of the most ambitious missions ever undertaken by European scientists will pass a critical test on Monday, when the Rosetta spacecraft “wakes up” after almost three years of deep-space hibernation and prepares for the first-ever comet landing.
Rosetta has travelled to a point located around 675 million kilometers from the sun since […]
CNN, By Sophie Brown, December 14
China’s first lunar rover landed on the moon Saturday, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth, Chinese state news reported.
The landing makes China one of only three nations — after the United States and the former Soviet Union — to “soft-land” on the moon’s surface, […]
CBC, By Emily Chung
Discovery at Antarctica’s IceCube opens up new area of astronomy, may solve cosmic ray puzzle
High-energy subatomic particles called neutrinos from beyond our solar system have been detected on Earth for the first time ever.
The researchers involved say the discovery opens up a new area of astronomy and has the […]
CNN – You may have heard it before: billions of years ago Mars probably looked more like Earth does now, with clouds and oceans and a much thicker atmosphere. It may even have had some type of microbes. But now it’s a barren, frozen desert.
So what happened? Where did the air and water go?
(NASA) -Astronomers, including a team member from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have detected the first population of radio bursts known to originate from galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. The sources of the light bursts are unknown, but cataclysmic events, such as merging or exploding stars, are likely the triggers.
A radio […]
(BBC) – Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.
Uncharted waters, mountains or far away lands have always drawn explorers. History books show that desire for adventure, even […]
Seven men in the history of humanity stand apart from the rest of us. These are the Apollo command module pilots who spent time alone in orbit around the Moon, while their colleagues walked on the lunar surface. When they were on the far side of the Moon, these astronauts were completely out of contact, […]
Voyager 1 has crossed over into a medium that is not the Solar System and not quite interstellar space, NASA announced yesterday.
Launched 35 years ago, Voyager 1 and her sister craft, Voyager 2 were intended as emissaries from earth to whatever civilization it encounters over the course of millions of years.
The most interesting […]
BBC, By Rebecca Morelle, March 8
Stargazers could enjoy a rare spectacle as a bright comet swings into the Northern Hemisphere.
The icy mass, called C/2011 L4 Pan-Starrs, should be visible with binoculars or a telescope from 8 March.
But in the following days, it will become even brighter and could be seen with the […]